The 2018 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics will be held in Barcelona on October 4th-5th, 2018 in “Sala de Graus Ernest Lluch”, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona.


Final programme
Thursday, October 4th 2018
15:30 Welcome and opening act: Raul Ramos (Vice-Dean of Research and Doctorate, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona).

Chair: Vicente Royuela (AQR-IREA, University of Barcelona)

15:45 Keynote Lecture: Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila); “Regional resilience and the peripheries: some reflections”.
16:45 Coffee break
17:00 1st Contributed session: Economic Resilience to Natural Disasters

Chair: David Castells-Quintana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & AQR-IREA)

Raffaele Scuderi (Kore University of Enna), Giuseppe Tesoriere (Kore University of Enna), Vincenzo Fasone (Kore University of Enna); “Adaptation of micro firms to floods: evidence from Ugandan cities”.
A. Yair Grinberger (Heidelberg University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Peleg Samuels (Hebrew University of Jerusalem); “Labor Mobility, Trade and Urban Resilience to Natural Disasters”.
20:30 Workshop dinner (by invitation only).


Friday, October 5th 2018
9:30 Keynote Lecture: Péter Benczúr (Joint Research Centre, European Commission); “JRC work on Resilience – A conceptual framework, a measurement strategy, and its implementation”.
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 2nd Contributed session: Resilience and Public Policies

Chair: Matías Mayor (Universidad de Oviedo)

Nicola Pontarollo (Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Carolina Serpieri (Sapienza Università di Roma); “Towards regional renewal: A multilevel perspective for EU”.
Patrizio Lecca (Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Filippo Di Pietro (Joint Research Centre, European Commission), Simone Salotti (Joint Research Centre, European Commission); Regional economic resilience in the European Union: a CGE analysis”.
Roberto Ezcurra (Universidad Publica de Navarra), Vicente Rios (Universidad Publica de Navarra); “Quality of government and regional resilience in the European Union. Evidence from the Great Recession”.
13:00 Closing Act and Informal Lunch


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