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3 Forthcoming WEA Online Conferences

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1. Public Law and Economics: Economic Regulation and Competition Policies

Call for papers

The main subject to be discussed in the next WEA Conference is the current challenges faced by economic regulation and competition policies 10 years after the beginning of the most recent world’s economic crises.

In the past decade, companies aimed to compete and/or cooperate with each other in a world where technologies are changing rapidly, digital economies have emerged, and markets are global in scope, but free market economy started to face protectionism. Also, they have gradually tried to recover from the impact of the crisis in a economic scenario of high uncertainty and financial turbulence. At the same time, governments, sector regulators, competition authorities, and central banks have been working to minimize the impact of the crisis on the economy, to stabilize the financial system, and to introduce and amend the regulations and institutions necessary to ensure that the crisis does not repeat itself.

Public Law and Economics studies the use of economic principles for the analysis of public law, and can be used to promote choices in policies and regulations that correct market failures, promote competition and increase gains in a given economy. The interaction between economic principles and public law is particularly important in a globalized context where new forms of market organization, the uncertainties of the digital economy, and new scenarios of abuse of economic power have emerged.

The next WEA Conference therefore aims to bring together renowned specialists in economic regulation, regulated sectors and competition law to debate those relevant issues. We believe that the discussions will enable academics and practitioners to: (i) discuss how sector regulators and competition authorities are interacting post-crises and how the economic analysis of law can help countries reach better regulation and competition policies; (ii) contribute with practical and theoretical references on the limits of economic power and forms of state intervention; (iii) deal with the uncertainties and challenges of the digital economy; (iv) gather relevant case studies and; (v) identify new trends in Law and Economics that have arisen post-crises.

Main topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New post-crises trends on sector regulations and public policies
  • Financial regulation after crises
  • Legal transplant and legal borrowing
  • Digital economies and sector regulation
  • International, supranational and local changes on competition policies
  • Competition law and innovation
  • Competition law in Digital Markets
  • Economic analysis of cartels
  • Economic Regulation and Competition in developing countries

Regulatory assessment


Authors are invited to submit a full paper to by April 17, 2017. Complete guidelines for manuscripts can be found at

Key dates

Paper submissions: April 17, 2017 Discussion Forum: 15th May to 30th June, 2017


2. Monetary Policy after the Global Crisis: How Important are Economic (Divisia) Monetary Aggregates for Economic Policy? (in honour of William A. Barnett)


Filip Fidanoski, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg James Swofford, University of South Alabama, USA

Call for papers

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the greatest recession after 1929-33.  The recent financial crisis has induced central banks to undertake substantial steps. These steps include quantitative easing or a renewed focus on the quantity of money in the economy.  Therefore, our main goal is to establish a good forum for confronting of the opposite views about the causes and consequences of the Great Crisis.  Specifically, some economists acknowledge the importance of proper money aggregation in preventing of the future economic slowdowns.

The aims of the conference include discussing key theoretical insights in order:

  • To provide a framework for improving monetary policy practices.
  • To review and advance knowledge on the recent financial crisis regarding the main challenges and prospects of central banking
  • To particularly survey and discuss the use of Divisia monetary aggregates and their potential role to address central bank challenges economic vulnerabilities

In sum, the conference aims to survey and discuss the recent theoretical advances in monetary tools, goals and policies, along with the latest empirical research findings with particular emphasis on the role and relevance of Divisia monetary aggregates.  Indeed, this Conference will be one of the first which, in an extensive manner, tackles the problem of monetary aggregation after the Great crisis.  The decisive questions to be addressed are:

  • How Important Are Economic (Divisia) monetary aggregates for contemporary economic policy?
  • Do Divisia monetary aggregates deserve more attention from both academic scholars and policy-makers?

Main Topics

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Central banks and monetary policy in post crisis era
  • Financial stability and the role of monetary policy
  • Crisis diagnosis and prediction models on monetary policy
  • Comparative studies on monetary policy involving emerging and developed economies
  • Composition of monetary aggregates
  • Relevance of the Barnett critique to the simple-sum measures of monetary aggregates
  • Monetary aggregates and GDP nowcasting
  • Divisia index: development, theoretical background, empirical research, utilization in in monetary policy analysis, future research potential.

Target audience

This Conference will certainly be a good opportunity to exchange ideas about economic and financial topics, present latest results, determine the economic prospects, and to identify the theoretical and practical challenges of today’s financial markets and governmental activity.

