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André Sapir

Senior Fellow

André Sapir

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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Upcoming Event

7 
Sep
2015
15:15

Emerging markets and Europe: time for different relationships?

Now that Europe can focus on medium-term issues rather than crisis management, it is the right time to reassess relations with the emerging markets. While the US seems to be betting on Asia, through its famous “pivot” and TPP, Europe is far from having a clear strategy. This session will explore how to create a mutually beneficial relationship between Europe and the emerging markets.

Speakers: Muhamad Chatib Basri, Kemal Dervis, Alicia García-Herrero, André Sapir and Javier Solana Topic: Global Economics & Governance
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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

Alessio Terzi
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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Blog Post

Henrik Horn
André Sapir

Discussion: Can border carbon taxes fit into the global trade regime?

Reinhard Quick – Director Brussels Office of the German Chemical Industry Association, as well as a well-known trade specialist in Brussels and Honorary Professor for international economic law, Saarland University – discusses the policy brief “Can border carbon taxes fit into the global trade regime?” authored by Henrik Horn, Non-Resident Scholar at Bruegel, and André Sapir, Senior Fellow at Bruegel.

By: Henrik Horn and André Sapir Topic: Energy & Climate Date: March 20, 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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Blog Post

Grégory Claeys
André Sapir
Guntram B. Wolff

Juncker’s investment plan: No risk – no return

President Juncker has presented the key features of the European Commission’s plan to boost investment in the EU. In this blog post we review the most important points and discuss the main policy challenges surrounding the plan.

By: Grégory Claeys, André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: November 28, 2014
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Blog Post

Grégory Claeys
Pia Hüttl
André Sapir
Guntram B. Wolff

Measuring Europe’s investment problem

Under the leadership of Vice President Katainen, the Commission has designed a plan which will be announced this week. The announcement of the investment plan is scheduled to coincide with the announcement by the Commission of its assessment of national budgetary plans for 2015. Before evaluating whether the investment plan is sufficient to boost growth, there is a need to evaluate the extent of Europe’s investment problem, which is what this blog post does.

By: Grégory Claeys, Pia Hüttl, André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: November 25, 2014
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Book

EU to DO 2015-2019: Memos to the new EU leadership

EU to DO 2015-2019

Memos to the new EU leadership.

By: André Sapir, Guntram B. Wolff, Zsolt Darvas, Silvia Merler, Nicolas Véron, Mario Mariniello, Carlo Altomonte, Reinhilde Veugelers, Rainer Münz, Suparna Karmakar, Georg Zachmann and Jim O‘Neill Topic: Energy & Climate, European Macroeconomics & Governance, Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: September 3, 2014
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Blog Post

André Sapir
Guntram B. Wolff

Juncker's first move

One early move that Juncker should make is to do away with the current European Commission college structure of one portfolio for each of the 28 member states.

By: André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: July 9, 2014
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Policy Brief

The great transformation: Memo to the incoming EU Presidents

The great transformation: Memo to the incoming EU Presidents

This memo is addressed to the incoming Presidents of the European institutions. It is the first in a series of memos to the new European leadership to be launched in September, which will address individual Commissioners with priorities for their portfolio. 

By: André Sapir and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: July 2, 2014
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Video

Video

#EU2DO for the new European Presidents

Guntram Wolff introduces his upcoming policy brief addressed to the new Presidents of the Commission, Parliament, and Council. In this memo him and Andre Sapir, Senior Fellow at Bruegel, set the agenda these leaders should adopt. The paper will be available soon on the Bruegel site.

By: Guntram B. Wolff and André Sapir Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: June 30, 2014
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