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Well-Being, Labor Market Institutions and Income Distribution Across Countries (I3, J5)
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017   8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair:              Josef C. Brada, Arizona State University
Preferences for Redistribution in Transition Countries
            John E. Anderson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
            Shafiun N. Shimul,  University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Who Got What, Then and Now?  A Fifty Years Overview from the Global Consumption and Income Project
            Arjun Jayadev, UMass-Boston
            Rahul Lahoti, University of Goettingen
            Sanjay Reddy, New School for Social Research
Collective Bargaining and Takeover Activity Around the World
            Farooq M. Ahmad, ESEG School of Management
            Thomas Lambert, Erasmus University
How Does Health Affect Economic Growth?  A Comparative Analysis of Countries by Levels of Economic Development
            Inas Rashad Kelly, Queens College-CUNY
            Dhaval Dave, Bentley University
            Nadia Doytch, Brooklyn College
            Maxim Boycko, Brown University
            Albert Berry, University of Toronto
            Andrew Ellul, University of Indiana
            Resul Cesur, University of Connecticut
New Research on Firms, Markets, and Institutions in Transitional and Emerging Economies (P2, O1)
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017   10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Presiding Chair:          Elizabeth Brainerd, Brandeis University
Residential Energy Consumption and the Persistence of History: Evidence from Ukraine   
            Miriam Frey, University of Regensburg
            Ira N. Gang, Rutgers University
Ownership Structure and Corporate Risk Taking: Evidence from an Emerging Market        
            Sheng Xiao, Westminster College
            Shan Zhao, Grenoble Ecole de Management
Macroeconomic Effects of the Adoption of the Euro in Serbia
            Reinhard Neck, University of Klagenfurt
            Klaus Weyerstrass, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna
Corporate Governance and Investment: Evidence from Russian Non-Listed Firms
            Olga Lazareva, National Research University Higher School of Economics
            Carsten Sprenger, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Human Capital, Product Innovation and Market Environment in Manufacturing Firms in China
            Xiuli Sun, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Teaching Comparative Economics in a Study-Abroad Program
            Paul R. Koch, Olivet Nazarene University
Microeconomic Determinants of Non-Performing Loans: Does the Firms’ Ownership Play a Crucial Role?
            Polona Domadenik, University of Ljubljana
            Matjaž Koman, University of Ljubljana
Riots and the Window of Opportunity for Coup Plotters: Evidence on the Link between Public Protests and Coups d'État
            Lena Gerling,  Münster University
Autocracy and the Public: Threats of Mass Revolts and Policy Control in Dictatorships
            Thomas Apolte, University of Münster
Undoing Gender with Institutions: Lessons from the German Division and Reunification
            Quentin Lippmann, Paris School of Economics
            Alexandre Georgieff,  Paris School of Economics
            Claudia Senik, Paris School of Economics
The Long Shadow of Forced Labour in Russia
            Louise Grogan, University of Guelph
Democratic Institutions and Prosperity: A Bundled Approach
            Helena Helfer, Münster University
Informal Competition and Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa
            Nesma Ali , University of Paris-Est
            Boris Najman, University of Paris-Est
 Does Foreign Investment Cause Corruption?
