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Belgian Macroeconomics Workshop 2016

Friday, 23 September, 2016 - 08:30
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Social Sciences and Solvay Business School
Building D
D.2.01 — Promotiezaal






The Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Universiteit Gent, KU Leuven and UC Louvain announce:

4th Belgian Macroeconomics Workshop

The fourth edition of the Belgian Macroeconomics Workshop will be held on the Campus Etterbeek of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The workshop aims at creating a network of researchers working in closely related fields in macroeconomics.

Contributions are welcome from all areas of macroeconomics. Both theoretical and empirical papers will be considered. Each paper selected for presentation will have a discussant. Senior macroeconomists from the most important Belgian universities will be present to provide feedback. Scholars who are interested in participating without a paper or happy to discuss a paper are most welcome, please indicate your intention by e-mail.

The link to the downloadable programme can be found here.

We kindly ask you to register before the 5th of september by sending an email to the organisation committee.

Keynote speakers

The scientific committee of the BMW 2016 is proud to announce two invited lectures:

Aitor Erce (European Stability Mechanism)

Aitor Erce is currently a Senior Researcher at the European Stability Mechanism. Before joining the ESM, Aitor was a Senior Economist at the International Affairs Directorate of Bank of Spain. Aitor holds a MSc in finance from CEMFI and a PhD in economics from the European University Institute. His interests include capital flows, international financial architecture and crises resolution. His research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Monetary Economics, Governance or the Journal of International Money and Finance. Since 2012, Aitor is an associate researcher at the Dallas Fed’s Globalization and Monetary Policy Institute and, since 2013, an affiliate researcher with Warwick University’s IMF Research Network.


Frédéric Docquier (Université Catholique de Louvain)

Frédéric Docquier is Research Associate at the National Fund for Economic Research and Professor of Economics at the Université Catholique de Louvain. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Aix-Marseille 2. His research interests are in quantitative development theory, economic growth and international migration. He has been acting as a ST Consultant for the World Bank since 2004 and served as Research Director of IRES at UCLouvain between 2008 and 2012. He edited four books and published articles in Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Economic Literature, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Growth and many other journals.




10:15 – 10:30

Registration & coffee

10:30 – 10:35

Welcome by Peter Claeys (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Session 1


10:35 – 11:20

Pieter Van Rymenant (Universiteit Gent)

"On the Possibilities and Driving Forces of Secular Stagnation in OECD Economies"

Discussant: Gonzague Vannoorenberghe (Université Catholique de Louvain)

11:20 – 12:05

Koen Vermeylen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

"Probability Perturbations"

Discussant: Michal Kobielarz (Tilburg University)

12:05 – 13:00

Invited lecture: Aitor Erce (European Stability Mechanism)

“Debt Sustainability and Official Lending: Lessons from the Euro-area Crisis”

13:00 – 14:00


Session 2


14:15 – 15:15

Invited lecture: Frédéric Docquier (Université Catholique de Louvain)

“Multiculturalism and Growth: Skill-specific Evidence from the Post- WW2 Period”

15:15 – 16:05

Rigas Oikonomou (Université Catholique de Louvain)

"Union Debt Managament"

Discussant: Robert Kollman (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

16:05 – 16:55

Olivier Hubert (Université de Namur)

"Non-Linear Effects of Fiscal Policy on the Yield Curve" 

Discussant: Mustafa Disli (Universiteit Gent)


Drink @ Quartier Latin