The 8th annual Intereconomics/CEPS conference took place in Brussels on 9 October 2018. This issue features contributions from our conference participants who take a closer look at the trends and driving factors of convergence and divergence. They examine the ripples created by the 2008 financial crisis in different parts of the EU, the impact of institutions and policy measures, alternative approaches such as the ‘convergence of opportunities for people and firms’ as well as the specific regional factors at play. Our contributors offer a deeper insight into answers to the question: “Economic convergence or divergence in the EU?”

  • Economic Integration and Income Convergence in the EU

    Cinzia Alcidi, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

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  • How Can Europe Upgrade Its “Convergence Machine“?

    Christian Bodewig, The World Bank
    Cristobal Ridao-Cano, The World Bank

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  • Fifteen Years of Convergence: East-West Imbalance and What the EU Should Do About it

    László Andor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies

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  • Unravelling the Roots of the EMU Crisis. Structural Divides, Uneven Recoveries and Possible Ways Out

    Giuseppe Celi, University of Foggia
    Dario Guarascio, Sapienza University of Rome
    Annamaria Simonazzi, Sapienza University of Rome

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  • Convergence and Divergence in the EU: Lessons from Italy

    Barry Eichengreen, University of California, Berkeley

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  • Divergence? What Divergence?

    Charles Wyplosz, Graduate Institute, Geneva

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  • Incentivising Structural Reforms in Europe? A Blueprint for the European Commission’s Reform Support Programme

    Mathias Dolls, Ifo Institute for Economic Research
    Clemens Fuest, Ifo Institute for Economic Research
    Carla Krolage, Ifo Institute for Economic Research
    Florian Neumeier, Ifo Institute for Economic Research
    Daniel Stöhlker, Ifo Institute for Economic Research

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DOI: 10.1007/s10272-019-0782-7