            Sharon Eicher, College of William and Mary
Empirical Analysis of Institutions Across Countries and Regions (D2, F4)
Friday, Jan. 6, 2017   2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair:              Michael Alexeev, Indiana University
Trade Patterns and Endogenous Institutions:  Global Evidence
            Richard Frensch (P), University of Regensburg
            Roman Horvath, Charles University
            Stephan Huber, University of Regensburg    
Steps of Contract Enforcement: The lawyer's guide for the applied economist
            Miriam Frey (P), University of Regensburg
            Stela Ivanova, Institute for East European Law
Institutions and Allocation of Talent in Russia's Regions
            Michael Alexeev (P), Indiana University
            Timur Natkhov, Higher School of Economics
            Leonid Polishchuk, Higher School of Economics
Human Capital and Regime Change
            Brian Scholl, IZA
Andrei Levchenko, University of Michigan
Michael Alexeev, Indiana University
Richard Frensch, University of Regensburg
Miriam Frey, University of Regensburg
Effects of Institutions on Economic and Social Outcomes (P3)
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017   8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair: Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago
Firm Performance, Political Influence and External Shocks
                        Laura Solanko, Bank of Finland
                        Vladimir Sokolov, Higher School of Economics
What Determines Corruption in China?  Micro-Level Evidence
                        Zuzana Fungáčová, Bank of Finland
                        Ilari Määttä, Bank of Finland
                        Laurent Weill, University of Strasbourg
The Female Vote and the Rise of AKP in Turkey
                        Jan Fidrmuc, Brunel University
                        Cigdem Börge Tunali, Istanbul University
Does Deep Economic Integration Increase State Capacity?  Evidence from the 2004 European Union Enlargement and Beyond
                        László Bruszt, European University Institute
                        Nauro Campos, Brunel University
Balázs Égert, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Qing He,  Renmin University
Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago
Ralph de Haas, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Emerging Markets (F1)
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017   10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair:  Byung-Keon Kim, Seoul National University
Memories of Colonial Law:  The Inheritance of Human Capital and the Location of Joint Ventures in Early-Reform China
            Cheryl Long
            Peter Murrell, University of Maryland
            Li Yang
The Impacts of Increasing Labor Costs on Commodity Composition of Exports in Manufactured Goods:  Evidence from China
            Yanyan Xiong, Southeast University
            Shengdan Zhang, Southeast University
On the Exposure of the BRICS Countries to Global Shocks
            Ansgar Belke, University of Duisburg-Essen
            Christian Dreger, German Institute for Economic Research
            Irina Dubova, University of Duisburg-Essen
Words vs. Action:  International Variation in the Propensity to Honor Pledges
            Abigail S. Hornstein, Wesleyan University
            Scott Rozelle, Stanford University
            Deborah Swenson, University of California – Davis  
            Makram El-Shagi, Henan University
            Gary Jefferson, Brandeis University
Regulation, Technological Change and Economic Outcomes: Evidence From Advanced, Emerging and Developing Countries (O3)
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017   2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair:  Catherine L. Mann, Chief Economist, OECD
Product Market Deregulation and Growth:  New Industry-Level Evidence
            Romain Bouis, IMF
            Romain Duval, IMF
            Johannes Eugster, IMF
Labor Regulation and Capital Intensity
            Gilbert Cette, Banque de France and Aix-Marseille School of Economics
            Jimmy Lopez (Banque de France and Université de Bourgogne
            Jacques Mairesse, CREST-ENSAE, Maastricht University, Banque de France
The End of Moore's Law?  Not in Prices of Tablets, Cell Phones, and Personal Computers
            David M. Byrne, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
            Stephen D. Oliner, American Enterprise Institute and UCLA Ziman Center for Real Estate
            Daniel E. Sichel, Wellesley College and NBER
Regulation, Institutions and Economic Growth in Advanced, Emerging and Developing Countries
            Balázs Égert, OECD
            Peter Gal, OECD
Iikka Korhonen, Bank of Finland
Ali M. Kutan, Southern Illinois University
Koen Schoors, University of Ghent
Jan Svejnar, Columbia University
Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017   4:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB

Challenges to Democracy in Middle-Income Countries: A Comparative Perspective (O1, P5)
                        **JOINT WITH AEA : Panel Discussion**
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017   8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Moderator:  Elizabeth Brainerd, Brandeis University
Daron Acemoglu, MIT
Rafael Di Tella, Harvard University
Frederico Finan - University of California, Berkeley
Andrei Shleifer, Harvard University
Rural Labor Markets in Transition and Developing Countries (P2, J2)
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017   10:15 AM – 12:15 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair:  Hartmut Lehmann, University of Bologna
Coerced Labor in the Cotton Sector:  How Global Commodity Prices (Don't ) Transmit to the Poor - Evidence from Tajikistan
            Alexander Danzer, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
            Robert Grundke, LMU München, IOS Regensburg
Pathways from School to Work in Rural Areas of the Developing World
            Giuseppe Dachille, University of Rome Tor Vergata
            Furio Camillo Rosati, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills and Labor Market Performance in Rural Ukraine
            Sinem Ayhan, IZA
            Ksenia Gatskova , IOS Regensburg
            Hartmut Lehmann, University of Bologna
The Georgian Great Depression and the Transformation of the Agricultural Sector
            Adam Pelillo, La Salle University
            Norberto Pignatti, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University
Robert Grundke, LMU München, IOS Regensburg
Hartmut Lehmann, University of Bologna
Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide
Furio Rosati, University of Rome Tor Vergata 
Labor Market Outcomes in Transition Countries (J2)
Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017   1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Michigan AB
Chair: Richard Pomfret, University of Adelaide
The Consequences of the Unified State Exam
                        Fabián Slonimczyk, National Research University Higher School of Economics
                        Marco Francesconi, University of Essex
                        Anna Yurko, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Poland in an Integrated European Economy:  Are Foreign Language Skills Valued by Employers in the Polish Labor Market?
