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10th Annual International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications, 20-23 July 2015, Athens, Greece.

First Call for Papers and Participation

The Economics Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), will hold its 10th Annual International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications, 20-23 July 2015, Athens, Greece. The conference website is http://www.atiner.gr/economics.htm. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of all areas of economics and other related disciplines. Sessions will be organized along the lines of the Journal of Economic Literature Classification Index (Please link to AEA webpage for subtopics):

You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

For programs of previous conferences and other information, please visit the conference website: http://www.atiner.gr/economics.htm

Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.htm.

Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/SOC-ECO.htm.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/FORM-ECO.doc by the 22 December 2014 to: Dr. John Roufagalas, Professor, Troy University, USA & Head, Economics Research Unit, ATINER, 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel.: + 30 210 363-4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/FORM-ECO.doc. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (gtp@atiner.gr), President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 350 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 150 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into six Research Divisions and thirty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: info@atiner.gr.


JOHN HEINZ DISSERTATION AWARD COMPETITION

The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is pleased to announce
competition for its 21st annual award for
an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of social insurance

NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance. Social insurance encompasses broad-based systems for insuring workers and their families against economic insecurity caused by loss of income from work and the cost of health care. NASI’s scope covers social insurance such as Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, related public assistance, and private employee benefits.

The John Heinz Dissertation Award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. John Heinz served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 until his death in 1991. Senator Heinz was a leading expert in Congress on private pension and health care policy, as well as a member of NASI’s Board of Advisors from the organization’s inception in 1986.

The 22nd annual award will be given to the best doctoral dissertation in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014. The award will be presented at the annual NASI conference in Washington, D.C. on January 28-29, 2015. The winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid.

ELIGIBILITY and TOPICS:

Any dissertation addressing topics relevant to the planning and implementation of social insurance policy is eligible for nomination. For example, this might include analysis of long-term care financing, the labor market effects of Social Security, cross-national comparisons, or family social insurance protections. Nominations are encouraged from many disciplines and professions, including, but not limited to, actuarial science, disability policy, economics, health policy, history, philosophy, political science, social work and sociology.

NOMINATION PROCEDURES:

Nominations for the award can be made by a member of the student’s dissertation committee or by an active member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Applications for the 2014 award must be received no later than September 15, 2014. Complete applications must include: 1) Nominator Form, 2) Nominator Letter, 3) Nominee Form, 4) Hard copy of the full dissertation mailed to: National Academy of Social Insurance, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, and 5) a PDF of the dissertation emailed to nasi@nasi.org. Application forms can be obtained by visiting the John Heinz Dissertation Award page at www.nasi.org or by calling NASI at (202) 452-8097.                                                                                                                                 

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

A multidisciplinary award committee will assess each nominated dissertation according to the following criteria: contribution to the body of knowledge on social insurance, policy relevance of the findings, quality of the analysis, and clarity of the exposition. In case of jointly authored components, the committee expects that the related contribution of the coauthors will be explained fully.

AWARD COMMITTEE:

Christine Bishop, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Chair
Jason Barabas, Stony Brook University
Courtney Coile, Wellesley College
Madonna Harrington Meyer, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Jeffrey B. Wenger, RAND Corporation


UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Call:
2014-15 Small Grants Competition

RFP: 2014-15 Small Grants Competition for Poverty Research

The Center for Poverty Research (CPR) seeks to fund research by junior scholars that will expand our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty.  CPR is interested in projects that display sound research design, high potential impact, and focus on our core research themes: Labor markets and poverty; The non-traditional safety-net, broadly construed to include education and health policies; Children and the intergenerational transmission of poverty; Immigration and poverty.

The Center anticipates funding up to 4 proposals, up to a maximum of $25,000 per award. Projects using either qualitative or quantitative data sources are eligible for funding.  We are particularly interested in supporting high quality research across a variety of disciplines conducted by junior scholars.

The award period is November 15, 2014 – November 14, 2015; because of the short length of the performance period, we do not anticipate funding projects that seek to collect new data.

Proposals must be received by 5 PM Pacific Standard Time on Monday, September 15, 2014. Applicants can view the complete call and apply at the following link: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/smallgrants14.


Second Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q) is pleased to announce that the Second Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration will be held in Doha, Qatar, on January 7-11, 2015.

The School will be led by Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar at GU-Q, Professor at the Universities of Klagenfurt, Bonn, Tuebingen, Vienna, and Warsaw.

The main purpose of the School is to induce the participants to think rigorously, creatively, and in non-conventional ways on various approaches to the modeling of migration choices and consequences, and to demonstrate to the participants how such a thinking process could enrich the spectrum of informed migration policies. Participants will be exposed to the art of economic modeling in general, and to the workings of applied microeconomic theory in particular. Following the School, the participants are expected to be more at ease with deciphering theoretical research on migration, and at engaging in such research themselves.

School participants should be holders of Ph.D. in Economics earned during 2010-2014, or Economics Ph.D. students in advanced stages of their dissertation work.

The cost of participation in the School, including return air travel via a direct route, accommodation, and meals, will be covered by the School. The School will be held in the new campus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Doha. Participants will be expected to arrive on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, and to depart on Monday, January 12, 2015.

Applicants are asked to submit, in a pdf format, their C.V. along with a sample article or a chapter in their Ph.D. dissertation to Dr. Ewa Kepinska, Coordinator of the Winter School, e-mail: SFSQWinterSchool@georgetown.edu. The application deadline is October 15, 2014. Responses to the applications will be provided by October 31, 2014.

Additional information is at: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/academics/migrationpolicy.


The Association for Social Economics (ASE), one of the founding member organizations of the Allied Social Science Associations, together with the Review of Social Economy invite submissions for the 2015

Warren Samuels Prize

This prize is awarded to a paper, presented at the January ASSA meetings, that best exemplifies scholarly work that:

It is preferable, but not required, that the paper is presented at one of the ASSA sessions sponsored by the Association for Social Economics. Papers will not normally exceed 6,500 words (inclusive of references, notes), and should follow the style guidelines for the Review of Social Economy.

