The 34th Annual EAEPE Conference 2022

Tackling inequalities: New paradigms in policy and technology for a just transition and vaccine equity

7-9 September 2022

Naples, Italy

(Hybrid Format allows also for online participation)

Keynote Speakers

Laura Carvalho

University of São Paulo

Eve Chiapello

EHESS, Paris

The 2022 Conference Theme

Concerns about growing and changing inequalities are gaining momentum in public debate. The Covid-19 pandemic has spotlighted inequalities by showing how deep and multifaceted they are in our economic systems, encompassing dimensions such as access to care, digital technologies, and infrastructures. Furthermore, while massive interventions by governments contained somewhat the explosion of inequalities in the first waves of the pandemic, concerns about rising inequalities in the medium term are pressing due to likely long-term damages of Covid-19 and the risk of a too-rapid withdrawal of these policies, for example in response to inflationary pressures or concerns about excessive public debt. The lack of appropriate social safety nets can also exacerbate gender and racial inequalities in the post-Covid era.

At the international level, the pandemic has once again reminded us of how diverse the impacts and opportunities are between advanced and low-income countries. The ability of countries in the Global South to use fiscal and monetary policies in response to the pandemic has been much lower than that of advanced countries, and so their degree of resilience. Furthermore, the worldwide distribution of vaccines is emblematic of the inequality between the Global North/South divide. So far, indeed, this distribution has been very uneven, despite unprecedented efforts, such as the international Covax program. The on-going debate about vaccine equity highlights that "vaccine nationalism” can severely hamper the recovery not only of developing countries but also of developed ones, as "no one is safe until we are all safe”.

To achieve emergency responses, some of the supply chains are operating at the expense of huge energy utilization and growing emissions further exacerbating and increasing global inequalities in access to fundamental energy services. The post pandemic recovery programmes provide an opportunity to accelerate the green transition by aligning public policies with climate goals and attenuate the risk of future inequalities based on locking-in carbon-intensive infrastructures. Specifically, the dimensions of the required structural changes, however, together with the need for these to take place quickly, raise concerns about possible risks, imbalances, and new forms of inequalities arising from this epochal transformation (transition risks). In response to these concerns, the concept of a just transition is rapidly emerging. At the same time, there is an urgent need to increase investment in climate adaptation, primarily in countries in the Global South that are suffering disproportionately from climate-related events. The digital transformation has also emerged as an essential goal because of the pandemic. Accelerating the digital transition in specific countries and regions, in particular, appears crucial for reducing the digital divide, which has proved to be a significant dimension of inequality in the current pandemic crisis.

Thus, old and new forms of inequality raise enormous challenges and call for robust and cogent explanations and policy-making responses. Alternative theoretical and methodological approaches capable of representing and interpreting these disequilibria are required to prescribe policies for economies to escape the triple crisis of our times (economic, health and climate crisis).

In the 40th anniversary of Nelson and Winter's "An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change" and Dosi's first article on technological paradigms and trajectories, the 2022 conference will provide unique opportunities to revisit and reconsider the foundations of inequalities and structural change, to discuss alternative theories at the macro, meso and micro levels, and to enrich the evolutionary background with insights from diverse fields such as complexity science, biology, political and international studies, development, gender and labour studies, physics, philosophy, sociology, and management science among others.

The aim is to provide new empirical evidence and fresh insights for policy makers to understand and build a more equal, safe, cohesive, resilient and green economy. In doing so, we invite scholarly contributions that reconsider the foundations of economic policy in relation to relevant social goals such as health, cohesion, and sustainability; to shape new economic and political institutions to manage structural change; and to investigate new models of production, consumption, finance, trade, and socio-economic interaction and organisation. In this regard, contributions are particularly welcome on (but not limited to):

  • the causes, consequences, and measurements of inequalities;
  • public policies for a just transition;
  • vaccine equity;
  • recovery from the Covid-19;
  • new public policy paradigms: entrepreneurial state, green monetary policy;
  • asymmetries in digital transition and digital divide;
  • new technological paradigms in health and green economy;
  • minimum wage and labour market transformations;
  • alternative measures of well-being beyond GDP;
  • the crisis of global value chains and inflationary dynamics; and
  • scaling up of sustainable finance for a just transition

