INFER Conferences

8th INFER Annual Conference: Special topic: Public Economics: Economic Policy, Governance and the Role of Institutions

From: 2006-09-22 to: 2006-09-24
Place: Cork, Ireland

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Conference Objectives

The INFER Annual Conference provides an opportunity for all involved in economic research to exchange their ideas. Researchers are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers across all areas of economics. Papers may be submitted under the theme of this years conference: “Public Economics: economic policy, governance and the role of institutions” or any other area that their research applies to. A number of keynote speakers will be invited to talk on this year’s special topic. Researchers are also invited to organise their own session, either under this years theme or a theme of their own choosing, comprising of 2 or more papers.


The conference is open to all involved in economic research, including both young and experienced researchers, post-doctoral students, and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions. We would especially encourage young researchers and those from the new EU member states to submit a paper.

Submission of Papers

The deadline for the submission of papers was May 2, 2006.

All papers have been peer reviewed. We wish to sincerly thank our referees who helped review papers:

Dagmar Alpen, Martin Altemeyer-Bartscher, Cecile Bazart, Jurgen Backhaus, Patrick Beschorner, Oliver Budzinski, Antonio Caleiro, Arndt Christiansen, John Considine, Eleanor Doyle, David Duffy, Clemens Esser, Frank Fichert, Martin Hallet, Justus Haucap, Frederick B Jennings, Declan Jordan, Ella Kavanagh, Catherine Kavanagh, Rosemary Kelleher, Daniel Kiely, Martin Larch, Helena Marques, Jose Oliviera, Eoin O'Leary, Markus Pasche, Christoph Pasternak, Michael Pickhardt, Peer Ritter, Bernadette Power, Geraldine Ryan, Michael Stierle, Ulrike Stierle von Schuetz, Luis Fau Sebastian, Willy Spanjers, Michael Thiel, David Tucek, Isabel Vieira, Klimis Vogiatzoglou, Rainer Vosskamp, Rainer Wichern, Matthias Wrede, S. K. Yadav, Roman Zamecnik and Stefanie Zimmermann

Publication of Papers

A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published shortly after the conference. Authors of accepted papers will receive a proposal for publication following the conference. For details of possible publication outlets use the link on publications.


The preliminary conference programme (schedule and parallel sessions) can be downloaded below in the attached files section.

Registered participants can download conference papers here (password protected).

Friday, 22nd September 2006

12.00 – 13.00

Registration, Coffee & Sandwiches

O’Rahilly Building - 1st floor foyer

13.00 – 13.30

Welcome addresses & Introduction to INFER

O’Rahilly Building Room 1.23

Edward Shinnick (Conference organizer)
Michael Pickhardt (Chair of INFER)

13.30 – 15.00

Keynote Address 1
O’Rahilly Building Room 1.23

Frank Barry (University College Dublin, Ireland)

“Institutional Capacity and the Celtic Tiger Economy:
Ireland in Comparative Perspective”

15.00 – 15.30


O’Rahilly Building - 1st floor foyer


15.30 – 17.15

Parallel Sessions I (5 tracks)

O’Rahilly Building

17.30 – 19.00

INFER General Meeting

O’Rahilly Building Room 3.03

19.00 -

Pub’s of Cork

Saturday, 23rd September 2006

9.00 – 10.45

Parallel Sessions II (5 tracks)

O’Rahilly Building

10.45 – 11.15

O’Rahilly Building - 1st floor foyer

11.15 – 12.45

Keynote Address 2

O’Rahilly Building Room 3.03

Friedrich Schneider (Linz, Austria)

“Shadow Economies of 145 Countries all over the World:
What do we really know?”

12.45 – 14.15

Buffet Lunch and INFER Working Groups Fair
O’Rahilly Building: Lunch - Room 1.24
WG Fair - 1st floor foyer

14.15 – 16.00

Parallel Sessions III (5 tracks)

O’Rahilly Building

16.00 – 16.15


O’Rahilly Building - 1st floor foyer

16.15 – 17.45

Keynote Address 3

O’Rahilly Building Room 3.03

Inge Kaul (United Nations, Office of Development Studies)

“What is new about ‘The New Public Finance’?”