The winner of the prize will be announced during the ASE presidential breakfast, to which the winner is invited. The winning paper may, subject to peer review, be published in a subsequent issue of the Review of Social Economy. The winner of the Warren Samuels Prize receives a $500 stipend.

The selection committee consists of:

            A Past-President of ASE;
            An editor of the Review of Social Economy (Chair);
            A member of the Editorial Board, Review of Social Economy.

This prize is awarded to a paper, being presented at the January, 2015 ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, PA, in sessions not restricted to sessions in the ASE programme. Please send your paper electronically, as a word or pdf attachment, to Wilfred Dolfsma, Editor-in-Chief, Review of Social Economy, before December 5, 2014 to w.a.dolfsma@rug.nl.


CALL FOR ARTICLES

RSF: THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Issue and Conference on "The Changing Roles and Status of
Women and Effects on Society and the Economy"

The remarkable gains in educational achievement and advances in the economic and social standing of women have been distinguishing features of the 20th and early 21st centuries. RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences invites paper submissions for its upcoming special issue on the changing roles and status of women and the effects on society and the economy. The special issue will consider both the determinants of these important economic and social changes as well as their consequences. These papers will be organized into three sections. The first section will examine changes in women's labor market outcomes including education, experience, occupations, and pay. The second section will address family and intimate relationships. The third section will address issues in politics, law, and culture.

The journal issue is being edited by Martha Bailey (Department of Economics, University of Michigan) and Thomas A. DiPrete (Department of Sociology, Columbia University).

For more detailed information about this issue, including examples of analyses we anticipate would be of interest to the research and policy communities and submission guidelines, please click here.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material no later than 5 PM EST on August 7, 2014, to:

https://rsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted to https://rsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. All questions should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journals@rsage.org and not to the email addresses of the editors of the special issue.

Selected papers will receive notification by mid- September 2014. A meeting of the authors of invited papers will be held on January 9, 2015 at the RSF headquarters in New York City, and a draft of the full papers will be due in the late spring of 2015.

For more detailed information about this issue, including examples of analyses we anticipate would be of interest to the research and policy communities and submission guidelines, please click here.


The TIAA-CREF Institute invites you to submit an entry for the

2014 TIAA-CREF PAUL A. SAMUELSON AWARD

FOR OUTSTANDING

SCHOLARLY WRITING ON LIFELONG

FINANCIAL SECURITY

This prestigious award, named in honor of Paul A. Samuelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in economics and a former CREF Trustee, includes a cash prize of $10,000. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association in Boston, MA in January 2015.

Submissions must be postmarked September 12, 2014.

Submissions may be theoretical or empirical in nature, but must cover a subject directly relevant to lifelong financial security. The research must be in a book or article form and must have been published between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Submissions must be postmarked by September 12, 2014.

For more information on how to submit an entry, visit https://www.tiaa-crefinstitute.org/public/institute/awards/samuelson


The Carlson School's Chicago Speaker Series Presents:

"The Real Story Behind the Great Recession - Past, Present, and Future"
Raymond Hodgdon - Economic Survey Panel Expert - McKinsey & Company (Bio)

Join us and bring a colleague to learn from Raymond Hodgdon, former economist of the Federal Reserve Board, former CEO of HSBC, and survey panel expert with McKinsey, BlackRock, and ECR. Raymond will share his insights on the key events and stakeholders of the Great Recession - Past, Present & Future.

Hosted by Bryan Whitehead - Director at PWC  
Wednesday, May 21

5:30 - 8:00pm

Location:
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC)
1 N. Wacker Drive, Chicago

Catered hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine

To register, or for more information: carlsonschool.umn.edu/alumnievents. 
Please share this invitation with colleagues and friends who may be interested in attending.


A Discussion Forum on Economic Methodologies.

The International Network for Economic Methodology (INEM) will add to its web page a discussion forum. Initially it will consist of the following five components.

One is comments on previous contributions to the Forum and on methodological papers or methodological developments that have appeared elsewhere. Another type is a conjecture or a research idea that its originator does not intend to develop into a full-scale journal paper. Presenting such ideas might involve anything from a single paragraph to several pages. And they need not necessarily be “ideas” in the narrow sense of the term. Suppose you have developed a new data set to test a certain hypothesis. If you now find that it cannot be tested that way, and hence have no use for the data you could make them available to others.

A third type is a brief note drawing attention to something methodologists should know but are unlikely to hear about. This could involve interesting new discoveries from archival papers of important thinkers, or insights from discussions in other fields that appear to have applications in economic methodology. A fourth type is to warn your colleagues away from a failed research project that you have tried. Then there are book notes and book reviews. In a field that draws on such a widely scattered literature as the methodology of economics book reviews and brief “books received” notes as carried, for example, in the Journal of Economic Literature are especially useful. Finally, the Forum can also carry personal matters, such as listing job changes and retirements (as the AER did at one time) and even jokes about economic methodology.

The Forum will be lightly edited by Professor Thomas Mayer (University of California, Davis) in conjunction with Dr. Michiru Nagatsu (University of Helsinki). Although submissions will not be peer reviewed in the usual sense, they will be screened to exclude the rudeness and personal attacks that infect some blogs, as well as for relevance to methodology. They will also be screened to exclude obvious nonsense, repetition of familiar points and ideological rants. They might also be rejected for being too long, that is in most cases over 1,000 words.

Potential contributors should send one copy to: michiru.nagatsu@helsinki.fi and another to tommayer@lmi.net.


Journal of Insurance Issues Research Awards

The Journal of Insurance Issues (JII), together with St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management, Insurance, and Actuarial Science (SRM), announces research awards totaling $5,000 for selected papers submitted for publication in a special issue of the JII focused on insurance regulation. Papers on all topics related to insurance regulation are invited for consideration. Papers previously published are not eligible for consideration.

A best paper award of $3,000 and two honorable mention awards of $1,000 will be made. Winning papers will be presented in a research symposium on October 16, 2014. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the School of Risk Management’s annual conference on insurance regulation in New York City on October 15, 2014. Selected papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of the JII focused on insurance regulation to be published in March 2015. Travel support to attend the research symposium and the School of Risk Management’s conference on insurance regulation will be provided for one author of each selected paper.

