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Economic Policy in the EU


Admission requirements



The European Union has achieved a unique level of economic integration. The six founding members initially focused on trade integration, but the cooperation widened to currently 28 member states, and it deepened into a large single market, where countries have given up parts of their economic sovereignty in favour of an intense economic cooperation at the EU level. In this course, we discuss the development and the landmarks of this integration process. We will focus on the economic analysis of international economic processes, such as the increase in trade flows and the flow of capital and workers, and on the analysis of economic policies, such as the European monetary policy.

At the end of this course, the student will have a better understanding of the economic processes and policies in the European Union. He or she will be able to link legal and political developments in the EU to economic developments and will be able to present the relevant discussions.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The course is part of the Minor Economics. In this course, the student will attain knowledge and an understanding of the issues in the field of Economic Policy in the EU. The student will be trained to independently analyse these issues.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • You will be able to recognize and define important current issues in the major areas of European Economic Integration.

  • You can identify the required steps to progress towards further integration.

  • You will be able to summarize economic policies in the European Union and interpret these policies in terms of economic efficiency and economic interests.

  • You will be able to use graphs to analyse the process of economic integration in the EU.

  • You will be able to write concise briefs on indicated topics from the material using material from the course and material that you collect from the websites of the European Union and its member states.


The timetable of this course can be found through bachelor and master.

Mode of instruction


Number of (2 hour) lectures: 5


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: 5 or 6

  • Names of instructors: dr. J. de Kort

  • Required preparation by students: Preparing the assignments that are indicated in the course syllabus. Each week, a few students will have to prepare a brief presentation on the material for that week

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (90%)

  • Written assignments (two) during the course (10%) The written assignments apply to both the final exam and the resit (for 10%) within the current academic year.

Regulation retake passed exams
In this course it is possible to retake an exam that has been passed (cf. art. and further of the Course and Examination Regulations), on the condition that this course is included in the compulsory components of the degree programme. Students who have passed the exam may retake the final written assessment (test) of the course. Please contact the Student Administration Office (OIC) for more information.

Submission procedures
In the seminars, students will actively engage in presenting their knowledge. They need to prepare the seminars through additional assignments, that will have to be presented orally and in writing. (through Blackboard). Deadlines are indicated in the Class Schedule.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in “Blackboard”:

Reading list

Required course materials

  • Richard Baldwin and Charles Wyplosz, The Economics of European Integration, 5th edition, McGrawHill Education, 2015

Course information guide:

See reader.


  • European Economic Integration, available through Blackboard.
    Recommended course materials



Registration is through uSis
A block of seats will be reserved for exchange students and will be registered through the international office

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: dr. J. de Kort

  • Work address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, room A2.63

  • Contact information: through the secretariat of the Economics unit

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7831

  • Email:


  • Institute: Institute for Tax Law and Economics

  • Department: Economics

  • Room number secretariat: B207

  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-12.00

  • Telephone number secretariat +31 (0)71 527 7756

  • Email:


This course contains a ‘practical exercise’ (see the Teaching and Exam Regulations). Application: through uSis.


Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO. Let op dat er wel voldaan moet worden aan de toegangseisen.