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Vassilis Monastiriotis

Visiting Scholar 2017-2018

Residency Dates: September 1 – December 31, 2017


Vassilis Monastiriotis

Dr Monastiriotis is Associate Professor of Political Economy at the European Institute, London School of Economics (UK) and affiliate at LSE’s Department of Geography and Environment. He holds a PhD in Economic Geography (LSE), an MSc in Economics (University of Macedonia) and a BSc in Economics (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki). He has previously been Visiting Researcher at the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the University of Groningen. His research spans across three disciplinary areas – Economics, Geography and Political Economy – and focuses geographically on Southeast Europe (including Greece), the MENA region, Britain and the European Union. His main research interests are on regional and national labour markets; regional and local socio-economic disparities; skills, education and growth; labour market flexibility wages and unemployment; macroeconomic policy; and the political economy of reform. He has expertise in panel-data econometrics, spatial econometrics, and applied Geographical Information Systems.

Dr Monastiriotis has published widely in various economics and regional science journals including Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Oxford Economics Papers, Empirical Economics, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Economic and Industrial Democracy, Journal of Regional Science, Annals of Regional Science, Environment and Planning C, Spatial Economic Analysis, European Urban and Regional Studies, and others. He also has extensive policy and consultancy expertise, including participation in various externally funded projects and co-authorship of reports for DG Regio, DG EAC and others. He is currently co-Editor of Spatial Economic Analysis (Taylor & Francis), elected Committee Member of the British & Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International, and Fellow of the Regional Studies Association. In 2008 he was awarded the Moss Madden Medal in Regional Science.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Associate Professor of Political Economy, European Institute, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
  • Visiting Scholar, CES, Harvard University


  • Monastitiotis V., Kallioras D. and Petrakos G. (2016), The regional impact of European Union association agreements: an event-analysis approach to the case of Central and Eastern Europe, Regional Studies (DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2016.1198472)
  • Christopoulou R. and Monastiriotis V. (2016), Public-private wage duality during the Greek crisis, Oxford Economic Papers, vol.68 (1), pp.174-196.
  • Monastiriotis V. (2014), (When) Does Austerity Work? On the Conditional Link between Fiscal Austerity and Debt Sustainability, Cyprus Economic Policy Review, vol.8 (1), pp.71-92.
  • Monastiriotis V. (2014), Regional growth and national development: transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the regional Kuznets curve in the east and the west, Spatial Economic Analysis, vol.9 (2), pp.142-161.
  • Bartlett W., Maleković S., and Monastiriotis V. (eds) (2013), Decentralization and Development in Southeast Europe, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Monastiriotis V. and Antoniades A. (2012), Reform That! Greece’s Failing Reform Technology: Beyond ‘Vested Interests’ and ‘Political Exchange’, ch.4 in Kalyvas S., Pagoulatos G. and Tsoukas H. (eds), From Stagnation to Forced Adjustment: Reforms in Greece, 1974-2010, C. Hurst & Co, London.

Research Project

Between government failure and failed government: the Greek-Eurozone crisis in analytical perspective


Political Economy

Areas of Expertise

  • Political economy of Europe
  • Economic geography
  • Regional labor markets
  • Regional disparities and growth
  • EU conditionality and transition/accession
  • National policies and economic development
  • Political economy of reforms
  • Wages, unemployment and labor market regulations
  • Spatial econometrics, GIS and applied microeconometrics

Awards and Recognitions

  • Moss Madden Medal in Regional Science, 2008.
  • European Investment Bank Essay Competition (third prize), 2001.