INFER 2014 Papers submission and special sessions

INFER2014>>>Papers submission and special sessions

Submission of papers

Only full papers may be submitted for the INFER Annual Conference’s general sessions and special sessions. Papers must be in English and must include a cover page with the following information:

  • An abstract of up to 500 words, with JEL classification and no more than 5 keywords
  • Authors’ full name, affiliation
  • Contact details for corresponding author, such as address, phone and e-mail

Papers for the general sessions should be submitted electronically, as doc-files or pdf-files, to the Annual Conference organizers at:

Deadline for paper submission is: February 15, 2014 (extended to March 1st).

Authors are allowed to submit more than one paper. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed according to a high-quality and fast referee process. Authors will be notified whether their paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, in a general or a special session, not later than March 15, 2014 (extended to March 31st).
Paper presenters are expected to discuss one other paper during the conference. The discussant assignments will be made by the conference organizers at a later date. As the conference intends to strengthen the INFER network, participation is welcome even without paper contributions.

Special sessions

The conference will host the following special sessions:

  • Financial regulation, in particular (but not limited to) banking regulation, organized by Cordelius Ilgmann ( The global financial crisis has revived the attention on the issue of financial market regulation. Several proposals have been made and discussed, ranging from functional separation, to the introduction of “caps” on external indebtedness, and so on. This session welcomes theoretical and applied papers that take stock of this debate and discuss the rationale and the implication the proposed reforms.
  • Economic asymmetries, organized by Alberto Bagnai ( with the support of a/simmetrie. The causes, the econometric modelling, and the policy implications of economic asymmetries have become an active field of research. This session will consider theoretical and empirical papers dealing with the causes and the implications of economic asymmetries at large. Papers referring to asymmetries in the Eurozone should be submitted to the Special Session below.
  • Asymmetries in the Eurozone, organized by Eckhard Hein ( with the support of a/simmetrie. The Eurozone crisis is a very interesting topic in the field of economic asymmetries. The structure of the Eurozone member countries, the design of the Eurozone policy rule, and the way the Eurozone crisis has been managed, offers several examples of asymmetries. The theoretical and applied papers presented in this session deal with the political economy and the implications of these asymmetries for the causes and management of the Eurozone crisis.
  • Global trade dynamics, organized by Jan van Hove ( International trade patterns are dynamic for various reasons: The rise of emerging markets, the deindu
    strialisation in western economies, the impact of the global crisis etc. In this session papers will be presented dealing with the analysis of these trade patterns. Papers may include the analysis of the margins of trade, dynamics in competitiveness, firm-level export performance etc. In particular, we welcome papers that compare these dynamics across countries, sectors or firms.
  • Environmental issues, intellectual property rights, and their interactions with the political decision-making process in China, organized by Alberto Bagnai ( The increasing pressure on the rural and urban environment, as well as the attitude towards the protection of intellectual property rights, are two crucial issues for the management of China’s integration in the global world economy. This session welcomes paper dealing with the interaction between these issues and the evolution of economic policy in China.
  • Spatial economics and environmental policy, organized by Camelia Turcu ( In the nowadays society, environmental policy issues and regional and international development are strongly interconnected. This session welcomes both theoretical and empirical papers that lie at the crossroad of regional and urban economics, economic geography and environmental economics. More specifically, submissions should focus on the interactions between the environmental policy changes and the spatial distribution of firms, production factors (ie. capital, labor) and incomes.
  • The evolution of the international monetary system, organized by Gennaro Zezza (, with the support of a/simmetrie. The global financial crisis has brought to the fore the problems caused by a US dollar-based international monetary system. The fundamental asymmetry and instability of this system was recognised in the ’60s by Robert Triffin. The address by Zhou Xiaochuan has revived a debate on the need for a new “Bretton Woods”. This issue is crucial for the management of the Eurozone crisis, where many authors are proposing solutions based on the introduction of a “common”, rather than “single”, currency. The theoretical and applied papers presented in this sessions deal with the rationale and the implications of the possible reforms of the internationa or European monetary system.
  • Productivity growth and knowledge externalities, organized by Agnieszka Gehringer ( European and international economic policy strategies are continuously underlining the crucial role played by productivity increases as a crucial source of growth. The underlying processes are complex, mainly due to the very characteristics of knowledge (non-exhaustibility, partial appropriability and indivisibility), to the consequent occurrence of knowledge externalities, and to the nature of economic relations between the involved actors. All this calls for the in depth study of factors influencing and determining productivity growth. Within this special session, both theoretical and empirical papers dealing with the analysis of productivity growth and innovation, as well as suggesting valid mechanisms of knowledge management are welcome.

Full papers may be submitted, as doc-files or pdf-files, to the special session organizers and to the local organizers of the INFER Conference ( by February 15, 2014 (extended to March 1st). The organisers welcome other proposals for special sessions. If a special session proposal is acce
pted by the scientific committee, the special session organizer(s) will be waived the registration fee(s).

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