Economics of European Integration

  • Summer schools
  • Department of Economics
  • Application code SS-EC235
  • Starting 2021
  • Short course: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

This course introduces the main economic aspects of the current development of the European Union (EU) and its policies. The course covers the process of European Integration and its economic impacts on individuals, firms and regions.

Special attention will be devoted to the analysis of the economic opportunities and challenges generated by economic integration, and to the assessment of the policies designed to support this process and mitigate its potential side-effects. 

The course will touch on the institutional, political and historical background of European integration, though its main focus is on the economic analysis of the policies and prospects for the European Union. Some recent developments in the international policy agenda like the economics of Brexit and the rise of populism will also be covered.

Session: Three
Dates: 2 – 20 August 2021
Lecturers: Professor Riccardo Crescenzi and Professor Neil Lee


Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: Two written examinations

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)

*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment


Introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics. Elementary statistics and mathematics are also desirable.

Programme structure

The topics covered will include: 

  • The early phase of the EU: trade integration
  • The Single European Act (SEA) and the effects of free movement of persons, capital, goods and services within the EU
  • Innovation and technological development in the EU
  • The geography of EU income and unemployment disparities: comparing the EU with the US, China and India
  • How the EU promotes growth and employment: Europe 2020 and Smart Growth Agenda
  • Opportunities and challenges for Multinational Firms in the EU market
  • The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its evolution
  • The EU Regional Policy and its future in the post-2020 Europe
  • EU enlargement, EU Neighbouring Countries and migration
  • The sustainability of European welfare states in a single market
  • The theory of Optimal Currency Areas (OCA): is the EU an OCA?
  • The European Monetary Union (EMU)
  • Monetary policy in the EU and the Euro
  • The impact of the economic crisis and Brexit

Course outcomes

This course is highly relevant to students and scholars interested in expanding their knowledge of the EU and its economics, but also to policy makers and executives wanting to know more about the opportunities offered by the EU, its markets and institutions.


LSE Geography and Environment excels in the UK's nationwide assessment of research quality, impact and environment and in subject-based worldwide university ranking systems. The Research Excellence Framework results published in December 2014 show that LSE Geography and Environment ranked first overall in the UK for quality of published research output. 

The 2018 QS World University faculty rankings for Geography and Area Studies ranked the department No.2 in the world on the overall score, and No.1 for academic reputation. The Guardian’s university league tables 2016 also ranked the LSE No.1 for Geography and Environmental Studies.

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE’s Geography and Environment  faculty. 

Reading materials

R. Baldwin, and C. Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration, 6th edition, 2019, McGraw Hill.

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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