The deadline to submit manuscripts for consideration is July 30, 2014. Awards will be announced August 30.

Authors should submit papers to Jim Barrese at barresej@stjohns.edu with the subject “JII Research Award submission.” The JII website (www.insuranceissues.org) contains information on paper formatting requirements.


University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in cooperation with Istanbul University is happy to announce the International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2014) (formerly known as GIBA) on July 16-19, 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference Website: http://iibaconference.org/
Call for Papers 

IIBA 2014 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, scholar and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Business and Economics within the global and interdisciplinary scope, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Abstract submissions deadline    June 30, 2014
Abstract acceptance notification    Within three weeks of submitting the abstract
Early registration deadline    June 25, 2014
Full paper submissions deadline    June 30, 2014
Late registration deadline    July 1, 2014
Conference dates    July 16-19, 2014

Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions regarding abstract/full paper submission. Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul, the only city in the world that sits on two continents: Europe and Asia.


3 Nobel Laureates in Economics at the I.S.E.O Summer School

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

“Shaping the future: towards a sustainable global economy”

14-21 June 2014, Italy

Robert Engle, Nobel Laureate 2003
James Mirrlees, Nobel Laureate 1996
Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate 2001
Camilla Toulmin, Director  IIED
Emanuele Ferragina, Oxford University

There are still scholarships available for the next edition of the I.S.E.O Summer School, the only summer course in the world featuring 3 Nobel Laureates. It’s organized by the I.S.E.O INSTITUTE, a non profit institute ( I.S.E.O stands for Institute of Studies on Economics and Occupation) chaired by Prof. Robert Solow. For its XI edition, which will take place in Iseo (Brescia, Italy) from 14-21 June 2014, it will features 3 Nobel Laureates in Economics and some outstanding international economists.

The Nobels who will be teaching at the I.S.E.O Summer School are: Robert Engle (Nobel Laureate 2003), James Mirrlees (Nobel Laureate 1996) and Michael Spence (Nobel Laureate 2001). Well known international economists will be lecturing too, such as Camilla Toulmin ( Director International Institute for Environment and Development) and Emanuele Ferragina ( Oxford University).

Specific Contents
The main title of the upcoming edition is "Shaping the future: towards a sustainable global economy”.. Nobels will lecture every day and will be at disposal of the attendants for the whole week.

Lectures of the I·S·E·O Summer School are made of a fair combination between frontal speech and debates with the participants. Every lecturer is asked to concentrate his speech in the very first part of the class and then leave the stage to students to share ideas and views in a strongly stimulating environment.

General aim
The aim of the I.S.E.O. Summer School is that of bringing together a large number of graduate students coming from the most important international universities to improve their knowledge in economics

Application Conditions and Deadline 
Post graduate students ( no matter if still enrolled at university or already working), young economists, researchers, lecturers and teaching assistants can be eligible for the I.S.E.O Summer School 2014.

 In order to apply, students have to fill in the application form downloadable from our website www.istiseo.org. The application form should be sent via email together with a personal cv and a picture by the 21st April 2014 to the Summer School Secretariat: summerschool@istiseo.org. Early application is highly encouraged since enrolment is limited.


Call for papers. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning (JFCP) is the official journal of Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE). This journal publishes peer reviewed, empirical research papers that help enhance consumer financial capability and improve consumer financial well-being. Interested authors are encouraged to use appropriate theories to design their research projects, to connect their studies to the literature of consumer finance including papers published in JFCP, and to present their preliminary findings to researchers and practitioners at professional conferences such as the national symposium of AFCPE. The journal information including the submission guideline can be found at: http://www.afcpe.org/publications/. For more information, please contact the editor, Jing Jian Xiao at: jfcp.editor@gmail.com.


European Union Centers of Excellence in the United States: Call for Proposals for the 2014-2015 Period

EU Centers of Excellence (EUCE) advance the study of the EU, the understanding of its institutions and policies and EU-US relations through teaching programs, scholarly research and outreach activities extended by the Centers to their local and regional communities.

The Delegation of the European Union to the United States, invites proposals from U.S. universities to host a European Center of Excellence during the 2014-15 period. 

Since 1998, the European Union has been organizing competitions to support European Union Centers at American universities, devoted to transatlantic relationship. The EU Centers program has helped create a foothold for EU studies in US higher education and served as an information resource for a broad US audience, with extensive outreach to regional audiences and the policy community. The recipients of awards are designated "EU Centers of Excellence" in recognition of the high quality, variety and depth of their programming.

These Centers will be expected to implement high quality teaching, research, and regional outreach programs with EU and EU-US themes. Competitive proposals will include a mix of research, teaching, and outreach activities.  Individual Centers are also expected to participate in cooperative activities within the national Network of EUCE. Information regarding activities of the existing EUCE in the US is available at http://www.euce.org.


Call for papers
THE RIMINI CONFERENCE in ECONOMICS and FINANCE
RCEF-2014
CONFERENCE TITLE: The Next Convergence
CONFERENCE DATES: Monday, June 9, 2014 – Tuesday, June 10, 2014
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 31, 2014 – EXTENSION TO APRIL 18TH 2014

For details, see the conference website at: 
http://www.rcfea.org/
and the attached Call for Papers.

The RCEF2014 “The next Convergence” is being organised by the Rimini Centre of Economic Analysis (RCEA).

The 8th Rimini Bayesian Econometrics Workshop of RCEA and the 5th GLUNLAB workshop of RCEA will be held within The Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance 2014: The Next Convergence in Rimini (SGR Congress Center, Via G. Chiabrera 34, 47924 Rimini).

We plan to run a full set of parallel sessions inside this conference both for the Bayesian and the GLUNLAB workshops.

