The new global challenges and comparative economics
The international crisis of 2008, the European sovereign debt crisis in 2012 and the economic consequences of Covid-19 pandemic generated new analytical and applied questions in theory, policy making and applied issues around the world. These events placed new goals to policies, requiring new tools and strategies. Questions of systemic resilience and sustainability, public administration efficiency and effectiveness, fiscal space and monetary management, public services and social safety nets and many others gained prominence. Cohesive forces and idiosyncrasies of economic systems, their adaptability and capability of devising and implementing new strategies and manage policies became important again. Learning from others acquired new prominence, which requires to refine modelling and comparison techniques. A new cognitive and interpretive interest appeared not only for individual countries, but also and perhaps foremost for groups of countries part of the same broad economic system through different kinds of integration. Moreover, interest increased for interactions in networks of systemic components as firms, technology, financial markets, infrastructure. Economics as a discipline is rediscovering the concept of the economic system as an important analytical category, acquiring again a central role in explaining the varied nature and the different behaviour of countries and economic actors in different contexts and the ways in which they can cooperate. The Covid-19 pandemic is only promising to strengthen this approach and lead it to new directions and new levels. Similar is the new awareness of the complexity of integrating different countries in the European Union.
The conference aims at assessing the new scenarios in the world economy and the contribution of comparative economic studies to the analysis of the new important issues, analytic approaches and comparative methods. Particular attention is paid to the problems and challenges that countries with different economic systems are meeting in both the world economy and in regional integration processes and the detection of solutions.
Participants include Authors of chapters in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative Economic Studies and members of the host institutions.
Organization and presentations
The conference takes place at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Trento (“Alberto Silvestri” conference room), submitted to the health situation and the actual possibility to travel. Online participation via Zoom is also possible.
The presentation of each paper is limited to 20 minutes. The Chair concludes each session with a critical summary of the content of each session and reference to presentations, followed by a short session of questions and answers.
A special session devoted to the Handbook (editorial matters, content, coordination) is placed at the end of the second day.
The Zoom-registration is open. As sono as you complete the very simple form, Zoom will send your personal link to the event via email. Please do not distolse your personal link.
The link is the same throughout the 3-day event.
- Maria Luigia Segnana, University of Trento
- Roberto Tamborini, University of Trento
- Ermanno Celeste Tortia, University of Trento
- Sara Casagrande: sara.casagrande [at] unitn.it (email)
- Bruno Dallago: bruno.dallago [at] unitn.it (email)