From 07/09/2020 to 08/09/2020

(Online only, no registration needed)

Research and Innovation (R&I) are acknowledged as key engines for long-term growth and social prosperity, as proven by established robust economic literature, including quantitative macro and micro-econometric studies and qualitative case studies.

However, the macroeconomic models used to support R&I policymaking seem to have fallen short in providing sound ex-ante estimates of macroeconomic and social impacts that reflect the empirical evidence.

The First European Conference on Macroeconomic Modelling of Research & Innovation will take a detailed look at macroeconomic models for policy making. It aims to contribute to the further development of the treatment and assessment of R&I investments and the role that public policies have in scientific, technological and economic development. The Conference aims to be the first of a series of events to discuss advances and best practice in the field.

Who should attend

The conference is targeted to:

  • scholars in the field of science, research and innovation, notably in the domain of macroeconomic models;
  • economists working in international organisations, central banks and national and regional governments;
  • policy-makers working in institutions providing advice for science, research and innovation policies.

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Day 1

14h00 – Opening remarks: Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission

14h15 – First keynote speech. Chair: Giovanni Dosi (Sant’Anna School), Speech by Philippe Aghion (Harvard University and College de France)

15h15 – Papers session. Chair: Barbara Annicchiarico (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Andrea Roventini (Sant’Anna School), Ufuk Akcigit (Chicago University),
Discussant: Jonathan Haskel (Bank of England)

17h15 – Presentation of the report prepared by the Expert Group appointed by the European Commission. Presentation by Reinhilde Veugelers (University KULeuven and Chair of the Expert Group)


Full agenda here.

Day 2

14h00 – Papers session. Chair: Pierre Mohnen (UNU-Merit), Petr Sedlacek (Oxford University), Diego Comin (Darthmouth University), Discussant: Werner Roeger (DG ECFIN)

16h15 – 2nd keynote speech. Chair: Omar Licandro (University of Nottingham), Speech by John Van Reenen (MIT)

17h15 – Panel: The way forward in macroeconomic modelling of research and innovation. What is needed? What is useful?
Chair: Román Arjona (Chief Economist, DG Research and Innovation)
Panelists: Sid Winter (Wharton University), Carol Corrado (Conference Board), Guido Cozzi (St Gallen University), Dirk Pilat (OECD), Mikel Landabaso (JRC, EC)


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