INFER Workshops

Competitiveness and Growth in Europe: Lessons and policy implications for the Lisbon Strategy

From: 2004-09-03 to: 2004-09-04
Place: Bonn, Germany

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Workshop Topics

At the Lisbon Summit in March 2000, Europe's head of states set themselves an ambitious target for the European Union to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge based economy in the world by 2010, capable of sustainable economic growth, with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion.

The progress made over the past four years is considered insufficient to achieve the ambitious goal set up by the Lisbon strategy. What do we know about a knowledge based society, innovation processes, economic and social cohesion and their effects on long-run growth? What policy implications and recommendations can be drawn from the past experience?

This workshop, jointly organized by ZEI and INFER, was held in Bonn at the Centre for European Integration Studies, on 3-4 September 2004, and brought together researchers and policy makers with the aim to assess the growth potential of the Lisbon strategy and draw policy recommendations for a better progress.

Target group

The workshop was addressed to experienced researchers and professionals from business, government or non-governmental institutions. Junior scholars and PhD students were encouraged to submit a paper.

Programme

Friday, 3 September 2004

12:30 - 14:00
Registration and Lunch

14:00 - 14:10

Welcome Addresses
Iulia Traistaru, Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn
Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, International Network for Economic Research, INFER and RWTH Aachen, Belgium and Germany.

14:10 - 14:40

Opening Keynote Address

Economic growth in Europe: Pursuing the Lisbon strategy:
Fabienne Ilzkovitz, European Commission, ICHEC and Université Libre de Bruxelles

14:40 - 16:10

Competitiveness and growth in Europe: Lessons and policy implications for the Lisbon Strategy
Chair: Susanne Mundschenk, Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn

Determinants of economic growth: Lessons and policy implications for Europe
Peter Nijkamp, Free University Amsterdam

Growth and cohesion strategies: Achievements and lessons from Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain
John FitzGerald, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

Will the EU need a productivity agenda? Productivity growth in the EU and the US
Bart van Ark, University of Groningen

16:10 - 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30

Policy Panel and Open Debate
Chair: Wolfgang Münchau, Financial Times
Kim Bek, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Denmark
Klaus Bünger, Center for European Integration Studies, Bonn
Frederico Grafe, Ministry for Industry and Trade, Spain
Ahti Kuningas, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communication, Estonia
Martin Pecina, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic

17:30 - 19:10

Session1
Chair: Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, RWTH Aachen and INFER


Strengths and weaknesses of the Lisbon Strategy
Adriaan Dierx; European Commission / Fabienne Ilzkovitz, European Commission, ICHEC and Université Libre de Bruxelles
Discussant : Henri L.F. de Groot, Vrije Universiteit, Tinbergen Institute and CPB

The role of technological progress on economic growth differences: An empirical analysis for 19 OECD countries
Cengiz Cihan; Dilip K. Dutta, University of Sydney
Discussant : Christoph Meister, Ecis, Eindhoven University of Technology

20:00 Dinner

Saturday, 4 September 2004
9:15- 11:00

Session 2
Chair: Iulia Traistaru, Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn and INFER


Is the American model Miss World? Choosing between the Anglo-Saxon model and a European-style alternative
Henri L.F. de Groot, Vrije Universiteit, Tinbergen Institute and CPB
Richard Nahuis; CPB and Utrecht University
Paul J.G. Tang, CPB
Discussant : John FitzGerald, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

The impact of institutions on the employment record in European labour markets, 1979-2001
Christian Dreger, Institute for Economic Research Halle
Discussant : Jens Rubart, Darmstadt University of Technology

11:00-11:20
Coffee break

11:20 - 13:00

Session 3
Chair: Michael Stierle, European Commission and INFER


European productivity gaps: Is R&D the solution?
Christoph Meister, Ecis, Eindhoven University of Technology
Bart Verspagen, Ecis, Eindhoven University of Technology & TIK, University of Oslo
Discussant : Bart van Ark, University of Groningen

The effectiveness of subsidies revisited: Accounting for wage and employment effects in business R&D
Guntram B. Wolff, Deutsche Bundesbank
Volker Reinthaler, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Discussant (tbc) : Marc Baudry, Université de Rennes

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:10

Session 4
Chair: Susanne Mundschenk, Center for European Integration Studies, University of Bonn


Education, research and economic growth - some tests for the U.S. and Germany
Jens Rubart, Volker Caspari, Günther Rehme, Darmstadt University of Technology
Discussant : Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz, International Network for Economic Research, INFER and RWTH Aachen

Measuring inventive performance of the OECD countries using triadic patent families: Reinventing the Lisbon challenge
Marc Baudry; Béatrice Dumont, Université de Rennes
Discussant : Adriaan Dierx; European Commission

Publications

The proceedings of the workshop are forthcoming:
Susanne Mundschenk, Michael H. Stierle, Ulrike Stierle-von Schütz and Iulia Traistaru (eds.):
Competitiveness and Growth in Europe: Lessons and Policy Implications for the Lisbon Strategy;
INFER Advances in Economic Research No. 1
Edward Elgar Publishing.
The registration fee for speakers includes a complimentary copy of the conference volume.

Location and Accommodation

The workshop took place at the Center of European Integration Studies (ZEI), in Bonn.

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