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Annual Conference 2001: Economics of Transformation - Theory and Politics, Experiences and Challenges in Eastern Germany, Europe and in a Worldwide Perspective

From: 2001-09-07 to: 2001-09-08
Place: Erfurt, Germany

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Firstly, we would like to thank our sponsors:

Conference Objectives

The principle objective of the conference was to encourage economic research and to strengthen contact between applied and academic economics. Young researchers and professionals with a background of economics or related disciplines were invited to share their results, views and experiences.

Conference Topics

The various questions emerging around establishing working market conditions in order to improve allocation, growth and distribution are key issues for economic development in several regions across the world as well as on a supranational level. The conference offered a platform for new theories and experiences various regions of the world. Consequently, as the conference program demonstrates, the conference covered a wide range of aspects.


September 7

18.10h - 18.30h Opening of the Conference, Dr. Michael H. Stierle, Chairman of INFER

18.30h - 19.15h Introductory Lecture (1): Theories of transformation - plucking relevant elements from the history of economic thought, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Backhaus, Universität Erfurt

19.15h - 20.00h Introductory Lecture (2): Auf steinigem Weg bergauf – die Erfolge in Thüringen werden sichtbar, Reinhold Stanitzek, Chairman of the Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Thüringen

20.00h Dinner

Afterwards (approx. 21.30h) there was the possibility to meet in an informal manner at the pub "Presseclub", Karl-Marx-Platz, in the city centre of Erfurt.

September 8

10.00h - 11.30h Sessions
11.30h - 11.50h Coffee break
11.50h - 12.50h Sessions
12.50h - 13.50h Lunch break with a small snack (lunch in a restaurant is possible on your own expense)
13.50h - 15.20h Sessions
15.20h - 15.40h Coffee break
15.40h - 16.40h Sessions
16.40h - 17.00h Closing Plenary

Additionally we offered:

18.00h Guided tour through the historic city of Erfurt.

19.30h – 00:00

Organ concert in the historic dome of Erfurt: Saxonian Organ Night in the cathedral of Erfurt, a concerts of the "Music Days of Erfurt 2001": Hansjürgen Scholze, Dreden, Hansjörg Albrecht, Dresden, Arvid Gast, Leipzig, Johannes Unger, Leipzig played works of Johnann Sebastian Bach et al.

20.00h There was also the option to meet informally.

Parallel Sessions

Session I: General Considerations and Structural Change
Chair: Thomas Birringer, Bundesverband deutscher Banken, Berlin, Germany

The Passing (Transition) of the Central and East European Countries to te Market Economy – an Evolution at Dramatic Rates
Prof. Dr. Dan Popescu, University of Sibiu, Romania

Romania - An European Country
Dr. Tiberiu Foris, Transilvania University, Brasov, Romania

Modernisation for Engeneering Enterprises in Economies under Transition: Example of Russia and Ukraine in the context of regional innovation systems
Prof. Dr. Axel Sell and Tobias Schauf, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Trader Tourism in the transformation process
Henrik Egbert, Landesamt für Datenverarbeitung und Statistik NRW, Düsseldorf, Germany

Business Efficiency of the 400 Biggest Croatian Enterprises: Theoretical and Empirical Analysis
Nidzara Osmanagic-Bedenik PhD., Mirna Valdevit PhD. and Mislav Ante Omazic, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Export Orientation of Manufacturing in the Transformation of East German Economy: A Panel Data Approach
Dr. Brigitte Loose and Dr. Udo Ludwig, Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle, Halle, Germany

The Market Reaction to Reported Country Risk in India
Dr. Geeta Lakshmi and Ephraim Clark, Middlesex University Business School, London, UK

Session II: Political Issues and Labour Markets
Chair: Dr. Lothar Funk, University Birmingham, United Kingdom

Towards a New Way? The Impact of Globalisation, Transformation and the New Economy in Germany
Dr. Lothar Funk, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom


Corporate Governance and Mass-Privatisation: A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation of Transformation in Legal and Economic Relationships
Frank H. Stephen, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom and Prof. Dr. Jürgen G. Backhaus, University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany

"Pitfall of private property" as market institutional transition failure
Maksym Bilousenko, Donetsk State Technical University, Donetsk, Ukraine

A New Survey Based-Approach to Assess the Institutional Environment and Performance in the Public Organizations of the Transition Economies
Dr. Omer Gokcekus, North Carolina Central University and World Bank, Washington, United States of America and Ranjana Mukherjee, World Bank; Washington, United States of America

The Role of Tax Culture in Transformation Process: The Case of Russia
Birger Nerré, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany

Current Account Performance and Fiscal Policy: Evidence on the Twin Deficits in Central and Eastern Europe
Dr. Aleksander Aristovnik and Katja Zajc, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Unemployment as a transition problem: Experiences of active labour market policy in the new Länder
Dirk Hannovsky, University of Rostock, Germany

Economic growth, urban disorder and unemployment: A case study from Vanuatu
Anita Jowitt, University of the South Pacific, Porta Vila, Vanuatu

Session III:
EU Enlargement:
Enlargement Strategy, Trade, Migration and Exchange Rate Regimes

Chair: Dr. Michael H. Stierle, Sal. Oppenheim, Cologne, Germany

Transformation in East Europe and Implications for the Enlargement Strategy
Philipp von Carlowitz, University of Trier, Tier, German and Miami University, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

EU Enlargement and Environmental Policy
Andreas Löschel, University of Mannheim and Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim, Germany and Marian Mraz, University of Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Transition, EU Accession, and the Changing Geography of European Trade
Dr. Holger Flörkemeier, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

A Trade Tale of Two Peripheries: Southern EU versus Eastern Applicants
Helena Marques, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

EU Enlargement: The Effects of Migration on the EU Labour Markets
Michael Böhmer, Sachverständigenrat zur Begutachtung der gesamtwirtschaftlichen Entwicklung, Wiesbaden, Germany

The Choice of Exchange Rate Regimes: An Empirical Analysis for Transition Economies
Porf. Dr. Jürgen von Hagen and Jizhong Zhou, Centre for European Integration Studies, Bonn, Germany

Fundamental determinants of real equilibrium exchange rates for transition countries
Dr. Laurent Maurin, University of the Méditerranée, Marseille, France

Exchange Rate-Monetary Policy Regime in EU Acceding Countries
Dr. Andrzej Gonciarz, Universtity of Frankfurt, Frankfurt a. M., Germany

Exchange Rate Volatility in a Target Zone: The Czeck Experience
Katja Funke and Georg Stadtmann, WHU Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

Some Arguments against Unilateral Adoption of the Euro
Cezary Wójcik, Österreichische Nationalbank, Vienna, Austria and Polish Academy of Science, Warshaw, Poland

Publication of papers

The papers presented at the conference are published as INFER Research Edition Vol. 6

Conference Committee

Dr. Michael H. Stierle and Dipl.-Volkswirt Thomas Birringer.


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