Plenary Speakers:
Philippe Aghion (Harvard University and RCEA)
Costas Azariadis (Washington University in St. Louis and RCEA)
Pranab Bardhan (University of California, Berkeley and RCEA)
John Griffin (University of Kent)
Robert Kohn (University of New South Wales; Australia)
Michael Spence (Nobel Prize 2001, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University)
 
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THE RIMINI CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
E-mail: secretary@rcfea.org
Web: www.rcfea.org
Tel. 0039 0543 720901 - Fax 0039 0543 031646


International Joint Conference-Workshop 
on Developments in 
Economic and Social Sciences

April 22-28, 2014 - Prague, Czech Republic

SUMMARY

Venue: Central Bohemia University, Building of Czech Academy of Sciences. Co-organized  with Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague and several domestic and foreign universities!
Final deadline for article submission:
April 20, 2014
Articles published in: Conference proceedings + four reviewed journals in Prague and London; submission:  jcw2014@cbuni.cz
Participation: personal or virtual - there is no need to travel
Certification: by INTEAS - International Education Accreditation Society, USA. 

Your university can co-organize this event too!

REGISTRATION + FORMATTING TIPS AND MORE INFORMATION

SECTIONS

Economics & Business
Social Sciences

ARTICLES

Submitted articles will be published within abstracting and fulltext services: EBSCO, Google Scholar,  CrossRef, Proquest,  Repec, DOAJ, Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB), and worldwide library system of Ex-Libris.

Expanded articles may be also submitted to indexed journals published by CBU at discounted price in www.journals.cz or by EnglishTime www.researchjournals.co.uk

Participation fees start at 200 EUR per article

Central Bohemia University
Pod Vodarenskou vezi 4, 182 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic
jcw2014@cbuni.cz (JCW 2014 contact email)
www.cbuni.cz (more information about JCW 2014)
www.inteas.org (certification authority)

 


CALL FOR PAPERS
Submission deadline: April 15, 2014
The 12th Biennial ATHENIAN POLICY FORUM CONFERENCE
Joint with with with with Ryerson University

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL ASYMMETRIES, NATIONAL DEBTS AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES
Toronto, Canada, June 13-14, 2014

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES AND SUGGESTED TOPICS

Economic and financial asymmetries have received a lot of attention in recent years. The Asian financial crisis of 1997-1998, the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2007-2009, and the current European sovereign debt crisis are a few examples of economic and financial asymmetries in a global scale. Interestingly enough, Canada has so far avoided negative consequences of the recent global crises in the U.S. and Europe. If so, this APF-Canadian joint conference hopes to bring many North American, Asian, and European scholars together to share their experiences with one another. Especially, in light of the current slow and uneven global economic recovery, the scholars and practitioners at this conference should discuss all aspects of global economic and financial asymmetries, with emphasis on appropriate economic policies needed to address the sovereign debt crisis of the EU, the persistently high labor unemployment, the increasingly unequal income distribution and the excessively easy monetary policies around the world.

Economic and financial asymmetries, however, have far greater reach, going beyond just financial crises. Many general topics in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and finance touch on information asymmetries. For example, microeconomic issues on consumer behavior, production and allocation anomalies, markets in health and legal services, pricing efficiencies in commodity and energy markets, and frequent market failures are all current issues of interest. Similarly, macroeconomic issues on persistent high unemployment, global monetary and fiscal stability, the future of the euro, and the role of China and India in the global economy are also important. Furthermore, financial issues on macro-prudential regulation via Basel III, the Dodd-Frank Act, sovereign debt management, banking and corporate deleveraging, regulation on money management, and future of investment banking and universal banking are major topics of interest as well.

Registration: The registration fee of $50CAD made payable to the Department of Economics, Ryerson University, should be received no later than May 30, 2014. The fees together with the generous support of our sponsors will provide for lunches and refreshments (coffee, water, cookies) on June 13th and 14th, and a conference dinner on June 14th.

Publication: All papers presented at the conference will be considered for publication, by anonymous referee process, at the Journal of Economic Asymmetries, published by Elsevier Science: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/the-journal-of-economic-asymmetries

Submission: Please submit your paper or abstract by March 15, 2014 to Constantine Angyridis (cangyridis@economics.ryerson.ca) and Leo Michelis (michelis@ryerson.ca)


We are happy to announce the International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2014)
on July 16-19, 2014, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

http://iibaconference.org/

IIBA 2014 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, scholar and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Business and Economics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Abstract submissions deadline

May 30, 2014

Abstract acceptance notification

Within one week of submitting the abstract

Early registration deadline

June 25, 2014

Full paper submissions deadline

June 30, 2014

Late registration deadline

July 1, 2014

Conference dates

July 16-19, 2014


Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any question regarding abstract/full paper submission. Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you in Istanbul, Turkey which is one of the oldest cities in the World.

Chairs

 


9th Annual Green Economics Institute, Green Economics Conference at Oxford University

9 - 11 July 2014 at the Earth Sciences, Geography and Economics Faculties

Recovery - What Recovery? Recovery for whom? Ending the cycle of Trickle Up Economics

Meet the Network where Green Economics has been developed and spread around the world. All welcome and very inclusive. We develop an economics of sharing, caring and supporting each other. Pulling together in the face of the crisis!

Social and environmental justice, preventing poverty, turning round climate change and preventing the current mass extinction of species. These are the aims of a Renaissance in the Economy. A Green Economy.

Call for Speakers, Abstracts, Papers, workshops and participants.

For registration, reservations, papers, abstracts, fees etc please email Hilary Driver, the Conference Manager, at greeneconomicsevents1@yahoo.co.uk

http://www.greeneconomics.org.uk/events2014/oxfordflyer2014np62.pdf

 


THE QUALITY OF LIFE CONFERENCE
Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe ISQOLS 2014 Free University Berlin, September 15 – 18, 2014

Conference Website: www.isqols.org/berlin2014
Contact: berlin2014@isqols.org

Call for Papers

The International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies (ISQOLS) and the Free University Berlin (FU Berlin) invite researchers from all disciplines, policy makers and practitioners from across the globe to participate in the 2014 Quality of Life Conference “Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe”. We invite you to join an exciting convening of quality of life thinkers September 15-18, 2014. This interdisciplinary ISQOLS conference will be hosted at the Free University in Berlin, Germany in conjunction with the departments of psychology, sociology, and economics and in cooperation with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). More details about the topics, sessions, fees, and publication opportunities are available at www.isqols.org/berlin2014.
ISQOLS is a multidisciplinary society encouraging the pursuit of quality of life studies and application. This international group convenes regularly to share ideas and findings, and actively supports the dissemination of findings and thoughts via its journal and newsletter, Applied Research in Quality of Life, and Social Indicators Network News as well as its allied publications (see www.isqols.org/resources/publications). We encourage all disciplines and perspectives to join us to promote quality of life globally via research, policy, and partnerships. Come explore new horizons in quality of life with us.

