Research partnerships

Public research projects

Zombie Banking – financial system comparison between EU and Japan

Description:On this project visiting fellow Yoichi Matsubayashi has worked on financial system comparison between EU and Japan, particularly Japan’s experience of financial problems since the 1990s and its applicability to the EU.

Project duration: August 2013 – October 2014

The Study for Global Economic Governance Cooperation between Europe and China

Project duration: January 2014 – March 2014

SIMPATIC “Social IMpact Policy Analysis of Technological Innovation Challenges”

Description: SIMPATIC (Social IMpact Policy Analysis of Technological Innovation Challenges) is an ambitious policy-oriented project coordinated by Bruegel in collaboration with seven other research institutions. A unique bottom-up project, it brings together, for the first time, a wide variety of top class micro- and macroeconomics researchers with expertise in evidence-based policy analysis, impact assessment, and the scope and nature of research and innovation policies. The objective of SIMPATIC is to provide policy makers with a comprehensive and operational tool box allowing for a better assessment of the impact of research and innovation policies in Europe, thus allowing European innovation policy-makers to better address the EU2020 challenges.

Project duration: March 2012 – February 2015

S-GAME “Simulation Game”

Description: The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) organized a conference and performed a simulation game with former senior policy makers (no currently sitting officials), bankers, rating agencies and political analysts of Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, France and Germany. The aim of the simulation exercise was to gain insights into how future developments of the euro area crisis could look like and what could be the dynamics of decision-making.

Project duration: September 2011

RASTANEWS – Macro-Risk Assessment and Stabilization Policies with New Early

Description: The Rastanews project investigates the evolving system of economic governance in the EU and its impacts and implications. It explores the risks that the EU and member states should absorb, and how relations between the Eurozone countries and other EU Member States could be improved. For more information see the Rastanews website here.

Project duration: 2013 – 2015

Marie Curie fellowship project

Description: On this project Bruegel’s Marie Curie fellow Suparna Karmakar is examining prospects for new frameworks of multilateral trade negotiation and for new trade liberalising philosophies in the 21st century. The project looks at the contours of a more constructive engagement by emerging market economies (in particular Brazil, India and China) in international trade negotiations and evaluates the developing-country-led negotiating template that might emerge as a result. It also analyses how the WTO could be reformed to institutionalise systems and modalities that boost dynamic comparative advantages for all members, and the specific role of Brazil, India and China in restoring the WTO’s supremacy as the global trade negotiating forum.

Project duration: May 2013 – July 2014


Description: MapCompete is a project to map European competitiveness to provide an assessment of data opportunities and requirements for the analysis of comparative competitiveness in European countries. This assessment will take the form of a database, working papers, policy briefs and reports, and scientific and policy conferences.

Project duration: February 2013 – January 2015

Japan’s Experience of building Economic Relationships with Asia and its Applicability to the EU

Description: In this project visiting fellow Akio Egawa from the National Institute for Research Advancement  (NIRA) has investigated Japan’s experience of building economic relationship with Asia and its applicability to the EU. This research led to the publication of a Bruegel policy paper “Will income inequality cause a middle-income trap in Asia?”.

Project duration: June 2013 – October 2013

Funded fellowships

Bruegel hosts visiting fellows from Asia to bring their expertise to Bruegel’s research on the region

Does the European Semester deliver the right policy advice?

Description: This briefing paper assesses the policy recommendations made by the European Semester in July 2013 with regard to the main fiscal and macro-structural challenges facing the euro area and its member states. It assesses the Semester’s recommendations for the euro area as a whole and for the euro area’s five largest economies: Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.

Project duration: June 2013 – July 2013

Analysis of developments in EU capital flows in the global context

Description: This research project aims to monitor and analyse capital flows from both a global and a more specifically European perspective. This will serve to support the work of the Internal Market and Services Directorate General (DG MARKT) of the European Commission (EC) in preparing its yearly input paper on “The Free Movement of Capital” – the free movement of capital being one of the four freedoms in which the concept of European Integration is grounded. Bruegel’s regular monitoring of capital flows will include the size and composition of capital flows, both inwards as well as outwards, the public vs. private nature of capital flows and sector balances, keeping track of stocks, and drivers of capital flows. This regular monitoring will be complemented with a special and in-depth focus for each year.

Project duration: April 2014 – December 2014


Description: Given the success of these events and the recognition by international and European institutions of this platform, Bruegel and its partners have decided to consolidate their collaboration to guarantee a longer-term future for the AEEF by securing funding for the next two years, with one conference held per year, in Asia or Europe.

Project duration: 2012 – 2015

Academic exchanges on macroeconomic situation and Chinese-EU economic cooperation

Description: Bruegel and the Academy of Macroeconomic Research NDRC conducted academic exchanges on the Chinese-EU economic cooperation.

