INFER Conferences

12th Annual Conference

From: 2010-09-03 to: 2010-09-05
Place: Muenster

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Conference Objectives
The INFER Annual Conference is the main annual event of the International Network for Economic Research. The INFER Annual Conference provides a great opportunity for members and non-members of INFER alike to exchange ideas and is open to any field of research in economics. Researchers are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers across all areas of economics, including this year’s special topic “Institutional Economics and Economic Policy: addressing the practical and theoretical challenges of applied economics”. Young researchers are also encouraged to apply for the young economist award of INFER. Researchers are also encouraged to organize their own sessions.

Local Organisation Committee
• Cordelius Ilgmann (University of Muenster and CAWM):
• Ulrich van Suntum University of Muenster and CAWM): 

Keynote Speakers 
- Lars-Hendrik Röller, Chairman of the “Verein für Socialpolitik” (Association for Social Policy), Frankfurt and President of the European School of Management and Technology, Berlin.
- Paul Ormerod, Fellow of the British Academy for the Social Sciences, London.
- Paul van den Noord, Group of Advisers of the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission, Brussels.

The conference is open to anybody involved in economics, including both young and experienced researchers, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions.
Paper Submission
We welcome theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented papers in all areas of economics and financial economics. Abstracts (of no more than 200 words) and papers should be submitted electronically not later than

15th of June, 2010

to the scientific committee of the conference (word or pdf format) at the following email address:

The front page should indicate the authors’ full name, affiliation, address, phone/fax, and e-mail for correspondence and JEL classification.
Abstracts and papers must be in English. Papers should not exceed 25 pages (A4 or letter) including all references, tables, etc. Individual authors can submit up to two papers.
All papers will be peer reviewed. The conference organizers encourage early submission since this will speed up the referee process considerably. Authors of accepted papers will generally be notified three weeks after submission, but not later than
15th of July, 2010.

Proposals for complete sessions are also encouraged. Each session should be made up of three papers. In the submitted proposals, session organizers should indicate the name of the session chair, the names, affiliations, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of the authors and the chair, and the titles of the papers, each accompanied by the paper abstract.
We welcome theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented papers in all fields of economics. Participants are expected to serve as chairs of individual conference sessions.
An INFER best paper award is awarded since 2007 for the best paper presented at the Annual Conference by a young economist under the age of 30. The award consists of €250 in cash and an €250 INFER book voucher. At submission, please state whether you would like to be considered for the young economist award.

Publication of Papers
A selection of papers presented at the conference will be published in one or more INFER volumes by book publishers (such as LAP) and journals in due course after the conference. For more details of possible publication outlets see INFER publications.

Registration Fee
The registration fee for speakers and other participants will be:
• INFER members: €150
• non-members: €300
Please note: the annual membership fee for private INFER members is €25 (institutional INFER members €200). You are invited to become a member and take advantage of the cheaper membership rate.

Moreover, in contrast to the previous announcement, the Saturday´s conference dinner will be sponsored and is therefore free of charge (beverages excluded)!

The fee for late registrations AFTER 3rd August 2010 (including on-site registrations) will be:
• INFER members: €225
• non-members: €450.

All conference participants have to register for the conference. Please note that paper submission is not regarded as a registration. For registration visit the INFER website and follow the link “registration”.
Deadline for (early) registration and payment:
3rd of August, 2010.
All registrations made after this deadline are regarded as late registrations. Registration fees are non-refundable.
Once INFER has received your registration fee, you will get a confirmation by e-mail. 
The dinner will be held at the Schloßgarten-Restaurant (, which is located within the palace gardens of Münster, and will cost 50 € (including beverages).

The conference will be held at the University of Muenster, Germany. Münster is a city full of history and full of stories; it is a city which has remained young at heart for more than 1200 years. High-tech and traditional trade, baroque noble residences and modern architecture, a historic city centre and progressive urban development are not opposites in Münster, but merely features of a lively city more than half of whose inhabitants are younger than 30 years of age. As the so-called "desktop" of Westphalia, Münster is an important location for the coordination of business, administration, science, culture and the social life of the region.

Compared to other German cities, Münster is a forerunner in the field of environment and climate protection. Münster is also Germany''s bicycle metropolis with more bikes than inhabitants, more than 250 kilometres of bicycle paths and an underground bicycle parking area in front of the main station which can accommodate more than 3000 bicycles or "Leezen", as bicycles are lovingly called here. In Münster, the gables of the past harmonize with modern forms and tradition is paired with innovation. The beautiful facade of the old city could be maintained after World War II thanks to the careful rebuilding of the historic part of the city around the Prinzipalmarkt. A rich cultural life, diverse leisure-time activities and the beautiful parkland surrounding Münster add to the attractiveness of the city. About 55,000 students in Münster appreciate these advantages. Many of them remain linked to Münster even after having completed their studies.

Münster, incidentally the home of Germany''s most important female poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, has a lot to offer in the way of recreational and leisure-time facilities. This is not only because of the many green zones accounting for 70% of its area. Münster is the city of international sculpture projects, of galleries and theatres, of conferences and conventions. Its 22 museums and 6 cinemas, the municipal theatre which puts on plays, concerts, dancing events as well as children''s plays and an independent and lively artistic community are not only of interest for the inhabitants of Münster. More than 800 pubs, bars and restaurants offer enough possibilities for people to come together in Münster.
For additional information please visit

Getting to Muenster is well served with a variety of transport routes:
By Air
Several carriers offer direct flights to Münster/Osnabrück Airport (FMO). However, there is also variety of further airports in the vicinity such as Dortmund (60 km), Bremen (144 km), and Düsseldorf (96 km), which are well connected to Muenster by train. For people arriving at FMO, an express bus - "FMO-Express" - is available to take them to Muenster Main Station (travel time approx. 30 minutes). Current information on this bus connection, the timetable, fares and other information can be obtained on tel.: +49 (0) 25 71 / 45 25.

By Rail
Muenster is situated at the main rail line from Hamburg to the Ruhr Area. Express trains to the north and south run approximately every hour. For further information please visit

By Car
Muenster is directly situated on the A1 Motorway. Leave the motorway at any of the two exits and follow the signposts into the city centre.

Public transport
Around 20 city bus routes link the various districts with the inner city, while the city express, taxi bus and night buses supplement these services around the clock. The main bus station is directly in front of the train station. Destinations within the Muensterland region are also accessible by bus. For time tables and destinations please visit

Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation arrangements. The registration fee does not cover accommodation. Please make your reservations as soon as possible. Some rooms have been reserved for participants via Muenster Marketing. Please click on the following link for reservations:

Further information
Questions about local organization issues may be directed to the local conference organizers via
Questions about INFER may be directed to the INFER Board through:


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