2nd CefES Annual Conference on European Studies: Socio-Political and Economic Divide in Europe and Global Policies



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This year the Center for European Studies (CefES) and the European Commission Joint Research Center (JCR) jointly organize the 2nd CefES Annual Conference on European Studies: Socio-Political and Economic Divide in Europe and Global Policies, on June 15-16, 2020 at the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Due to the escalating coronavirus pandemic, the Conference is turned into an online event.

CefES and JRC are proud to carry on this initiative with the aim of connecting scholars working on European issues all over the world and to strengthen their cooperation, particularly in this period of high human, social, economic and political distress.


Please register your participation at: https://cefes-dems.unimib.it/events/webinars/cefes2020-i/

Details for participation will be sent by mail to registered participants.


Webinar Program


June 15th 2020

13:15-13:30 Webinar Welcome

13:30: 15:30 Keynote Session 1: Macro and EU Crises

Charles Wyplosz (University of Geneva): As always, on the brink of the disaster: Lessons from Europe's reaction to Covid-19

Fabiano Schivardi (LUISS University): The IT Revolution and Southern Europe’s Two Lost Decades

15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-17:45 Keynote Session 2: EU Political Issues

Stefanie Walter (University of Zurich): Exceptions, Special Clauses, Non-Compliance: The EU’s Accommodation Dilemma

Catherine De Vries (Bocconi University and CefES): The Politicization European Recovery: Public Opinion and Political Entrepreneurs

17:45-18:00 Coffee Break

18:00-19:00 Keynote Session 3: The Future of International Economic Order

Jeffry Frieden (Harvard University): The globalization backlash and the future of the international economic order


June 16th 2020

8:40 Webinar Welcome

8:45-11:20 Invited Session: Macro, Firms and the Workplace

Tiziano Ropele (Bank of Italy): A Quantitative Analysis of Distortions in Managerial Forecasts

Alessandra Casarico (Bocconi University): What Firms Do: Gender Inequality in Linked Employer-Employee Data

Italo Colantone (Bocconi University): We Were the Robots: Automation and Voting Behavior in Western Europe

Short Break (5 min)

Nikitas Kostantinidis (IE University, Madrid) IMF Conditionality and the Local Ownership of Reforms

Lorenza Rossi (University of Pavia): New Entry, Capital Intensity and the Labor Share: New Theoretical and Empirical Insights

11:20-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30: 13:30 Invited Session: Macro and Finance

Lucia Alessi (Joint Research Center, EU Commission): What Drives Bank Coverage Ratios: Evidence from Europe

Bruno M. Parigi (University of Padova and CefES): Bigtechs vs. Banks

Giovanni Federico (New York University): European Goods Market Integration in the Very Long Run: From the Black Death to the First World War

Stefania Albanesi (University of Pittsburgh) Household Insurance and the Macroeconomic Impact of the Novel Corona Virus

13:30 Conference wrap up



About CefES

The Center for European Studies of the University of Milano-Bicocca (https://cefes-dems.unimib.it/) promotes research on European countries following the highest standards in economic research and with an international vocation. The Center gathers scholars from different fields in Economics, with the objective of contributing to the empirical and theoretical debate on the European economy. The Center explicitly aims at the cross-fertilization between Economics and Political Sciences, in order to provide an in-depth assessment of current European issues

The core research issues the Center is currently addressing are:

  1. How to reform the governance of the European Union in order to improve the interaction between national and supernational institutions
  2. How to monitor the degree of convergence across countries and regions within the EU
  3. How to design macroeconomic policies in order to improve risk-sharing within EU countries (unemployment public fund or coordination of fiscal policies)  
  4. How to monitor the sources of risks in financial markets and how to design common standards for the different actors in the financial system within EU
  5. How national industrial policies might lead to greater market integration in the EU
  6. How cooperation, migration and trade policies of the EU might be sustainable in the long run
  7. How climate change might affect economic and financial conditions in the EU and worldwide


The Center is hosted by the Department of Economics, Management, and Statistics (DEMS). DEMS exists since 2013 and gathers about seventy researchers in Economics, Statistics and Management. Its members publish regularly on international scientific journals and collaborate with several other Italian and international Universities. DEMS has been awarded in 2018 a five-year grant from the Italian Ministry of Research (MIUR) for the high standards achieved in research (Fondi per i Dipartimenti di Eccellenza). The Center was established in 2018 as one of the pillars of the project together with a Big Data Lab and a Ph.D. Program in Economics and Statistics.


Scientific Committee: Nuno Cassola (University of Lisbon), Vittoria Cerasi (DEMS)**, Axel Dreher (Heidelberg Univ.), Mario Gilli (DEMS), Silvia Marchesi (DEMS), Mariapia Mendola (DEMS), Claudio Morana* (DEMS), Bruno Parigi (Padua Univ.), Patrizio Tirelli (University of Pavia) 

* Director of the Center.

** Vice Director of the Center



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