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Economics (T_ECO)

Research Group

Main organisation:Department of Economics
Lifecycle:1 Oct 2003  →  Today
Organisation profile:- Macroeconomics and stabilisation policies: monetary and fiscal policies, interactions and coordination issues. Relationship between economic performance, institutional settings and exchange market pressure in transition countries. Corporatism and macroeconomic policy.- Labour markets : the functioning of the labour market in Belgium and Europe: real and nominal wage rigidities, the wage gap. Impact of the EMU on European labour markets. Transition from schools to the labour market. Shadow economy and the labour market.- Industrial economics: research on specific sectors such as transport markets, telecommunications industry and banking sector. Economics of the sports sector (professional team sports; impact of sports events). Competition between universities. - Economics of innovation: innovation and growth in 2-country models with labour market imperfections. Measurement of intangible invest¬ments. Input and output criteria for innovation. Strategic R&D decisions under oligopoly.- Health economics: analysis of equity in health, in the consumption of medical care and in the financing of health in Belgium in an international comparative perspective. Financing of health care in developing countries: establishment of social health insurance, community finance or other prepayment schemes. Economic evaluation of drugs and medical technology.- History of economic thought: history of proposals on basic income and basic capital. History of economic thought in Belgium. Orthodox and heterodox price theories. Pioneers of input-output analysis. - Measuring efficiency using the frontier approach: Frontier approach to measure the efficiency of local public authorities, banks and transport companies. Bayesian stochastic frontier approach applied to the determinants of mutual fund performance, and to the explanation of the differences in container terminal efficiency.- Public economics: economics of exhaustible resources. Local public finance. Public contracts. Regulation and pricing in the transport sector. - Economics of migration: Labour market effects of immigration. Migration and economic growth.- Economics of crime: detecting money-laundering and data-mining. Illegal migration and organised crime. Economic analysis of terrorism.
Disciplines:Applied economics, Economic history, Macroeconomics and monetary economics, Microeconomics, Tourism