XIV ELSNIT Annual Conference
Thematic Focus, Calendar and Logistics
The Euro-Latin Network on Integration and Trade (ELSNIT) is now accepting submissions of papers examining investment treaties and investment promotion policies along the economic and institutional dimensions. In particular, submitted papers should address questions such as--but not limited to--the following:
- Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). More How did BITs evolve over time and across regions? Are their specific intra-regional and inter-regional patterns? What are the factors that determine BITs, their timing, and their coverage? What is the relative importance of economic considerations and political economy considerations in shaping BITs? Are BITs actually associated with increased foreign direct investment (FDI) flows and participation in regional and global value chains (GVCs)? Do BITs’ deepness and comprehensiveness make a difference in terms of the overall volume and the nature (e.g., sectoral profile) of the FDI flows? To what extent do investor-state dispute settlement provisions matter along these dimensions? What are the channels of the BITs’ effects on FDI flows (e.g., firms’ extensive margin or firms’ intensive margins? Are there factors that condition these effects and interact with BITs in affecting FDI (e.g., general investment law framework, macroeconomic context, complementary policies, regional trade and mega-regional agreements, etc.)?Hide
- Investment Promotion (IP) and Related Policies. More How do countries promote investment? What is the role of IP agencies? How are these agencies organized and what is the volume of the financial and human resources these agencies are endowed with? Do agencies target specific sectors? What is the extent of these targeting efforts? Are targeted sectors those already present in the host economy, connected to these sectors, or entirely new? What programs do agencies have to promote FDI? Are these programs effective in attracting FDI and favoring integration into regional and GVCs? Is IP cost-effective? Are their impacts heterogeneous? Do these effects vary across sectors? Are impacts conditioned by other factors such as BITs, tariff and trade facilitation policies, and free trade zones or export processing zones’ regimes? Are their spillovers from IP-attracted FDI to the local economy? What are the size and the nature of these spillovers? What are the channels through which these spillovers take place (e.g., technological transfers, employee rotation, etc.)? Are IP and linkages’ programs coordinated? How? Do linkages’ programs effectively foster spillovers? What characteristics do effective linkages’ programs have? Can these programs help domestic firms internationalize when combined with other public support initiatives such as export and innovation promotion programs?Hide
Both theoretical and empirical contributions will be considered, but in all cases priority will be given to papers identifying and shedding light on relevant policy questions such as those outlined above, including case studies of policies followed by national or international organizations, in particular. Furthermore, submission of papers that, in doing this, explicitly contrast successful and failed cases, comparing countries within a certain a geographical area, is strongly encouraged. Important lessons are expected to be drawn from these contributions for Latin American and Caribbean countries.
- The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2016.
- The final selection of papers will be made by June 5, 2016 by the network coordinators. More
–Marise Cremona (EUI), Matthieu Crozet (CEPII and University of Paris 1), Simon Evenett (University St. Gallen and CEPR), Holger Görg (University of Kiel and Kiel Institute for the World Economy), Bernard Hoekman (EUI and CEPR), Jacint Jordana (IBEI and UPF), Gianmarco Ottaviano (London School of Economics, University of Bologna, CEP, and CEPR), and Christian Volpe Martincus (IDB/INT)--together with Professors László Bruszt (Scuola Normale di Firenze) and Jacques Ziller (UP-FPS, Pavia) who are external advisors to the network. Hide
- The final versions of the papers must be delivered by September 20, 2016.
- The selected papers will be presented along invited contributions at the XIV Annual ELSNIT Conference that will be hosted by the CEPII in Paris, France, on October 21-22, 2016.
The selected authors’ and invited discussants’ travel expenditures (economy class) and per diems to participate at the conference will be reimbursed by the IDB. Detailed guidelines explaining the logistics of the conference will be provided at a later stage. Please circulate this call for papers among your colleagues and other potentially interested parties.
REGISTRATION AND SUBMISSION OF PAPERS:
If you are interested in participating, please fill out the form online and submit your work through this website.