Conference Theme and Topics:
Our theme is “Sustaining Quality of Life across the Globe” and we welcome papers from all related disciplines. Submissions on issues of happiness, well-being, and any dimension of quality of life are welcome.

How to Submit Your Proposal
Please submit your proposed abstract of approximately 500 words with a list of 3-5 keywords using the following e-mail: berlin2014@isqols.org. If you intend to organize a session, please contact us directly at berlin2014@isqols.org. For new sessions we need a proposal of 500-1000 words together with a list of potential papers. All submitted abstracts and session proposals will be reviewed by established ISQOLS members in collaboration with the conference organizers. There will be the opportunity to submit your paper for publication consideration in a special issue and book volume. More information will be available at www.isqols.org/berlin2014.

Deadlines:
Conference Date: September 15–18, 2014 at the Henry Ford Building of the Free University Berlin, Germany
Submission of Abstracts: May 1, 2014
Announcement of Acceptance: May 30, 2014
Registration: June 1-August 31, 2014
Late Registration: September 1, 2014-conference (late registration fees)


Call for Papers for the 16th Annual NBES Conference

Panama City, Panama 2015 near the Panama Canal

The sixteenth annual conference of the National Business & Economics Society will be held March 11 through March 14, 2015 at the InterContinental Playa Bonita Resort & Spa Hotel near the Panama Canal. NBES is a multi-disciplinary academic association which focuses on promoting interdisciplinary research of both a theoretical and practical nature. See our web site at www.nbesonline.com

Submission Requirement: One to two page abstract or the completed paper in Word e-mailed to info@nbesonline.com. All submissions are peer reviewed. Questions should be addressed to email contact. Please note that co-authors may not be added after a paper is accepted. Submission Deadline: July 1st, 2014


LIS, formerly the Luxembourg Income Study, will be holding its annual Introductory Summer Workshop on 29 June – 5 July 2014. The LIS Introductory Summer Workshop is a one-week workshop designed to introduce researchers in the social sciences to comparative research in income distribution, employment and social policy, using the Luxembourg Income Study Database (LIS). Attendees will also be introduced to the Luxembourg Wealth Study Database (LWS).

The workshop format includes a mix of lectures on comparative research, laboratory sessions and individual one-on-one advisory sessions. Workshop faculty includes the LIS Directors, Janet Gornick and Markus Jäntti, the LIS staff and guest lecturers. By the end of the workshop, attendees will be fully trained to use the databases independently.

More information can be found on our website.

The application, which can be found here, is due 1 April 2014.


CALL FOR PAPERS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS ISSUES, December 18 and 19, 2014. Venue: Springfield Marriott Hotel, MSU-Denver campus, downtown Denver.

Deadline: July 31, 2014, but early submissions are encouraged. Full paper submission and registration deadline: October 31, 2014. Electronic submissions may be emailed to kulkarnk@msudenver.edu

For more information check the website www.ijeb.com or contact Dr. Kishore G. Kulkarni, Distinguished Professor of Economics, Metropolitan State University of Denver, P. O. Box 173362, Campus Box 77, Denver, CO 80217-3362. Phone: 303-556-2675.Papers should follow the standard format for presentation consideration. Please send registration fees and inquiries to:

Dr. Kishore G. Kulkarni
Distinguished Professor of Economics and Editor, Indian Journal of Economics and Business, (visit www.ijeb.com),
Campus Box 77, P. O. Box 173362
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO 80217-3362, USA
Tel: 303-556-2675. Fax: 303-556-3966

Participants are expected to make their own travel and living arrangements. A block of rooms is reserved at the Springfield Marriott Hotel, Downtown Denver.

Conference Registration fee: US $300.00. It includes cost of two luncheons and receptions on December 18th and 19th, 2014. For students and participants from developing countries: US $100.


AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES FELLOWSHIP COMPETITION

The American Institute of Indian Studies invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree. Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India. Eligible applicants include 1) U.S. citizens; and 2) citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities (this rule does not apply to U.S. citizens). Applications can be downloaded from the website www.indiastudies.org. Inquiries should be directed to  (773) 702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu.  Application deadline is July 1, 2014.


Grants for experiments on innovation, entrepreneurship and growth                                                                                                       

The main aim of this call is to fund experimental research that uses RCTs to provide evidence on the best approaches to increase innovation, support high-growth entrepreneurship and accelerate business growth.

This grants programme is the first initiative of a new international collaboration, the global innovation, entrepreneurship and growth lab, which involves research funders and innovation and business support government agencies interested in increasing the use of RCTs in innovation and entrepreneurship research and evaluation. This initial call is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Nesta.

This call for proposals is relevant to:

We welcome applications from researchers and programme delivery organisations from around the world.

For additional information, see http://www.nesta.org.uk/about-us/work-us/grants-for-innovation

Deadline for proposals: Monday 24 February 2014


We are happy to announce the Global Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (GIBA 2014), in May 15-18, 2014, Clearwater Beach, Tampa, Florida, USA. Deadline for proposals: Monday 24 March 2014

http://gibaconference.org/

GIBA 2014 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, scholar and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Business and Economics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Abstract submissions deadline

March 24, 2014

Abstract acceptance notification

March 7, 2014

Early registration deadline

March 31, 2014

Full paper submissions deadline

May 2, 2014

Late registration deadline

May 5, 2014

Conference dates

May 15-18, 2014

Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any question regarding abstract/full paper submission. Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you in “Sunshine State”, Clearwater Beach, Tampa, Florida, USA.

