International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume II


International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume II

Competition, Spatial Location of Economic Activity and Financial Issues

9781849804264 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Miroslav N. Jovanović, Dušan Sidjanski Centre of Excellence in European Studies, Global Studies Institute, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Publication Date: 2011 ISBN: 978 1 84980 426 4 Extent: 616 pp
With this Handbook, Miroslav Jovanović has provided readers with both an excellent stand-alone original reference book as well as an integral part of a comprehensive three-volume set. This introduction into a rich and expanding academic and practical world of international economic integration also provides a theoretical and analytical framework to the reader, presenting select analytical studies and encouraging further research.

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With this Handbook, Miroslav Jovanović has provided readers with both an excellent stand-alone original reference book as well as an integral part of a comprehensive three-volume set. This introduction into a rich and expanding academic and practical world of international economic integration also provides a theoretical and analytical framework to the reader, presenting select analytical studies and encouraging further research.

International Handbook on the Economics of Integration, Volume II covers three broad themes: competition, spatial location of economic activity and financial issues. With 20 chapters written by 34 eminent authors, this comprehensive Handbook begins by examining competition and industrial policies from a European perspective. It goes on to discuss the geography of production looking at the spatial (locational) effects of economic integration from various theoretical, regional and practical angles. The third and final part of the Handbook analyses monetary issues linked with economic integration at both the European and global level, as well as fiscal matters dealing with tax competition, taxation puzzles and a review of European experiences.

Contributors to this major reference work include eminent authors, some of whom contributed to the creation of economic integration theory from the outset. The authors not only survey the literature, but also present their own arguments and new ideas in order to offer a new perspective, as well as discussing the issues they believe are essential in the field. Each of the insightful chapters is approachable not only to graduate students, scholars, researchers and policymakers, but also to advanced undergraduate students.
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‘This Handbook provides a comprehensive tour and in-depth analysis of the principal economic dimensions of economic intregration and the global economy. Due to diverse range of themes dealt with by the Handbook’s authors it is inevitable that the reader may agree or disagree with the expressed views , but in this lies the Handbook’s significance in that it will inspire more research, articles and books on the subjects covered. In sum, the Handbook provides a wide array of source material and information for potential future research. I would recommend this Handbook to every university library and anyone, scholars and practitioners alike, interested in the far-reaching strands of international economics and integration.’
– Isidora Ljumović, Journal of Economic Integration

‘International Handbook on the Economics of Integration edited by Miroslav Jovanović provides timely and rich academic contributions to considerations of the widest array of integration-related issues. European integration has been providing an inspiration to a number of academics and researchers. The Handbook is a recognition of the dynamic and strong solidarity of European integration. At the same time, the European Union often provided an example for integration schemes throughout the world which spread enormously since the mid-1990s. Leading experts from all continents contributed to this Handbook which will be a valuable input into academic and policy-making discussions and actions.’
– José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission

‘Miroslav Jovanović’s publication represents a rich contribution to the complex issue of regional integration, its benefits, its shortcomings, and its relationship with multilateral trade opening. It sheds light over an issue which is the subject of intense discussions in trade circles.’
– Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the WTO

‘Much has been written on trade agreements as a mechanism to integrate the markets of two or more countries – often inspired by the European example. In recent years, attention has increasingly focused on the importance of economic geography as a determinant of industrial location. This book combines the two strands of analysis, bringing together leading experts in the fields of economic geography and international trade. The result is an outstanding compilation of papers that illuminate how policies and economic forces affect the location of economic activity in an integrated Europe.’
– Bernard Hoekman, Director, The World Bank, US

‘The open multilateral trading system is a tremendous success of the past half century, and has contributed greatly to the world’s unprecedented rate of economic growth. Over the past two decades however, preferential trading arrangements have proliferated, raising questions as to how compatible they are with the open multilateral system, and what policies might be adopted to improve outcomes. The essays in this volume detail the emergence of PTAS and provide comprehensive and up-to-date analyses of the state of play of preferential arrangements in all regions of the world. The volume will provide a useful reference for all those wanting to understand existing preferential arrangements and their role in the international economy today.’
– Anne O. Krueger, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford University, US

