Please join us for a discussion featuring LSE Professors,
Dr Riccardo Crescenzi and Dr Waltraud Schelkle.

Diversity in the European Union:
Asset or Liability for Growth and Stability



Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Harvard Center for European Studies
27 Kirkland Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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Reception to follow discussion

Free for AFLSE Members and Guests of Members
$10 for Non-Members

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Popular and scholarly views of what's wrong with Europe tend to agree that the member states are too diverse to be integrated in one economic and monetary union. These brief talks propose to question this received wisdom.  Since Adam Smith we know that countries can benefit from being different if they specialize and exchange their products via trade. Can these insights still be applied to European regions and countries? How can Europe benefit from its diversity? 

Dr Riccardo Crescenzi will talk about innovation and economic growth in the European Union. He will discuss how the EU strategies to boost economic growth might deliver highly heterogeneous effects due to the structural differences between European cities and regions. While some areas are able to benefit from these measures others are not, increasing regional inequalities and tensions in the periphery of the Union.

Dr Waltraud Schelkle will talk about two ways in which the monetary union shares risks among its members: through a unified payments system and through the social regulation of migration. She argues that in particular the payments system TARGET acted like universal insurance during the crisis and was crucial for holding the Euro area together. It can serve as a model for how risk sharing in a union of diverse member states must be organized to achieve 'unity in diversity'.

About Dr Riccardo Crescenzi
Dr Riccardo Crescenzi is Associate Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics  and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government - Taubman Centre for State and Local Government. Riccardo is also Research Staff at the LSE’s Spatial Economics Research Centre and is the current holder of a European Research Council (ERC) Grant.  Riccardo’s research is focused on Regional Economic Development and Growth, Innovation, Multinational Firms and the analysis and evaluation of European Union policies.

About Dr Waltraud Schelkle
Dr Waltraud Schelkle is Associate Professor of Political Economy at LSE's European Institute. At the moment, she is a Leverhulme Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard where she writes a book (under contract with Oxford University Press) on "The political economy of monetary solidarity: understanding the experiment of the euro".


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