Abstract Submission

You are invited to submit an abstract no later than 15th April 2022 on the conference website. Following the usual format, prospective participants are invited to submit a proposed paper related either to the theme of the conference or one of the diverse EAEPE Research Areas (RA) as well as the Special Sessions. Abstracts (300-750 words) for proposed individual papers or for a RA or Special Session should include the following information: authors’ names, email addresses and, affiliations, and name and code of the relevant RA. Following notification of acceptance, you will be invited to submit the full paper. Please note that only one presentation per author is permitted; additional papers can be submitted by the same author but will need to be presented by a registered co-author, if accepted by the scientific committee.

Online Abstract Submission:

Please consider also a submission to organized Special Sessions:

Important Dates        

  • 15 April, 2022 [EXTENDED]: Abstract submission for individual papers deadline
  • 15 May, 2022 [EXTENDED]: Notification of abstract acceptance; registration opens
  • 6 June, 2022 [EXTENDED]: Early registration closes
  • 1 July, 2022 [EXTENDED]: Late registration closes (for authors to be included in the scientific programme)
  • 12 August, 2022: Submission of full papers deadline

Conference Fees

For onsite participation in Naples:

  • 190 euros: for early registration, EAEPE members
  • 270 euros: for early registration, those who are not EAEPE members
  • 250 euros: for late registration, EAEPE members
  • 330 euros: for late registration, those who are not EAEPE members
  • 90 euros: special rate for PhD and master students
  • 100 euros: a limited number of subsidized fees (subject to application) will be made available for delegates from Eastern European countries, from Greece/Cyprus and from developing countries. Please make an application in advance to Charles Dannreuther ( and Oliver Kessler (

For online participation:

  • 100 euros: for early registration, EAEPE members
  • 180 euros: for early registration, those who are not EAEPE members
  • 160 euros: for late registration, EAEPE members
  • 240 euros: for late registration, those who are not EAEPE members
  • FREE RATE for PhD and master students
  • 20 euros: a limited number of subsidized fees (subject to application) will be made available for delegates from Eastern European countries, from Greece/Cyprus and from developing countries. Please make an application in advance to Charles Dannreuther ( and Oliver Kessler (


details to be announced

Local Organizing Committee

Alessandro Sapio (chair, Parthenope University of Naples); Marco Amendola (University of L'Aquila); Rosaria Rita Canale (Parthenope University of Naples); Davide Del Prete (Parthenope University of Naples); Rita De Siano (Parthenope University of Naples); Pasquale Marcello Falcone (Parthenope University of Naples); Vincenzo Lombardo (Parthenope University of Naples); Luca Pennacchio (Parthenope University of Naples); Lilit Popoyan (Parthenope University of Naples); Damiano Fiorillo (Parthenope University of Naples).


Scientific Committee

Philip Arestis (University of Cambridge); Andrea Bernardi (Oxford Brookes University); Merve Burnazoglu (Utrecht University School of Economics); Maria Rosaria Carillo (Parthenope University of Naples); Lynne Chester (The University of Sydney); Charlie Dannreuther (University of Leeds); Wolfram Elsner (University of Bremen); Sebastiano Fadda (University of Rome 3); Jesus Ferreiro (University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU); Jean-Christophe Graz (University of Lausanne); Eckhard Hein (Berlin School of Economics and Law); Oliver Kessler (University of Erfurt); Agnès Labrousse (Science Po Lyon); Catherine Laurent (INRA); Nathalie Lazaric (UCA, CNRS GREDEG); Olga Mikheeva (University College London); Mauro Napoletano (University of Côte d’Azur); Ronen Palan (City University of London); Marco Raberto (University of Genoa);  Andrea Roventini (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa);  Manuel Scholz-Wäckerle (Vienna University of Economics and Business); Smita Srinivas (LSE, Open University); Pasquale Tridico (Roma Tre University); Caroline Vincensini (ENS Paris Saclay); Ulrich Witt (Max Planck Institute).


Parthenope University of Naples

School of Economics and Law

Palazzo Pacanowsky, via Generale Parisi 13

48015 80132 Naples


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