INFER Workshops

INFER Workshop on Characteristics of Business Cycles: Have they changed?

From: 2008-01-24 to: 2008-01-25
Place: Brussels, Belgium

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Call for Papers

Characteristics of Business Cycles:
Have they changed?

INFER Workshop hosted by the European Commission,
DG Economic and Financial Affairs

January 24/25, 2008, Brussels, Belgium

Workshop objectives and topic

This INFER workshop provides an opportunity for everybody interested in business cycles to present their research and to exchange ideas. 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 are invited to submit theoretical and applied papers. Questions to be discussed during the workshop might include (but are not limited to):

Submission of Papers

Authors are invited to submit papers for presentation at the workshop.

All papers must include a cover page with the following information: An abstract of up to 500 words, with JEL classification and no more than 5 key words; Authors’ full name, affiliation; Contact details for corresponding author, such as address, phone, and e-mail.

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 and organised sessions should be submitted electronically to the workshop organisers Michael H. Stierle ( or Jrg Rahn ( as .doc or .pdf files on or before November 30, 2007.

All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than December 14, 2007. Paper presenters are expected to discuss one other paper during the workshop. The discussant assignments will be made by the workshop organisers at a later date.

Publication of Papers

It is intended to publish a selection of papers presented at the workshop in an INFER volume shortly after the workshop. For details of possible publication outlets see

Programme Information

Keynote speakers: Gabriel Perez, Banco de Espana, and Lucrezia Reichlin, European Central Bank.
Welcoming addresses: Marco Buti, DG ECFIN, and Christian Richter, INFER.

Registration and location

As the workshop will be hosted by the European Commission, DG ECFIN, the workshop is free of charge. To honour the non-profit work of INFER, everybody is invited to make a donation or to become an INFER member. The annual membership fee for private INFER members is 25 EUR only.

A registration form will be available in due course at the homepage of INFER. When selecting participants, preference will be given to staff of DG ECFIN and INFER members.

The workshop will be held at European Commission, DG ECFIN, Av. de Beaulieu / Beaulieulaan 5, Room 4/46, Brussels, Belgium.

Further Information:

Updated information concerning registration details, downloadable registration forms and local information will be provided in due course on the INFER homepage. The preliminary workshop program will be posted here by early December 2007.

Questions may be directed to the workshop organisers


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