David Begg examines how four small open economies- Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Ireland- have managed the stresses and strains of Europeanisation since the single market came into being, and as fault lines begin to appear within the European integration project. In particular, he drills down into the Irish Polity to see how its institutions have engaged with Europe and how decisions on critical issues like integration, EMU and Social Partnership were reached. He finds that both Ireland and Europe are at a critical juncture for different but interconnected reasons, and identifies the options that are available to them.
Economics affects almost everything we do: from our decisions at work to our shopping habits, voting preferences and social attitudes. This new edition of the popular text by David Begg and Gianluigi Vernasca enables the reader to understand today's economic environment by examining the underlying theory and applying it to real-world situations. Economics surveys the latest ideas and issues, such as the role of regulation in banking, the consequences of globalization and monetary union, and the efficacy of our current economic models. This coverage, combined with a rich array of pedagogical features, encourages students to explore our economic past and present, and to think critically about where this might lead us in the future. The new edition is updated to provide a comprehensive analysis of the financial crash: its causes, consequences, and possible policy responses, from fiscal stimulus to quantitative easing.
Foundations of Economics, fifth edition is ideal for students taking introductory economics modules as part of an interdisciplinary course. Building on the success of the previous editions, the book provides accessible overviews of key economic topics, interweaving these with real-world examples and practical activities to equip students to think for themselves. Features of this edition include: Topical and up-to-date material, presented alongside real-world examples and policy problems Additional mini case studies on areas such as banking, youth unemployment, sport and the music industry, to demonstrate the practical application of economics in contemporary situations Consideration of the g...
This revised edition of the economics student workbook contains: key learning blocks; important concepts and technical terms, exercises, true/false checks; exercises of different types use data from the real world. Extracts from the press provoke further thought and discussion and show economics in action. Questions for thought extend the analysis to the cutting edge of thinking and debate. Answers to all the questions, together with clear explanations of the reasoning involved, are given at the back of the book.
This Report examines the monetary unification of Europe and the creation of a European Central Bank. It deals first with the macroeconomics of monetary union and highlights four issues. What monetary constitution is required to deliver price stability, and do the draft statutes of the European Central Bank (ECB) meet these conditions? Are fiscal rules a necessary adjunct to such a constitution? Is convergence of inflation rates a precondition for embarking on monetary union? Finally, how should the transition be managed?
This is the first major study of how developments in Eastern Europe would affect the economies of Western Europe and the process of economic integration among them. The first section focuses on the medium- and long-term implications of the current transformation of Eastern Europe for European production and trade. It also assesses the implications of change in Eastern Europe for EC trade and industrial policies and the likely magnitude of East European trade with the West, given the current state of the capital stock and the potential for industrial restructuring. The Report analyses Eastern exports of energy and agricultural goods, the future of the CAP, and competition between Eastern and ...
The European Central Bank (ECB) will be a formidable powerhouse. The European Parliament and national parliaments must have an objective basis for their own interpretation of the new central bank's actions. CEPR recognizes the need for a regular examination of ECB polices from a pan-European perspective and the importance of beginning this examination early in order to present a rigorous scrutiny of the ECB when it starts.This new MECB series will be written by a team of distinguished economists known internationally for their work on macroeconomics and monetary policy. They will produce two reports each year--an assessment of the key issues facing European monetary policy and a detailed commentary on the ECB's own annual report. The first report, to be published two months before the ECB's own report, will include a detailed analysis of ECB actions and will alert the public to the main issues raised by the policies pursued by the ECB during the previous year.