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16. FIW Workshop: An Industrial Renaissance in Europe - Can it happen? Should it happen?

16th FIW-Workshop

An Industrial Renaissance in Europe

Can it happen? Should it happen?


Time:            6th of June, 2014

                    8:30 - 17:30

Location:       Federation of Austrian Industries (Ludwig Urban-Saal)

                    Schwarzenbergplatz 4

                    1031 Vienna



There are increasing concerns about the ‘decline’ of manufacturing in large parts of Europe. Many arguments have been put forward why a thriving manufacturing sector is a prerequisite for any economy aiming for high growth and employment rates. For adherents of the view that manufacturing has a pivotal role in the economy the question arises whether some of the trends are reversible. On the other hand there is also the view that manufacturing may not be so different from other parts of the economy and that it does not matter what a country produces but how it produces. The workshop will discuss the trends in manufacturing performance in different parts of Europe, including Germany and Central- and Eastern European Member States. The issue of regional diversification will be tackled exemplified by the Swedish case. Furthermore, the workshop will enter the controversial debate on the role of industrial policy focussing on the ‘Smart Specialisation’ approach and other recent developments. This is followed by some quantitative evidence on the effects of state aid and innovation support in Europe. Prominent international experts on the role of manufacturing and of industrial policy will be amongst the speakers in this workshop.





8:30     Entrance, coffee

9:00     Opening Remarks:    

Christian Helmenstein (Federation of Austrian Industries)

Katharina Fidrmuc-Helmstedt (Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy)

9:15     Session I – Background: The debate on the ‘manufacturing imperative’
Chairman: Michael Landesmann ( wiiw)

Michael Peneder (with Gerhard Streicher, Austrian Institute of Economic Research - WIFO)
De- vs. Re-industrialisation: is structural change reversible?


Roman Stöllinger (wiiw)
Why Manufacturing is special


Reinhilde Veugelers (KU Leuven, Bruegel)
Manufacturing Europe’s future

10:40    Coffee break

11:00     Session II – The European Industrial Landscape: Country Experiences
Chairman: Kurt Bayer (wiiw)

Ron Boschma (University of Utrecht)
Agents of structural change. The role of firms and entrepreneurs in regional diversification

Paper: Agents of Structural Change


Doris Hanzl (wiiw)
Slovakia – Integration into the global car manufacturing supply chains


Gabor Hunya (wiiw)
Role of FDI policy in the location of greenfield FDI - a comparison of Poland,Hungary and Romania

13:15 Lunch

14:15     Session III – In Support of Manufacturing: The Role of Industrial Policy
Chairman: Michael Peneder (WIFO)

Dominique Foray (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL)
Smart Specialisation


Ken Warwick (Warwick Economics)
Beyond Industrial Policy

15:45     Coffee Break

16:00     Session IV – Industrial Policy: Specific Issues and some quantitative evidence
Chairman: Klaus Gugler (Vienna University of Economics and Business)

Roman Stöllinger (with Mario Holzner, wiiw)
State Aid and Export Competitiveness in the EU


Reinhilde Veugelers (KU Leuven, Bruegel)
Innovation policy: Results from the SIMPATIC Project (title tbc)

17:30 end