Project duration: October 2012 – May 2013

Japan and the EU in the global economy – challenges and opportunities

Description:This project has examined challenges and opportunities facing both Japan and the EU, drawing on similarities to provide lessons for both regions. The conference “Japan and the EU in the global economy – challenges and opportunities” brought together scholars from Bruegel and two partner organisations (below), as well as selected outside speakers from Japan and the EU from government and leading policy institutions.

Project duration: April 2013 – December 2013

Public diplomacy, policy research and outreach devoted to the EU and EU-Korea relations

Description: Analysis of the crisis response of the EU and Korea in terms of fiscal, monetary and financial policies coupled with an assessment of possible EU-Korean cooperation on the specific policy issues.

Project duration: September 2011 – January 2013

Development of the New Energy and Infrastructure to match Europe 2050 Energy Agenda

Description: The aim of the project is to give policy recommendations on the public support for the deployment of new energy and transport infrastructure needed to meet the 2050 Energy Agenda.

Project duration: August 2011 – November 2011

Provision of expertise in global financial reform after the crisis

Description: Contribution into Korean Institute for International Economic Policy volume “Changes in the International economic order since the financial crisis”.

Project duration: May 2011 – October 2011

Determinants of productivity growth in Europe

Description: Research project aiming at better understanding the long term determinants of economic growth, and in particular the contribution of R&D expenditures on growth.

Project duration: May 2011 – December 2011

Evaluation of IMF Euro area surveillance

Description: Analysis of a set of explicit issues (country, Euro-area wide, surveillance process issues), and focus on country cases, relevant for addressing these issues.

Project duration: March 2011 – June 2011

The role of the European parliament in the European semester

Description: Assessment of the principles behind the European Semester and its work in practice and Analysis of the role of the European Parliament in the European Semester, along with national parliaments, and how to better design the role of the EP.

Project duration: March 2011– June 2012

Further lessons from ICT innovative industries (FLY)

Description: Analysis of recent IPTS micro-level studies on emergent innovative ICT technologies and assessment on the capacity of the European industry to stay competitive in the related markets.

Project duration: January 2011 – June 2011

Assessing the financial landscape and formulating milestones for monetary and financial integration in ASEAN

Description: Provide information on the European framework for financial and capital market integration; assess differences between the European Union and ASEAN; and provide lessons that analyze key success factors and failures, necessary facilitating frameworks, and threshold indicators for financial liberalization.

Project duration: January 2011 – August 2011

Reform options for the global reserve currency system and their implications for the EU economy

Description: Study analyzing and evaluating different options for reform and/or scenarios for plausible market-driven developments of the global reserve currency system.

Project duration: September 2010 – August 2011

The transatlantic relationship in an era of growing economic multipolarity

Description: Research project analyzing the dynamics of the economic and political subject areas that will, in the coming years, dominate the policy agenda of both the external EU-US engagement with major emerging economies, as well as bilaterally across the Atlantic.

Project duration: January 2010 – December 2011

Provision of external expertise in monetary and economic policies (monetary experts panel)

Description: Provision of briefing notes which give a critical and independent analysis of the monetary policy of the European Central Bank as well as evaluate general issues in connection with monetary, economic and fiscal policies in the EU.

Project duration: September 2009 – August 2014

International cooperation in times of global crisis: views from G20 countries

Description: High-level economic seminar on the key current global financial and economic policy challenges, bringing together academics and policymakers from all G20 countries and identifying policy implications for Europe, Asian and the Americas.

Project duration: September 2009 –

Energy and climate exchange series @ Bruegel

Description: The series intends to be a reference discussion forum in Brussels for professionals in the energy and climate change fields and other interested parties from various communities (academia and think tanks, policy institutions, selected press, business, NGOs, civil society) to discuss state-of-the-art development in the economics of energy and climate change policies.

Project duration: September 2009 – June 2010

Briefing Paper: European Economic Recovery Programmes

Description: Briefing paper presenting the latest breakdown of the fiscal stimuli in member states.

Project duration: January 2009 – February 2009

Strategic Partnership between the German Marshall Fund (GMF) and Bruegel

Description:Strategic partnership grant agreement between GMF and Bruegel leveraging each institution’s intellectual expertise, convening capabilities, and networks in Washington and across Europe.

The euro at 10: time for greater transatlantic economic cooperation?

Description: Transatlantic dialogue on major policy issues in the context of the international development of the euro and promotion of dialogue within civil society.

Project duration: September 2008 – August 2010

EFIGE – “European Firms in a Global Economy: internal policies for external competitiveness”

Description: Assessment of the internationalization patterns of European firms through the creation of a pilot dataset, based on survey of firm-level data in seven countries (AT, FR, DE, HU, IT, ES, GB).

Project duration: September 2008 – September 2012

Workshops in the Framework of the French Presidency

Description: Organisation of two workshops in the Framework of the French Presidency, in the aftermath of the EC Communication of its climate change action plan.

Project duration: June 2008 – December 2008