Chairs


2014 ASIA CONFERENCE ON ECONOMICS & BUSINESS RESEARCH (ACEB2014)

(ACEB) gathers leading scholars, students and practitioners from Asia and the rest of the world for international research collaboration and information interchange in the Economics and Business discipline. http://academy.edu.sg/aceb/

Important Dates:

2nd  GLOBAL CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (GCBM2014)

(GCBM) intends to serve as an ideal platform for a global audience of academics, researchers, and scholars to present their research work and/or on-going research activities in the field of Business Management. http://academy.edu.sg/gcbm/

Important Dates:

Conference Enquiries:

Please contact us at: 
100 Orchard Road, #04-100 Concorde Hotel
Singapore 238840
Email: leeming@aventisglobal.edu.sg 
Tel: (65)67203333


The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world’s best known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The next conference will take place on June 2-3, 2014, at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “The Role of Theory in Development Economics”.

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers on innovative ways that analytical and deductive methods, as well as issues of methodology such as the use of randomizations, can be used in development. The selected papers will be presented as the main sessions of the conference agenda. Possible topics include:

  • Poverty and Social Protection
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Human Development
  • Role of Social Norms
  • Environment
  • Macroeconomics
  • Trade
  • Finance

Papers that do not fit into these categories, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome.

Those interested should submit a draft paper or a two-page proposal by midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) on February 21, 2014 (email abcde@worldbank.org). The proposal should include the title of the paper, author(s), affiliation, and contact information, and should address the main question(s) to be examined, relevant literature, unique contribution to the literature, and methodology to be employed. Selected conference papers will be included in a special issue of the World Bank Economic Review along the lines of the AER Papers and Proceedings.

The Organizing Committee will evaluate all proposals in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. In addition to the papers selected for the main sessions of the conference, some papers will be selected for a poster presentation session. Authors of accepted proposals will be contacted by March 21, 2014.

For authors of selected papers, travel and accommodation expenses for the conference will be covered. Partial financial support will be provided for papers selected for the poster session. Additional information on the overall conference program will be posted on the ABCDE website over the coming months. 

Organizing Committee:  Kaushik Basu (World Bank, Chair), Andrew Foster (Brown University), Garance Genicot (Georgetown University), Indermit Gill (World Bank), and  Yaw Nyarko (New York University).

Conference Coordinator: Leita Jones (ljones2@worldbank.org).


How Good Are You at Judging Good Judgment?

The Economist’s The World in 2014 issue has an article by University of Pennsylvania psychologist Phil Tetlock and journalist Dan Gardner on the Good Judgment Project, a research study funded by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA, the US government’s analog to DARPA), which makes such geopolitical predictions every day.

Since 2011, IARPA has posed about 100-150 questions each year to research teams participating in its ACE forecasting tournament on topics such as the Syrian Civil War, the stability of the Eurozone and Sino-Japanese relations. Each research team was required to gather individual predictions from hundreds or thousands of forecasters online and to generate daily collective forecasts that assign realistic probabilities to possible outcomes. At the end of the tournament’s second year, the Good Judgment Project emerged as the clear winner and now encompasses all of the individuals forecasting in the tournament.

Readers of the Post may already be familiar with the Good Judgment Project from a recent David Ignatius column. Ignatius reported that the Project’s best forecasters were, on average, about 30% more accurate in making predictions on these questions than were intelligence-community analysts who have access to classified information not available to the Project’s forecasters. How does the Good Judgment Project achieve such strikingly accurate results? The Project uses modern social-science methods ranging from harnessing the wisdom of crowds to prediction markets to putting together teams of forecasters. The GJP research team attributes its success to a blend of getting the right people (i.e., the “right” individual forecasters) on the bus, offering basic tutorials on inferential traps to avoid and best practices to embrace, concentrating the most talented forecasters into super teams, and constantly fine-tuning the aggregation algorithms it uses to combine individual forecasts into a collective prediction on each forecasting question. The Project’s best forecasters are typically talented and highly motivated amateurs, rather than subject matter experts.

Here’s your chance to “get on the GJP bus.” If you enjoy world politics and appreciate a good challenge, consider joining the Good Judgment Project, which has openings right now for Season 3 forecasters. The Project will give you the opportunity to receive training, to get regular feedback on your forecasting accuracy, and to test your forecasting skills against those of some of the most accurate forecasters around. Interested? To find out more and to register, go to www.goodjudgmentproject.com.


Joint AAEA/CAES/EAAE Seminar

 Social Networks, Social Media and the Economics of Food

Call for proposals

The purpose of this seminar is to provide a forum for presenting studies on the economics of food production and choice in a world in which social media and social networks have assumed a prominent role. The objective is to promote a better understanding of peer group influence on food consumption, and how social media and social networking affect food production and food choice decisions. Recognizing the role of social media in the broader food environment can help explain food choices that lead to unhealthy diets or the consumption of unsafe food. Understanding social media and social learning will help inform policies that use social concepts to control these, and other, food-related problems.

Choices, including those around health (diet quality), location (restaurant versus home), and ethical production decisions (animal welfare), can influence change in supply chains. Understanding the role of important determinants in production and consumption decisions can enhance efficiency and improve welfare. Peer effects, social media, and social networking represent only a few of the many factors that influence consumer choices, but how they interact with others in the broader economic context of food choices has been largely unexplored.

The seminar invites an international scientific audience in the fields of agricultural and food economics, agribusiness, behavioural and health economics, marketing, and related disciplines. Participants who would like to present a paper or poster are requested to submit an extended abstract in English (max. 2 pages; Times New Roman font, point size 12, single spacing) before December 1, 2013 via our website at http://www.aaea.org/meetings/2014-aaeaeaaecaes-joint-symposium (submission opens October 21, 2013). The abstract should indicate: the question addressed, the concepts and theories to which one refers, the methodology used and the results obtained. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be communicated by January 31, 2014. The deadline for the submission of the full version of the accepted papers is April 3, 2014. A selection of contributed papers will be published in a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics.

