INFER Workshops

Public Economics and the Provision of Global Public Goods

From: 2007-09-20 to: 2007-09-21
Place: Galway City, Ireland

Attached files:

INFER Public Economics Group Workshop

on the Special Topic:

Public Economics and the Provision of Global Public Goods

September 20-21, 2007 at the National University of Ireland Galway,
Galway City, Ireland.

Workshop Objectives

This INFER workshop brings together academics and practitioners to discuss current topics in Public Economics and the provision of global public goods.


This INFER workshop is an opportunity for all those interested in public economics and the provision of global public goods to exchange ideas. Both young and experienced researchers, doctoral students, and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions are invited to submit papers on the workshop topic.

Submission of Papers

Deadline for submission of papers was June 15, 2007.

All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers will be notified.

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 http:/


For the final workshop programme see attached files below.


Thursday September 20th

12.30 – 12.45 Registration and Coffee

12.45 – 1.00 Welcome Address & Introduction to INFER
David Duffy (Workshop Co-Organizer)
Brendan Kennelly (Head, Department of Economics, NUI Galway)
Edward Shinnick (INFER Board member)

1.00 – 1.40 OpeningPresentation
Brenda Gannon (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Social Willingness to Pay for Mental Health: A Contingent Valuation Study

1.40 - 3.10 Session A – Public Goods
Chair: David Duffy

Pafilis Evagelos Reputation and Ownership of Public Goods.

Dianna Sonntag
Dianna Sonntag Providing Global Public Goods Against Aids: The Role of Aggregation Technologies.

Markus Breuer
Markus Breuer Public Goods and the Fight Against Poverty: The Case of the World Bank.

Pafilis Evagelos

3.10 – 3.30 Coffee & Sandwiches

3.30 – 5.00 Session B – Public Expenditure
Chair: Sinead Foley

Stijn Goeminne Vote expectations and pre-electoral tariff cuts in Flemish municipalities.

Marie O’Connor
Robert Butler Government Support for Horse Racing Ireland.

Stijn Goeminne
Frank Crowley Irish National Lottery Sports Capital Grant Allocations 2003-7: Further Evidence of Political Influence.

Robert Butler

5.15 - 6.15 Keynote Speaker 1*
Professor George Tridimas, University of Ulster.
Social Welfare and Collective Goods Coercion in Public Economics.

6.15 – 7.15 Keynote Speaker 2*
Professor John Hudson, University of Bath, UK.
Which level of Government should provide which Public Goods and when provided, who benefits most: An EU Analysis

8.30 – Workshop Dinner at ‘Gemelles’ on Quay Street, followed by drinks in local pub.

Friday September 21st

9.30 – 11.30 Session C – Public Policy
Chair: Geraldine Ryan

Sanja Pekovic Why is ISO 9000 Norm a Club Good: Network Effects Evidence from French Matched Employer/Employee Survey.

Geraldine Ryan
Tobias Menz Carbon Emissions and Demographic Transition: Linkages and Projections.

Dianna Sonntag
Dianna Sonntag Financing Vaccine Research in Developing Countries: A Public Good Approach.

Tobias Menz
Geraldine Ryan Influences on the Entrepreneurs Expected Mode of Exit.

Sanja Pekovic

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee

12.00 – 1.30 Session D - Taxation
Chair: Michael Pickhardt

Martin Duensing Income taxation and family bargaining.

Sheikh Selim
Sheikh Selim Optimal Capital Income Taxation in a Two Sector Economy.

Michael Pickhardt Calculating, Estimating and Guesstimating the extent of the Underground Economy: A Note on Methodology.

Martin Duensing

1.30 Workshop Close

* The Keynote speakers are partly sponsored by NUI Galway’s Millennium Fund.

Registration Fee

The registration fee for speakers and other participants will be:

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


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.


The Workshop will be held at National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland. Established in 1845 as Queen's College Galway, NUI Galway is one of Ireland's foremost centres of academic excellence. With over 15,000 students, it has a long established reputation of teaching and research excellence in each of its seven faculties - Arts, Science, Commerce, Engineering, Celtic Studies, Medicine & Health Sciences, and Law.


The conference will be held at the National University of Ireland, Galway, which is approximately a 10 minute walk from the city centre. A wide range of accommodation is available in Galway to suit all budgets. See or for a range of accommodation options. Ireland West Tourism also offer information on accommodation in Galway at

In addition the following link gives you a Google map of Galway City with locations for the recommended accommodation, Galway University, Workshop location and Thursday’s dinner location.



The following is a selection of suitable accommodation options.

