The 10th bi-annual EACES conference was held at the
HIGHER SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS, MOSCOW
AUGUST 28-30, 2008
PATTERNS OF TRANSITION Over 170 participants from 18 European countries, as well as from Australia, India, Israel, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, and the USA attended the conference (out of 198 scholars who confirmed their registration to the conference). The conference attracted many scholars from Russian universities and research centres in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Nizhny Novgorod, and Yekaterinburg. The General Assembly elected the EACES officers and held the ceremony of the '2008 EACES Award' for the best doctoral dissertation in the fields of comparative economics and economics of transition. Sanjaya Acharja (Erasmus University Rotterdam), the winner, presented his short lecture "Pro-Poor Growth and Liberalisation: CGE Policy Modelling" to the plenary session. Keynote speeches were given by [Domenico] Mario Nuti (University of Rome "La Sapienza"), Sergey Karaganov (HSE) and Josef Brada (Arizona State University). Milica Uvalic (University of Perugia) introduced the plenary session participants to the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE) activities.
AND NEW APPROACHES TO COMPARATIVE ECONOMICS
The conference theme was approached by paper presentations and discussions, which took place at eleven sections on the 2nd and 3rd conference days on the following topics: Banking and Financial Markets (BFM ), Comparative Economic Development (CED), Corporate Governance (CG), Comparative Studies of the Firm (CSF), Education and Labour Market (ELM), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Globalisation in Comparative Perspective (GCP), Institutions and Comparative Economic Systems (ICES), Public Policy and Policy Process (PPPP), Patterns of Transition (PT), Entrepreneurship and SME (SME). Sections meetings included from one up to 5 sessions each. More
Conference participants on the Conference.
Jarko Fidrmuc, the University of Munich, Germany.
- Well it is my first visit to Russia. I just arrived here yesterday and can not say much. But I think Moscow is a very nice city. It confirmed my expectations about it and I hope for a nice stay here.
- What are expectations for the Conference?
- It is my first EACES Conference. I hope to receive some nice comments on my paper. I also hope to meet some good friends, to see what is done in comparative economic studies. My paper is about globalisation and business cycles. We are looking at business cycles of China, India and Russia. We are investingating the impact of these countries on the world cycles.
- And what are other sections interesting for you?
- I look to some integration, monetary economics, comparative economics in general. Some empirical studies.
- Probably, you can comment on the organization of the conference?
- Very well organized, I appreciate it very much, especially help with visa, that saved many problems for those coming from Europe. It is very well organized. I look forward to seeing the HSE University in Moscow. I heard very much about it in my University. But I was not there. I know it is a leading academic institution in Russia with very good reputation. Very intensive research in transition economics and comparative economic studies.
Kazuhiro Kumo, Institute for Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Japan.
- It is my twentieth or so visit to Russia. For the last time I was in Moscow in November, last year. But my first visit to Russia was in 1992. Almost twenty years passed and many things have changed since that time.
- What are your expectations about the conference in general?
- I represent my paper on historical demography. I know that HSE has a faculty of demography. I expect a good response for my paper. Also the section on corporate governance is very interesting for me. I am waiting for papers of Svetlana Avdasheva and Ichiro Iwasaki and for the section on foreign investment that will be held on August, 30.
- Is it your first visit to Russia?
- Yes, and I like the place very much. Everything is very well organized. That's fine.
- And is it your first EACES conference?
- Yes, it is my first conference. I am very glad to meet other people working in the same field and to learn more about Russia and the CIS countries. I presented here my paper on EU membership and EU countries in terms of institutional development.
- And what other sections here were also interesting for you?
- Of course, there were other interesting sections. I enjoyed the section on institutions of economic growth.
- Any comments on the level of the conference?
- A lot of people very well-known in their fields, who published a lot. The quality is very good. But I did not read all the papers.
Hyroaki Hayashi, University of Shimane.
- Have you noticed any changes since your last visit to Russia?
- Oh, yes. It’s my sixth or seventh visit to Russia and many things have changed. But I think the most important change is the growth of prices for the hotel (laughs). I am at the European Association Conference for the second time. Some time ago I was at another EACES Conference and now I wish to see what the difference between them is.
- Which sections are the most interesting for you?
- The section about labour markets. Vadim Radaev paper is very interesting.
- And is the conference well organized – any comments?
-I was impressed by the facilities of the University. Staff is very active and helpful. It is very nice.
10-th EACES Conference