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 – Managing sovereign debts held by the ESCB: operational and legal constraints

Following the proposal by Avgouleas and Micossi (2021) and Micossi (2021), several authors (Amato and Saraceno 2022, Bag...

February, 23 2022

M. Messori – Italy’s national Recovery and Resilience Plan: Efficient use of resources and social well-being

The extraordinary funds made available by Next Generation-EU (NGEU), and – in particular – by its most impor...

February, 14 2022

C. De Vincenti – The “do no significant harm” principle: Two possible interpretations

With the European Commission’s recent draft document that includes, albeit under restrictive conditions, gas and ...

February, 2 2022

S. Micossi – Reform of the Stability Pact: First principles

 A crowded seminar held by the Astrid Foundation has launched in Italy the discussion on the future of the European...

January, 27 2022

M. Buti, G. Papaconstantinou – European Public Goods: How can we supply more?

The discussion on the supply and finance of public goods at European level is part and parcel of the broader discussion ...

January, 26 2022

D. Gros: A (E)U-turn from Nord Stream 2 towards a European Strategic Gas Reserve

The EU does not have an army. It thus cannot defend Ukraine from a Russian invasion, but it can at least put itself in a...

January, 26 2022

A. Boitani, R. Tamborini: Reforming the European fiscal governance. Beyond new rules

As of March 2020, at the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fiscal rules of the European Economic and Monetary Union...

January, 25 2022

C. Bastasin: Why a pro-European President of the Italian Republic is vital for the country’s economy

The role of Italy’s President, differently from the premiership, does not wield executive powers. Nevertheless, its fu...

January, 25 2022

C. Bastasin, L. Bini Smaghi, V. Meliciani, M. Messori, S. Micossi, P. C. Padoan, G. Toniolo – Legge di Bilancio: troppa spesa corrente se l’inflazione spinge i tassi d’interesse

Questo policy brief analizza criticamente lo stato attuale della politica di bilancio italiana e le prospettive di infla...

December, 29 2021

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.

T. Asonuma, M. Chamon, A. Erce, A. Sasahara – Costs of Sovereign Defaults: Restructuring Strategies and Financial Intermediation

Sovereign debt restructurings are associated with declines in the growth of GDP, invest- ment, bank credit to the privat...

May, 31 2021

A. Wirkierman, T. Ciarli, M. Savona: A Taxonomy of European Innovation Clubs

The paper provides a novel, empirically grounded map of innovation ‘clubs’ in the EU, based on a unique analysis of ...

May, 18 2021

C.De Vincenti, P. Bonaretti: Mercato dei farmaci e governance regolatoria

L’attuale assetto di regolazione del mercato farmaceutico nel nostro Paese è segnato da due elementi costitutivi del...

May, 12 2021

C. Oldani, B. Giannini – Sustainability of public debt in Europe: the use of swaps

This study contributes to the literature on public debt sustainability and investigates whether European countries manag...

April, 28 2021

S. De Nardis, F. Parente: Technology, Task and wage-bill changes in the EU countries

Drawing on the methodological framework from Acemoglu and Restrepo (2019), this paper investigates the influence of tech...

March, 24 2021

R. Jakubeit: The Wirecard scandal and the role of BaFin

The objective of this paper is to derive policy lessons for capital markets supervision in the EU from the 2020 scandal ...

March, 22 2021

P. Benigno, P. Canofari, G. Di Bartolomeo, M. Messori: The ECB’s Measures in Support of the COVID-19 Crisis

This paper illustrates and discusses the monetary policies activated in response to the COVID-19 crisis. We argue that t...

March, 4 2021

D. Di Cagno, A. Fabrizi, M. Marini, V. Meliciani: Knowledge networks in joint research projects, innovation and economic growth across European regions

This paper investigates the role played by the position of European regions in research networks on their rate of innova...

January, 31 2021

A. Franconi – Opening the Black Box of Austerity: Evidence from Fiscal Consolidation Plans

This paper explores the effects of austerity measures on labour markets and on income inequality and finds evidence of a...

January, 20 2021

Europe: Facts & Docs

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

Opening remarks by European Commission Executive Vice-President Dombrovskis at the press conference of the informal Foreign Affairs Council on Trade – October 31

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October, 31 2022

ECB Press Conference – October 27

President Christine Lagarde and Vice-President Luis de Guindos explained the Governing Council’s latest monetary polic...

October, 31 2022

European Council, 20-21 October 2022 – Main Results

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October, 25 2022

Speech by President von der Leyen at the European Parliament Plenary on the preparation of the European Council meeting of 20-21 October 2022

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October, 19 2022

Statement by Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, at the forty-sixth meeting of the International Monetary and Financial Committee – October 14, 2022

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October, 19 2022

Speech by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at the EU Ambassadors Conference 2022 – October 12

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October, 14 2022

Hearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament – September 26, 2022

Speech by Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, at the Hearing of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of t...

September, 28 2022

Monetary policy in the euro area – Lecture by Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB, organised by Frankfurter Gesellschaft für Handel, Industrie und Wissenschaft – September 20, 2022

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September, 21 2022

Energy prices: Commission proposes emergency market intervention to reduce bills for Europeans – September 14, 2022

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September, 14 2022


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