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After the Pandemic conference series (online).

The International Centre for Economic Analysis invites papers to be considered for virtual conferences in the After the Pandemic conference series. The Covid-19 Pandemic has been a singular event that affected health, economic situation and social cohesion around the world. The conference series will be devoted to analyzing various aspects of the pandemic and their long-term consequences.

This call is for the six conferences we are organizing in the Fall 2021. They are listed below.



Happiness and Age Conference

October 29-30, 2021, online

Intuitively, during a pandemic the perceived well-being should decline. That turns out not to be the case. Reported happiness is about as high now as it was before the pandemic. But the age distribution has changed. Older people are happier than before, while younger people less so. The conference will focus on the effects, both contemporaneous and long-term, of the pandemic on well-being, mental health and related issues.

Keynote speaker: David Blanchflower (Dartmouth College).
David Blanchflower (CBE) is Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Economics. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Leicester, Queen Mary (London), Sussex and Cardiff. He was the Business Person of the Year (Daily Telegraph, 2008). Member Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England (2006-9). He received Princeton University’s Richard A. Lester Prize for ‘the most outstanding book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics. He is the author of 3rd most Google cited paper in both the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Public Economics and the second most cited paper ever in Labour Economics.

Inequality Conference

November 5-6, 2021, online

The increase in income and wealth inequalityduring the pandemic has been widely reported. Some explanations involve the effect of lockdowns on the employment of low-paid workers, and the impact of low interest rates and high savings on property and stock market boom. The conference will analyze why income and wealth inequality has increased within nations and among nations, and whether, and which, of these changes may become permanent.

Keynote speaker: Wojciech Kopczuk (Columia University).
Wojciech Kopczuk is Professor of Economics and of International and Public Affairs. Editor-in-chief, Journal of Public Economics. President of the International Institute of Public Finance, 2021-2024, Vice President 2017-2020, National Tax Association Board of Directors, 2012-2015. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellow 2005-2007. Co-organizer of the HELP! (HEaLth and Pandemics) Econ Working Group seminar series. National Tax Journal Referee-of-the-Year Award, 2005; The Peggy and Richard Musgrave Prize “awarded to the best paper at the 59th International Institute of Public Finance Congress by author under age 40”, 2003.

Public Policy Lessons Conference

November 12-13, 2021, online

Public policy faced serious challenges during the pandemic. The conference will analyze effectiveness of public policy measures and lessons for designing better policies to meet the public health challenges in the post-pandemic era. The policy measures include improving the measurement of economic costs and benefits of various public health approaches, designing effective vaccination campaigns, optimizing lockdown policies, developing consistent communication and countering disinformation.

Keynote speaker: Judith A. Chevalier (Yale University School of Management and NBER).
Judith Chevalier is William S. Beinecke Professor of Economics and Finance. Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003) and Econometric Society (2006). Recipient, first annual Elaine Bennett Research Prize, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. This prize is intended to recognize research by a young woman in any area of economics (1999). Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan Research Fellow. Smith Breeden “Distinguished Paper” prize, Journal of Finance, 1995

Working from Home Conference

November 17-18, 2021, online

The trend of working from home was accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, made possible by the advancement in telecommunication technology over the last 30 years. In an effort to keep the virus from spreading, large corporations such as Apple and Google mandated that employees work from home far beyond what was required by governments. There is evidence that working from home will stick and that work patterns have been permanently affected. The conference will explore the ramifications of these changes on the office/home work balance and their impact on the location of workers.

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University and NBER).
Nicholas Bloom is William D. Eberle Professor of Economics. Ranked second in the world in economics in the last 10 years by RePEc. Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society and the recipient of the Sloan Fellowship, the Bernacer Prize (awarded annually to a European economist under the age of 40), the Frisch Medal and a National Science Foundation Career Award. Senior Fellow of SIEPR, and the Co-Director of the Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Public Health Conference

December 3-4 2021, online

The COVID-19 pandemic brought public health into the limelight as never before. It affected health outcomes directly as well as indirectly, by straining health systems. The conference will examine the consequences of pandemic – induced health changes for individuals, challenges of coordinating public health efforts among the various national and international organizations during a global pandemic, and how to prepare for the next one.

Keynote speaker: Alan Whiteside (Wilfrid Laurier University and Balsillie School of International Affairs)
Alan Whiteside is Chair of Global Health Policy and Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s School of International Policy and Governance and at the BSIA and Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. OBE. Established (1998) the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where he was the executive director. Founder (1990) and editor (till 2002) of the AIDS Analysis Africa newsletter. Elected member of the governing council of the International AIDS Society (2000 to 2012).

Gender Inequality Conference

December 10-11, 2021, online

Gender inequality has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The effect on female employment was greater because the lockdowns impacted sectors in which a large portion of women work, such as the service sector. Moreover, school closures made it impossible for many women to keep working because of their central role in childcare. The conference will be devoted to the analysis of the potential persistence of these changes and their consequences for gender inequality.

Keynote speaker: Stefania Albanesi (University of Pittsburgh, NBER and CEPR)
Stefania Albanesi is Professor of Economics, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Professor Albanesi’s research interests are in macroeconomics, public economics, and labor economics. Her current research concentrates on understanding the determinants of household borrowing and default behaviour, and on quantifying the impact of changing trends in female participation on aggregate business cycles

Past events

3rd Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference
The Research Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) invites papers to be considered for the 3rd Money- Macro-Finance Conference. The conference is organized by the Polish chapter of RCEA and the … 3rd Warsaw Money-Macro-Finance Conference Read More »
7th RCEA Time Series Econometrics Workshop
Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
This workshop was cancelled because of the pandemic.