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Policy Briefs

C. Bastasin – Conceptually flawed and politically risky after the transitory period: The new proposed European economic governance reform

If governments were angels, we would not need rules. However, in an imperfect world even rules cannot be perfect. In thi...

December 31, 2023

L. Panella: The Cost of non-Europe

In June 2024, millions of citizens will participate in shaping the future of European democracy and its political priori...

December 13, 2023

C. Bastasin: Cambiare il freno al debito tedesco?

In queste pagine, mostreremo la perdita di credibilità della norma costituzionale sul freno all’indebitamento che la ...

December 4, 2023

L. Moretti, D. Di Carlo – Italy: Banking on the wrong tax

On August 7, Italy’s right-wing Government led by Giorgia Meloni announced a controversial windfall tax on the alleged...

November 20, 2023

C. Bastasin: Le conseguenze europee della sentenza della Corte costituzionale tedesca

Con una sentenza pronunciata il 15 novembre scorso, il secondo Senato della Corte costituzionale federale tedesca ha dic...

November 19, 2023

C. Bastasin – New wine in an old bottle: an update on the revision of EU fiscal rules

In the next two meetings, on November 9 and December 8, Ecofin (The council of the finance ministers of the EU countries...

October 30, 2023

C. Bastasin – Italians’ disenchantment with Europe: an internal problem?

Opinion surveys are unanimous in showing that Italians’ trust in the European Union has declined over the last thr...

October 5, 2023

F. Bontadini, V. Meliciani, M. Savona, R. Urbani, A. Wirkierman – European and Italian strategic dependencies for the twin transition: strengthening trade relationships with Africa

This policy brief shows Europe and Italy’s position in the green and digital value chains and identifies in which area...

September 26, 2023

V. Meliciani, L. Policino, R. Urbani – Procurement of multilateral banks in Europe: Italian specificities and policy implications

This brief presents an analysis of Italian firms’ participation in tenders funded by the World Bank since 2000. We...

September 25, 2023

Working Papers

A. Fabrizi, M. Gentile, G. Guarini, V. Meliciani: The impact of environmental regulation on innovation and international competitiveness

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the impact of environmental regulation on innovation and international competiti...

February 5, 2024

C. De Vincenti: Entry Deterrence, Macroeconomic Equilibria and Pro-Competitive policies

This paper presents a macroeconomic model that is microfounded on an industrial structure characterized by an oligopolis...

January 25, 2024

V. Meliciani, G. Terzo – Public welfare spending and cross-country economic disparities in the European Union: Panel evidence for the period 2000-2021

The aim of this paper is to investigate the role of public welfare spending in supporting economic well-being in the Eur...

January 22, 2024

L. Monti – Anche in Italia arriva la sfida europea dello Youth-check: una opportunità o l’ennesima occasione sprecata?

Sta per diventare realtà anche in Italia lo strumento che a Bruxelles viene denominato lo Youth Test/Check e che trova ...

January 19, 2024

C. Bastasin: Il ruolo centrale dell’Europa nella sicurezza economica mondiale

Può l’Unione europea diventare il “panottico” della sicurezza economica mondiale? Può cioè accentuare il propri...

November 27, 2023

M. Goos, M. Savona – The governance of artificial intelligence: Harnessing opportunities and mitigating challenges

The OECD defines an AI (Artificial Intelligence) system as “a machine-based system that can influence the environment ...

November 23, 2023

D. Di Carlo, A. Hassel, M. Höpner – Germany’s coordinated policy response to the energy crisis: shielding the export-led model at all costs

The German government has taken decisive actions in response to the dual economic shocks linked to the Covid-19 pandemic...

November 20, 2023

C. Bastasin: The Meloni government’s budgetary policy and the reform of European Economic Governance

The Meloni Government’s Draft Budgetary Law – based on the Update of the Economic and Finance Document (Nadef) ̵...

October 23, 2023

D. Guarascio, J. Reljic, R. Stöllinger – Artificial Intelligence and Employment: A Look into the Crystal Ball

This study provides evidence of the employment impact of AI exposure in European regions, addressing one of the many gap...

October 20, 2023

Monthly Briefs

Monthly Brief on the Italian Political Economy – February 2024

LAST MONTH IN BRIEF 01/02 The Minister for Regional Affairs’ Decree establishes January and February as the transition...

March 8, 2024

LUHNIP Monthly brief on EU Industrial Policy – January 2024

LAST MONTH IN BRIEF 1 January: beginning of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU 8 January: the European Comm...

February 19, 2024

Monthly Brief on the Italian Political Economy – January 2024

LAST MONTH IN BRIEF 10/1 The Italian Communications Authority (AGCOM) approves new, more stringent rules for social medi...

February 9, 2024

LUHNIP Monthly Brief on EU Industrial Policy – December 2023

5-6 December: EU-China Summit in Beijing 8 December: The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reach a poli...

January 16, 2024

Monthly Brief on the Italian Economy – December 2023

05/12 The parties of the governing majority reject, with a vote in Parliament, the opposition’s proposal to introduce ...

January 11, 2024

Monthly Brief on the Italian Economy – November 2023

25/10 Parliament approves the Incentives Decree, a provision rationalising the system of public incentives for companies...

December 13, 2023

LUHNIP Monthly Brief on EU Industrial Policy – November 2023

▪ 6-7 November: European ministers responsible for space meet in Seville for aninformal meeting (see Deep Dive 1 below...

December 13, 2023

LUHNIP Monthly Brief on Industrial Policy – October 2023

Last Month in Brief ▪ 3 October: The European Commission publishes its list of critical technologies forEU economic se...

November 27, 2023

Five Bullets

M. Messori: Loans or “gifts”? What the Italian economy needs from Europe

According to the recent Economic and Financial Document (DEF) drafted by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), in 2...

April 28, 2020

C. Bastasin: The rationale behind the Italian-German rift

• Acrimony among European states is harsher today than during the euro-crisis a decade ago, jeopardizing the integrity...

March 31, 2020

C. Bastasin: The EU budget’s bad start concerns the euro area as well

• February’s special Council meeting on the 2021-2027 EU budget ended without an agreement. When EU leaders left...

February 28, 2020

C. Bastasin: A Unique Opportunity for New Ideas on EU Fiscal Rules

• On February 5, the European Commission presented the outlines of its review of the euro-area’s fiscal rules. A sim...

February 7, 2020

C. Bastasin: Italy’s debt causes resistance to new “green” fiscal flexibility

• Brussels is about to start a debate on waivers for green investments from the EU’s budget-deficit rules. However, ...

February 5, 2020


• In a strongly worded letter, EU Commissioners Valdis Dombrovskis and Pierre Moscovici have accused Italy of planning...

October 22, 2018


● Italy’s government is not just another populist government, more or less similar to the Greek, the British or even...

October 1, 2018

C. Bastasin: Regarding the Letter of the Eight Finance Ministers

● European ministers of finance discussed the future of the EMU on several occasions over the last couple of months. U...

March 13, 2018


DEUTSCHE BANK’S DIFFICULTIES, which exploded due to a multi-billion dollar fine required by the U.S. Department of Jus...

October 4, 2016

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