Can a common currency foster a shared social identity?

Fostering the emergence of a “European identity” was one of the declared goals of the euro adoption. Now, years after the physical introduction of the common currency, researchers investigate whether there has been an effect on a shared European identity. Franz Buscha is a professor of economics at the University of Westminster.

Franz joined the University of Westminster as a research fellow at the Centre for Employment Research (CER) in 2006 after completing his PhD in economics at Lancaster University. Since then Franz has actively contributed to wide range of CER projects, including policy evaluation and bespoke econometric advice to a variety of government departments. These include the Ministry of Defence, HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Education, and the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy.

Franz is also the college director of research for the Westminster Business School. In this capacity Franz is responsible for the management of Westminster Business School’s research portfolio, building and maintaining research culture, and overseeing the research activities of 200 academics.


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