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Making Sense of the Costs and Benefits of Brexit: Challenges for Economists

Iain Begg ()
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Iain Begg: European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

Atlantic Economic Journal, 2017, vol. 45, issue 3, 299-315

Abstract: Abstract The UK’s decision to leave the European Union will have a wide-ranging effect on the British economy, but the scale and sequencing of the likely effects are hard to gauge. The uncertainties surrounding how a country separates itself from a regional economic bloc have posed challenges to the economics profession about how best to analyse the many consequences. The paper discusses the main lines of relevant economic argumentation, and reviews the evidence from studies of the likely effects of “Brexit”. It then considers how the UK’s economic linkages with the EU might evolve and examines some of the ensuing political economy challenges. The concluding section ponders the role of economists in so contentious a political development.

Keywords: Brexit; UK and European union; Role of economists; Economic integration in Europe; Trade regime; EU finances; F02; F13; F15; F53; H77 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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