Annual Research Conference 2023
Conference Organisers (DG ECFIN and the JRC)
The Annual Research Conference (ARC 2023) is a forum bringing together academic research and analysis of European and global institutions. It aims to gather researchers and those who work on policy design at the European and national levels. The conference should serve as a forum connecting the Directorates-General of the European Commission and other EU institutions, and academic and professional researchers working on the topics of integration, institutions and development.
Being co-organised by academics and the European Commission, a key objective of the conference is to assess the state of knowledge on institutional and organisational economics on issues relevant for EU policymaking, both to extend the European Commission’s capability to implement policies, and to identify research programmes that should address knowledge gaps.
The purpose of the conference is to better understand the role played by the complex web of formal and informal institutions characterising Europe, its nations and regions in shaping policies and their implementation. It will also address the challenges faced by the EU, its Member States and the public when implementing the required reforms and developments to align institutional arrangements with the EU’s main policy objectives – namely, managing the green transition and the digital transformation, promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, guaranteeing social and territorial cohesion, and ensuring economic, social and institutional resilience.
The scientific committee invited papers that contribute to the understanding of the socio-economic outcomes of alternative institutional arrangements or to institutional reform processes in the context of the EU and its policy priorities. It invited rigorous analyses of alternative designs or processes of transformation that matter to EU policymaking.
Submitted papers should establish clearly how their analytical framework or results apply to the understanding of how institutions affect the implementation of EU priorities; or how they inform the design of relevant institutional frameworks that contribute to the European project.
The Scientific Committee welcomed theoretical and empirical papers that explore these issues and their measurement, with equal emphasis on European, national, and subnational institutions, and their interactions. It will welcome contributions by academics involved in institutional analysis in a broad range of fields including political economy, economic history, law and economics, economic geography, innovation studies, sectoral policies and development economics.
Beyond contributions that fit the above description, the Committee will favourably consider papers dealing with various additional topics, including:
- Crises and institutional change (incl. institutions as the origin of crises)
- Culture and institutions
- Institutional complementarities and synergies
- Institutional emergence and evolution
- Economic governance and institutional design
- Institutional learning (incl. importing/exporting/experimenting designs)
- Measuring and assessing institutions and their performance
- Multilevel governance (global / EU / national / regional)
- Trust, social capital, and economic, civic and political behaviours
- Institutions, inequality, and cohesion
The conference should enable a lively exchange between researchers and policy makers. It will feature the presentation of a limited selection of papers to spur discussion. Additional papers will be displayed in the form of posters. Upon authors’ consent, final papers will be considered for publication, subject to further peer review, in a symposium published by the Journal of Comparative Economics.
The deadline for submissions was 31 May 2023, extended to 2 June 2023 by decision of the Chair of the Scientific Committee.
The call welcomed 189 submissions, including dozens of full papers.
To pre-register for the Conference, please access https://conference-service.com/ARC23.
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by 1 August 2023 and invited to submit a draft paper if it was not submitted in May. Speakers might be asked to discuss another paper.
Completed drafts of accepted papers are due by 1 November 2023 and will be made available for download on the conference website.
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