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International trade, redistribution and economic efficiency - implications for European integration and institutions design

Objective



Research objectives and content
THE PROJECT TAKES A GAME THEORETIC APPROACH TO THE SPATIAL THEORY OF VOTING TO EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF E.U. INSTITUTIONS IN HANDLING THE REDISTRIBUTIVE PRESSURES DUE TO FURTHER INTEGRATION AND ENLARGEMENT. IT IS A STYLIZED FACT THAT THE OBSERVED POLITICAL OUTCOMES YIELD INEFFICIENT REDISTRIBUTION WHICH TRANSLATES INTO INEFFICIENT OCCUPATIONAL CHOICES I.E. INEFFICIENT ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES BOTH ACROSS SECTORS AND ACROSS COUNTRIES/REGIONS. THE AIM IS TO ASSESS WHAT DETAILS OF THE EXISTING POLITICAL STRUCTURES ACCOUNT FOR SUCH PHENOMENON.
IT WILL BE STUDIED (I) HOW THE REDISTRIBUTIVE EFFECTS OF ECONOMIC INTEGRATION LEAD TO CONFLICTING REDISTRIBUTIVE STANCES; (II) HOW THOSE STANCES ARE TRANSLATED INTO POLITICAL ALTERNATIVES, AND THEN POLICIES, BY THE POLITICAL "LOCATION CHOICES" OF ENTERPRISING POLITICIANS UNDER ALTERNATIVE ELECTORAL SYSTEMS; (III) HOW THE EXISTING EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS, BOTH NATIONAL AND COMMUNITARIAN, REGULATE THIS TRANSLATION IN THE PRESENCE OF REDISTRIBUTIVE CONFLICT BETWEEN SECTORALLY AND GEOGRAPHICALLY CONCENTRATED GROUPS OF INTEREST AND (IV) HOW SUCH INSTITUTIONS CAN BE EVENTUALLY REFINED TO ENHANCE BOTH ECONOMIC EFFICIENCY AND POLITICAL COHESION.
Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
SPECIFIC ADVANCED TRAINING IN GAME THEORY AND ITS APPLICATION TO THE THEORY OF VOTING AS A COMPLEMENT TO MY KNOWLEDGE OF TRADE THEORY, LOCATION THEORY AND POLITICAL ECONOMY THEORY IN ORDER TO TACKLE THE
INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH OF THE PROJECT.
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Funding Scheme

RGI - Research grants (individual fellowships)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Address
34,Voie Du Roman Pays 34
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
Belgium

Participants (1)

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Italy