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33rd FIW Workshop: Regional Economics

Time:              December 12h - December 13th, 2022


Venue:           Vienna University of Economics and Business
LC (Library Center) –gallery (LC.0.004)

Welthandelsplatz 1
1020 Vienna

Funded by:

FIW – Research Centre International Economics, Austria


Organized by:

Peter Egger (ETH Zürich)

Alexander Hudetz (WIFO)

Harald Oberhofer (WU Vienna, WIFO)



Contact: FIW-Project Office (fiw-pb(at)

We kindly ask for registration until December 6th,  2022



Day 1: December 12th, 2022


Opening Remarks: Peter Egger


Session I: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.– Chair: Peter Egger


Valeria Merlo (University Tübingen)

Identifying tax-response functions from local fiscal policy programs
(with Andreas Schanbacher, Georg Thunecke und Georg Wamser)


Katharina Erhardt (hhu Düsseldorf)

Winners and losers of the 2015 Swiss exchange rate shock: Unveiling heterogeneous worker responses (with Patrick Ani, Peter Egger, Matthias Gubler, Philip Sauré)


Lunch Break: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.




Session II: 1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.– Chair: Harald Oberhofer


Julia Bachtrögler-Unger (WIFO)

Euroscepticism and EU Cohesion Policy: The impact of micro-level policy effectiveness on voting behaviour (with Harald Oberhofer)


Giovanni Facchini (University of Nottingham

Pork, Infrastructure and Growth: Evidence from the Italian Railway Expansion
(with Roberto Bonfatti, Alexander Tarasov, Gian Luca Tedeschi, Cecilia Testa)



Coffee Break: 3:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.


Keynote lecture I: 3:44 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.


Treb Allen (Darthmouth College)

The Topography of Nations




Day 2: December 13th, 2022


Keynote lecture II: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.


Costas Arkolakis (Yale University)

Clean Growth


Coffee Break: 10:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.



Session III: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. Chair: Peter Egger


Pamina Koenig (Université of Rouen-Normandie, Paris School of Economics)

Sold to China: the impact of port ownership on container traffic
(with Claude Duvallet, Yoann Pigné, Sandra Poncet, Mathieu Sanch Maritan)


Claudia Steinwender (LMU Munich)

All aboard: The effects of port development
(with César Ducruet, Réka Juhász, Dávid Kriztián Nagy)


Break: 12:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Session IV: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Sun Kyoung Lee (University of Michigan)

European Immigrants and the United States’s Rise to the Technological Frontier
(with Costas Arkolakis, Michael Peters)


Peter Egger (ETH Zürich)

China’s Dazzling Transport-infrastructure Growth: Measurement and Effects

(with Gabriel Loumeau & Nicole Loumeau)



End of Workshop