EAEPE Young Scholars Pre-Conference 2017

The European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) welcomes young scholars of all levels (students – early Post-Docs) who are involved in or want to learn more about pluralist, heterodox, real world-oriented, and/or interdisciplinary research. Young scholars are invited to submit papers for presentation at the annual meeting, but could also participate with own paper presentations. In addition, we invite interested students and young researchers to join us for the Young Scholars Pre-Conference.

Young Scholars Pre-Conference

Prior to the annual EAEPE conference in Budapest in October 2017, young researchers and students are welcome to attend seminars and workshops in a series of pre conference workshops. The workshops  will last between three and six hours and will be held over a period of two half days. Participants will be assigned a few reading materials prior to the pre-conference to facilitate the workshops and to help sustain the  network.

The promotion of young researchers in the arena of critical pluralistic, non-orthodox and interdisciplinary research in today’s world is of prominent importance. As teaching and research outside ‘mainstream’ economics continues to be exceptional in most European countries, it remains important for us to organize and promote such seminars, workshops, and coordinated trainings. EAEPE as a longstanding pluralist association and a prominent actor in this field is thus an excellent support institution for young scholars in order to promote new economic thinking.

Pre-Conference Keynote Lecture on Wednesday, Oct 18, 12pm

Wilfred Dolfsma (Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development, Loughborough University, London):

Government Failure: Institutions and Development

Workshops and Lecturers at the Pre-Conference, Wednesday, 18 October (afternoon) & Thursday, 19 October (morning)

  • Catherine Laurent (National Institute of Agricultural Research): Pluralism and Inter-Disciplinarity
  • Alessandro Caiani (Marche Polytechnic University): Agent-Based Stock Flow Consistent Modelling
  • Rainer Kattel (University College London & Tallinn University of Technology): Development Economics
  • Rinus Penninx (University of Amsterdam): The Migrant Question in Europe
  • Andrea Petö (Central European University): Feminist Economics

Wednesday, October 18

12:00 - 13:30 Keynote Speech by Wilfred Dolfsma

14:00 - 17:00 parallel workshops (I)

Pluralism and inter-disciplinarity by Catherine Laurent    AB-SFC Modelling I by Alessandro Caiani

17:30 - 20:00 parallel workshops (II)

Development Economics by Rainer Kattel    AB-SFC Modelling II by Alessandro Caiani

Thursday, October 19

9:00 - 10:30 parallel workshops (III)

Long Story Short: The Migrant Question in Europe by Rinus Pennix    Feminist Economics by Anreas Petö
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break (Hall)
Long Story Short: The Migrant Question in Europe by Rinus Pennix    Feminist Economics by Anreas Petö


Government Failure: Institutions for Development by Wilfred Dolfsma (Loughborough University London)

Institutions are important for (economic) development, and government is responsible for setting many of them. In setting formal institutions relevant for economic activities, a government can fail - and this will be explained. In addition, however, a government can set formal institutions that aim at other domains that inadvertently impact the economy in a negative manner. What is more, informal institutions impact the economy as well.


Pluralism and inter-disciplinarity by Catherine Laurent (French National Institute for Agronomic Research)

A convergent set of observations demonstrates the difficulties met by scientists to produce interdisciplinary knowledge adequate to answer -at the relevant scales- the questions raised by sustainable development. On the other hand, recent advances regarding the plurality of science (e.g. Cartwright 1999, Keller et al 2006) have shown that all disciplines include different theoretical approaches. An explicit recognition of the plurality of theoretical approaches within each discipline (economics, ecology, sociology…) changes the way to consider interdisciplinarity. It may allow the scientists to better control the conceptual implications of their collaborations across disciplines and the policy makers to better understand the specific blind spots associated with each theoretical approach and its results. The presentation will illustrate the stakes of this debate. It will be based on the case of the collaboration between ecology and economics. It will include a short review of the ways to define the notions of “discipline” and “interdiscipline”, an insight into the plurality of theoretical approaches within ecology and economics, and a discussion of the consequences of this pluralism for the collaboration between scientists and for policy making.

Agent Based-Stock Flow Consistent Modelling by Alessandro Caiani (Marche Polytechnic University)

The workshop aims at introducing students to the logic, methodology, and practice of Agent Based-Stock Flow Consistent macroeconomic modelling. We will first discuss the main features, advantages, and limitations of the two methodologies taken in isolation, and the possible synergies arising from their combination. A brief overview of the main contributions in the nascent AB-SFC literature will then serve to introduce the logic of AB-SFC modeling, and the challenges ahead. The second part of the workshop will be practice-oriented, being geared around the live construction of a simplified AB-SFC model. Through this laboratory students will start to learn how to design, develop, analyse, and display these models using R, an open source programming language and data-analysis software

Development Economics by Rainer Kattel (University College London & Tallinn University of Technology)

The workshop is centred over ‘high development theory’ and classical development economists, P. Rosenstein-Rodin, A. Hirschman, R. Nurkse, G Myrdal, H. Singer, R. Prebish, and their intellectual legacy in development economics. Whether or not these ideas were translated into respective policy decisions, either successfully or not, will be also part of the discussion in relation to the role of technological change in economic development, financing of development, terms of trade, patterns of economic growth and the role of state therein. The workshop will also touch upon contemporary relevance of classical development theories in regards to developing and emerging economies as well as issues of economic integration.

