Filip Abraham

Filip Abraham obtained a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan after obtaining Bachelor and Master degrees at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium.

His research focuses on topics in international trade, European and International Business.  He teaches in the Vlerick Business school, the KU Leuven and selected foreign universities.

Filip Abraham is actively involved in economic policy research and policy advice. He held a temporary positions at the International Monetary Fund,  the European Commission and the European Court of Auditors. He writes policy reports, newspaper columns and gives interviews on radio and TV.

Filip Abraham has built up substantial management experience as a dean and a vice-rector. He sits in the board of companies and organisations. He advises companies, public and private institutions. In the Vlerick school he contributes sessions on global business awareness in executive programs for companies such as KBC, Rabo, AGC and ING.

Job Title : Professor

Management Domain
Financial Services Management

Expert in
Strategic Context & International Business
European Business
International Business
Economic Context
International Trade
European Integration


Filip Abraham obtained a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan in 1987 after completing his undergraduate and master's studies at KU Leuven in Belgium. Since then he has been a Professor of International Economics and European integration in the department of Economics of KU Leuven and a Professor of International Business Economics in the University of Rochester Executive MBA programmes in Nyenrode (Netherlands) and Bern (Switzerland). He also teaches executive education programmes at Wharton University.

From 2001 till 2005, he was Dean of the Faculty of economics and applied econimics of KU Leuven. Since 2005, Filip Abraham is vice-rector for the humanities and social sciences at KU Leuven. Other professional experience includes positions at the International Monetary Fund and the University of Michigan.

Filip Abraham's expertise lies in European integration, the functioning of European markets, and the competitiveness of European countries and companies. He is the author of several books and articles and has lectured extensively on those topics.

For several years now, he has worked as an expert for the European Commission in various research contracts. He has been advising several companies, public and private institutions.

Filip Abraham participates actively in the policy debate in his home country, Belgium.



Articles in refereed journals with impact

  • Abraham F. Van Hove J. Studnickay Z.  2016. David vs. Goliath? Smaller European Exporting firms facing Asian competition on global markets. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 63(1): 18-40.

  • Abraham F. Goesaert T. Konings J.  2014. Staying home or moving away? Employment creation and destruction within multinationals. World Economy,

  • Abraham F. Van Hove J.  2011. Chinese Competition in OECD Markets: Impact on the Export Position and Export Strategy of OECD Countries. Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 14(2): 151-170.

  • Abraham F. Konings J. Slootmaekers V.  2010. FDI Spillovers in the Chinese Manufacturing Sector: Evidence of Firm Heterogeneity. Economics of Transition, 18(1): 143-182.

  • Abraham F. Brock E.  2003. Sectoral Employment Effects of Trade and Productivity in Europe. Applied Economics, 35: 223-238.

  • Abraham F. Dewit G.  2000. Export promotion via official export insurance. Open Economies Review, 11(1): 5-26.

Articles in other (un)refereed journals

  • Abraham F.  2011. European Competitiveness: Learning from De Grauwe Policy Cycles. Review of Business and Economics, LVI(Oct-Dec): 382-393.

  • Abraham F. Konings J.  2010. Loonkosten, Productiviteit en Werkgelegenheid in een Concurrentiële Internationale Omgeving. Over.Werk, 2010(4): 28-33.

  • Abraham F. Konings J. Vanormelingen S.  2009. Price and Wage Setting in an Integrating Europe. Review of World Economics, 145(1): 13-36.

  • Abraham F. Goos M. Konings J.  2007. De Concurrentiepositie van België: Zin of Onzin van de Loonnorm. Leuvense Economische Standpunten, 2007(116)

  • Abraham F.  2006. Leidt de EU-uitbreiding tot Sociale Afbouw?. Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Sociale Zekerheid, 48(4): 538-557.

  • Abraham F. Van Hove J.  2005. The Rise of China: Prospects for Regional Trade Policy. Review of World Economics, 141(3): 486-509.

  • Abraham F. Brock E.  2002. Sectoral Employment Effects of Trade and Productivity in a Small Open Economy. Tijdschrift voor Economie en Management, XLVII(2): 167-204.

  • Abraham F.  2002. Global and European Labor Costs. Tijdschrift voor Economie en Management, XLVII(3): 373-398.

  • Abraham F.  2001. Globalisering: Troef of Bedreiging. Tandheelkundige Tijdingen, 29(4): 233-238.

  • Abraham F. De Bruyne K.  2000. Will wage policy succeed in Euro-land? The case of Belgium. Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles, (168): 443-480.

  • Abraham F.  2000. Kwaliteit van het Overheidsapparaat en Europa als Springplank. Nieuwsbrief van het Steunpunt voor Werkgelegenheid, Arbeid en Vorming, 10(4): 40-44.

  • Abraham F. Buyst E. Geyssens S.  1996. Trade Integration in the Twentieth Century: What does Belgian History tell us?. Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, 133: 708-736.

Book Chapters

  • Abraham F. Studnickay Z. Van Hove J.  2016. Belgian Chocolate Exports: Quality and Reputation versus Increased Competition. In: Squicciarini Squicciarini M. Swinnen J. Ed. The Economics of Chocolate Oxford University Press.

  • Abraham F. Studnicka Z. Van Hove J.  2016. Export Strategies of Belgian Chocolate Companies. In: Squicciarini M. Swinnen J. Ed. The Economics of Chocolate (pp. 363-382). Oxford University Press.

