European Economic policy

Research Project

Project manager: Monika Hjeds Löfmark and Jonas Eriksson 

The EU experienced the worst economic downturn since the Second World War as a consequence of the financial crisis. The repercussions are still visible in many different ways and the sovereign debt crises in several Euro countries provoked a strong pressure for political reform. It is of particular interest to examine how Sweden may be affected by this development....

Project manager: Jonas Eriksson, Monika Hjeds Löfmark and Anna Wetter

The EU’s growth strategy, Europe 2020, is aimed at promoting “smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive growth” in the EU. Within the framework of this overall objective there are a number of “goals” and “initiatives” covering, for example, employment, training and education,...

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Ulrika Stavlöt

The financial crisis that emerged in the fall 2008 has caused the largest decline in global economic activity since the Second World War. Even though there are some signs of world economy recovery, the strength of the economic turn is still uncertain. In addition, the long-run implications of the economic crisis are hard to grasp. How will asset prices, growth and employment be affected? What structural changes within the industrial and financial sectors will occur? How will various...

Timeframe: Completed
Project manager: Ulrika Stavlöt

Economic and monetary union (EMU) is the process of harmonising the economic and monetary policies of the Member States of the Union with a view to the introduction of a single currency, the euro. Eleven Member States adopted the euro as the single currency on 1 January 1999 and two countries have joined the euro zone at a later stage. With the 10th anniversary of the euro the interest for the Economic and Monetary Union has resurfaced and a large number of evaluations of the single currency’...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Ulrika Stavlöt

There are a number of recurring perceptions of the relationship between economic variables discernible in the current debate and they deserve to be put to the test. For example, it is often assumed, on the EU level, that anything that has a positive effect on one of the variables employment, productivity, competitiveness or growth, will also, by definition, positively affect the remaining variables. In the popular debate, by contrast, it is often assumed that there is a contradiction between...

Project manager: Jonas Eriksson

Despite its size of c. 1 per cent of EU GNI, the political impact of the EU budget is significant, not least in terms of facilitating further integration. At the same time the economic effects of EU expenditures are contended. Over the years SIEPS has analysed various reform options, whether related to revenues, expenditures or institutional aspects of the budget.

The current multiannual financial framework (MFF) ends in 2020. History shows that the discussions...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: This has been a joint project in co-operation with the Swedish Institute for Food and Agricultural Economy (SLI).

The discussion on food aid has become more prioritised in recent years, not least through the Doha round of WTO negotiations. Trade and development policies can in some cases contradict one another and there is thus a need to examine and expose the relation between trade and development assistance.

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Rickard Eriksson

The project aims to conduct an empirical study of the referendum on the Euro in Sweden in 2003. The study will build on hypotheses that derive from theories on the political economy of exchange rate regimes.

The data used in the study will allow for a detailed econometric analysis of the relation between the voters' choice of exchange rate regimes, on the one hand, and underlying causes such as profession, income level, education, union membership, gender, etc., on the other.

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Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Jonas Eriksson

The purpose of the project was to analyse and suggest amendments to the EU budgetary system in the light of the enlargement. The survey covered both expenditures and revenues.

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Rickard Eriksson and Ulrika Stavlöt

This project has looked at fiscal policy in the EMU countries after the introduction of the Euro. It has studied both the system of fiscal rules in the EU and how national fiscal policy is best carried out.

One particular topic examined was the question of how the common regulatory framework on the EU level should be formulated and what could be done to achieve adherence to that framework. The problems on the national level include effective stabilization measures...

Timeframe: Completed
Project Manager: Jonas Eriksson

The least developed areas in the Union today are primarily located in the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC). The needs of these regions differ from the needs of the areas that have received support prior to the most recent enlargement.

Given the large share of the EU budget that is spent on structural- and cohesion policy and the changes we see before us, regionally as well as globally, it is vital that the...