The seminar will be held in beautiful and historic Montreal, Canada, on May 29-30, 2014. Seminar participants will be able to sample the finest in regional Canadian cuisine, participate in one of the many festivals offered year-round in Montreal, and visit some of the most important cultural attractions in Canada. Always friendly, Montreal residents are famous for their joie de vivre and invite you to join them.

Important dates

Abstract submission: December 1, 2013
Author notification of paper and poster acceptance/rejection: January 31, 2014
Early registration deadline: March 31st, 2014
Deadline final papers uploaded: April 3, 2014
Deadline registration: May 15th, 2014

Contact the organizing committee at social.food.econ@gmail.com

Organizing Committee: Ellen Goddard (Chair, University of Alberta), Sean Cash (Tufts University), John Henning (McGill University), and Timothy Richards (Arizona State University)


Call for Proposals. Proposals are invited for individual presentations on the implications of hydraulic fracturing at the community level, as part of “The Implications of Hydraulic Fracturing for Creating Sustainable Communities,” one of the SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines, to be held April 10–11, 2014 at Binghamton University. Please note that the purpose of this CID is not to either promote or discourage hydraulic fracturing but to understand the impacts, both positive and negative, and provide communities with the knowledge and tools that they need to decide what is in their own best interest. We are requesting papers to create six panels over a day and a half conference.  The panel topics are 1) local environmental impacts, 2) economic impacts, 3) health impacts, 4) social impacts, 5) how to have a dialogue about hydraulic fracturing, and 6) community capacity.  should be 15–20 minutes each. There will also be a poster session. To submit a proposal, email Tom Sinclair, Associate Professor of Public Administration (sinclair@binghamton.edu), by December 15, 2013. For details, see: http://www.isecoeco.org/implications-of-hydraulic-fracturing-for-creating-sustainable-communities/.


Call for Papers and Applications: Perspectives on Time Use in the U.S. Conference and Workshop, June 23-27, 2014

Time is arguably the most valuable resource available to the human population. It is, therefore, important to understand why individuals allocate their time in the way they do and the consequences of those time use decisions. This conference, to be held June 23-24 at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center, will give members of the growing U.S. time use research community the opportunity to interact with one another and share ideas. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for papers that address any question related to the collection or analysis of time use data. Although submissions on any time use topic are appropriate, papers that make use of data from the ATUS or American Heritage Time Use Data are especially encouraged.  The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is January 15, 2014. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by February 14, 2014.

Immediately following the conference there will be a three-day training workshop for researchers new to the ATUS data entitled "ATUS Workshop 2014," on June 25-26-27. The deadline for submission of applications to the Workshop is March 1, 2014 and workshop applicants will be notified by March 15.  These two events are designed to provide a comprehensive view of the state of research in the field and provide junior scholars or those just entering the time use arena with essential tools.  Detailed information is contained in the call for papers and call for applications documents, which you can access using the link below.

http://www.popcenter.umd.edu/research/sponsored-events/timeuse-2014

For more information, contact Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland, hofferth@umd.edu.


“Foundations of Economic Change – Behaviour, Interaction and Aggregate Outcomes” – this is the motto of the 15th International Conference of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society (ISS) taking place from 27 to 30 July 2014 in Jena (Germany). About 300 delegates are coming together at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena to discuss current scientific achievements. The scientific programme of the meeting will mainly focus on the topics “Behavioural and Experimental Economics via Industrial Dynamics, Regional Economics and Entrepreneurship to Evolutionary Economics, Economic Growth Theory and Agent-Based Modelling”. You will find further information about the conference on our website www.schumpeter-conference.de.

Congress:    15th International Conference of the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society (ISS) 2014

Venue and Date:   
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Main Building
Fürstengraben 1
07743 Jena/DE
July 27-30, 2014

Organizer:    International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society
Conference Chair:    
Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner
Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena
Faculty of Business and Economics
Chair of Economics/Microeconomics

Conference Language    The official conference language will be English.
Conference Homepage:    http://www.schumpeter-conference.de/

Conference Organization:    Conventus Congressmanagement & Marketing GmbH
Marlen Schiller
Carl-Pulfrich-Straße 1
07745 Jena/DE
Phone +49 (0)3641 3116-358
Fax +49 (0)3641 3116-243
marlen.schiller@conventus.de
www.conventus.de
 


 


The 28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE) will take place on June 18-21, 2014, at the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal. The aim of the Conference is to facilitate the exchange of research ideas and results across a range of fields, including the economics of the household, labour economics, public economics, demography, and health economics. Erik Plug (University of Amsterdam) will serve as the program chair and Priscila Ferreira (University of Minho) as coordinator of the local organizing team. The keynote speakers will be Christian Dustmann (University College London) and Michele Tertilt (University of Mannheim). The presidential address will be given by James Albrecht (Georgetown University). Papers must be submitted electronically using the on-line submission form: http://editorialexpress.com/conference/ESPE2014/ The submission deadline is February 1, 2014. Acceptance decisions will be announced by April 1, 2014. Accepted papers will only be included in the final programme if presenting authors have registered by May 1, 2014. Each participant may present at most one paper but can co-author more than one paper in the program. Graduate students have a reduced registration fee. For more details, please visit the conference web page: www.especonferences.org


Conference Announcement and Call for Papers
18th International Conference on Macroeconomic Analysis and International Finance
29 - 31 May 2014
Department of Economics, University of Crete, Rethymno, Crete, Greece

 

Keynote Speakers:
Alberto Alesina (Harvard)
Fabio Canova (EUI)
Stephen G. Hall (Leicester)
Yannis Ioannides (Tufts)
Roberto Rigobon (MIT)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

The conference will solicit papers in all areas of macroeconomic theory and policy and international finance. All papers will be submitted electronically through URL: http://www.soc.uoc.gr/macro/. For this purpose a specific script-form will be released in due time. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2013.

Jointly authored papers should be submitted by the person who will present the paper, if it is accepted. Please note that each participant may present at most one paper. Upon acceptance of a paper the registration fee is € 300. The registration fee for Ph.D. students is € 200 (a letter of proof of Ph.D. student status is required from the head of the department). Registration fees are not refundable. In case there is more than one author per paper, only one registration fee is required. Additional registration is applied when all the authors participate in the Conference.

