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Call for Abstracts, Festival for New Economic Thinking


The Working Group on Political Economy of Europe is seeking contributions in each of its main themes of research.

Panel 1 “Immigrants from the Future: Robots, Immigration and the Changing Nature of Work in Europe”, (Theme 1 -Labour Markets & macroeconomics of integration-  coordinated by Roberto Iacono, NTNU)

This panel will deal with the challenges posed by the increased automation of work in the context of an ageing population and migratory pressures in the European labour markets. Recent studies have shown that ageing can paradoxically have positive effects on growth because it fosters replacement of older workers thus promoting investment in new technologies and innovation. Will ageing combined with increased automation have a positive effect on employment in the end? Will immigration, by reducing the average age of the European labour force, slow down or reinvigorate productivity growth and hence employment and economic growth in the long run? We welcome papers that look in a combined way at the phenomena of ageing, automation and immigration in Europe, and that foster new perspectives on old debates.

Panel 2:“The new “globalism-nationalism” cleavage in Europe: economies, identities, or both?” (Theme 2-Attitudes towards Integration- coordinated by Francesco Nicoli, University of Amsterdam)

The panel aims to bring forward the analysis of the “new cleavage” between nationalistic populism and globalism, regarding European issues. More specifically the panel seeks to explore new research concerning the interplay between economic and cultural phenomena determining attitudes towards European integration and electoral behaviour. While favouring quantitative approaches to the issue, we also welcome submissions from qualitative research scholars, as long as economic issues are taken into account. Papers exploring the role of inequality (both between and within member states) are also suitable for this panel.

Panel 3 “Optimizing integration? Formal political economy of the European Union” (Theme 3- Formalized European Political Economy- coordinated by Sebastiaan Wijsman, Catholic University of Leuven)

We aim to select four papers in political economy / public choice / game theory related to European politics or economics. We accept a wide range of paper subtopics, including EU decision making, institutions & procedures, (economic) policies, EU integration, and voting & elections. The papers might contain both empirical or theoretical analyses.

Panel 4 “From governance to government? challenges in reforming E(M)U institutions.” (Theme 4- E(M)U Governance and integration theory- coordinated by Francesco Nicoli, University of Amsterdam)

The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, as well as the favourable electoral cycle of 2017, has created a momentum for reforming the EMU, in the aim of strengthening both the functions of a monetary union, and the democratic credentials of its governance. Against this backdrop, this panel - dedicated primarily, but not exclusively, to think-tankers - aims to select up to 4 papers exploring designs of future EMU arrangement, and challenges in implementing them. Particular attention will be given to papers discussing synthetic Eurobonds proposals, reforms of the European Semester, Eurozone Parliament, and EMU financial minister proposals. Both normative and analytical papers are suitable for the panel.

Submissions ought to be original work. Please click here to submit your abstract.