Daniel Piazolo

Daniel Piazolo is an economist at Financial and Economic Research International (FERI) in Bad Homburg, Germany. He holds a doctoral degree from the University of Kiel, Germany, and was a research associate at the Kiel Institute for World Economics for six years before joining FERI in mid-2002. His recent book on European integration, The Integration Process between Eastern and Western Europe (Springer, 2001), based on his doctoral thesis, received the 2002 award of the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies (EACES).

Papers Published in World Economics:

Ready to Join the EU?

This paper presents a new set of indicators concerning the status of economic reform in the candidate countries for the enlargement of the European Union which is scheduled for 2004. After an overview of indicators of institutional development, macroeconomic policy and trade policy, a composite index is derived. It turns out that the ranking of the candidate countries according to the composite index diverges from the ranking provided in the progress reports of the European Commission.

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