Conference Dinner
Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork.

Sunday, 24th September 2006

9.00 – 10.45

Parallel Sessions IV (5 tracks)

O’Rahilly Building

10.45 – 11.00

O’Rahilly Building - 1st floor foyer

11.00 – 12.45

Parallel Sessions V (5 tracks)
O’Rahilly Building

12.45 – 13.00

2007 AC Venue Presentation (by Chris Richter)

O’Rahilly Building Room 3.03

and Farewell by Board of INFER

Walking Trip of Cork City (about 1 hour)

Meet at Tourist Office, Grand Parade, Cork.


Bus Trip to Kinsale (about 4 - 5 hours)

Bus to collect outside UCC gates and Imperial Hotel (conference hotel)


The Annual Conference will be held at University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland. A port city of trade and commerce, Cork City is a major regional cultural centre with a deeply embedded artistic community. Galleries and arts centres, concert halls and cinemas, pubs and restaurants, all are available and eager to host the stranger and the returning friend. Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and was chosen as European Capital of Culture 2005.

University College Cork (UCC) is a dynamic university of over 14,500 students, which includes over 1,000 international students representing 60-plus countries worldwide. UCC is Ireland 's leading research institute with the highest research income in the country. The University's internal research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes through seven schools and 27 departments.


To register for the Annual Conference, please fill in the registration form and mail or fax it to the INFER office address given on the form.

The registration fee is EUR 60,00 for private INFER members, EUR 120,00 for institutional INFER members and EUR 240,00 for all others (the annual fee for private members is EUR 25,00).The registration fee includes:

All other activities like the bus trip to Kinsale will be charged with a small extra fee (see registration form).


A wide range of accommodation is available in Cork to suit all budgets. The conference will be held at University College Cork, which is a 10 minute walk from the city centre.

INFER has arranged a special conference rate at the Imperial hotel in the city centre. A room rate of €125 including breakfast, is available. Contact Lorna Collins directly at the Imperial Hotel ( Make sure you mention you are with the ‘INFER International Conference at UCC’ when booking and you should book within the next couple of weeks to secure your booking. Booking will be taken on a first come first served basis. Other types of accommodation are also available and these should also be booked early:

Some of these guesthouses can be booked online through: Go to Cork on the map and click on Cork City Centre. The Accommodation link on the left hand side of the page will lead to some of these guesthouses.

Accommodation marked with * is in the vicinity of the University. All other accommodation is in the City Centre, and is between 10 to 20 minutes walk away.

See the following web site for more accommodation options:


It is highly recommended that you book your air transport immediately as fares can rise sharply in a short space of time.

Cork Airport is served by 10 airlines offering direct flights to 35 destinations across Europe. Ryanair ( offer direct flights from Dublin, Liverpool, London Gatwick and London Stansted, while Aer Lingus (, the Irish national airline, fly direct from Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Berlin, Birmingham, London Heathrow, Madrid, Malaga, Nice, Paris, Prague, Rome and Warsaw.

Other direct routes include; Belfast, Bristol, Budapest, Cardiff, Durham Tees Valley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Katowice, Leeds Bradford, Lorient, Manchester, Nantes, Newcastle and Southampton

Where there is no direct flight to Cork, the best airport to travel via are Dublin (Ryanair and Aer Lingus) and London (Ryanair via Stansted and Aer Lingus via Heathrow).

Taxis from the airport cost about €10, and there is an airport bus to the city centre every half hour during the day. All major car rental companies have desks at the airport.

For a complete list of destinations and links to airline websites see and click on ‘Direct Destinations’ on the left-hand side of the page.

Getting to University College Cork

University College Cork is located on Western Road, less than a mile from the city centre. Taxis are available from the airport, train and bus station and from the city centre. To travel by bus from the city centre to UCC, take bus No. 8 (marked 'Bishopstown', about every 15 minutes) and ask to get off at Gaol Cross. Alternatively you can take bus No. 5 (marked 'Rossa Avenue'), and ask to get off at College Road .