This conference is aimed to establish an effective channel of communication between academia and policy makers. One target group includes researchers with different background in economics, finance, sociology, political sciences, law, history, and other sciences. In addition, this Conference targets cross-disciplinary scholars, advanced undergraduates, PhD students, government officials, politicians. Concretely, the event should also bring together, policy makers at all levels of government, bankers, workers of financial institutions, and business owners that have been increasingly interested in  on monetary  and financial issues.

We strongly encourage the authors to submit their state of the art papers and critical appraisals of the current monetary policies. We hope that, throughout the Discussion Forum, the participants will develop a critical discussion about the potential challenges and limits of the monetary tools, goals and policies.

For queries, please contact Filip Fidanoski or James Swofford at


Authors are invited to submit a full paper to by August 10, 2017.

Complete guidelines for manuscripts  can be found at

Key dates

Paper submissions: August 10, 2017

Discussion Forum: 1st September – 1st October, 2017


2. Economic Philosophy: Complexities in Economics


Leaders: John B. Davis and Wade Hands

Call for papers

There is considerable interest in recent economics in the idea of complexity. There are also many different ideas about what complexity involves, making the subject of complexity itself a complex matter! Thus the plural form – complexities in economics – is purposefully suggested in order to accommodate the following issues in this inaugural conference in Economic Philosophy:

  • the diversity of accounts and conceptions of complexity itself
  • how the nature and content of economics is complex
  • the complex history of economics
  • different approaches to introducing complexity into economics
  • the complex relation between the sociology of economics and its content
  • the complexity of economic philosophy as an interdisciplinary subject
  • the complex interplay between normative and descriptive pluralism

To produce an integrated conference fostering communication between the many ways that people think about complexity, papers contributed to the conference should begin with a brief opening section stating their:

  • Methodological and/or philosophical assumptions;
  • Point of entry in relation to the Theoretical Background Statement accompanying this call.

This will provide the basis for the organization of the conference sessions, and help to frame the papers’ treatment of complexity for the conference participants. A partial, non-exclusive list of topics includes:

  • computational complexity
  • cognition and bounded rationality
  • nonlinearities and disequilibria
  • ontological and epistemological pluralism
  • agent-based modeling and complex adaptive behavior
  • emergence, novelty, and evolution
  • heterogeneous agents and expectations
  • reflexivity and feedback loops
  • emergence
  • out of equilibrium and chaotic dynamics
  • big data
  • multiple identities
  • abduction and simulation
  • complexity across different levels
  • bubbles and related phenomena
  • climate change economics and complexity


Please send papers with abstracts and keywords to John Davis ( and Wade Hands ( by August 15th, 2017. For manuscripts guidelines, and complete general guidelines about the WEA Online Conferences, please check:

Key dates

Deadline for paper submissions: 15th August, 2017 The notification of acceptance will be sent by September 15th, 2017.

Discussion Forum: 2nd October to 30th November, 2017


Guide to WEA online conferences for first time visitors

Openness and flexibility are major trends in contemporary education, research, and business, influencing the whole spectrum of institutions and corporations across the globe. Indeed, technological innovations are bringing about a paradigm shift in contemporary livelihoods. Modes of interaction are becoming more open and flexible in terms of time, space, organization, infrastructure and requirements. With this background, the World Economics Association organizes conferences which are held on-line.

WEA CONFERENCES are OPEN ACCESS. The World Economics Association strives to make its conferences accessible for all people around the world. The aim of the WEA ONLINE CONFERENCES is to enlarge the number of participants and to extend the period of discussion to provide for more developed exchanges than in typical, location-based conferences.  WEA Conferences strive to be on the forefront of innovations in communicating and discussing high-quality research.

Each WEA CONFERENCE begins with a pre-conference stage with the announcement of the call, registration and selection of papers, culminating in a Discussion Forum. The interactive format of Conferences provide an online forum for visitors and commentators. All participants will be able to send comments on specific papers, or to contribute to a general discussion on the conference theme.

Each WEA ONLINE CONFERENCE is hosted by Maria Alejandra Madi, Chair of the WEA CONFERENCES. She selects the conference themes and Leaders with the expertise in the topic, and facilitates the process of the conference organization as well as the follow-up activities. The initial format of the WEA CONFERENCES was developed by Grazia Ietto-Gillies, whose ideas have continued to guide the current WEA CONFERENCES organizing team.

From: pp.16-18 of WEA Commentaries 7(1), February 2017

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