  • Abraham F.  2015. Christine Lagarde. In: Wouters J. Ed. Verenigde Naties: Mensenwerk (pp. 126-135). LannooCampus.

  • Abraham F. Konings J. Goesaert T.  2011. Staying Home or Moving Away: The Effect of Restructuring on Employment in Multinational Headquarters and their Affiliates. In: Sapir A. Estache A. Hübner G. Pirotte H. Vandenbussche H. Husson J. Eds. La crise économique et financière: quelles conséquences? CIFoP.

  • Abraham F. Van Hove J.  2008. Intra-industry Trade and Technological Spillovers: The Case of Belgian Manufacturing. In: Stierle-von Schütz U. Stierle M. Jennings F. Kuah A. Regional Economic Policy in Europe: New Challenges for Theory, Empirics and Normative Interventions (pp. 97-118). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Abraham F.  2008. A vision on cost and productivity. In: Europe at Work (pp. 6-9). ADP Worldwide.

  • Abraham F.  2008. Federale of Regionale Loonvorming?. In: Cantillon B. De Maesschalck V. Gedachten over Sociaal Federalisme (pp. 73-92). Acco.

  • Abraham F.  2007. The Four Freedoms in the European Union: Free at Last?. In: Cousy H. Ballon L. Devroe W. Geens K. Stuyck J. Thilleman B. Van Orshoven P. Liber Amicorum Frans Vanistendael (pp. 1-6). Knops Publishing.

  • Abraham F. Bilsen V. Minne V.  2005. EU Enlargement and Labour Migration: A View on Flanders and Belgium. In: Vranken J. Jans M. van der Hallen P. Labour Market Research and Policy Making in Flanders (pp. 55-74). Garant-Uitgevers.

  • Sleuwaegen L. Vanneste D. Abraham F. Cabus P.  2003. Belgische werkgelegenheid in een mondialiserende economie: impact op de microeconomische en geografisch-territoriale structuur. Academia Press.

  • Abraham F.  2003. Comparatieve Voordelen. In: Theo Peeters: Beleidsgericht Vrijdenker (pp. 15-20). Lannoo Drukkerij.

  • Abraham F.  2002. Regional Adjustment and Convergence in Euro-land. In: Meeusen W. Villaverde J. Convergence Issues in the European Union (pp. 9-22). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Abraham F.  2001. Growth Differentials in euro-land. In: Smets J. Dombrecht M. How to Promote Economic Growth in the Euro Area (pp. 291-298). Edward Elgar Publishing.

  • Abraham F. De Bruyne K. Van der Auwera I.  2000. Reflecties over Loonvorming in euroland. Wordt het Belgisch Macro-economisch Loonbeleid een succes?. In: Ooghe H. Heylen F. Vander Vennet R. Emu, dé uitdaging (pp. 297-323).

  • Abraham F.  2000. Regional Competition in the European Union. In: Batey P. Friedrich P. Regional Competition: Advances in Spatial Science (pp. 247-259). Springer.

  • Abraham F. De Bruyne K. Van der Auwera I.  2000. Challenges for Successful Wage Setting in Europe. In: Ooghe H. The Economic and Business Consequences of the EMU : A Challenge for Governments, Financial Institutions and Firms (pp. 181-209). Kluwer Academic Publishers.


  • Abraham F. Konings J. Veugelers R. Van Hove J. Vansteenkiste I.  2002. De nieuwe EU: de doodsteek voor de Vlaamse economie?. Acco.

  • Berlage L. Decoster A. Abraham F. Buyst E. De Bruyne G. De Grauwe P. Heremans D. Schokkaert E. Van Cayseele P.  2000. Inleiding tot de economie. Universitaire Pers Leuven.

  • Berlage L. Decoster A. Abraham F. Algoed K. Buyst E. De Bruyne G. De Grauwe P. Heremans D. Schokkaert E. Van Cayseele P.  1997. Inleiding tot de economie. Universitaire Pers Leuven.

Research reports

  • Abraham F. Studnickay Z. Van Hove J.  2015. Evidence and determinants of the duration of Belgian chocolate exports. (23 p.)

  • Abraham F. Konings J.  2011. Corporate productivity in the Belgian chemical industry. Essenscia.

  • Abraham F. Konings J. Goesaert T.  2010. Verankering in België: hoofdzetels zijn een hoofdzaak. 

  • Abraham F. Konings J.  2010. Loonkost, productiviteit en werkgelegenheid in een concurrentiële internationale omgeving: een analyse met Belgische bedrijfsgegevens. VBO.

  • Konings J. Abraham F. Vanormelingen S. Friebel G. Heinz M.  2010. The economic performance of the technological sectors: international benchmarking and lessons from German labor market reforms. Agoria.

  • Abraham F. de Crombrugghe A.  2008. Directe en indirecte beloning in de bouwsector: op zoek naar nieuwe evenwichten?. FABA.

  • Abraham F. Terryn E.  2002. The European Union and Central and Eastern European Countries. 

  • Abraham F. Terryn E.  2000. Financial Services and Financial Markets in Europe: Changes and Adjustment. Leuven University Press.

Vlerick working papers

  • Abraham F. Van Hove J.  2010. Can Belgian firms cope with the Chinese dragon and the Asian tigers? The export performance of multi-product firms on foreign markets. 2010/204