Seamus O'Cleireacain

Seamus O'Cleireacain

Research Interests


Spring 2021

  • Economics of European Integration (4 credits)
    A policy-oriented but theory-based course on the current state of economic integration in the European Union.  Topics include: macroeconomic policy responses to the Covid-19 crisis; the impact of Brexit; design failures of the Eurozone and steps to completing the Banking Union and Monetary Union; monetary policy of the ECB; fiscal policies and fiscal rules; EU labor markets; the Common Agricultural Policy and environmental policy; tax and competition policy for high tech firms in a digital economy; EU trade policy particularly relations with the U.S. and with China.

Fall 2020

  • The Transatlantic Economy (3 credits)

    A course on contemporary transatlantic economic relations with particular emphasis on the US-EU dimension. Topics include: macroeconomic responses to the Covid-19 crisis and lessons learned from the financial crises of 2008 and 2010; transatlantic implications of Brexit, proposed US-UK and US-EU trade agreements, European responses to Trump Administration trade policy; US-EU differences in relations with China; the digital economy and data privacy; European competition and tax policy toward U.S. high tech firms; dollar-euro diplomacy and the international roles of the dollar and euro; the economic dimension to transatlantic security.


Seamus O'Cleireacain As adjunct professor at SIPA, he teaches courses on EU-US economic relations and on European economic integration and is professor emeritus at Purchase College. A specialist on international economic policy, European economic integration, including European Monetary Union, US-EU relations, and trade policy, from 1991-94, he was in charge of the Ford Foundation's Program in International Economics and Development. He has been a consultant and advisor to the United Nations, the State Department, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the U.K. Department of Trade and Industry, and the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • MSc, University of Detroit
  • BComm, University College

Selected Publications

  • "Sub-Saharan Africa's Trade Liberalization Experience" in Regional Integration and Trade Liberalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Macmillan Press 1999), edited by Ademola Oyejide, Benno Ndulu and David Greenaway
  • "EC Policies Toward Japanese Trade and Investment: Implications for US-EC relations" in 1992: Europe and America (Manchester 1991), edited by George N. Yannopoulos
  • "Long-Term Implications of the Unified European Market: Birth of an Economic Superpower?" in Mediterranean Quarterly (Fall 1990)
  • Third World Debt and International Public Policy (Praeger-Greenwood 1990), "The Emerging Social Dimension of Europe 1992" in 1992: Technological Challenges and European Security (Frances Pinter 1990), edited by Michael S. Steinberg
  • "Europe 1992 and Gaps in the European Community's Common Commercial Policy" in Journal of Common Market Studies (March 1990)
  • "A View on the External Effects of Europe 1992" in The United States and the European Community: Convergence or Conflict? (Nijgh and Van Ditmar Universitair 1989), edited by H. M. Belein
  • "Northern Ireland and Irish Integration: The Role of the European Communities" in Journal of Common Market Studies (December 1983)