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Klaus Desmet

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Klaus Desmet is Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III,Madrid. His research
focuses on regional economics, international trade, economic growth and diversity.
He has held visiting positions at a number of institutions, including the University of
Illinois, Stanford University and the Bank of Spain. He is a Research Fellowat the Centre for Economic Policy Research. In 2010 he was co-recipient of the August Lösch Prize for outstanding research in the field of Regional Science. He was educated at the
Université Catholique de Louvain (Business Engineering) and at Stanford University
(PhD in Economics).

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Italy and Spain "must break down barriers to growth"

The current crisis afflicting the eurozone has brought the economic convergence between southern and northern Europe to a grinding halt. The Mediterranean countries are, once again, starting to fall behind. While this deepening rift may be partly due to the flawed design on the euro, there are clearly other factors as well that have kept the so-called PIGS – Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain – from catching up. Identifying the barriers to growth in those countries is therefore key.

By: Klaus Desmet and Loris Rubini Topic: Digital economy and innovation Date: September 10, 2012
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Breaking down the barriers to firmgrowth in Europe The fourth EFIGE policy report

This report is the sixth and last in a series devoted to the firm-level determinants of export and economic performance. The series started in 2007 with the Happy Few report. It is based on the EFIGE survey of European firms organised by a Bruegel-led team of European researchers from seven centres, with the support of the European Commission and the UniCredit Group.

By: Loris Rubini, Klaus Desmet, Facundo Piguillem and Aranzazu Crespo Topic: Digital economy and innovation Date: August 28, 2012