EconPol Europe Annual Conference

EconPol Europe Second Annual Conference: "International Trade and Protectionism"


Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, B-1000 Brussels

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EconPol Europe – the European Network for Economic and Fiscal Policy Research - is pleased to announce its second Annual Conference. This year’s 2-day conference, which is kindly hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, will focus on international trade and protectionism. It will bring together top researchers, politicians, experts and journalists to exchange ideas on global trade policy. The event offers a unique platform to facilitate networking and to promote the exchange of the network's latest research results.

The conference will open with a panel discussion on international trade and protectionism followed by a keynote address and a plenary session on global trade policy. The second day of the conference will feature sessions discussing Productivity Growth in Europe, Banking Union and Capital Markets Union, Sovereign Debt Markets in the Eurozone, Europe and the Risk of Disintegration, Migration and the Welfare State, and many more topical issues.


Monday, 19 November 2018 from 12:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union, Rue Wiertz 77, B-1000 Brussels

Online registration will open in September.

For further information regarding this event please contact the EconPol Europe Conference office on (+49) 89-9224-1410 or by email:




19 November 2018

12:00 Arrival, registration & coffee
12:45 – 13:15     Welcome address
Dr. Julia Uckelmann (Head of Division, Affairs of the Bavarian State Ministry of
Finance, Regional Development and Regional Identity
Clemens Fuest (President, ifo Institute)
13:15 – 14:45 Panel: “International Trade and Protectionism”
Chair: Sébastien Jean (Director, CEPII)
Maria Åsenius (Head of Cabinet to Commissioner Malmström, European
Bernd Lange (Chair of European Parliament’s Committee on Intern. Trade)
Andrea Montanino (Chief Economist, Confindustria)
Eckart von Unger (Senior Manager, BDI)
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break
15:15 – 16:15 Keynote speech
Jean-Luc Demarty (Director-General for Trade, European Commission) (Invited)
16:15 – 16:45 Coffee break
16:45– 18:15 Plenary session
Speaker: Simon J. Evenett (St. Gallen), Gabriel Felbermayr (ifo Institute), Mary
E. Lovely (Syracuse), Stefano Schiavo (Trento)
19:00 Dinner

20 November 2018

09:00 – 10:30 Parallel sessions I
  1A – Productivity growth in Europe
Cecilia Jona-Lasinio (ISTAT & LUISS Guido Carli University): “Digitalization,
Intanglible Investment and Productivity Trends: new policy challenges”
Klaus Weyerstrass (IHS): “How to boost productivity in the EU”
Thomas Grjebine (CEPII): “Financial booms, sectoral reallocation and
productivity dynamics”
  1B – Banking Union & Capital Markets Union
Martin Spolc (European Commission): “The European Commission’s
policies to build the Capital Markets Union and promote sustainable
Thomas Davoine (IHS): “Long Run Consequences of a Capital Market Union
in the EU”
Alexander Guembel (TSE): “A welfare analysis of segmented liquidity
Tobias Schuler (ifo Institute): “European Financial Integration through
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Parallel sessions II
  2A – Europe and the Risk of Desintegration
Giuseppe Bertola (University of Turin)
Clemens Fuest (ifo Institute): “The EU in the Global Economy: Competing
with China and others”
  2B – Migration and the Welfare State
Giovanni Faccini (University of Nottingham): “Economic and Political
Integration of Migrants”
Ilpo Kauppinen (VATT): “Emigration from a Welfare State”
Panu Poutvaara (ifo Institute): “Welfare Effects of Immigration”
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Parallel Sessions III
  3A – Convergence/Divergence in the Eurozone
Kerstin Jorna (European Commission)
Mathias Dolls (ifo Institute): “Incentivizing structural reforms”
Cinzia Alcidi (CEPS):
Harald Benink (Tilburg University): “Changing the Political Dynamics in
  3B – Sovereign Debt Markets in the Eurozone
Rolf Strauch (ESM): “Managing debt sustainability and safe assets in the
Christophe Destais (CEPII): “The promises and challenges of ‘self
Restructuring’ GDP-linked bonds”
Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW): “The Political Economy of Euro Area
Sovereign Debt Restructuring”
15:30 Closing remarks
Clemens Fuest (President, ifo Institute)
16:00 End

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