The Political Economy of European Integration

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Political Economy of European Integration

  • Host University

    Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

  • Location

    Barcelona, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Economics, International Economics, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course will introduce students to the main issues of economics and politics of European integration by using an economic approach. The course addresses key economic questions that arise from the process of integration. This course draws on a core textbook, articles from journals and other documents. Student will be oriented in the most up to date policy discussion about European integration. By the end, students will be able to apply and relate conceptual and theoretical knowledge underpinning the course of the economic and political process of European integration.



    There are no particular technical requirements for this course. However, student should manage a few basic concepts of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Basic skill in Excel and Word packages is strongly recommended.


         1. Geography & History of European Union (EU).
         2. Institutions and budget: EU laws and legitimacy in EU decision making.
         3. Basic macroeconomics tools: open economics, tariffs and import protections. Case study: The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
         4. State aid: competition, mergers and antitrust policies. Case study: Microsoft.
         5. Growth effects and factor market integration
         6. The effects of integration: labor integration
         7. Labor productivity: Europe vs. US
         8. European migration flows 1950-2000
         9. European imbalances: core-periphery structure. The EU regional policies
         10. The spatial distribution of activities across the European Union
         11. Regional imbalances and convergence process
         12. The effects of integration: capital integration.
         13. Monetary integration: history, choice of an exchange regime
         14. The European Monetary System.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations


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