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Economic Growth in the European Union

Analyzing SME and Investment Policies

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  • Looks into the economic status quo of the European Union and explains how economic growth can be achieved
  • Examines the EU policy on fostering investment through the "Investment Plan for the EU - the Juncker Plan"
  • Provides a sector analysis and policy recommendations on tourism and immigration as well as economic protectionism

Part of the book series: Contributions to Economics (CE)

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This book studies the economic recovery of individual European Union member states more than ten years after the beginning of the global economic crisis. In light of austerity policies and conservative government investments in many EU countries, it explores how higher growth rates can be achieved by stimulating firms and economic sectors with a high accelerator potential. The contributing authors analyze the effects of EU policies on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), while also studying EU policies with the potential to foster investments and economic growth. Furthermore the book assesses the EU policy on foreign direct investment (FDI) in the member states, in comparison with similar policies in Russia and the US. The authors demonstrate that FDI, besides providing financial resources, can facilitate modernization especially in the high technology sectors. Finally, the book provides a sector analysis and policy recommendations on tourism and immigration, as well as economicprotectionism, since tourism has proved to be the most dynamic sector, especially in the European South, while immigration is one of the most serious issues the EU is currently facing. This book will appeal to scholars in economics and related fields, as well as decision-makers and professionals at governmental institutions looking for policy measures and tools to stimulate economic growth.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. International Growth Concerns

  2. Country Specific Analyses on Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth

Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece

    Christos Nikas

About the editor

Christos Nikas is a Professor at the Department of International and European Studies, University of Macedonia (Greece). He studied in Greece, Belgium and the UK and has taught at Greek and British universities. He has worked as a specialist for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the European Social and Economic Commission. His research chiefly focuses on International Economics, European Economic Integration, Migration and the Greek Economy. 

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