Publications & Research

Our publications aim to provide in-depth information on issues that are at the forefront of the European agenda, including commentary, research, and policy recommendations. Analysis is provided by in-house researchers, members of the Scientific Council, and the Policy Group, with additional contributions from the rest of our Senior Fellows. Supplementing these scholars is a Strategic Policy Group, which includes business leaders and high-level officials in EU institutions. They work alongside members of the Policy Group to provide a better understanding of the direction of current Italian strategies in the context of European negotiations. The Strategic Policy Group convenes at least twice a year (two regular meetings and additional ones as requested by our director).

SEP produces policy briefs, working papers, five bullets and a monthly newsletter. All publications are available online.

Policy Briefs

The School of European Political Economy’s research efforts form a cornerstone in our mission to discuss, analyze, and shape core issues in European economic policy. Prepared by scholars, faculty, and other academics in our network, these policy briefs and commentaries cover a wide range of topics pertaining to Europe. Completed papers are published on our website and disseminated to our contacts.

The global financial crisis in 2007 and 2009, and the ensuing sovereign debt and banking crises in the eurozone, have profoundly changed the governance and institutions of the EU and EMU. SEP’s think tank was created with the intention of gathering a unique group of researchers who are devoted to understanding the policy issues that have emerged in the new European political economy. Monetary policy, governance, and institutions represent the core interests of our research.

S. Micossi: A new drive for the Capital Markets Union

For two decades, the lack of private investment has been one of Europe’s biggest economic weaknesses, undermining prod...

September, 13 2019

M. Messori: The potentials and the dangers of the Italian economy in a renewed euro area

Overcoming the political and institutional tensions that have characterized Italy in the last fourteen months opens up n...

September, 12 2019

A. Franconi: Mini-Bot: Ingenuity or Ignorance

With the infringement procedure launched by the European Union against Italy in December 2017 (not to be confused with t...

September, 6 2019

M. Buti, M. Krobath: Should the eurozone be less intergovernmental?

Since the economic and financial crisis, the institutional landscape in the EU has changed. While no structure in the EU...

August, 30 2019


This paper investigates the episodes of public debt reduction in advanced economies since the Second World War. We find ...

July, 31 2019

C. Bastasin: Will the European deficit procedure determine the future of Italy’s political equilibrium?

On June 5, 2019, the EU Commission assessed, in its Report from the Commission – COM(2019) 532 final “Italy, Rep...

July, 24 2019

C. Bastasin: Secular Divergence – Explaining Nationalism in Europe

The doctrine of nationalism, hinging on a primacy of the cultural, civic or ethnic unit of one nation vis-à-vis other ...

April, 24 2019

C. Bastasin: The economic consequences of Italian political isolation

In about two months’ time, European citizens will be voting on their representatives in the European Parliament. T...

March, 27 2019

L. Bini Smaghi: What Future for the European Banking System?

The European banking sector is going through complicated times. Its performance over the last decade diverged widely fro...

March, 13 2019

Working Papers

Working papers are the culmination of research carried out by the internal group at SEP (members of the Scientific Council and our in-house researchers) and by fellows involved in our activities. They represent an important contribution to the international debate on major theoretical and practical economic policy issues facing the EU and EMU.

Five Bullets

Europe: Facts & Docs

This section contains policy documents, meeting summaries and news that come directly from the EU institutions.


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