EAEPE Symposium 2017 - Developing Economics: Towards a Critical Research Agenda for Development Economics

Venue: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Institute for International Political Economy (IPE), Badensche Straße 52, 10825 Berlin

To be held on June 10th and 11th  2017

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Organisers: Svenja Flechtner (European University Flensburg), Jakob Hafele (University of Vienna), Martina Metzger (Institute for International Political Economy at the Berlin School of Economics and Law), Theresa Neef (Freie Universität Berlin)

Program committee: Svenja Flechtner (European University Flensburg), Claudius Gräbner (University of Linz), Jakob Hafele (University of Vienna), Agnès Labrousse (University of Amiens), Theresa Neef (Freie Universität Berlin)

Keynotes: Smita Srinivas (Visiting Professor, Economics @ IKD Centre, Open University and Visiting Senior Fellow @ LSE), Sanjay Reddy (The New School, New York), Erik Reinert (Tallinn University of Technology)

The symposium will reflect upon the research agenda of ‘development economics’ from a critical and pluralist perspective. Its aim is to develop and connect new impulses for addressing the pressing global challenges of persisting poverty and inequalities. By critically discussing potentials and shortcomings of current approaches and practices, the symposium contributes to a research agenda that enables economists to analyse development processes in a globalised world from critical and pluralist perspectives. All contributions that help develop a critical research agenda are welcome. In particular, we will address two fields that attain huge attention in contemporary development economics: behavioural and institutional approaches to economic and human development. The symposium also aims at creating an environment in which contributions from different disciplines such as economics, political sciences, law, or sociology can be appreciated.

The symposium welcomes contributions from any field of economics or neighbouring disciplines that may contribute to its goals. In particular, we invite contributions that discuss the following (non-exhaustive set of) questions:

  • What can we learn from bringing structuralist perspectives (e.g. core-periphery models,
    regulationist approaches) back in, and can they be fruitfully connected with institutional
    analysis?
  • How can we effectively account for institutional diversity?
  • What are the potentials and pitfalls of behavioural approaches to economic development?
  • How can we address the methodological and epistemological challenges facing behavioural economics approaches to development? In particular, how can we better understand apparently non-rational behaviour?
  • Is it possible to bridge the two very different epistemologies of structuralist and behaviouralist approaches and if so, how? Can we use behavioural approaches without losing sight of socio-economic structures and dynamics?
  • How can heterodox perspectives contribute to a research agenda for development economics that is critical, interdisciplinary, and sensitive to power issues and global inequalities?

Please send your abstract of max. 500 words to svenja.flechtner@uni-flensburg.de until 31 March 2017. Participants will be notified in April. Limited funding is available to make a financial contribution to travel and accommodati expenses for those otherwise unable to obtain funding.

The symposium enjoys financial support by the Fritz Thyssen foundation.

EAEPE Symposium 2016 - The role of industrial policy in European re-industrialisation

Venue: Krakow, Poland, Campus of Cracow University of Economics

To be held on May 12th and 13th 2016

Organisers: Ioanna Kastelli and Łukasz Mamica

Date for submission of extended abstracts (up to 1200 words): February 14th 2016.

Date of notification of acceptance: February 24th 2016

Date for submission of full papers: May 2nd 2016

Participation for EAEPE members is free (except official dinner 30 €), fee for non EAEPE members: 50 €

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Karl Aiginger, The Austrian Institute of Economic Research WIFO

Professor Robert Wade, London School of Economics and Political Science, Department of International Development.

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Contact to local host: mamical@uek.krakow.pl

The EAEPE Symposium in Krakow was a full success, here you can find a brief summary as well as some visual impressions!

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EAEPE Symposium, Vienna, Austria, Dec 2015 - Metamorphosis of Europe II

This meeting will focus on an analysis of the currently endangered further unification of Europe’s political economy. After the severe internal troubles that the handling of the government debt crisis in Europe caused, now the external flow of immigrants to Europe is challenging the European Union. Both types of difficulties showed that the current institutional setting of the EU is rather inadequate – to say the least. And in both cases it is evident that the apparent deficiencies cannot be reduced to a sub-optimal institutional design (a matter of legal design) or an inappropriate communication strategy (a ‘marketing’ failure). The roots of these challenges are deeply ingrained in the basics of the political economy of the whole unification process. The first International Workshop on the Metamorphosis of Europe that took place in Vienna in December 2013 was already confronted with the situation that the global crisis that started in 2008 would force Europe to undergo substantial changes, changes in economic and political structure and changes in decision mechanisms. In a very fruitful debate this workshop not only enhanced the knowledge of the participants with respect to the object of investigation, we also had a vivid discussion on adequate methods of the social sciences. The upcoming Symposium Metamorphosis of Europe – Step 2 will take this structure to the next level. As we are already observing in the last two years, metamorphosis has set in. Be it the outcome of EU elections or several national elections, be it the fact of further disintegration of labor markets, be it the more and more Germany-centered decision hierarchy, the signs of a possible EU-exit are getting hard to ignore. But given the tremendous increase in general welfare, which the European integration process has brought about during the last 60 years, the stakes are high for those who propose to leave this trajectory. At the same time it now is evident that growth of welfare can only continue with a more sophisticated relationship to changes in the production sphere and its environment. A particular focus has to be laid on the global environment, the economic and geopolitical place of Europe in the world - troubles on a new South-Eastern border are pending. On the first day of the meeting we thus will focus on most important recent developments in Europe: Immigration, unemployment, finance, and inequality. As in our first workshop, the result of day 1 shall be a (revised) vision of Europe’s future. The second day will focus on the methods with which scientists can support economic policy to get Europe closer to this vision. Here we will focus on econometrics (and the data it needs to be helpful) as well as on simulation models providing (quantitatively specified) scenarios. The result of day 2 could eventually be the formation of working teams further developing the ideas elaborated during the meeting.

