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Meetings for the month of December 2019

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02/12/2019 15th Joint ECB/CEPR Labour Market Workshop on "Labour Market Adjustments", Frankfurt am Main

Organizers: Ghazala Y. Azmat, Agostino Consolo, Francesco Fasani, Ana Lamo and Filippos Petroulakis
The workshop is being organised by the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). We welcome both theoretical and empirical contributions. Research topics of particular relevance to the conference include the following:
  • Job flows, the Beveridge curve and mismatch
  • Adjustment to new technologies and globalisation
  • Demographics: aging, female participation and migration
  • Wage adjustments
  • Resilience to shocks

Paper submission
Authors are invited to submit their papers online by 21:00 CET on Monday 9 September 2019 by visiting the call for papers webpage. If you do not currently have a CEPR profile, please create a new one here. Travel and accommodation expenses of presenters and discussants will be reimbursed in accordance with standard ECB guidelines.

Attending the workshop
The invitation to attend the workshop is extended to members of EU or international institutions working on topics related to the content of the workshop. Attendants that are neither presenters nor discussants will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Scientific Committee
Ghazala Azmat, Sciences Po, CEP (LSE) and CEPR
Agostino Consolo, ECB
Francesco Fasani, Queen Mary University of London and CEPR
Ana Lamo, ECB
Filippos Petroulakis, ECB

05/12/2019 Heterogeneous Agents or Heterogeneous Information: Which Route for Monetary Policy?, Paris
Hosted By: Banque de France
Organizers: Gaetano Gaballo, Erwan Gautier and Christoph Grosse Steffen
Please use Firefox, Chrome, Edge or any other web browser that is not Internet Explorer when applying online. Detailed instructions on how to submit a paper can be found at the bottom of this page.

Recent research has demonstrated the empirical and theoretical relevance of heterogeneity in agents for the understanding of business cycles. One stream of literature has focused on the structural differences across households and across firms whereas another strand stresses the implications of agents having incomplete and asymmetric information.

The BdF-CEPR conference aims at bringing together leading researchers from academia, central banks and other policy institutions to present research findings related to the effects of these two types of heterogeneity on the conduct of monetary policy. What are the key differences between the two channels and are there potential complementarities?

Confirmed invited keynote speakers are:

  • George-Marios Angeletos (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Gianluca Violante (Princeton University and CEPR)

All presentations will be in plenary sessions and each paper will be assigned a discussant. Some of the topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Heterogeneous agent New Keynesian models
  • Information dispersion and monetary policy
  • Central bank communication
  • Household / firm expectations formation
  • Monetary models consistent with microdata
We invite authors to submit completed papers. Extended abstracts will be also considered but preference will be given to completed papers.

Authors who are CEPR members can upload their submission on the following registration link Please also indicate in your submission whether you would be interested in being a discussant as well. If you are not a CEPR member, please create a CEPR profile at and then click on the registration link above to make a submission. If you have any difficulties registering for this meeting, please contact Mandy Chan, Senior Events Officer at [email protected] or +44 20 7183 8804.

The deadline for paper submission is Tuesday 10 September 2019. Authors of accepted papers will be informed by 1st October 2019. Travel and local accommodation for speakers and discussants from academic institutions will be funded by the Banque de France according to its internal guidelines.

09/12/2019 Recent trends in firm organization and firm dynamics: determinants and future challenges, Banca d'Italia
Banca d'Italia and Banque de France in collaboration with Sciences Po and EIEF are organizing a research conference on "Recent trends in firm organization and firm dynamics" to be held in Rome on December 9th and 10th 2019. The conference aims to create a forum for discussion on issues related to the recent patterns of firms activity, the organization of production and financing decision, as well as their determinants, consequences and implications for policymaking. Both theoretical and empirical work in macro and microeconomics is welcome. The conference will feature three keynote speeches by Jan Eeckhout (UPF Barcelona and CEPR), Thierry Mayer (Sciences Po and CEPR) and Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard and CEPR). Papers are invited on the following (non-exhaustive) list of topics:

  • The evolution of firm market power and the labor share: causes and consequences
  • Firm profitability: rents or return to innovation?
  • Firm heterogeneity: Multinationals, super stars, and the rest
  • Location decisions of firm production
  • Globalization and firm organization
  • Cash hoarding of firms: lack of demand or precautionary savings in an uncertain environment?
  • Old and new forms of financing firm activities, tangible and intangible investment
  • Managerial practices, institutional quality and firm performance
  • Public policies to stimulate investment
  • Effects of firm subsidies
  • Optimal firm taxation
  • Firms' adaptation to climate change

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Paper submission: Interested authors should submit a detailed extended abstract or, preferably, a complete paper in PDF format to: by August 15, 2019. Decisions of acceptance or rejection by the program committee will be announced by mid-September.

Financial support: Accommodation and travel expenses (economy class) for academic authors of accepted papers will be covered.