For more information on the University see
The detailmap of the UCC can be downloaded below in the attached files section.

Organised Activities

Cork Walking Tour

Discover Corks rich historical past on a guided walking tour of Cork. Enjoy a stroll through the streets to hear about Ireland’s “Venice of the South”.

The walks are conducted by professional tour guides designed to appeal to all age groups and enrich your visit to Cork. The tour finishes off with a complimentary pint of Beamish at An Spailpín Fánach.

Meet your guide at the Tourist Office in the City Centre. Discounted rate of €5 per person applies for this walk.

Kinsale Bus Trip

The very attractive town of Kinsale is just 29km directly south of Cork City. Kinsale has many popular attractions which include heritage, gourmet restaurants, sailing, deep sea angling and golf.

Even the casual visitor to Kinsale will be captivated by its beautiful setting, with the long waterfront, narrow winding streets, and Compass Hill rising sharply behind the town. The old fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort guard the narrow entrance to Kinsale from the sea.

Kinsale was the national winner of the Irish Tourist Board Tidy Towns Competition in 1986. They followed this success in 1986, by being placed third in the prestigious European competition Entente Florale. This competition is designed to select the towns and villages in Europe who make the best use of trees and planting in the urban environment.

Kinsale has continued to be very successful in the Tidy Towns Competition and frequently is judged to be the best small town in Ireland. The development of Kinsale’s keen interest in the environment has been marked by an unusual ability of the people of the town to work closely together to improve their local area. Environmental quality has been one of the reasons why Kinsale has such a long visitor season each year, stretching from Easter to the end of October.

Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and port of consequence for over 300 years, hence its magnificent Georgian houses and the Dutch influence of its architecture. It was also in the days of sail, the natural landfall for all ships from the continent and the Americas. The flat of the town, from the Coal Quay at the Trident, Denis Quay, the gardens of Actons, the Short Quay behind the Temperance Hall and the Long Quay running up to the White House, were all filled in later, and the Pier road built. The original town market and focal centre was on the level of St. Multose Church, Desmond Castle, and the Courthouse with narrow streets and quays radiating from it.

Early settlers in Ireland came to live in the area which we now know as Kinsale. Indeed the Old Head of Kinsale has been attributed as the site for some of the earliest settlers in Ireland. Later a number of Christian settlements were established in the surrounding countryside. Kinsale also has an important place in Irish history. It was near here in 1601 that the Battle of Kinsale was fought. At this battle the Irish forces with their Spanish allies challenged the power of the English troops. In December of that year the English proved to be victorious.

It is believed that Kinsale town was founded by the Anglo Normans in about the year 1177, in a small walled area which was close to the water. Kinsale received its first of several Charters in 1334 from Edward III by which time it was a well established town. Prosperity in Kinsale continued in the 15th and 16th centuries, and in 1666 it was described as “One of the most important harbours in Europe”, with a substantial trade in wine and salt. The town was a significant naval base in the 17th and 18th centuries. Indeed in the 18th century Kinsale seems to have enjoyed a degree of prosperity not otherwise common in Ireland. In 1966 it became the first town in Ireland to be awarded the Flag of the Council of Europe.

In this century the great liner “Lusitania” en route from New York to Liverpool was lost 11.5 miles off the Old Head of Kinsale. On 7 May 1915 the vessel was hit by a German submarine torpedo. Of a total of 1,959 passengers on board 1,195 perished. For many years the exact cause of the disaster has been debated. One theory is that there was a major explosion on board the Lusitania. Three of the victims of the disaster are buried in the Churchyard of St. Multose Church in Kinsale.

The bus to Kinsale will depart from the University at 2.30pm on Sunday September 24th and return later that afternoon.

Useful web sites:


Further Information:

Any questions should be directed to the conference organiser, Dr. Edward Shinnick,



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