Professor Stefan Collignon

Professorial Research Fellow

Expertise: International Economics, Monetary Economics, Public Finance, EU & European Studies


Academia: Freie Universität Berlin, 1999 (Habilitation), Freie Universität Berlin, 1989 (PhD),

Professional Background:

Stefan Collignon is professor of political economy at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, since October 2007, and International Chief Economist of the Centro Europa Ricerche (CER), Roma, since July 2007. He is the founder of Euro Asia Forum at Sant’Anna school of advanced studies.

Previously, he was Centennial Professor of European Political Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from January 2001 to 2005. During 2005-2007 he was Visiting Professor at Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Government Department and an associate of the Minda de Gunzburg Centre for European Studies at Harvard. He has also taught at the University of Hamburg, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and Lille, at the College of Europe in Bruges and at the Free University of Berlin (1997-2000). Stefan Collignon has served as Deputy Director General for Europe in the Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin 1999 – 2000. He was also member of the Supervisory Board Glunz AG (1999-2010).

Stefan Collignon was born in 1951 and received his Ph.D. and Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin. He also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris), the University of Dar es Salaam, Queen Elizabeth House in Oxford and the London School of Economics. Since 1990 he has been president of the Association France-Birmanie. He joined First National Bank in Dallas in 1975, worked with the German Volunteer Service in Tanzania (1977-1979) and was Chairman and Managing Director of Dorcas Ltd. London (1980 – 1989). From 1989 to 1998 Dr. Collignon was Director of Research and Communication at the Association for the Monetary Union of Europe (Paris).

English, German, French, Italian

Recent Publications:


Competitiveness in the European Economy, Edited by Stefan Collignon and Piero Esposito, Routledge, Series: Routledge Studies in the European Economy, 216 pages, January 2014.

Macroeconomic imbalances and comparative advantages in the Euro Area. Sponsored by Bertelsmann Foundation, Brussels, with European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation; Brussels, 2012.

Stefan Collignon, Richard N. Cooper, Masahiro Kawai, Yongjun Zhang, “Rebalancing the Global Economy – Four Perspectives on the Future of the International Monetary System”, Europe in Dialogue 2010 | 01, BertelsmannStiftung,Gütersloh, 2010.

Peer Reviewed

Stefan Collignon, Piero Esposito and Hanna Lierse: European Sovereign Bailouts, Political Risk and the Economic Consequences of Mrs. Merkel, in: Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy (JICEP), forthcoming.

European monetary union, competitiveness and nominal exchange rates (a comment to Charles Wyplosz), In: Asian Economic Papers, Fall 2013, Vol. 12 Issue 3, p82-91.

How (not) to reform the Euro Area’s economic governance, In: Global Policy, 4.1: July 2013.

Macroeconomic imbalances and competitiveness in the Euro Area. In: Transfer: European review of labour and research. (To be published, 2012).

Europe’s Debt Crisis, Coordination Failure and International Effects. ADBI (Asian Development Bank Institute) Working Paper Series, No. 370, July 2012.

Rebalancing the Global economy, 2012. In: Global Policy; Volume 3, Issue 2, pages 154–168, May 2012.

The Governance of European Public Goods. In: Daniel Tarschys (ed.) The EU Budget. What Should Go In? What Should Go Out? – SIEPS (Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies) 2011:3

Chapters in Books

Wir haben ein Europa souveräner Staaten. in: Henning Meyer und Andrew Wat (ed.), 10 Mythen der Europakrise und warum sie falsch sind; Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung Macroeconomic Policy Institute, 2014.

Haben wir noch ein Europa souveräner Staaten? In: Zeit online (25/09/2014)

Political Lessons from the Economics of the Euro Crisis. In: Maria João Rodrigues (ed.), Eurozone Crisis and the Transformation of the EU Governance; Ashgate forthcoming 2014.

Vom Mythos des souveränen Staates in Europa. in: Henning Meyer, 10 Mythen der Europakrise und warum sie falsch sind; Social Europe Book, 2014.

How To Measure Competitiveness in: Social Europe Report 1 – Towards a European Growth Strategy, Edited by Henning Meyer, February 2013. Free online e-book.

Stefan Collignon and Piero Esposito: Unit Labour Costs and Capital Efficiency in the Euro Area: a new competitiveness indicator; Chap. 2 in: S.Collignon and P. Esposito (eds.) Competitiveness in the european economy; London Routledge, 2013.

How To Measure Competitiveness. In: Towards a European Growth Strategy, Social Europe Report, February 2013.

Private Union Bonds as an Exit from the Greek Drama; in: Karamouzis, N. and G. Hardouvelis, 2011. From the international to the European and Greek crisis: What will the future bring?, Livanis Editions, Athens (2011). [ΑΠΟ ΤΗ ΔΙΕΘΝΗ ΚΡΙΣΗ ΣΤΗΝ ΚΡΙΣΗ ΤΗΣ ΕΥΡΩΖΩΝΗΣ ΚΑΙ ΤΗΣ ΕΛΛΑΔΑΣ: Τι μας επιφυλάσσει το μέλλον.]

The Preconditions of Social Europe and the Tasks of Social Democracy. In: The Future of European Social Democracy, edited by Henning Meyer and Jonathan Rutherford, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

The Moral Economy of Money and the Future of European Capitalism, in: The Global Crash: Towards a New Financial Regulatory Regime? (edited by Leila Simona Talani), Palgrave Macmillan, July 2010.

Other Publications

Puey Ungpakorn, Founding Father of Modern Thailand in: Seeds of Peace, 2015, Bangkok (Forthcoming).

For the European Republic: A reply to Mameli and del Savio. In:

Why the ‘bitter medicine’ of austerity isn’t working. In: Future Europe (, February 25 2015.

Exit from the Crisis? CER Centre Europa Ricerche Rapporto CER, June 2014.

Economic growth and competitiveness: a Franco-German tale. Bertelsmann Stiftung, September 2012.

Centro Europa Ricerche (CER) Report on Europe 2012.

Centro Europa Ricerche (CER) Report on Europe 2011.

Democratic Requirements for a European Economic Government, International Policy Analysis (IPA), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, December 2010.

Demokratische Anforderungen an eine europäische Wirtschaftsregierung, Internationale Politikanalyse (IPA), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, December 2010.