Enrico Spolaore's lecture entitled "Monnet’s Chain Reaction and the Future of Europe:Reflections on the Political Economy of European Integration."
Enrico Spolaore is a Professor of Economics at Tufts University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), where he is a member of the Political Economy Program. He is also a CESIfo Fellow at the University of Munich and an External Associate at the University of Warwick’s Centrefor Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE). His main research interests are in political economy, economic growth and development, and international economics. Among his publications are “On the Number and Size of Nations” (with Alberto Alesina, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 1997), “Economic Integration and Political Disintegration” (with Alberto Alesina and Romain Wacziarg, American Economic Review, 2000),“On the Evaluation of Economic Mobility” (with Peter Gottschalk, Review of Economic Studies, 2002), “The Diffusion of Development” (with Romain Wacziarg, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 2009), “How Deep Are the Roots of Economic Development?” (with Romain Wacziarg, Journal of Economic Literature, 2013), “What is European Integration Really About? A Political Guide for Economists” (Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2013), and several other articles and book chapters. Spolaore’s publications also include the monograph The Size of Nations (with Alberto Alesina, MIT Press, 2003 – paperback edition, 2005), and two edited volumes on Culture and Economic Growth (Edward Elgar, 2014). Before joining the Tufts faculty in 2004, Spolaore held faculty positions at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Ohio State University, Boston College, and Brown University. He also worked as a consultant for the Confederation of Italian Industries (Confindustria) and the European Commission. At Tufts he served as Chair of the Economics Department between 2006 and 2012. Spolaore was born in Italy, and holds Italian and U.S. citizenships.