INFER Conferences

7th INFER Annual Conference: Special topic: Regional Economics: New challenges for theory, empirics and policy

From: 2005-10-07 to: 2005-10-09
Place: London, United Kingdom

Attached files:

The organisation and realisation of our Annual Conference would not have been possible without the generous support of our main sponsor:


Programme Overview

Friday, October 7

15:00 - 15:30

Opening of the Conference
Michael H. Stierle, Chairman of INFER
Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, Co-ordinator of the INFER Annual Conference 2005 and member of the INFER board

15:30  - 16:15

Introductory Lecture (1):
Regional disparities: theory and UK evidence
Prof. Anthony J. Venables,
Professor of International Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom

16:15 - 17:00

Introductory Lecture (2):
Education, infrastructures and regional cohesion in Spain
Prof. Angel de la Fuente,
Member of the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE), Barcelona, Spain

17:00 - 17:30

Coffee Break

17:30 - 18:15

Introductory Lecture (3):
Conditions for a contribution by the Structural Funds to real convergence of the Recently Acceded Member States
Michael H. Stierle,
European Commission, Brussels, Belgium and Chairman of INFER

18:15 - 19:00

Introductory Lecture (4):
Does EU cohesion policy produce cohesion?
The debate on Structural Funds
Prof. John Bradley,
Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland


Conference Dinner sponsored by Carillon plc.,
Restaurant of the Lancaster Hall Hotel

Saturday, October 8

9:00 - 10:30

Parallel Sessions I, II, and III

10:30 - 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 - 12:20

Parallel Sessions I, II, and III

12:20 - 13:40

Lunch sponsored by Carillon plc., Restaurant of the Lancaster Hall Hotel

13:40 - 15:10

Parallel Sessions I, II, and III

15:10 - 15:20


15:20 - 16:50

Parallel Sessions I, II, and IV

16:50 - 17:10

Coffee break

17:10 - 18:40

Parallel Sessions IV, V, and VI


General Meeting of INFER members

Sunday, October 9

9:00 - 9:45

Meeting of the INFER Working Group Institutional Economics

9:45 - 10:30

Meeting of the INFER Working Group Growth and Business Cycles

9:00 - 10:30

Parallel Sessions V and VI

10:30 - 10:50

Coffee break

10:50 - 12:20

Parallel Sessions IV, V and VI

12:20 - 12:50

Plenary Session

Please find below in the attached files section a pdf-file with the programme overview, the sessions, all abstracts and more details on the venue.


Session I: Open Track
Chair: Frederic B. Jennings, Jr.

a) Carsten Colombier: Testing the Growth Effects of Fiscal Policies Using Modified M-Estimator
Discussant: Frederic B. Jennings, Jr.

b) Sinikka Hämäläinen: Return Migration and Optimal Tax Rules: A Hysteresis Case
Discussant: Helena Marques

c) Helena Marques: Migration creation and diversion in the EU: Are CEECs immigrants crowding-out the rest?
Discussant: Sinikka Hämäläinen

d) Carlos Vieira, Isabel Vieira: Foreign exchange markets - seasonal effects in the newly integrated EU countries: what can they tell us?
Discussant: Alexandre Jeanneret

e) Alexandre Jeanneret: Does Exchange Rate Volatility Really Depress Foreign Direct Investment in OECD Countries? An Empirical Study
Discussant: Carlos Vieira

f) Michael Pickhardt: Club Goods and the Dichotomy of Public versus Private Goods
Discussant: Frederic B. JENNINGS, Jr.

g) Frederic B. JENNINGS, Jr.: Time, Knowledge and Pricing: Toward a Horizonal Theory of Choice
Discussant: Michael PickhardT

Session II: Regional Labour Markets and Innovation
Chair: Adrian Kuah

a) Elke Amend, Patrick Herbst: Human Capital Formation under Product Market Uncertainty
Discussant: Uwe Blien

b) Uwe Blien, Johannes Ludsteck, Jens Suedekum: What has caused regional employment growth differences in East Germany?
Discussant: Patrick Herbst

c) Georg Lun: The effect of Immigration on Output, Capital and Productivity investigated with spatial econometric methods: evidence for Italy
Discussant: Adrian Kuah

d) Thomas Baumert, Mónica Martínez-Pellitero: Analysing Regional Innovation Systems through a multi-perspective econometric approach: The Spanish case
Discussant: Charlie Karlsson

e) Martin Andersson, Charlie Karlsson: Knowledge Accessibility and Regional Economic Growth
Discussant: Thomas Baumert

f) Filip Abraham, Jan Van Hove: Intra-Industry Trade and Technological Spillovers: The Case of Belgian Manufacturing
Discussant: Christoph Tribl

g) Petra Huck, Klaus Salhofer, Christoph Tribl: Spatial Competition among Cooperatives: The Case of Milk Processors in Northern Germany
Discussant: Jan Van Hove

