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The Economics of the European Union


Admission requirements

Required course(s):

  • Principles of Economics

Microeconomics and/or Macroeconomics are recommended, but not required.


This course introduces students to the main economic aspects of the European Union (EU). The EU has achieved deep integration of the economies of its member states and its ambition is to continue this integration. The objective of the course is to provide an insight in the process of EU integration and its economic impact on individuals, companies and regions. In addition, we will discuss major events such as Brexit and COVID-19.

Although we pay attention to the historical background and the political economy of EU decision-making, it is an applied economics course. Students should therefore refresh their knowledge of micro- and macroeconomic principles.

At the end of this course, the student will have an excellent understanding of the micro- and macroeconomic aspects of the EU and its economic policies.

Course Objectives

  • Students will be able to recognize and define important current issues and challenges in the major areas of European economic Integration.

  • Students will be able to understand the economic and political logic behind EU integration.

  • Students will be able to understand the importance of the EU for the business environment in which companies operate.

  • Students will be able to use graphs and economic reasoning to analyze the process of economic integration in the EU.


Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2020-2021 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.

Mode of instruction

The course uses a variety of teaching methods: interactive lectures, student presentations and class debate.

Assessment Method

  • Final multiple choice exam (40%)

  • Midterm multiple choice exam (15%)

  • Written assignment (15%)

  • Recorded video presentation of the written assignment (15%)

  • Class participation (15%)

Reading list

  • Richard Baldwin and Charles Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration (6th edition), McGrawHill Education, 2019.


Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator,


Dr. Ph. van Gruisen,