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Dr. F. (Francesco) Nicoli

Faculty of Economics and Business
Sectie Macro & International Economics

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  • Roetersstraat 11
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  • Postbus 15867
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
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  • Personal information

    I am a  Lecturer in Political Economy and Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Amsterdam. I am affiliated with the interdisciplinary research centre ACCESS Europe as well as with the Political Economy and Transnational Governance research group. 

    I work on the political economy of Crises and Integration.

    I obtained my PhD At the University of Trento. I was previously visiting fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and visiting fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, where I mainly worked on fiscal integration and the Eurocrisis. I hold a master degree in Economics jointly delivered by the University of Lugano in Switzerland and the Postgraduate Institute for Economics and International Studies in Milan. Before joining the University of Trento for my PhD, I served as a Research Assistant in the Brussels' think tanks Bruegel and European Policy Centre (EPC).

    I am also the coordinator of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET-YSI) Working Group on Europe’s Political Economy of Europe.

    Personal website, updated with publications and opinion posts, is available here:
    You can follow me on Twitter, facebook  and ResearchGate



  • Publications






    PUBLISHED WORK -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Double-blind Peer reviewed

    • Nicoli, F. (2018) 'Integration through crises? A quantitative assessment of the effect of the Eurocrisis on preferences for fiscal integration. Comparative European Politics, Online Preprint

    • Nicoli, F. (2017) Democratic legitimacy in the Era of Fiscal Integration.
      Journal of European Integration, vol. 39, Issue 4, pp. 389-404

    • Nicoli, F. (2017) Electoral Euroscepticism and the economic crisis: evidence from a 108 elections panel study across Europe. Journal of Common Market Studies, 55, No. 2 ,pp. 312-331

    • Nicoli, F. (2016) From Governance to Government? Towards a Genuine Economic and Monetary Union. Politica Economica-Journal of Economic Policy, Vol. 32, Issue 3, pp. 413-440

    • Nicoli, F. (2016) Governance in the 2025 run-up: a Joint Budgetary Procedure. Perspectives on Federalism, Vol. 8, Issue 2, pp. 100-124

    • Nicoli, F. (2015) Eurocrisis and the Myths of European Redistribution: Illegitimate, Unsustainable, Inefficient? Perspectives on Federalism, Vol. 7, Issue 3, pp. 19-48

    • Nicoli, F. (2015) “Greece in the Euro: economic delinquency or system failure? A review.” Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 53, Issue 4

    Book Chapters

    • Nicoli, F: (2018) Euroscepticism Eurocrisis and core-state powers: Reassessing legitimacy in an era of shifting cleavages. Chapter for the volume Baldassarri, M. and E. Castelli (eds) (2020) Opposing Europe, Springer, forthcoming.

    • Nicoli, F. (2015) Legitimacy, Democracy, and the future of European Integration
      Chapter in: Krieger, T., Panke, D. and B. Neumaker (eds) (2015) Europe’s Crisis: the conflict-theoretical perspective. Nomos Publishing, University of Freiburg

    • Nicoli, F. (2014) Populism, Polarization, Politicization, Participation. Projecting the EU Beyond the Market? Chapter in “Growing Populism and European Elections.” Institute of European Democrats, Spring 2014

    • Nicoli, F. and F. Zuleeg (2014) The Long Term Implications of the Euro Crisis for European Integration. Chapter in: Basevi, G., Daianu, D., D’Adda, C. and R. Kumar (eds) (2014) The Eurozone Crisis and the Future of Europe: Challenges and Prospects for Integration and Governance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

    Policy briefs and reports

    • Alcidi, C., Barslund, M., Busse, M and F. Nicoli (2016) Will a European unemployment benefit scheme affect labour mobility? CEPS special report, No. 152, December 2016

    • Nicoli, F. (2013) Pathways for a Genuine Fiscal U. nion. EPC Policy Brief, June 2013.

    • Dhéret, C., Pascouau, Y., Lazarowich, A. and F. Nicoli (2013) Completing the Single European Labour Market. EPC Issue Paper No. 73, May 2013

    • Dhéret, C., Nicoli, F. and F. Zuleeg (2013) The impact of the European Fiscal Union on regional authorities: in-depth analysis of Catalonia, PACA Region and Province of Trento. EPC Report for the Committee of the Regions, June 2013

    • Dhéret, C., Nicoli, F. and F. Zuleeg (2013) The impact of the European Fiscal Union on local autonomies: in-depth analysis of Copenhagen, Warsaw and Bremen. EPC Report for the Committee of the Regions, June 2013

    • Dhéret, C., Nicoli, F. and F. Zuleeg (2012) The implications of an EU fiscal union for local and regional authorities. Report to the Committee of the Regions, EPC, Brussels, November 2012

    • Hallerberg, M., Marzinotto, Wolff, G., Andreicut, D., Granelli, G. Nicoli, F. and P. Schuseil (2012) An Assessment of the European Semester. Bruegel. Study in behalf of the European Parliament, policy department A-economic and scientific policy/ECON.

