Call for Papers – YSI Europe Convening

Dear Fellows,

The Urban and Regional Economics Working Group welcomes contributions by young scholars to be presented during the YSI Europe Regional Convening and the Trento Festival of Economics to be held in Trento, Italy – May 31st to June 03rd. Please submit proposals for papers in the form of an abstract until April 22nd, 2018.

The URE WG is participating in two collaborative call for papers:

  1. “The Economic Possibilities of Technology”. Sub-theme 11 – Regional Development Policies in Face of New Technological Paradigms.

  2. “Reconciling financial stability and economic inclusion across space”.

“The Economic Possibilities of Technology”. Sub-theme 11 – Regional Development Policies in Face of New Technological Paradigms.

The URE WG session at the collaborative call for paper “The Economic Possibilities of Technology” aims to discuss the broad context of regional development policies in Europe in face of the emergence of New Technological Paradigms and the implications of the Cohesion Policy as well as its Smart Specialization Strategy to the European regional setting.

In recent years, European Union (EU) has elaborated an ambitious and multi-dimensional development strategy – Europe 2020 – that aimed to promote smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The European Cohesion Policy, its ‘spatially targeted policy’, proposes to support long-term sustainable development to EU regions. At the core of the Cohesion Policy lies the idea of smart specialization of regions. The Smart Specialization Strategy was built upon the capacity of regions to recombine existing capabilities and knowledge assets to shape new development paths focused on the creation of competitive advantages in high-value-added activities. Such strategy emphasizes new forms of design and implementation of innovation policy in the EU regions, recognizing its key role in regional development. We would appreciate your critical insight.

Therefore, we welcome submissions with a regional focus and especially those in the following:

  • EU Cohesion Policy and the Smart Specialization Strategy;
  • Smart Cities and Smart Regions;
  • Regional resilience, adaptation and adaptability;
  • Disparities, convergences and divergences in European regional setting.

“Reconciling financial stability and economic inclusion across space”

Financial stability and financial inclusion are often thought of separately by dedicated policy-makers and experts. Yet, they are two sides of the same coin. Furthermore, the solutions found to reconcile both objectives cannot be separated from local and spatial characteristics. Following our joint on-going webinar series between the Urban and Regional Economics WG, the Inequality WG and the Financial Stability WG, we are inviting young scholars to present their research during the YSI Europe Regional Convening.

We welcome contributions related to (but not limited to) financial stability and financial inclusion from an urban and regional perspective:

  • Geography of banking, instability and exclusion
  • Social/ethical banking, credit unions and microcredit
  • Innovations and financial stability/inclusion
  • Local currencies and credit-based systems
  • Interaction between State intervention and private sector in providing both financial stability and financial inclusion
  • Global financial safety nets
  • Universal basic income / jobs guarantee
  • Housing Markets and Financial System

Submit your abstract here!