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Stefan Ederer, Karl Aiginger, Peter Huber (WIFO) (click to enlarge)


Roger Liddle (Policy Network) (click to enlarge)


Stefano Micossi (ASSONIME) , Karl Aiginger (WIFO) (click to enlarge)


Sylvia Walby (Lancaster University) (click to enlarge)


Philippe Aghion (Harvard University), Karl Aiginger (WIFO) (click to enlarge)

Workshop on European Governance and the Problems of Peripheral Countries

On July 12th and 13th 2012, a WWWforEurope workshop, organised by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) in Vienna, brought together prominent researchers and policy advisors to discuss the challenges the euro crisis poses for European Institutions and for peripheral regions or countries.

Among the speakers were Stefano Micossi, former EU-Commissioner and General Director of ASSONIME, a business association in Rome, Roger Liddle, Member of the House of Lords and chairman of the think tank Policy Network, and the economist Philippe Aghion, professor at Harvard University. Experts from Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain presented their contributions to the topic.

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Thursday, July 12th 2012

Session I (Chair: Peter Huber, WIFO)

  • Policy Brief on European Governance (Roger Liddle, Policy Network)
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  • European Governance – Do We Need a New Navigation Map? (Stephan Schulmeister, WIFO)
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Public Lecture (‘WIFO-Extern’, Chair: Stefan Ederer, WIFO)

  • Unholy compromise in the eurozone and how to mend it (Stefano Micossi, ASSONIME)
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Session II (Chair: Stefan Ederer, WIFO)

  • The Making of the New European Periphery: The Evolving Southern Capitalisms within the Monetary Union (Stefano Solari, UNIPD)
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  • Discussant: Hans Pitlik, WIFO
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  • Spain and the European Economy: Imbalances, Recession, (Un)Competitive Structures, (Un)Virtuous Policies, and Con/Divergence on the European Socio-economic Model(s) (Ferran Brunet, UAB)
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  • Convergence and Imbalances in the EMU-the case of Portugal (Fernando Teixeira dos Santos, U.PORTO)
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Session III (Chair: Peter Huber)

  • The Euro Plus Pact: Competitiveness and Capital Flows in the EU Countries (Hubert Gabrisch, IWH)
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  • Policies for growth: Rebalancing trade flows within the Euro zone (Andrea Ginzburg, UNIMORE; Annamaria Simonazzi, Sapienza)
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  • Discussant: Hubert Gabrisch, IWH
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  • New ways of solidarity through the tax system (Miklós Somai, IWE)
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Friday, July 13th 2012

Session IV (Chair: Stefan Ederer, WIFO)

  • In the shadow of the financial crisis: dismal structural change and productivity trends in Southern Europe over the last four decades (Ester Gomes da Silva, Aurora.C. Teixeira, U.PORTO)
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  • Discussant: Jürgen Janger, WIFO
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  • An import driven development as a road into periphery – the evidence from the Eastern European Countries (Justyna Schulz, Uni Bremen)
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Session V (Chair: Peter Huber, WIFO)

  • Competitiveness, regulatory burden and competition: Why has Greece’s competitiveness ranking been so low and declining? (Yannis Katsoulakos, AUEB)
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  • Governance issues and the crisis in Ireland (Joseph Durkan, ESRI)
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  • Factors explaining the crisis in Spain (Jose Antonio Poncela, CEET)
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Public Lecture (‘WIFO-Extern’, Chair: Peter Huber, WIFO)

  • Finance versus democracy: A gender lens (Sylvia Walby, Lancaster University)
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Session VI (Chair: Stefan Ederer, WIFO)

  • Policy Brief on Problems of Peripheral Countries (Peter Huber, WIFO)
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  • The evolution of rurality in the experience of the “third Italy” (Daniele Giachini, SSSUP; Franco Sotte, UNIVPM)
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Public Lecture (‘WIFO-Extern’, Chair: Karl Aiginger, WIFO)

  • A new industrial policy for Europe - specific emphasis on peripheral countries (Philippe Aghion, Harvard University)
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