Bed and Breakfast:

2-Star Hotels:

Travelodge, Galway City

The Travelodge Hotel in Galway has a great Galway City centre location offers spacious modern rooms with unbeatable fixed room pricing in one of the best value Hotels in Galway. For the corporate guest, the budget conscious family or short break customer the Galway Travelodge Hotel can't be beaten for value. Rooms are sold on a low fixed room rate accommodating three adults and one child or two adults and two children. All bedrooms are spacious en-suites with king size beds and comfy duvets. Free off road car parking is available.

3-Star Hotels:

Jurys Inn Galway

Jurys Inn Galway is ideally located in the heart of the city beside the Spanish Arch, over looking Galway Bay. Just a few minutes walk to the buzz of Galway's commercial and shopping districts, the area also offers easy access to restaurants, bars, museums and galleries. Large, spacious rooms can accommodate up to 3 adults, 2 adults and 2 children or just one person in complete comfort.

Menlo Park Hotel

Opened June 1998 near Galways city centre the Menlo Park offers the best of modern facilities with old fashioned hospitality.All rooms have tv/teletext, welcome tray, power showers, rich colour schemes. Executive rooms also feature king beds, sofas, trouser press/iron, safes and extra workspace and modern points. Contemporary chic but casul restaurant.,MPs bar. Easy access to main roads. Free car parking. Meeting and conference facilities.

Hotel Spanish Arch

City Centre Location. Beautifully appointed ensuite bedrooms. Each room is elegantly and individually designed. Superior service guaranteed. Hotel is ideally located for shopping, theatres, art galleries, museums, pubs, restaurants and clubs. Within walking distance of Salthill Promenade. Bar food served daily in the Spanish Arch Barand and an A La Carte Menu is available in the evening. Live entertainment weekly including Jazz and Traditional Irish Music sessions in the bar.

Victoria Hotel

Victoria Hotel offers the visitor a unique opportunity to relax in a tranquil setting and yet be within 2 minutes walk of Galway's predestrianised shopping area and vibrant night life. Located in Victoria Place just off Eyre Square it is a one minute walk from Galway's Train Station and Bus Station. From the moment you arrive at the Victoria Hotel our friendly professional staff will do everything to make your stay relaxing and enjoyable occasion you surely desire. Guidebooks and additional information are available to help make your stay a memorable experience.

4-Star Hotels:

Radisson SAS Galway

Ideally located on the waterfront of Lough Atalia and just a 5 minute walk to the city centre and 10 minutes walk to the University campus, this hotel is contemporary in style. Many of the imaginatively designed guest-rooms have views over Lough Atalia and Galway Bay and there are non-smoking rooms available. The acclaimed Marinas restaurant specialises in seafood and international cuisine. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and leisure facilities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, jacuzzi and gym. For further information please visit:

The House Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel in Galway, blending contemporary design, vibrant service and a relaxed ambience ~ a hotel that feels like home! The Hotel is situated in the heart of the city. For further information, please visit:


It is highly recommended that you book your air transport immediately as fares can rise sharply in a short space of time.

Galway Airport is 5 miles to the east of Galway city. To get from the airport to NUI Galway, either hail a taxi or hire a car. The airport has flights to Ireland and UK airports, including Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London, Luton, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford, Cardiff, Birmingham, Southampton, Bristol and Newcastle. For further details see

Aer Arann
Web Site:

Aer Arann operate four daily services to Dublin, twice daily to London, ten weekly to Manchester, as well as Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds Bradford, Cork and Lorient.

Web Site:

Flybe, one of Europe's leading low cost airlines, is to begin operations out of Galway Airport to Belfast City commencing October 29, Southampton commencing December 16 and Birmingham commencing March 8, 2007

Shannon International Airport and Knock International Airport are both approximately 1 hour's drive from Galway city. These airports offer further links to Irish, UK and European airports. For further details on destinations served and transport links to these airports see and There are bus links from these airports to Galway. To view the latest bus timetables please visit: or

Ryanair ( fly into both Knock and Shannon airports, while Bmi Baby ( and Aer Arran ( fly into Knock airport.

Dublin International Airport is approximately 3.5 hour's drive from Galway city and also has flight connections to Galway. A number of bus services operate connections from Dublin Airport to Galway city (City Link, Bus Nestor), and Bus Eireann offer a connection via Dublin city centre are also available.

Train and Bus: There is a regular train service between Galway and Dublin see for further details. An extensive bus network links Galway to other Irish cities and towns see or

For driving directions to NUI Galway see the map below and

Further Information

Any questions should be directed to David Duffy or Edward Shinnick at or



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