    Peer-reviewed, non-blind

    • Nicoli, F. (2016) Towards a new theory of functional legitimacy. Polish Journal of Political Science, Issue 3, No. 2, pp. 6-32

    • Nicoli, F. (2013) A threefold model of Fiscal Union. Government: Pan-European Networks Review, Issue III, May 2013

    WORK IN PROGRESS--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    As a Co-Editor of Special Issues already accepted by the Journal.

    • Nicoli, F. and J. Zeitlin (eds) (2019) Europe Beyond the Polycrsis? Politicization and integration in the age of shifting cleavages. Special Issue for the Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), scheduled to appear in Q1/2019

    • Kuhn, T. and F. Nicoli (eds) (2020) Collective Identities and Integration of Core State Powers. Special Issue for the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), scheduled to appear in Q1/2020

    Monographies in development

    • Nicoli, F. (2020) Integration and Crisis: Path dependency from the Common Market to the European Fiscal Union through the lenses of five Trilemmas. Monography (in finalization).

    Aricles in review

    • Merler, S. and F. Nicoli (2018) Convergence of economies, convergence of identities? Estimating the impact of the Eurocrisis on the process of formation of European Identities. In review at Journal of Common Market Studies (third review)

    • Nicoli, F. (2018) Spillarounds, but mainly Spillovers? An empirical challenge to the intergovernmentalist interpretation of crisis-led integration.  In review at Journal of European Integration (first review)

    •  Nicoli, F. and A. K. Reinl (2018) A tale of two crises? A regional-level investigation of the joint effect of economic performance and migration on the Eurosceptic milieu.  In review at West European Politics (first review)

    •   Nicoli, F. (2018) Path dependency and the five trilemmas of European integration. In review at Comparative European Politics (first review)


  • Publications







    • Nicoli, F. (2018). Path dependency and the five trilemmas of European integration.. Manuscript submitted for publication



    • Nicoli, F. (2016). From Governance to Government? Steps towards a genuine monetary union. Politica Economica- Journal of Economic Policy, 31(3), 413-440. [details]
    • Nicoli, F. (2016). Is the Eurocrisis a Functional Crisis? A quantitative investigation of the Eurocrisis’ endogeneity.. Manuscript submitted for publication
    • Nicoli, F. (2016). The “Fiscal Rules Epos” and the flexibility dilemma: towards a political Commission?. Manuscript submitted for publication




    • Vandenbroucke, F., & Nicoli, F. (2019). European Unemployment Insurance: What Citizens Really Think. Paris: Institut Jacques Delors. [details]
    • Vandenbroucke, F., & Nicoli, F. (2019). Une assurance chômage européenne: ce qu’en pensent vraiment les citoyens. Paris: Institut Jacques Delors. [details]


    • Vandenbroucke, F., Burgoon, B., Kuhn, T., Nicoli, F., Sacchi, S., van der Duin, D., & Hegewald, S. (2018). Risk Sharing When Unemployment Hits: How Policy Design Influences Citizen Support For European Unemployment Risk Sharing (EURS): Policy report. (AISSR Policy Report; No. 1). AISSR, University of Amsterdam. [details]

    Prize / grant

    Membership / relevant position

    • Nicoli, F. (2015). Institute for New Economic Thinking- Young Scholars Initiative.


    • Zeitlin, J. H. (organiser), Bokhorst, D. J. (organiser) & Nicoli, F. (organiser) (8-12-2017). The Future of the Economic and Monetary Union, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Zeitlin, J. H. (organiser) & Nicoli, F. (organiser) (2017). Transformation or Collapse? Integration and Politicization in Post-Functionalist Times., Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).



    • Burgoon, B., Vandenbroucke, F., Kuhn, T. & Nicoli, F. (2022). sj-do-2-eup-10.1177_14651165221075251 - Supplemental material for Unemployment risk-sharing in the EU: How policy design influences citizen support for European unemployment policy. SAGE Journals.
    • Burgoon, B., Kuhn, T., Vandenbroucke, F. & Nicoli, F. (2022). sj-dta-3-eup-10.1177_14651165221075251 - Supplemental material for Unemployment risk-sharing in the EU: How policy design influences citizen support for European unemployment policy. SAGE Journals.
    • Kuhn, T., Nicoli, F., Burgoon, B. & Vandenbroucke, F. (2022). Unemployment risk-sharing in the EU: How policy design influences citizen support for European unemployment policy. SAGE Journals.



    • Nicoli, F., Burgoon, B., Sacchi, S., Busemeyer, M., Luppi, M., Gualtieri, V. & Balduini, S. (2020). Attitudes towards policy alternatives and economic change: conjoint experiments on policy options vis-à-vis automation and globalization. Harvard Dataverse.
    • Nicoli, F., Burgoon, B., Beetsma, R., Vandenbroucke, F. & de Ruijter, A. (2020). Attitudes towards European reforms: Conjoint Experiments on a European Fiscal Capacity and Joint Pharmaceutical Procurement. Harvard Dataverse.


    • Nicoli, F., Kuhn, T., Vandenbroucke, F. & Burgoon, B. (2018). Experimental survey testing attitudes towards alternative EUBS Schemes by means of Conjoint Analysis. Harvard Dataverse.
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