Projects for Economy and Finance

  • January 2009 - May 2009

    Economic Integration in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

    CEPS’ contribution to this study led by CASE was to carry out a Business perception survey and to provide an analysis of different business sectors in selected Euromed countries. 

  • December 2008 - March 2009

    Medium-term Employment Challenges of the Lisbon Strategy

    The aim of this study was to provide the Commission in view of the approaching end of the 2010 Lisbon agenda with an assessment of the employment challenges of the next decade. The study looked in particular at the policy challenges but also included governance challenges. An additional task was, however, to identify possible changes in the employment policy process; including guidelines and target, at the level of the EU. The study took as the point of departure the current integrated employment guidelines and agreed targets and benchmarks, which represent the present priorities within the employment field. The study also provided thoughts on the possible need to adjust the employment guidelines to reflect the future challenges of the European labour markets. The analysis was carried out on an aggregated European level but with case studies for selected countries. The study the identified reforms and policy measures with a potential significance for Europe to ensure growth and jobs in the medium term.


  • November 2008 - October 2010

    Regulated Exchanges: Dynamic Agents of Economic Growth

    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the World Federation of Exchanges, CEPS partnered with the WFE and Larry Harris to produce a definitive volume of essays to take a look at the historic role exchanges have played in the global economy, highlighting pivotal innovations that shaped this role, and to lay out prospective ways in which exchanges will continue to shape the global economy in the future.


  • October 2008 - March 2010

    The Performance and Role of Cooperative Banks in Europe

    The objectives of the study are to understand the performance of cooperative banks in selected countries and to compare the developments and roles of cooperative banks in these countries with other banking groups (profit-making institutions) within national financial systems.


  • October 2008 - July 2009

    Analysis of Tying and Other Commercial Practices in the Retail Financial Services Sector

    This study aimed at providing an in-depth description of potentially unfair commercial practices adopted by financial service providers in the EU27, and at providing insights on why such practices are put in place, with a clear aim to identify instances in which the prominent intent or effect is to limit and/or distort customer choice. In addition, the study aimed at measuring the potential impact of such practices on markets, consumers and businesses (in particular, SMEs), and at identifying a range of potential solutions to the observed problems. For this purpose, a consortium of two institutions, CEPS and Van Dijk, joined forces to combine their experience in legal, economic, financial and policy formulation issues, to report and describe an inventory of tying and potentially unfair practices at stake in the 27 Member States and assess their likely outcomes through a detailed qualitative and quantitative analysis.


  • October 2008 - March 2009

    Accountability and Transparency in Central Banking

    This study analysed the objectives and accountability of the European Central Bank; the role of transparency in accountability, an international comparison of accountability and finally the role and scope of parliamentary scrutiny.


  • September 2008 - April 2010

    The Fiscal Implications of Climate Change Adaptaton

    As the contractor for this study CEPS analysed, together with ZEW, the relationships between public expenditures/revenues and the costs of adaptation, reflecting on the distributional aspects of adaptation and building a conceptual framework aiding policy makers in their public finances strategy.


  • August 2008 - February 2009

    Non-performing Loans: A Comparison of Seven European Countries

    The study sheds light on ‘credit life cycles’ in seven European countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden), analyzing the business processes of the largest banks, credit registries/bureaus and credit management service companies (engaging in the business of debt recovery). Further, the report reviews existing legislation governing (credit) data protection, debt recovery and consumer bankruptcy proceedings, deriving thereof country-specific time-lines.


  • EU-GCC Al Jisr Project

    CEPS was a member of the consortium led by the Gulf Research Council. The project’s main objectives were threefold.
    1) It aimed to enhance public and well as professional knowledge and understanding of the European Union, its policies and institutions, among GCC citizens.
    2) It strove to strengthen reflection and debate about EU-GCC relations and contribute to the future of policy-making between the two regions.
    3) Finally, it sought to make closer links between the EU and the GCC through the dissemination of information on the EU.


  • March 2008 - February 2011

    Intangible Capital and Innovations: Drivers of Growth and Location in the EU (INNODRIVE)

     The aim of this research project was to improve our understanding by providing new data on intangible capital and new evidence on the contributions of intangible capital to economic growth. This study aimed to improve measurement of the capital embodied in intellectual assets (e.g. human capital, R&D, patents, software and organisational structures) and to uncover the growth potential associated with intangible capital accumulation in manufacturing, service industries and the rest of the economy.

    At the micro-level INNODRIVE will improve insight into the contributions of intangibles to the growth of firms by exploiting recently established linked employer-employee datasets in a selection of old and new member states, and by implementing a performance-based methodology to analyse how firms use knowledge and human capital to increase their productivity and how mobile workers react to these processes.