Special Issue (Guest Editors: Georgios P. Kouretas and Athanasios P. Papadopoulos)
Economic Modelling will publish a special issue with papers presented at the conference. The selected papers will be presented during the conference in special "ECMODE Sessions". All submitted papers will be considered for this special issue. Papers of high quality will be considered.

Special Issue (Guest Editors: Georgios P. Kouretas and Athanasios P. Papadopoulos)
The Panoeconomicus will publish a special volume with papers presented at the conference especially the best papers by junior researchers and recent Ph.D. holders. Papers of high quality will be considered for this special issue.

For further queries please contact:
Professor Athanasios P. Papadopoulos
Department of Economics
University of Crete
University Campus
GR-74100, Rethymno, Greece
e-mail: appapa@econ.soc.uoc.gr


The Southwestern Social Science Association and the Southwestern Economic Association are currently accepting submissions at http://convention2.allacademic.com/one/sssa/sssa14/ for our annual meeting April 17 – 19, at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas.  The Call for Papers can be found at http://sssaonline.org/?page_id=67.  The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2013. 

Founded in 1919, SSSA is the oldest interdisciplinary social science association in the United States, and is composed of professionals and students in the social sciences, including academics and other professionals.  SSSA is the umbrella organization for nine academic and professional affiliate associations, including the areas of Anthropology, Economics, History, International Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s & Gender Studies. The purpose of SSSA is to promote, cultivate and correlate the various areas of the social sciences and their applications.


CALL FOR PAPERS

We cordially invite you to submit your manuscript to the special issue on "The Economics of Rating Agencies", which will be published in Economic Notes. Given the interdisciplinary character of the topic we welcome contribution from both economic and legal scholars. Economic Notes is an invaluable journal presenting key issues in the fields of banking, finance and monetary economics. Through its 35 years the journal has earned a reputation for open debate. It publishes quality papers from academics and researchers as well as executives working in financial institutions, firms and the public sector. Economic Notes is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the MPS Banking Group.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS MATTER: THE ECONOMICS OF RATING AGENCIES Credit rating agencies bear some responsibility for the financial crisis that started in 2007 and remains ongoing. This is acknowledged by academicians, policymakers, market participants, and by the agencies themselves. Specifically, the role played by rating agencies during the recent financial meltdown has raised many fundamental questions – about which we are inviting contributions. We can toughly group these questions into five categories (the list is by no means exhaustive):

1) The first of all questions is that of existence. Why have credit agencies emerged as financial institutions and how have they evolved. How is it that credit ratings have come to play such a paramount role in certain financial transactions?

2) Another related set of questions concerns the market structure of the credit rating industry itself. Why are there apparently so few credit rating firms? Should we characterize the credit rating business as competitive or collusive? Are some credit rating firms demonstrably “special” and worthy of certification by a regulatory body?

3) A third group concerns the ratings themselves. Do ratings provide unbiased information regarding differences in obligor’s capacity to repay? Or, do ratings provide incremental information to lenders in addition to publicly available data?

4) A fourth category of questions deals with the context-specificity of ratings. Do ratings have a uniform meaning and interpretation across different countries? Can a rating system originated in the US be transplanted in other countries, or are adjustments needed to account for differences in accounting and financial practices? Are emerging market risks – like the risk of banking and financial crises – “ill suited” to a single variable credit rating metric? Are the ratings leading or lagging indicators of country risks?

5) The final set of questions pertains to the use of ratings for regulatory purposes. What is the proper regulatory use of credit ratings? If credit ratings are to be used for regulatory purposes, how should we construct the mapping of ratings into regulatory capital requirements? Could market data be used as a substitute for credit ratings for regulatory purposes?

Contributors wishing to participate in that thematic issue should express their interest and send a one-page abstract by December 31st 2014 to economic.notes@banca.mps.it or luca.fiorito@unipa.it. Final papers will have to be sent by the end of June 2014; they will be refereed according to the usual procedure of the review. The publication is scheduled on April 2015.



Contents of Current Issues

August 2014 AEJ: Policy

August 2014 AEJ: Micro

Summer 2014 JEP

July 2014 AEJ: Applied

July 2014 AEJ: Macro

July 2014 AER

June 2014 JEL

Virtual Field Journals

In the News:

University of Chicago economics professor, Matthew Gentzkow, who is the AEA's 2014 John Bates Clark Medal recipient, discusses the future of economics, the state of the media ecosphere, and virtues of "data hustle" in this interview from Quartz.

A recent article in The Economist examines higher education endowments and university behaviors including new research presented in a paper from the latest edition of the American Economic Review.

"For economists, the tradition of keeping mum—at least as a national organization—is long and proud. 'The association as such will take no partisan attitude, nor will it commit its members to any position on practical economic questions,' the economic association states on its website. Those policies, says its president, William D. Nordhaus, a professor at Yale University, by email, 'have served it well through hot and cold wars.'"

"Not only do economists vary widely in their opinions of economic policy, he notes, but many have participated in helping shape such policies. Putting forth statements on political issues would be 'unnecessary, polarizing, controversy-stoking, and a distraction from the real and important work of economic research and education,' he says. (Mr. Nordhaus was, of course, speaking for himself and not the association.)"

Read the whole story in the The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscribers only).

From ASSA 2014: The Wall Street Journal reports on the AEA's CSWEP committee's efforts in mentoring early-career female economists and the program's expanding influence on similar programs being developed overseas. Read the full article here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education just published "Cool Head on Global Warming," an in-depth look at the new book by 2014 AEA President, William Nordhaus entitled, "The Climate Casino: Risk, Uncertainty and Economics for a Warming World" (Yale University Press).

The Atlantic Cities provides a thorough examination of Clifford Winston's (Brooking Institution) research, "On The Performance of the U.S. Transportation System: Caution Ahead," from the latest edition of the Journal of Economic Literature (JEL).

Upcoming research by Yang Wang, a health economist at Lafayette College, indicates that some smokers believe age, race, and parental longevity influence their life expectancy more than smoking does. Access the news brief here, or the forthcoming article from the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

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