2nd CESifo-EconPol Europe Workshop on Public Policy Evaluation and Optimal Policy Design



The second CESifo – EconPol Europe Workshop takes place online on 15-16 October. The workshop brings together junior and senior researchers whose research focuses on public policy evaluation (ex post or ex ante simulations) and optimal policy design, covering one of EconPol Europe’s research areas:

  • National economic and fiscal policy issues (e.g. public finance, social policy)
  • EU policy reform and EU budgets
  • Capital markets and banking regulation
  • Governance and macroeconomic policy in the EMU

Participants will present their work, as well as interact and discuss their research with senior researchers from the different network partners. 


Andrea Weber (Central European University)


  • Cinzia Alcidi (CEPS)
  • Mathias Dolls (ifo Institute)
  • Essi Eerola (VATT)
  • Clemens Fuest (ifo Institute)
  • Andreas Peichl (ifo Institute)


Poschingerstr. 5
81679 Munich, Germany
Email: office@cesifo.de
Website: www.cesifo.org


Thursday, 15 October 2020

9:20 – 09:30 Welcome & Introduction

9:30 – 10:05 Tax-benefit Systems and the Gender Gap in Income

Karina Doorley and CLAIRE KEANE (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)
Discussant: Nicolas Werquin

10:05 – 10:40 Redistribution with Performance Pay

Pawel Doligalski, Abdoulaye Ndiaye, and NICOLAS WERQUIN (Toulouse School of Economics)
Discussant: Samina Sultan

10:40 – 11:15 Who Carries the Burden of the Value-Added Tax? Evidence from Germany

Discussant: Daniel Stöhlker

11:15 – 11:50 VAT Pass-Through in German Supermarket Retail

Florian Neumeier and DANIEL STÖHLKER (ifo Institute)
Discussant: António Afonso

11:50 – 12:25 Structural Tax Reforms and Public Spending Efficiency

ANTÓNIO AFONSO (University of Lisbon), João Tovar Jalles, and Ana Venâncio
Discussant: Claire Keane

12:25 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Keynote Lecture

ANDREA WEBER (Central European University)

15:00 – 15:35 Close Encounters of the European Kind: Economic Integration, Sectoral Heterogeneity and Structural Reforms

Nauro F. Campos, Vera Z.Eichenauer, and JAN-EGBERT STURM (KOF, ETH Zürich)
Discussant: Kai Gehring

15:35 – 16:10 External Threats and Group Identity – The Effect of the Russian Invasion in Ukraine on European Union Identity

KAI GEHRING (University of Zürich)
Discussant: Michael Weber

16:10 – 16:45 Managing Household Expectations with Unconventional Policies

Francesco D’Acunto, Daniel Hoang, and MICHAEL WEBER (Chicago Booth)

Friday, 16 October 2020

9:30 – 10:05 Debt Rule Design in Theory and Practice: The SGP’s Debt Benchmark Revisited

SEBASTIAN HAUPTMEIER (European Central Bank) and Christophe Kamps
Discussant: Wouter van der Wielen

10:05 – 10:40 Do EU Fiscal Rules Support or Hinder Counter-Cyclical Fiscal Policy?

Martin Larch, Eloïse Orseau, and WOUTER VAN DER WIELEN (European Commission, Joint Research Centre)
Discussant: Christian Keuschnigg

10:40 – 11:15 Italy in the Eurozone

CHRISTIAN KEUSCHNIGG (University of St. Gallen), Linda Kirschner, Michael Kogler, and Hannah Winterberg
Discussant: Thomas Davoine

11:15 - 11:50 An Efficiency-Based Rationale for Cross-Country Transfers within the European Union

THOMAS DAVOINE (Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)
Discussant: Jan Fidrmuc

11:50 - 12:25 The Elusive Quest for the Holy Grail of an Impact of EU Funds on Regional Growth

JAN FIDRMUC (Brunel University), Marin Hulényi, and Olga Zajkowska
Discussant: Sebastian Hauptmeier

12:25 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 14:35 Do Employers Discriminate Participants in Active Labour Market Policies? A Field Experiment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

ARIANNA GATTA (European University Institute)
Discussant: Patrick Arni

14:35 – 15:10 Unemployment Insurance and Learning: Evidence from Reservation Wages

PATRICK ARNI (University of Bristol) and Yanos Zylberberg
Discussant: Ronnie Schöb

15:10 – 15:45 A New Solidary Basic Income Scheme for Germany

RONNIE SCHÖB (Freie Universität Berlin)
Discussant: Julia Schmieder

15:45 – 16:20 Health of Elderly Parents, Their Children’s Labor Supply, and the Role of Migrant Care Workers

Wolfgang Frimmel, Martin Halla, Jörg Paetzold, and JULIA SCHMIEDER
Discussant: Samuel Young

16:20 – 16:55 Non-Compete Clauses, Job Mobility, and Job Quality: Evidence from a Low-Earner Noncompete Ban in Austria

Discussant: Arianna Gatta

End of Conference

Presentation: 20 Minutes
Discussant: 5 Minutes
General Discussion: 10 Minutes