EAEPE_Symposium2015_Programme.pdf

Website with Video-Streams of the Symposium: http://www.econ.tuwien.ac.at/events/metamorphosis2015/

EAEPE Symposium, Vienna, Austria, Dec 2013 - Metamorphosis of Europe I

This meeting will focus on proposals for the design of a restructured European Union. After the long period of positive – though decelerating – real economic GDP growth in Europe, which was accommodated by a more or less stable set of institutions, several important recent phenomena indicate that this type of growth regime will rapidly be unable to maintain European welfare. The structure of Europe’s political economy has entered a new type of dynamics: metamorphosis. On the rst day of the meeting we will focus on determining the set of most important recent developments in Europe (e.g. unemployment, nancial stresses, institutional deciencies, etc.). Special emphasis will be laid on the need to embed European evolution in global developments. The result of day 1 shall be a vision of Europe’s future. The second day will focus on the instruments of economic policy which could get Europe closer to this vision. In this context simulation models providing (quantitatively specied) scenarios will be discussed. The result of day 2 shall be the formation of working teams further developing the ideas elaborated during the meeting. The sessions will be structured by short introductory statements (20 minutes) followed by extensive open debates (90 minutes). On both days sessions will start at 9 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m. Participation in the conference is free, snacks and coee will be provided. Moreover some arangements for lunch and dinner will be oered.

EAEPE_Symposium2013_Programme.pdf

5th EAEPE Symposium, Rome, Italy, May 2012

The theme of the 2012 EAEPE Symposium was 'The Labour Market in Dangerous Currents: Between Totems and Taboos'. The Symposium was organised by Pasquale Tridico and Sebastiano Fadda, and was held at the University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy, on 10-11 May 2012. 

EAEPE_Symposium2012_Programme.pdf
EAEPE_Symposium2012_PPT.rar

EAEPE Workshop, Perugia, Italy, Nov 2011

The Workshop is organised by the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES) in collaboration with the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), the Italian Association of Labour Economists (AIEL) and the Italian Association for the Study of Comparative Economic Systems (AISSEC), with the support of the University of Perugia ( Department of Economics, Finance and Statistics , Faculty of Political Sciences and Faculty of Economics ) and the University of Rome III ( Faculty of Economics, Department of Economics).

EAEPE_Workshop2011_Programme.pdf

4th EAEPE Symposium, Offley Place, England, UK, October 2009

The theme of the 2009 EAEPE Symposium was 'The Transformation of Post-Soviet Economies Twenty Years On'. The Symposium was organized by Jane Hardy, Geoffrey Hodgson and Maria Lissowska, and was held at Offley Place, Hertfordshire, England, on 9-10 October 2009.   

EAEPE_Symposium2009_Programme.pdf

3rd EAEPE Symposium, Athens, Greece, September 2008

The theme of the 2008 EAEPE Symposium was 'Markets as Institutions: History and Theory'. The Symposium was organised by Ioanna Minoglou, and was held on 5-6 September 2008 at the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), Athens, Greece. 

EAEPE_Symposium2008_Programme.pdf

2nd EAEPE Symposium, Delft, The Netherlands, March 2007

The theme of the 2007 EAEPE Symposium was 'Privatisation and Regulation of Core Transactions in Critical Infrastructures, and the Co-Evolution of Technology, Policy and Institutions'. The Symposium was organised by John Groenewegen, and was held on 23 March 2007 at the Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, in collaboration with PRESOM/EU.   

EAEPE_Symposium2007_Programme.pdf

1st EAEPE Symposium, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 2006

The theme of the 2006 EAEPE symposium was 'Social and Political Economy of Labor: New Dimensions'. The Symposium was organised by Elina Burganova, Mikhail Sinyutin and Ruben Karapetyan, and was held on 29 June 2006 at the St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.

EAEPE_Symposium2006_Programme.pdf