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9th INFER Workshop on Economic Policy: Potential Growth and Potentials for Growth in Europe: Measurement, Determinants and Implications

From: 2006-06-02 to: 2006-06-03
Place: Leuven, Belgium

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Workshop Topics

The process of European integration, having primarily started as a way of achieving political stability and peace, became a major force towards reaping the benefits of economic integration. The creation of first a customs union and then a single European market were major projects to realise these potentials for growth. Still, Europe has not been able to close the historical productivity gap relative to the US.

For a long time the performance of several European economies, including the biggest economies in the euro area, has been disappointing. Globalisation, unemployment, enlargement, the economic and social consequences of an ageing population provide new challenges. On the other hand, the assessment of European growth performance depends also on measurement and comparisons and can vary accordingly.

In order to shed some light on this debate we invite the submission of papers on the general topic of the workshop. We call especially for papers which combine economic analysis with well-founded policy conclusions.

Submission of Papers

The deadline for the submission of papers was March 30, 2006.

Publication of papers

It is envisaged to publish a conference volume in one of the INFER series. The registration fee for speakers included a complimentary copy of the volume.


Friday, 2 June 2006

9:00 – 10:40 Opening Keynote Addresses

The Commissions' approach for calculating potential growth in the EU
Werner Roeger, European Commission

More Carrot and Less Stick? Fiscal Constraints in an Era of Monetary Independence
Andrew Hughes Hallet, University of St. Andrews and Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

10:40 – 11:10 Coffee break

11:10 – 12:00 Opening Keynote Address

Innovation, Jobs and Growth in Europe: The Renewed Lisbon Agenda
Reinhilde Veugelers, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, EC-BEPA and CEPR

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Session I: Potential Growth, Labour Markets, and Wage Disparities

Capital, Labour and Productivity: What Role do They Play in the Potential GDP Weakness of France, Germany and Italy?
Roberta Zizza, Bank of Italy, Rome

To What Extent Do Labour Market Reforms Affect Income Inequality and Poverty? An Assessment Based on the Implementation of the OECD Jobs strategy
Flavio Padrini, OECD, Paris

Regional Income Disparities in Europe: What Role for Location?
Jesús López-Rodríguez, University of A Coruna

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 18:00 Session II: Potential Growth, the Public Sector, and the Lisbon Strategy

Fiscal Policy, Employment and Growth: Why is the EURO Area Lagging Behind?
Tine Dhont, Ghent University

Public Investment: Determinant for Growth?
Gwenaelle Poilon, OFCE, Paris

Lisbon Highlights: The Economic Impact of Reaching these Targets
Arjan M. Lejour, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Analysis, Den Haag

Saturday, 3 June 2006

9:30 – 10:10 Session III: Catching-up and New Member States

Debt, Deficits, and the Accession of the New Member States to the Euro
John Lewis, De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam

10:10 – 10:40 Coffee break

10:40 – 12:00 Session IV: Technology Diffusion, Institutions, and Competitive Advantages

Technology Catching-up and the Role of Institutions
Fabio Manca, University of Cagliari and CRENoS

Innovation-Based Competitiveness for Long-Term Growth Performances
Anna Kaderabkova, Centre for Economic Studies, Prague

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 INFER Working Group Meeting*

14:00 – 15:20 Session V: Productivity Differences on Firm and Regional-Level

Analysis of Firm-level Productivity Differences among Foreign and Host Firms: Evidence from Germany
Yama Temouri, Aston Business School, Birmingham

Labor Productivity in Europe: Evidence from a Sample of Regions
Lionel Artige, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

15:20 – 15:40 Short coffee break

15:40 – 17:00 Session VI: Growth, Specialization, and Productivity Spillovers

The Impact of Technological Specialisation and R&D Intensity on Economic Growth in OECD Countries
Martin Falk, Austrian Institute of Economic Research, Vienna

Trade, FDI and Productivity Spillovers: Plant-Level Evidence from the UK
Michael Henry, Aston University

* The INFER working group is open to all INFER members. If you are interested in INFER and / or the working group, please feel free to ask one of the organisers of this workshop for more information.

To print the programme please use the pdf-version availble in the attached files below.


The workshop took place at

Catholic University of Leuven
Faculty of Economics and Applied Economics
Naamsestraat 69
3000 Leuven

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