Rainer Schweickert

Rainer Schweickert is deputy head of the Kiel Institute for World Economics’ research department ‘Development Economics and Global Integration’ and head of the division ‘Stability and Structural Adjustment’. He holds a master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim, Germany, and a doctoral degree from the University of Kiel, Germany. His main areas of research are real exchange rates, macroeconomic equilibrium and monetary integration.

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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