                        Vera Adamchik, University of Houston Victoria
                        Thomas Hyclak, Lehigh University
                        Piotr Sedlak, Cracow University of Economics
Co-residence with Elderly Parents and Female Labor Force Participation
                        Andreas Landmann, University of Mannheim
                        Helke Seitz, University of Potsdam
                        Susan Steiner, Leibniz Universität Hannover
The Effect of Pension Tax Reductions on Labor Supply
                        Olga Malkova, University of Kentucky
Ina Ganguli, UMass Boston
Tymon Słoczyński, Brandeis University
Louise Grogan, University of Guelph
Klara Sabirianova Peter, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
The Association for Comparative Economics co-sponsored a conference entitled “Ukraine – Escaping from its Post-Soviet Legacy” that was held in Kyiv, Ukraine on  April 24-26, 2015. The conference consisted of policy-oriented panels as well as the presentation of research papers dealing with the conference’s theme. Selected papers will be published in the Journal of Comparative Economics, but the conference’s organizers, Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Tymofiy Mylovanov have provided a link to a YouTube feed of the proceedings that is available now and that may be of interest to you, your colleagues and students. The link is
JUNE 25-27, 2015(Note upcoming deadline for paper submissions.) 
The European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES), The Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES), The Japanese Association for Comparative Economic Studies (JACES), The Korean Association for Comparative Economic Studies (KACES), The Italian Association for Comparative Economic Studies (AISSEC), The Society for the Study of Emerging Markets (SSEM), The Chinese Economists Society (CES), The European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) and other scientific associations and networks are issuing a call for papers for the panels they will be organizing for the first World Congress of Comparative Economics in Rome (Italy) on June 25-27, 2015.
We invite submissions of entire panels (3 or 4 abstracts/papers) or individual abstracts/papers. All submissions of abstracts and papers must be made through CONFERENCE MAKER at the web address:
Before submitting a paper or panel it is necessary to create a free Conference Maker account at:
Submissions of abstracts/papers are possible from October 1, 2014 to February 15, 2015.
Acceptance/rejection decisions will be sent by March 10, 2015. 
Registration and payment of the conference fees must use CONFERENCE MAKER at the web address:

early registration/payment (with reduced fees) before March 31 2015: 200 euro;
regular registration/payment from April 1 to May 31 2015: 250 euro;
young researchers (with financial difficulties), PhD students and graduate students (presenting a certificate from their Universities) can apply for reduced fee (50 euro) by contacting Pasquale Tridico and Marcello Signorelli (; by January 15, 2015 A panel of “Meet the Editors” will be organized by Ali M. Kutan on the topic “How to publish in top economics and business journals” targeted towards young Ph.Ds and doctoral students. Editors will also take questions from participants.
Papers presented in the World Congress can be submitted (for regular issues) or can be selected for special issues or symposia, with the usual referees’ assessments, in the following Journals: Journal of Comparative Economics, Economic Systems, European Journal of Comparative Economics, Comparative Economic Studies, China Economic Review, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Eastern European Economics, Journal of Institutional Economics, Japanese Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Comparative Economic Studies and other international journals.
A Conference website, containing updated information (including list of Hotels), is active at the address:
Local Organizing Committee:
Sebastiano Fadda, Marcello Signorelli and Pasquale Tridico
Scientific Committee (to be completed):
Marcello Signorelli, Josef C. Brada, Saul Estrin, Masaaki Kuboniwa, Ali M. Kutan, Jinlan Ni, Pasquale Tridico, Tomasz Mickiewicz, Byung Yeon Kim, Elisabetta Croci Angelini, Haizheng Li, Satoshi Mizobata, Si Joong Kim, Belton M. Fleisher, Francesco Farina, Janusz Brzeszczynski, Milica Uvalic, Wolfram Elsner, Ichiro Iwasaki, Hartmut Lehmann, Ikka Korhonen, Evzen Kocenda, Pauline Grosjean, Jens Hölscher, Yan Bai, Jie He, Magdolna Sass, Vittorio Valli, Jun Ma, Andrei Yakovlev, Michael Keren, Maria Lissowska, Ioanna Sapfo Pepelasis.
As for additional information, please contact Marcello Signorelli (EACES past-president and advisory board member) at the following e-mail address:
Roma Tre University
Department of Economics
via S. D'Amico, 77
00145 ROME
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