Topics in International Economics



Bocconi University, Milan

(“laurea specialistica” in international economics)


December 1-2 2005


Marius Brülhart



Course content

Topic 1:  Economic integration and the location of economic activities

Topic 2:  Economic integration and tax competition

Topic 3:  European integration and the allocation of voting rights


Research seminar: A test of trade theories when expenditure is home biased



Topic 1:

The "core-periphery" model

Brülhart (2001) Evolving Geographical Specialisation of European Manufacturing Industries

list of references on the empirics of trade and location

·        Brakman, S.; Garretsen, H. and van Marrewijk, C. (2001) An Introduction to Geographical Economics, Cambridge University Press.

·        Boldrin, Michele and Canova, Fabio (2001) "Inequality and Convergence in Europe's Regions: Reconsidering European Regional Policies". Economic Policy, vol. 16, pp. 205-253

·        Ciccone, A. (2002) "Agglomeration Effects in Europe". European Economic Review, Vol. 46, pp. 213-227.

·        Combes, P.-P. and Overman, H.G. (2004) "The Spatial Distribution of Economic Activities in the European Union". In: Henderson, J.V. and Thisse, J.-F. (eds.) Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics - Volume 4: Cities and Geography. Elsevier.


Topic 2:

The standard model of capital tax competition

·        Haufler, A. (2001) Taxation in a Global Economy, Cambridge University Press. (in particular chapters 2 and 4.3)

·        Griffith, R. and Klemm, A. (2004) "What Has Been the Tax Competition Experience of the Last 20 Years?" Working Paper, Institute for Fiscal Studies, London.



Topic 3:

The Allocation of Votes in the European Council, pre- and post-Nice

Baldwin & Widgrén (2004) Council Voting in the Constitutional Treaty: Devil in the Details

·        Baldwin, R. and Widgrén, M. (2004) Winners and Losers under Various Dual Majority Rules for the EU Council of Ministers, CEPR Discussion Papers, No. 4450.

·        Kauppi, H. and Widgrén, M. (2004) What Determines EU Decision Making? Needs, Power or Both?, Economic Policy, vol. 39, pp. 221-266.