CALL FOR PAPERS - 9th PhD-Student Workshop on Industrial and Public Economics (WIPE)



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Reus, February 4-5 2021

Organized by ECO-SOS Research Center on Economics and Sustainability

The Research Center on Economics and Sustainability (ECO-SOS) is a research center created in 2010 as CREIP (Research Center in Industrial and Public Economics), that recently moved to sustainability issues, in line with research interests of its members. Specifically, ECO-SOS studies the connection between sustainability and the following areas of interest: environmental and climate economics, health economics, regional and urban economics, education and labor market business and innovation, energy and natural resources, industrial organization, economic policy, game theory and environmental conflicts, and transport and tourism.

Workshop objectives

WIPE aims to be an academic meeting for PhD students to interact with other young scholars, postdoc, and senior researchers to exchange experiences, research ideas, ongoing projects, and future research activities in the fields of Industrial Organization and Public Economics. WIPE will include about 18-20 presentations, each of them being discussed by a member of ECO-SOS, will also host a keynote lecture by Natalia Fabra (UC3M). Former keynote speakers at WIPE have been: Kai Konrad (Max Planck Institute), Mark Armstrong (University of Oxford), Alessandro Gavazza (LSE), Luis Cabral (NYU), Jose Luis Moraga-Gonzalez (VU Amsterdam), Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London), Xavier Vives (IESE), and Massimo Filippini (ETH Zürich).

Keynote Speaker

Natalia Fabra is Professor of Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid where she is the Head of EnergyEcoLab. Natalia works in the field of Industrial Organization, with emphasis on Energy and Environmental Economics, and Regulation and Competition Policy. In 2014, she was awarded with the Sabadell-Herrero Prize for Best Young Spanish Economist.

WIPE Awards

During the 9th WIPE the Department of Economics will award the young researcher presenting the best paper. The decision will be taken by a jury composed by members designed by the Department of Economics and the Organizing Committee of the WIPE, and the verdict will be announced during the closure of the workshop. Note that in exceptional and duly justified cases, the jury may award two papers, and the prize will be divided equally.

Submission of papers

Full papers should be submitted electronically in PDF format to by November 30th 2020. The front page of the document should include the title, authors, affiliations, contact details, and a short abstract. The deadline for notification of accepted papers is December 18th 2020. All paper presenters are expected to discuss another paper during the workshop. The assignment of discussants will be distributed to participants by January 11th. Please, note that the WIPE will be held in Reus, at the Faculty of Economics and Business. We have arranged a large room that allows to keep enough distance among participants. However, if current circumstances do not allow you to travel to Reus, we will enable as well the possibility to attend it (and present your paper) on-line.

Location and Travelling

Located right in the centre of the Costa Daurada and at less than one hour from Barcelona, Reus is a medium-sized city well known for its shopping, modernist heritage and its close relationship to the architect Antoni Gaudí.

How to get to Reus from Reus Airport?

Reus Airport is located 3 km from the city centre and is connected with several European destinations, mainly by Ryanair.

By bus (Reus Transport: the bus number 50 connects the Reus Airport to the city centre in less than 30 minutes, with a frequency of one hour. The bus makes several stops, including bus and train stations.

By taxi: taxis stand in front of the door of the arrivals terminal of the airport. The approximate cost of the journey to the city centre is 20 € and lasts about 15 minutes.

How to get to Reus from Barcelona?

Reus is located 110 km south of Barcelona, just over an hour away.

By car: take the AP-7 motorway and after one hour take exit 34 and follow the T11 towards Reus.

By train (RENFE: the trip from Barcelona takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes. There are about 15 trains making the journey between Barcelona Sants station and Reus each day. The adult fare is 8.40€ (regional) and 9.55€ (Catalonia Express).

By bus ( Hispano Igualadina connects Barcelona with Reus four times a day on weekdays and twice on weekends. The journey takes 1 hour and 50 minutes and the fare is 10.60€.

How to get to Reus from Barcelona Airport?


By bus ( Plana connects Barcelona Airport with Reus six times a day on weekdays and five on weekends. The journey takes between 1 hour and 30 minutes and 2 hours and 40 minutes (depending on timetable) and the fare is 16.90€.

By train (RENFE: There is a train station at the T2 building that connects with Sants station in Barcelona. Departures are every 20 minutes.


Participants are expected to arrange their own accommodation. Among the hotels of the following list, Reus Park Hotel is the closest to the venue of the conference (5-minute walk) and Hotel Gaudí, Hotel Centre Reus and NH Hotel are inside a reasonable walking distance:

Hotel Centre Reus ***

Hotel NH Ciutat de Reus ****

Hotel Reus Park ***

Hotel Gaudí ***

Registration and fees

All presenters must be PhD students. Papers must widely fit in the fields of Industrial Organization and Public Economics. There is a non-refundable fee of EUR 30 and attendants should cover their own travel expenses. Fee covers coffee breaks, a lunch and a gala dinner, as well as full access of all activities of the workshop.


Scientific Committee

Maria Llop Llop (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Cori Vilella (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Sabine Flamand (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Alejandro Pérez-Laborda (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Local Organising Committee

José Manuel Giménez Gómez (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Josep-Maria Arauzo-Carod (ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

Eulàlia Torner (staff ECO-SOS, Universitat Rovira i Virgili)


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