Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

These days we had our flagship conference at ZEW: the 5th Annual SEEK Conference. This event is particularly interesting because it brings together high-level policy makers such as Mario Monti (former Prime Minister of Italy, now President of Bocconi University) or Peter Praet (Chief Economist of the ECB) with renowned academics like, among others, Ufuk Akcigit (University of Chicago), Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London) or James Bessen (Boston University). This year’s topics were innovation, entrepreneurship, and competition policy and how they can contribute to sustained growth. Continue reading Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

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Annual Meeting of the German Economic Association

Earlier this week the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik) had its annual meeting. On the picture above you can see the nice conference venue in Münster. This year’s motto was “Economic development — theory and policy”. Accordingly, I can report from an interesting keynote speech on development economics by Matthias Doepke from Northwestern University. Continue reading Annual Meeting of the German Economic Association

EEA Mannheim 2015 (Part 4)

The last day of the EEA Meeting 2015 again offered a lot of high quality presentations. The highlight of the day was the Nobel session in honor of last year’s laureate Jean Tirole from Toulouse. At the conference dinner in the evening I even had the possibility to meet Prof. Tirole in person and to have a chat at the bar. He’s a very nice guy and very approachable. Continue reading EEA Mannheim 2015 (Part 4)