‘Economic integration is a complex and multifaceted giant, with a myriad aspects ranging from regional and global concentration and dispersal of economic activity to social and political consequences for individuals and communities in developed and developing countries alike. This landmark, three volume collection of chapters by leading authors, drawn from many fields, is a worthy and timely contribution to the analysis of a phenomenon with profound implications for the future world economy – and its governance.’
– James Zhan, Director, Investment & Enterprise Division, UNCTAD
Contributors: M. Amiti, K. Behrens, P.-A. Buigues, R. Camagni, R. Capello, F. Castellacci, A. Cuervo-Cazurra, V. Curzon Price, H.L.F. de Groot, R.J.G.M. Florax, R. Forslid, M. Fujita, C.V. Gortsos, N. Hamaguchi, P. Kelmendi, G.-J.M. Linders, N. Litzel, D. Marin, K.J. McCarthy, R. Meiklejohn, G. Mion, J. Möller, P. Nijkamp, G.I.P. Ottaviano, C.N. Pitelis, F. Praussello, J. Tharakan, J.-F. Thisse, C.A. Un, B. Unger, F. van Doorn, F. Vanistendael, J. Whalley, J. Williamson

Nicolas Levrat

Introductory Note
Petko Draganov



1. Institutional Competition in the European Union: Causes and Consequences of the Drive to Harmonise
Victoria Curzon Price

2. European Industrial Policy: Perspectives, Trends and a Sustainability-focused New Framework
Christos N. Pitelis and Pellumb Kelmendi

3. European Economic Integration and Network Industries
Pierre-André Buigues and Roderick Meiklejohn

4. Economic Integration and the Technological Capabilities of Domestic Firms
Alvaro Cuervo-Cazurra and C. Annique Un

5. Theoretical Models of Heterogeneity, Growth and Competitiveness: Insights from the Mainstream and Evolutionary Economics Paradigms
Fulvio Castellacci

6. Market Integration: Trade versus Economic Geography
Joe Tharakan and Jacques-François Thisse

7. Spatial Effects of Economic Integration: A Conceptualisation from Regional Growth and Location Theories
Roberto Camagni and Roberta Capello

8. Economic Integration and Industry Reallocations: Some Theory with Numbers
Kristian Behrens, Giordano Mion and Gianmarco I.P. Ottaviano

9. How the Sequence of Trade Liberalisation Affects Industrial Location
Mary Amiti

10. Economic Integration, Regional Policy and the Location of Industry in a Multiregion Framework
Rikard Forslid

11. Regional Integration of Production Systems and Spatial Income Disparities in East Asia
Masahisa Fujita and Nobuaki Hamaguchi

12. Industrial Clusters and Economic Integration: Theoretic Concepts and an Application to the European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg
Nicole Litzel and Joachim Möller

13. The Opening Up of Eastern Europe at 20: Jobs, Skills and Reverse Maquiladoras in Austria and Germany
Dalia Marin

14. Persistent Distance Decay Effects in International Trade
Gert-Jan M. Linders, Henri L.F. de Groot, Raymond J.G.M. Florax and Peter Nijkamp

15. The International Monetary Fund
John Williamson

16. Asymmetric Shocks and Monetary Disintegration: The Case of the Eurozone
Franco Praussello

17. Puzzles Over International Taxation of Cross-border Flows of Capital Income
John Whalley

18. European Financial Integration: Economic Aspects, the Existing Legal Framework and the Way Ahead
Christos V. Gortsos

19. Fiscal Integration in the European Union
Frans Vanistendael

20. Tax Competition and the Harmonisation of Corporate Tax Rates in Europe
Killian J. McCarthy, Frederik van Doorn and Brigitte Unger

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