The economics of secession: Case of the former Yugoslavia

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose, Marko Stermšek 21 November 2014

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The supposed ‘economic dividend’ of secession

Secession is in fashion. After decades of strict enforcement during the cold war of the principle of territorial integrity, the independence of Slovenia from the former Yugoslavia, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the division of the former Czechoslovakia, and the separation of Eritrea from Ethiopia have opened the floodgates. Today, secessionist tensions are more and more evident, with flashpoints on all continents.

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Topics:  Europe's nations and regions Frontiers of economic research Politics and economics

Tags:  secession, economic benefits, Yugoslavia, Conflicts

The eye, the needle and the camel: Rich countries can benefit from EU membership

Nauro F Campos, Fabrizio Coricelli, Luigi Moretti 05 April 2014

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EU members are all alike; every EU candidate is a candidate in its own way. This is, of course, our attempt at rephrasing Anna Karenina’s opener (“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way”). Tolstoy had marriage in mind while Diamond (1997) had domesticated animals. For pets and marriages, success happens not because of one particular, positive, exceptional feature, but because of the lack of key negative traits.

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Topics:  EU institutions

Tags:  EU enlargement, EU, economic benefits