Program committee: Juan Carluccio (Banque de France), Federico Cingano (Banca d?Italia), Sabien Dobbelaere (VU Amsterdam), Paolo Finaldi Russo (Banca d?Italia), Stéphane Guibaud (Sciences Po), Isabelle Méjean (CREST-Ecole Polytechnique), Jean-Stéphane Mésonnier (Banque de France), Claudio Michelacci (EIEF and CEPR).

12/12/2019 1st Annual Conference of the Private Sector Development Research Network Private Enterprise and Inclusion, Geneva

Organizers: Ugo Panizza
Conference Committee

Paddy Carter, CDC Group

Neil Gregory, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Adnan Khan, International Growth Centre (IGC)

Jonathan Leape, International Growth Centre (IGC)

Nancy Lee, Center for Global Development (CGD)

Alessandro Maffioli, IDB Invest

Alastair McKechnie, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Ugo Panizza, Graduate Institute's Centre for Finance and Development (CFD) and CEPR

Alexandros Ragoussis, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Patricia Yanez-Pagans, IDB Invest


There is little doubt that progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will require investments to grow private enterprise in low and lower middle-income countries (LLMICs) in order to create opportunities for, and provide services to, the poor and other under-served groups. But the behavior of private firms and markets in these countries, and their contributions to sustainable development, are not well understood. In which enterprises is investment most socially beneficial, and how can we obtain evidence of those benefits? In which ways can markets and firms make a difference at a scale that substantially reduces poverty? This conference offers an opportunity to bring together staff of Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and donor agencies involved in private sector development, with academics who study private firms and markets from the fields of economics (such as industrial organization, international trade and investment), finance, business and development studies. It aims to provide a forum to present and discuss new evidence, data, analysis and set the agenda for future research relevant to development institutions as a basis for collaboration. The conference is intended for researchers who are interested in influencing practice and who are curious about how practitioners perceive the problems that they face, and for practitioners who want to learn from researchers.

The event will focus primarily on the actions and behaviors of private firms, investors and markets rather than on government policy. It is differentiated from other conferences because of the markets it aims to focus - LLMIC, but also the institutions it aims to engage in dialogue - DFIs, think tanks and universities with an active and applied research agenda on private sector development. However, insights for policy and regulation of markets and firms are within scope.


The first conference of Private Sector Development Research Network will focus on inclusive firms and markets and consider questions around characteristics of inclusive business, ways to measure impact, and ways to support inclusion by a range of actors. The questions of interest focus on two key actors - the private sector and development finance institutions - and aim for research that contributes with actionable insights on the ways businesses affect inclusion, either proactively or not, and the ways development finance institutions and other actors can promote inclusion through private sector activity. In particular, the conference organizers welcome papers (even in draft format) that address the following questions:

  • How can private enterprises best promote access to goods and services for the poor, and greater participation of the poor in economic, social, and political processes?
  • In which ways can inclusive business practices raise firm productivity and competitiveness?
  • When is private sector activity more likely to raise the incomes of the poor and lower income people indirectly, via general equilibrium effects? How can we obtain evidence of indirect effects?
  • How should we measure the inclusiveness of businesses, where are the data gaps, how can we fill them?
  • How can we measure the indirect impact of businesses on inclusion through value chains?
  • How effective are local capital markets in low and lower middle-income countries in making businesses more inclusive?
  • What role can new technologies play in help firms increase the reach and inclusion of private enterprises?
  • How effective is development finance and technical services in making businesses more inclusive? What interventions can foster more inclusive markets?
  • How can public policies and international actors be more effective in incentivizing firms to adopt inclusive business models?
  • How can impact investors, and donors best deploy their capital to promote inclusive growth? What instruments are most effective?
  • What is the role of entrepreneurs from vulnerable groups defined by age, gender, race or income, in promoting inclusive business?

Submission Guidelines

There is no submission fee and funding will be available for selected participants. Papers (even in draft format) should be submitted as PDF files to Bettina Santos [email protected] by 1 September 2019. Accepted Authors will be notified by 22 September 2019. When submitting a paper, please specify if you need funding to attend the conference.

16/12/2019 4th Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries, Zurich

We are delighted to invite you to submit a paper or extended abstract for the 4th Zurich Conference on Public Finance in Developing Countries.

Keynote Speaker: Adnan Khan Research and Policy Director, International Growth Center

The goal of the conference is to bring together leading economists working on public economics in developing countries. The event provides an opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. To foster the desired interaction, we ask that participants stay for the entire duration of the conference. Ski Day (Optional) The Zurich Department of Economics is organizing a ski day on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Funding Economy class travel and hotel accommodation will be covered for presenters and discussants. Participation is free both for presenters and other participants.

Organizers: Nada Eissa (Georgetown University, NBER and IGC) Francois Gerard (Columbia University and CEPR) Joana Naritomi (London School of Economics and CEPR) Oyebola Okunogbe (World Bank) Dina Pomeranz (University of Zurich, CEPR and IGC)