Laboratorio / Workshop

The Shifts and the Shocks: Education and Firms in Times of Adversity

20 dicembre 2021
21 dicembre 2021
Orario di inizio 
Palazzo di Economia - Via Inama 5, Trento
Sala Conferenze
Organizzato da: 
Empirical Microeconomics Laboratory (EMiL)
Ingresso libero con prenotazione
Scadenza prenotazioni: 
16 dicembre 2021, 12:00
Daniela Piazzalunga
Professor Sule Alan (European University Institute)

Modern economies are affected by a variety of disruptive forces, linked to external shocks and crises, which have effects on both individuals and firms.

The Covid-19 pandemic is the most severe health crisis in the recent period. The measures adopted to contain the transmission of the virus have disrupted the life of children and adults and profoundly affected national economies and firms. But also repeated technological and trade shocks on the global economy have had important consequences for firms and workers.

The EMiL research group of the Department of Economics and Management organizes a two-day workshop on the consequences of shocks on individuals and firms, with a particular attention to Covid-19.

The atmosphere will be informal and relaxed, with ample room for discussion.

The workshop has a hybrid form. Most presentations will be in person. Participants could attend both in-person and online (overall 91 people are allowed to participate in person), and pre-registration is required for both in-person and online attendance.


20 December

Session 1 - Covid-19 and firm dynamics

Chair: Stefano Schiavo

  • 14.00-14.15
    Welcome and introduction
  • 14.15-15.00 Firm liquidity and solvency under the Covid-19 lockdown in France
    Mattia Guerini (University of Brescia), Lionel Nesta (GREDEG Université Côte d'Azur), Xavier Ragot, Stefano Schiavo
    Discussant: Edwin Fourrier-Nicolaï (University of Trento)
  • 15.00-15.45 
    Will Schumpeter catch COVID-19? 
    Anne Epaulard (University Paris Dauphine), Philippe Martin, Mathieu Cros 
    Discussant: Mauro Caselli (University of Trento)
  • 15.45-16.15 Coffee Break

Session 2 – Trade and technology shocks

Chair: Andrea Fracasso

  • 16.15-17.00
    Technology, trade shocks and the demand for skills: The case of Vietnamese SMEs
    Chiara Tomasi, Fabio Pieri, Quoc Thai Le (University of Trento)
    Discussant: Carlo Menon (OECD)
  • 17.00-18.00
    Techies, Trade, and Skill-Biased Productivity
    Ariell Reshef (Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne), James Harrigan, Farid Toubal
    Discussant: Roberto Gabriele (University of Trento)

21 December

Session 3 - Covid-19: Educational impacts

Chair: Gabriella Berloffa

  • 09.00-09.45
    Learning at home: Distance learning solutions and child development during the COVID-19 lockdown
    Luca Piccoli (University of Trento), Hugues Champeaux, Lucia Mangiavacchi, Francesca Marchetta
    Discussant: Sergiu Burlacu (FBK-IRVAPP)
  • 09.45-10.30
    Labour market shocks during the Covid-19 pandemic: inequalities and child outcomes 
    Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela (University of Barcelona),
    Claudia Hupkau, Ingo Isphording, Stephen Machin
    Discussant: Francesca Modena (Bank of Italy)
  • 10.30-11.15
    The COVID-19 pandemic and school closure: learning loss in mathematics in primary education
    Daniela Piazzalunga (University of Trento), Maria Laura Di Tommaso, Dalit Contini, Caterina Muratori, Lucia Schiavon
    Discussant: Stefani Scherer (University of Trento)
  • 11.15-11.45 Coffee Break

Keynote speaker

  • 11.45-13.00 
    Erosion of Socioemotional Skills and Peer Relations due to COVID-19 Related School Closures
    Sule Alan (European University Institute), Elif Kubilay, Ipek Mumcu and B. Turkum

Il workshop è patrocinato dalla Società Italiana di Economia. Società Italiana di Economia
Participants can submit their works to the Italian Economic Journal.

Organizing committee

  • Mauro Caselli, Daniela Piazzalunga, Fabio Pieri


Pre-registration is required: link to register.