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André Sapir

André Sapir

Senior Fellow

Expertise: International economics and trade. CV: Download CV

André Sapir, a Belgian citizen, is Senior Fellow at Bruegel. He is a Professor of Economics at Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and a former economic adviser to the president of the European Commission. In 2004, he published 'An Agenda for a Growing Europe', a report to the president of the Commission by a group of independent experts that is known as the Sapir report.

André holds a PhD in Economics from The Johns Hopkins University, 1977. At ULB, he holds a chair in international economics and European integration.He is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). In addition, he is a member of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's Economic Policy Analysis Group. André is a founding Editorial Board Member of the World Trade Review, published by Cambridge University Press and the World Trade Organisation.

Declaration of interests 2012

Declaration of interests 2013

Declaration of interests 2014

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Opinion

André Sapir
Guntram B. Wolff

The UK’s sovereignty myth

Those who argue that Brexit would let the UK “take back sovereignty” overlook the impact of trade on domestic law-making.

By: André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 17, 2016
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Blog Post

André Sapir

The Eurozone needs less heterogeneity

Misalignments of real exchange rates continue to be the most visible and painful symptom of asymmetric shocks within the Eurozone. An important factor behind such misalignment is the difference in national wage formation and bargaining systems, especially between core and periphery members. This column argues that all members need to have institutions that ensure wage developments are in line with productivity developments. This would eliminate an important source of asymmetric behaviour and reduce resistance to EZ-wide fiscal mechanisms capable of absorbing asymmetric shocks.

By: André Sapir Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 17, 2016
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Policy Brief

One market, two monies: the European Union and the United Kingdom

One market, two monies: the European Union and the United Kingdom

So far, having more than one currency in the EU has not undermined the single market. However, attempts to deepen integration in the banking, labour and capital markets might require governance integration that involves only euro-area countries. Safeguards are needed to protect the interest of the UK and other euro-outs.

By: André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: January 28, 2016
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Parliamentary Testimony

Public Hearing on the EU´s Future Trade and Investment StrategyEuropean Parliament

Public Hearing on the EU´s Future Trade and Investment Strategy

Committee on International Trade (INTA), European Parliament, 12 November 2015.

By: André Sapir Topic: European Parliament Date: November 13, 2015
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Opinion

André Sapir
Guntram B. Wolff

Priorities for euro area governance reforms

In order to calm fears about weak euro area governance: better fiscal governance and a mechanism to ensure competitiveness despite the absence of the exchange rate instrument. The euro area requires a fiscal governance system that ensures two objectives: the fiscal sustainability of its members, and co-ordinates an appropriate area-wide fiscal stance that supports the ECB’s monetary policy geared towards price stability. 

By: André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: June 4, 2015
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Blog Post

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Mario Mariniello
André Sapir

The whys and hows of a single market for Europe

Be it sluggish growth performance, high unemployment or an incomplete monetary union, completing the single market is often offered as a silver bullet to alleviate or solve most of the current problems of the EU. However, seldom is time taken to explain what the underlying mechanics of the single market are and how the latter is supposed to deliver all these positive effects for the EU. 

By: Alessio Terzi, Mario Mariniello and André Sapir Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 23, 2015
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Working Paper

The long road towards the European single market

The long road towards the European single market

This paper argues that identifying and quantifying the channels through which market integration is expected to engender growth is methodologically complex. The authors conclude that the positive impact of single market integration has fallen short of initial expectations.

By: Mario Mariniello, André Sapir and Alessio Terzi Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 16, 2015
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Policy Brief

Euro-area governance: what to reform and how to do it

Euro-area governance: what to reform and how to do it

This Policy Brief argues that the Euro-area governance needs to move beyond the improvements brought about by banking union and should establish institutions to prevent divergences of wages from productivity. The authors propose the creation of a European Competitiveness Council composed of national competitiveness councils, and the creation of a Eurosystem of Fiscal Policy.

By: André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: February 27, 2015
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