17th European Association for Comparative Economic Studies Conference

Naples, Italy, 15-17 September 2022

The 17th Biannual Conference of EACES will be hosted by Parthenope University,  Naples, Italy.

To guide prospective authors and participants, the main conference theme is:

The COVID pandemic: consequences on inequality within and between countries.

We also welcome the submissions in all other research topics in comparative economics.

The COVID pandemic has worked as a magnifier of old problems and an accelerator of structural change and modernization. On the one hand, the global economy has undergone a dramatic slump, with GDP losses that were unrecorded also during the 2007 economic and financial crisis. On the other hand, all countries of the world have realized of the need to support households and firms to cope with the dramatic crisis, putting aside the past tendency to “austerity” in economic policy typical of the European continent in the previous two decades.

Individuals, households, and firms have fiercely fought to survive. This has stimulated dramatic changes, such as the dramatic explosion of digitalization of the entire continent and the world economy. Digitalization of almost every aspect of economic and social life has seen a dramatic process of acceleration in each country of the world, although not at the same pace. Digitalization has been pervasive in every aspect of our social life, from teaching in schools and university, to smart working in
the public and private sector, to online consumption that has become rapidly the most common way to buy in most countries of the world. In Europe, the Next Generation fund has been financed with EU bonds to finance massive public investment, which should be aimed to overcome the old limits of the European economy. The Fund will represent the core of what will probably become the EU public debt, a tool advocated by many authoritative economists in the past. Within countries, the pandemic has shown the need to modernize not only the material, but also the immaterial infrastructure. The same process of digitalization has found apparent constraints in the still obsolete connections. In addition, the COVID pandemic has evidenced the need for every country to be independent in terms of energy resources. The demand for energy is increasing year after year and so is also the price of all forms of fossil energy. Households are facing increasing difficulties all over Europe to pay the increasing cost of energy. These are some of the reasons why the Next Generation fund has digitalization and the development of a green economy as its main goals. However, these changes have neither happened evenly within countries nor across countries.

Some EU countries have performed better than others. Especially South European countries, quite surprisingly, have been able in a few months to cover part of the previous gaps with respect to the most advanced Central and Northern European countries. At least in terms of digitalization. Italy and Portugal are among the countries with the largest share of vaccinations. Other countries, especially the Eastern European and the former Soviet Union countries have lagged behind, therefore, further increasing their gap with respect to the rest of the continent. The latter group of countries seems to have caught only in part the challenge of the pandemic in terms not only of digitalization but also of other objectives, such as the vaccination.

To commemorate the work of Janos Kornai who passed away in 2021 we also invite session proposals that focus on his contributions to the economics of central planning and of transition. 

Paper submission/Registration

The scientific committee invites submissions of single papers and organized panels from all fields related to comparative economics and cognate disciplines, including work on socio-economic, sociological, historical, and political topics.

Single papers: Please submit an extended abstract of up to 250 words and 3-5 keywords. The submission must also include the name and affiliation of the presenting author.

Organized panels (3-5 papers): Please submit a panel title, the name and affiliation of the panel organizer and the information on each of the papers as required for the submission of single papers.

The deadline for submissions was extended to May 31, 2022.

Please note the other “important dates” given below.

The conference takes place in Naples, Italy, however, there is a possibility to present your paper online. Please, choose the respective option using the registration tool at the conference website.

Speakers in plenary sessions

One plenary speaker is Professor Thomas Dohmen (University of Bonn and IZA) who will discuss how behavioral economics can shed light on the structure and the drivers of preferences in a global comparative perspective.

The second plenary speaker is Professor Giovanni Dosi (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – University of Pisa) who will speak on the wage-productivity nexus in a globalized world.

The conference will also host a “Meet the editors” session, where representatives of journals dealing with comparative economics and development issues will be present, including editors of Economic Systems and of the IZA Journal of Development and Migration.

Important dates

  • Deadline for submission of single papers and organized panels: May 31, 2022.
  • You will be notified about the acceptance of the paper/panel no later than June 11, 2022.
  • Online registration: starting from early July 2022.
  • Deadline for submission of full papers: August 28, 2022.
  • Deadline for submission of doctoral dissertation for EACES Award 2022: May 31, 2022; the winner will be notified no later than June 30, 2022.

Conference fees

  • Senior researchers:
    • on-site presentation: 195 € + 50 € EACES 2-year membership for early bird before 20th of July 2022 or 245 € + 50 € EACES 2-year membership after the 20th of July;
    • online presentation: 70 € + 50 € EACES 2-year membership  
  • PhD students:
    • on-site presentation: 100 € + 30 € EACES 2-year membership before the 20th of July or 125 € + 30 € EACES 2-year membership after the 20th of July;
    • online presentation: 50 € + 30 € EACES 2-year membership 

EACES-membership fee, as well as the conference fee can be paid at http://www.eaces.eu/membership_and_conference_fees. You can pay via or bank transfer (preferred) or Credit Card/Paypal.

Please put the following title to your transfer: „(Your name) Conference 2022“.