International Workshop on
Surviving the Economic & Financial Crisis: Fiscal, Monetary and Competition Policy Solutions
8-9 June 2012, Cork (Ireland)

Workshop Objectives

This workshop brings together academics and practitioners to discuss recent topics related to surviving the economic and financial crisis. Researchers are invited to submit both theoretical and empirical papers. In particular, we welcome papers related to the following topics:

  • Implications for fiscal policy
  • Taxation policy
  • Competition issues related to the financial-economic crisis
  • Role of competitiveness in economic growth
  • Structural economic changes after the crisis
  • Recovery, growth and regulatory solutions in banking, financial and equity markets

The workshop is open to both young and experienced researchers (including Ph.D. students), and professionals from business, government and non-governmental institutions. In particular we welcome papers with clear policy insights.

Keynote Speakers

We are happy to welcome the following internationally distinguished keynote speakers:

Professor Philip Lane (Trinity College, Dublin)

Professor Holger Görg (Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy)


The workshop is jointly organized by the International Network for Economic Research (INFER), the Department of Economics of the University College Cork and the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies.

INFER is a non-profit international scientific organisation that stimulates research and research networking in all fields of economics through international workshops, annual conferences and publications. See the INFER website for more details.

The Department of Economics at University College Cork (UCC) had its origin in the Department of Jurisprudence and Political Economy which was instituted on the foundation of the College in 1845. Today, the Department of Economics is one of the largest in the University and has a vibrant teaching and research portfolio. The Department has established research clusters in the areas of Business, Finance and Health, with particular emphasis on their application to decision-making and strategy/policy formulation in the private, public and voluntary domains of society.

The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies is a recently established research centre at the Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), with the support of the Irish government. It is located in the historical (and recently renovated) Irish College in Leuven. The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies focuses on the economic as well as interdisciplinary analysis of issues relevant to small open economies. The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies also co-operates with many other research departments at the Catholic University of Leuven, as well as with several international research partners, particularly in Ireland. See the Centre's website for more details:

Submission of Papers

Preliminary or completed papers should be submitted, preferably in pdf-format, to Edward Shinnick (University College Cork), via e-mail to

Deadline for paper submission is April 9th, 2012.

Authors are allowed to submit more than one paper. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed according to a high-quality and fast referee process. Authors will be notified whether their paper is accepted for presentation at the workshop by April 30th.

Paper presenters are expected to discuss one other paper during the workshop. The discussant assignments will be made in May. As the workshop intends to build a network in this research area, participation is welcome even without paper contributions.

Registration, Registration Fee and Accommodation

All participants have to register for the workshop and pay the registration fee. Paper submission is not regarded as registration. All registrations will receive a confirmation e-mail.

The registration fee for presenting and non-presenting participants is:

  • 100 EUR (for INFER members)
  • 150 EUR (for others)
  • 20 EUR (Undergraduate and Master Student Rate)

(Please note that the annual INFER membership fee is only 25 EUR and by joining now you can avail of the membership rate for this workshop)

This fee includes conference refreshments, lunch and the conference dinner (June 8th). It does not include travel or accommodation costs.

Registration can be completed in two ways.

Registration Option 1:

Please register and pay the registration fee on the INFER website ( Payment can be conducted via PayPal on the website. Note that you can use the same website to become an INFER member.

Registration Option 2:

Register by sending an e-mail to

Payment can be conducted via bank transfer by mentioning your name and 'Workshop Cork 2012'. Please transfer the fee to the INFER account in Germany:

  • HypoVereinsbank Ludwigshafen
  • Account No.: 3 020 219 997
  • Bank Code: 545 201 94

For international transactions please use the following (IBAN) and the SWIFT-Codes:

  • IBAN: DE33 5452 0194 3020 2199 97

Deadline for registration and payment: May 10th, 2012. In case of late registration, the fees will be increased by 50%.

Location and Travel

The workshop will be held at University College Cork, Cork City, Ireland. A port city of trade and commerce, Cork City is a major regional cultural centre with a deeply embedded artistic community. Galleries and arts centres, concert halls and cinemas, pubs and restaurants, all are available and eager to host the stranger and the returning friend. Cork is Ireland's second largest city and was former European Capital of Culture city. In 2010 Lonely Planet listed Cork as one of the World's Top 10 Cities to visit. While the Frommer's Travel Guide listed Ireland as one of its top tourist destination in 2011.

University College Cork (UCC) is a dynamic university of over 18,000 students, which includes over 1,000 international students representing 60-plus countries worldwide. UCC is one of Ireland's leading research institutes and its research reputation spans all of its faculties where it offers over 120 degree and professional programmes. Visit for more information.

There are numerous hotels and guest houses within walking of UCC, contact details for these are available on the conference website:

Ryanair ( and Aer Lingus ( provide lost cost travel option to Cork from a wide range of UK and European cities. Check their website for travel options and fares.

Contacts: Organization Team

Edward Shinnick (University College Cork)

Geraldine Ryan (University College Cork)

Jan Van Hove (H.U.Brussel and KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, CES and GGS)

Scientific Committee

David Duffy (Portsmouth Business School)

Liam Gallagher (Dublin City University)

Geraldine Ryan (University College Cork)

Annabel Sels (H.U.Brussel and Leuven Centre for Irish Studies)

Edward Shinnick (University College Cork)

Monica Pop Silaghi (Babes Bolyai University Cluj Napoca)

Andreea Stoian (Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies)

Jan Van Hove (H.U.Brussel and KU Leuven - Leuven Centre for Irish Studies, CES and GGS)

Further Information

The conference website, will provide updated information on the workshop as well as further information on travel and accommodation details, information on Cork City, as well as downloadable registration forms. The preliminary conference program will be posted there by mid-May, 2012.