Long Story Short: The Migrant Question in Europe by Rinus Penninx (University of Amsterdam)

 This workshop will provide participants with a historical, comparative, and analytical understanding of migration and integration in Europe, and of the core questions that are frequently asked today. A range of topics are presented in three sub-sessions, each of which will last an hour:

  • Post-war migration and migration regimes in Europe, 
  • Conceptualizing integration and analyzing integration policies, 
  • Migrant workers in Europe and the role that trade unions play in their integration.  

Feminist Economics by Andrea Petö (Central European University)

The workshop offers hands on exercises using qualitative and quantitative methods how to spot what gender does in social relations. It starts with a short introduction to different gender studies methodologies and continues with analysis of examples. Participants are encouraged to bring their own puzzling excerpts/data/examples for the workshop.

Young Scholar Papers at the Main Conference

Young Scholars and students are invited to present research papers in the regular paper sessions at the main conference. Conference sessions are organized according to EAEPE’s Research Areas, to a special conference topic, and a number of special sessions. Presentation topics might be related to the conference main theme The Role of the State in Economic Development: State Capacity, State Autonomy and Economic Development (please see General Call for Papers) or to any of the usual topics covered by EAEPE’s Research Areas. Abstract submission needs to be done through our website and closes on 15 May 2017. You will need to create a user account to submit an abstract. Please see the Conference CfP for further instructions.

The Herbert Simon Prize

Young scholars are encouraged to submit their research paper for consideration for the Herbert Simon Prize. The prize is awarded for the best conference paper of scholars younger than 35 years. Please note that you need to submit your paper to the conference and for the prize separately.

Registration for (PhD) students without fee waiver application

 To register for the pre-conference and general conference, please do the following:

  1. Log in to your EAEPE user account or create one (http://eaepe.org/?page=user_account&op=login). To be able to register for the pre-conference, you need to be an EAEPE PhD member (if you are a student, please choose this category as well;http://eaepe.org/?page=membership&side=become_a_member). PhD membership is 25€/ year. 
  2. Once your user account is linked to a PhD membership, please go to the registration website (http://eaepe.org/?page=events&side=annual_conference&sub=registration). Registration is a two-step process and takes you through registration for the conference first, for the pre-conference second. The registration fee of 90€ entitles you to attend both events.
  3. Once you register for the conference, you will be sent an email that invites you to register for the pre-conference. Alternatively, you will now find pre-conference registration available in your EAEPE user account.
  4. If you do not wish to attend the pre-conference, simply drop pre-conference registration. If you don’t wish to attend the general conference, please indicate this in the pre-conference registration (there is a box you can check). Upon pre-conference registration, you will also be asked to indicate the workshops you wish to attend.

Registration for (PhD) students with fee waiver application

 To apply for a fee waiver and later register for the pre-conference and general conference, please do the following:

  1. Log in to your EAEPE user account or create one (http://eaepe.org/?page=user_account&op=login). To be able to register for the pre-conference and to apply for a fee waiver, you need to be an EAEPE PhD member (if you are a student, please choose this category as well;http://eaepe.org/?page=membership&side=become_a_member). PhD membership is 25€/ year. 
  2. Please go to the „Fee waiver application“ before 31st August 2017 (http://eaepe.org/?page=fee_waiver_application). You will need to provide a written statement of their supervisor or a faculty member of their study or PhD program (or similar) confirming that they do not have financial support. In addition, participants with a paper presentation at the main conference need to upload their full paper. Fee waivers will be awarded according to the quality of the papers. Students without paper presentation need to submit a motivation letter, explaining how participation could potentially benefit their academic development. Given this procedure, participants who apply for a fee waiver cannot register for pre-conference and conference before September. 
  3. You will be notified about the acceptance or rejection of your fee waiver application during the month of August. You can now proceed with your registration as described in steps 3) and 4) above;http://eaepe.org/?page=events&side=annual_conference&sub=registration. Participants with fee waivers will find, when logged in to their user accounts, the option to register for 1€ (a zero payment is not possible with our online registration system). It is absolutely sufficient to register for both events in September. If you have been denied a fee waiver, you can still register using the 90€ PhD fee, which will remain available until registration closes.

If you have any questions regarding the pre-conference, please write to Madeleine_boehm@yahoo.com. If you have any questions about the fee waiver, the registration processes or your participation at the main conference, please write to svenja.flechtner@uni-flensburg.de

Should you have any question or clarification requests for the local organization at Corvinus University of Budapest, please contact the local organizers at eaepe2017@uni-corvinus.hu

Important Dates

  • May 15: Abstract submission for papers at main conference closes
  • June 31: Notification of acceptance; registration opens
  • August 31: Deadline for fee waiver applications
  • August 31: Deadline for Herbert Simon Prize
  • September 15: Conference registration closes for authors to be included in the conference program
  • September 15: Registration for pre-conference closes; full paper submission deadline on EAEPE website

We are looking forward to your participation and lively discussions in Budapest! Please check our website for more detailed information and updates about the conference. For any questions, please contact the pre-conference organizing team – Madeleine Böhm, Merve Burnazoglu, Olga Mikheeva, Madeleine Jonsson, Adam Kerenyi, Charles Dannreuther, Krisztina Szabó and Steffen Bettin – at madeleine_boehm@yahoo.com. If you have questions about your participation at the main conference, please write to EAEPE Young Scholars officer Svenja Flechtner (svenja.flechtner@uni-flensburg.de).

The Pre-Conference enjoys financial support by the Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative (INET YSI) and the FEED Charity.

Download CfP!