INFER Workshops

Regional Economic Perfomance and the Role of Insitutions

From: 2009-03-12 to: 2009-03-13
Place: Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen

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Workshop objectives and topic
This INFER workshop provides an opportunity for all those interested in the impact of institutions / rule of law on regional economic development and to exchange ideas, to create links in research and to meet fellows in related subject. It is an excellent opportunity to bring together researchers and practitioners alike who are interested in theoretical aspects as well as in practical issues. Researchers, especially young researchers, are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers.

Topics to be discussed during the workshop might include (but are not limited to):

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Dr. John Bradley (Economic Modelling and Development Strategies, Dublin, Ireland)
Dr. M. Hallet (European Commission, DG ECFIN, Brussels, Belgium)

The workshop is open to anybody involved in economic issues related with the topic including both young and experienced researchers, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions. As the workshop intends to strengthen the exchange between practical experiences and research outcomes in our working group, participation is welcome also without paper contribution.

Submission of Papers
Only full papers may be submitted. All papers must include a cover page with the following information:

All papers should be submitted electronically to the workshop organizer Ulrike Stierle-von Schuetz ( as doc or pdf files (preferably pdf) on or before

January 23, 2009

Papers must be in English, and should not exceed 25 pages (A4 or letter) including all references, tables and the like. The text should be formatted in Times New Roman 12pt with 18pt line space and 2.5 cm (1 inch) margin on each side. Footnotes should be formatted in 10pt with 10pt line space. Please avoid colours in graphs and pages in landscape.
All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than

February 6, 2009

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

Registration Fee
The registration fee for presenting and non-presenting participants will be:

Please note: the annual membership fee for private INFER members is 25 EUR (institutional INFER members 200 EUR). If you are not already a member, you are invited to become one and avail of the lower workshop fee. You can do this by submitting a membership form and your registration form at the same time.


All workshop participants have to register for the workshop. Please note that paper submission is not regarded as a registration.

If you want to attend this INFER Workshop, please follow the instructions on the INFER webpage.
Once INFER has received your registration and the fee, you will get a confirmation by e-mail.

Location and Accommodation

The workshop will be held at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 52062 Aachen.
Roman spa and imperial capital of Charlemagne: Aachen, the city where the three countries Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet, looks back on two thousand years of history. Tradition and progress go hand in hand in Germany’s most westerly city. Aachen is famous for its hot springs and its historical city centre with the Cathedral of Charlemagne as a World Cultural Heritage.
RWTH Aachen University is the largest university of technology in Germany and one of the most renowned in Europe. It has a long history of close and wide-ranging co-operation with national and international industries and research centres. Right from the onset of RWTH Aachen University‘s teaching activities, the economic and business sciences have always played a special role. Due to the increasingly closer interplay between technology and economics, and the creating of further chairs RWTH Aachen University established an independent faculty for business and economics in 1985.
For more information about the Faculty of Economic and Business Administration of the RWTH Aachen University please click here

Arrival by plane
There are several airports in the surrounding of Aachen:
Maastricht-Aachen (NL), 41 km (direct bus link).
Cologne/Bonn (D) 85 km (train connections)
Düsseldorf (D) 90 km (train connections)

Arrival by train
Aachen is linked to the international railway network. Every two hours, the high-speed train THALYS operates via Aachen between Paris and Cologne. Besides ICE trains rum from Frankfurt to Brussels via Aachen. For further information please visit the websites of “Deutsche Bahn AG

Useful information about “How to get to Aachen” you will find here.


Participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation arrangements. The registration fee does not cover accommodation. For accommodation choice we recommend four hotels close to the faculty:
Novotel Aachen City ****
Distance main station 1,0 km
Distance Faculty 1,5 km

Aquis Grana Cityhotel ****
Distance main station 1,5 km
Distance Faculty 0,6 km

Hotel garni Baccara ***

Hotel Brülls am Dom *

We also suggest the RWTH University guesthouse  (tel. ++49/241/80-24074). In case of reservation at the RWTH guesthouse please give notice that you are participant of the Workshop “Regional Performances and the Role of Institutions”.
Other accommodation possibilities are available here.

Further Information:

Updated information concerning registration details will be provided in due course on the INFER homepage. The preliminary workshop program will be posted by February 2009.
Questions may be directed to the workshop organiser
Ulrike Stierle-von Schuetz, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany:



The programme is now available and can be downloaded from the link on top of this page.


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