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
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
Organisation of this workshop
- Falko Jüßen, University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, email@example.com
- Christoph Meister, Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies, Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr. Michael H. Stierle, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, email@example.com
- Jan Van Hove, Catholic University of Leuven and EHSAL European University College Brussels, Belgium, firstname.lastname@example.org
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