INFER Workshops

Business Policy and Regional Development

From: 2007-07-13 to: 2007-07-15
Place: Ohio, USA

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Workshop Objectives

This workshop invites researchers in the areas of business policy (including entrepreneurship, labor economics, organizational governance, business culture) and regional development (regulation, tax policy, regional economic growth) to join us in Wooster, Ohio USA for an INFER workshop. The focus of the workshop is on the development of business structures and public policies to enhance regional economic development. A proceedings volume will publish selected papers from the workshop. Keynote speakers associated with Wooster’s Center for Creativity and Innovation will complement the research presentations of the participants.


The workshop is open to anyone involved in business or regional economic research, theoretical and applied. We encourage both young and experienced researchers, post-doctoral students, and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions to participate.

Submission of Papers

Deadline for submission of papers was May 18, 2007.

All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than June 8, 2007.

Paper presenters are expected to discuss one other paper during the workshop. The discussant assignments will be made by the workshop organizers at a later date.

Publication of Papers

A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be published in one or more INFER volumes in due course after the workshop. For details of possible publication outlets see publications.


For the preliminary workshop programme see attached files below.


Saturday, July 14, 2007

9:00 – 9:45


Continental Breakfast

9:45 – 10:00

Welcome by INFER and College of Wooster

Session 1

10:00 – 12:00

Amyaz A. Moledin, College of Wooster, USA and Avais Karmali
Tests of Faith: Were Malaysian Islamic Banks more efficient than Conventional Banks during the Asian Financial Crisis

Frederic Jennings, Ecological Economics, Massachusetts, USA, Competition of Collaboration? The Interrelation of Firms and Agents in Regional Economic Development

James Burnell, College of Wooster, USA, Employment Density, Subcenters, and Land-use Policy

James A. Hornsten, College of Wooster, USA, Endogenous Boards of Directors and Proxy Fights

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch, The Wooster Inn

Session 2

13:30 – 15:30

Amyaz A. Moledina, College of Wooster, USA, Terry L. Roe, University of Minnesota, USA, and Mathew Shane, USDA, USA, Measuring Commodity Price Volatility and the Welfare Consequences of Eliminating Volatility

Gerd Meinhold and Michael Pickhardt, Chemnitz University of Technology, Germany, Road Pricing and Braess’ Paradox – A Large Numbers Case

James A. Hornsten, College of Wooster, USA, Corporate Directors and Firm-Specific Human Capital

15:30 – 15:45

Concluding Remarks


Adjourn to Olde Jaol Brewing Company

Registration Fee

The registration fee for speakers and other participants will be:

Please note: the annual membership fee for private INFER members is only 25 EUR (institutional INFER members 200 EUR). You are invited to become a member and save on this workshop!


If you want to attend this INFER Workshop, please print the registration form and send or fax the completed copy to INFER. Please do not forget your signature.

Location & Travel

If you know only Boston, New York City, or somewhere in Florida, then you don’t really know the United States. This workshop will take place at the College of Wooster, a 240 acre (97 Hectare) campus in a wooded setting containing fifty academic buildings and residence halls as well a numerous recreational facilities including a swimming pool, golf course, and tennis courts. Founded in 1866, the College is located in Wooster, Ohio, a town of 26,000 people situated about 55 miles (90 kilometers) southwest of Cleveland.

The area contains diverse attractions from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland to the largest settlement of Old Order Amish just south of Wooster. If there is sufficient interest, we may be able to arrange tours. The College is also home to the Ohio Light Opera Company, which offers a full repertoire of operetta during the summer months. The best flight connections are made through the Cleveland/Hopkins International Airport (CLE).

Continental Airlines has direct daily flights between Cleveland and London’s Gatwick Airport. Connections from other parts of Europe can be made to Cleveland via many airlines through gateway airports in Newark, Boston, Washington, or Atlanta. For groups of four or more traveling together, we can arrange a shuttle pickup at the Cleveland Airport. Otherwise, rental cars are available there and taxis are another option.

Further Information

Updated information concerning registration details, downloadable registration forms, accommodation facilities, etc. will be provided in due course on this page.

Questions may be directed to the workshop organizers:



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