Session III: Regional Convergence and Regional Policy
Chair: Michael H. Stierle

a) Santiago Lago-Peñas, Diego Martínez-López: Convergence and Public Investment: Regional Policies revisited
Discussant: Florence BOUVET

b) Florence BOUVET: European Union Regional Policy and its Effects on Regional Living Standards:
A Complete Study
Discussant: Diego Martínez-López

c) Simón SOSVILLA-RIVERO, José A. Herce

European cohesion policy and the Spanish economy: Evaluation and prospective

Discussant: Andrea Mario Lavezzi

d) Davide Fiaschi, Andrea Mario Lavezzi: Growth and Convergence Across European, Regions: an Empirical Investigation
Discussant: Simón SOSVILLA-RIVERO

e) Gabriele TONDL, Goran Vuksic: What helps regions in Eastern Europe catch up? The role of foreign investment, human capital and geography
Discussant: Falko Juessen

f) Falko Juessen: A distribution dynamics approach to regional GDP convergence in reunified Germany
Discussant: Gabriele TONDL

Session IV: Specialisation and Integration
Chair: Michael H. Stierle

a) Eckhardt BODE, Frank Bickenbach: Measures of Regional Specialization and Sectoral Concentration
Discussant: Ulrike STIERLE-VON SCHÜTZ

b) Michael H. STIERLE, Ulrike STIERLE-VON SCHÜTZ: Concentration and Specialisation in an Enlarged EU
Discussant: Eckhardt BODE

c) Selin Sayek, Tushar Poddar: Regional Dispersion of Investment: Evidence from India
Discussant: Michael H. Stierle

d) Pascal Hetze: Asymmetric Economic Integration under Regional Technology Spillovers and the Effects on Unemployment and Growth
Discussant: Annekatrin Niebuhr

e) Annekatrin Niebuhr: Spatial Effects of European Integration: Do Border Regions Benefit Above Average?
Discussant: Pascal Hetze

Session V: Impact of public policies on regional development
Chair: Frederic B. Jennings, Jr.

a) Sandy Freret: Spatial analysis of horizontal fiscal interactions on local public expenditures: the French case
Discussant: Arnaud Bilek

b) Arnaud Bilek: Local Public Choice: Some original results about School Spending in France
Discussant: Sandy Freret

c) Carole Dembour, Xavier Wauthy: Tax competition in the presence of network effects
Discussant: Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz

d) Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz: Fiscal Design and the location of economic activity
Discussant: Carole Dembour

e) Sonia Ben Kheder: Foreign direct investment and environmental regulation: a panel-data comparative analysis
Discussant: Jan Jacob Trip

f) Jan Jacob Trip: Measuring Quality of Place: a Comparison of Amsterdam and Rotterdam
Discussant: Sonia Ben Kheder

Session VI: Agglomeration economics
Chair: Adrian Kuah

a) Pascal Mossay: A Theory of Rational Spatial Agglomerations
Discussant: Eckhardt Bode

b) Eckhardt Bode: On the Spatial Magnitude of Metropolitan Areas
Discussant: Pascal Mossay

c) Norman Sedgley, Bruce Elmslie: Do We Still Need Cities? Evidence on Rates of Innovation from Count Data Models of Metropolitan Statistical Area Patents
Discussant: Andrea Schrage

d) Andrea Schrage: Economic Analysis of Traffic Congestion and Accidents
Discussant: Norman Sedgley

e) Hailin Sun, Luoping Sun: Industrial Clusters and Transaction Cost
Discussant: Adrian Kuah

f) Adrian Kuah, John Day: Revisiting the Porter Diamond: Applying a Factor Competitiveness Matrix to the Singaporean Financial Cluster
Discussant: Hailin Sun

Paper submission and publication

Deadline for paper submission was June 1, 2005. All papers have been peer reviewed and authors have been notified.

We thank all our reviewers for their helpful work.

Dagmar Alpen
Oppenheim Research GmbH, Germany


Joerg Lackenbauer
Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg, Germany

Salvador Barrios
European Commission, Belgium

Helena Marques
Loughborough University, UK

Michael Boeheim
Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Austria

Chris Richter
Loughborough University, UK

Agnieszka Domanska
Higher School of International Commerce and Finance, Poland

Werner Sesselmeier
Technical University Darmstadt, Germany

Nadiya Dubrovina
Kharkov National Economic University, Ukraine

Edward Shinnick
University College Cork, Ireland

Henrik Egbert
Universität des Saarlandes, Germany

Michael Stierle
European Commission, Belgium

Olena Etokova
Wisconsin International University Ukraine, Ukraine

Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz
Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen, Germany

Frank Fichert
University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Claudia Stirböck
Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany

Martin Hallet
European Commission, Belgium

Michael Thiel
European Commission, Belgium

Christoph Hausen
Gothaer Asset Management AG, Germany

Carlos Vieira
Universidade de Évora, Portugal

Bodo Herzog
University of Bamberg, Germany

Isabel Vieira
Universidade de Évora, Portugal

Frederick B. Jennings
Center for Ecological Economic and Ethical Education, USA

Klimis Vogiatzoglou
University of Patras, Greece

Beatrice Knerr
University of Kassel, Germany

Rainer Wichern
European Commission, Belgium

Holger Kolb
Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS), Germany

Inmaculada Martinez Zarzoso
University of Jaume I, Spain

Adrian Kuah
Bradford University, School of Management, UK

Questions concerning the special topic of the conference can be sent to: Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz,

Questions concerning the open track can be sent to: Frederic B. Jennings, Jr., Ph.D.,

It is envisaged that papers of this conference will be published in a Conference Volume by INFER.

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