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

Session 1
Tax-Benefit Systems

Chair: António Afonso

10:00 – 10:05 Welcome & Introduction

10:05 – 10:40 Tax-benefit Systems and the Gender Gap in Income

Karina Doorley and CLAIRE KEANE (Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin)
Discussant: General discussion

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

Session 2
Keynote Lecture

Chair: Andreas Peichl

14:00 – 15:00 Keynote Lecture
How Does Free Mobility of Labor Affect Local Labor Markets Across National Borders
ANDREA WEBER (Central European University) and Julia Schmieder

Session 3
Sustainable Growth and Macroeconomic Policies

Chair: Mathias Dolls

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)
Discussant: Jan-Egbert Sturm

Friday, 16 October 2020

Session 4
Eurozone Governance and Macroeconomic Policies

Chair: Jan Fidrmuc

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

Session 5
EU Policies

Chair: Christian Keuschnigg

11:15 - 11:50 An Efficiency-Based Rationale for Cross-Country Transfers within the European
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 (Université de Lille), Martin Hulényi, and Olga Zajkowska
Discussant: Sebastian Hauptmeier

2:25 – 14:00 Lunch

Session 6
Labor I

Chair: Julia Schmieder

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

Session 7

Labor II

Chair: Arianna Gatta

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 (DIW Berlin)
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