CASE — Center for Social and Economic Research
25th Anniversary Conference
17-18 November 2016

About the conference

For its 25th anniversary, the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland invites international researchers to discuss lessons learned over the past quarter-century and how to bring them to bear on the future challenges of Europe.

Call for papers

Over the past 25 years, the European project has seen many substantial changes and reforms: the transition process in Central and Eastern Europe resulted in the accession to the EU of ten new Member States that were formerly communist, while the physical introduction of the Euro in 2002 presented the EU with a host of new macroeconomic challenges. As of 2016, the EU faces some of its most daunting challenges, with questions of governance and rule of law within the EU itself and within its Member States, a festering refugee crisis tied to the European identity, uncertainty about the EU’s role in the world, and the ongoing challenges associated with the Eurozone crisis and Greece. Given the obstacles and uncertainties facing the EU, are there lesson to be learned from Central and Eastern Europe and its experience post-socialism? Where can the policy lessons learned since the fall of the Berlin Wall come into play in the new European landscape?

For its 25th anniversary, the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland invites international researchers to discuss lessons learned over the past quarter-century and how to bring them to bear on the future challenges of Europe. Taking a comparative perspective, the purpose of this conference will not only be to survey the landscape and how dramatically it has changed over CASE’s lifespan (and with CASE’s assistance), but to derive practical, action-oriented, and tangible policy lessons for Europe. Based on CASE’s vast experience in research and technical assistance projects, the conference offers a chance to survey the events of the past with an eye to the future. Bringing together scholars, policymakers, and the business community, this conference will offer something for all.

Agenda and speakers

Day one
17 November 2016
Day two
18 November 2016
08:30 AM
Registration and coffee
09:00 AM
Welcome speeches
09:15 AM
Keynote speech
prof. Leszek Balcerowicz
Warsaw School of Economics; Former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and National Bank Governor; Chairman of the FOR Council
10:00 AM
Plenary Session :  The Future of the Euro (and Europe)
Anders Aslund
Atlantic Council and CASE
Nauro F. Campos
Professor of Economics, Brunel University London
Simeon Djankov
Professor at the London School of Economics, former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria
Ryszard Kokoszczyński
Member of the Management Board of Narodowy Bank Polski
André Sapir
Professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles and Senior Fellow of Bruegel
Grzegorz Siemiończyk
Business journalist at “Rzeczpospolita” and “Parkiet” dailies (moderator)
11:30 AM
Coffee break
12:00 PM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Macroeconomics 1
Emilia Gyoerk
University of Warwick
Rob Hayward, Jens Hölscher
University of Brighton, Bournemouth University
Marek Radvansky, Mária Širanova
Slovak Academy of Sciences
· Room Two:  MOPACT - Mobilizing the Potential of Active Ageing in Europe
01:30 PM
Lunch Break
02:30 PM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Special Session: Ukraine, Poland, and Divergence in Transition
Christopher Hartwell
CASE President
Ivan Mikloš
Head of the Group of Advisers to the Prime Minister of Ukraine and the former Minister of Finance of Slovakia
Alexander Pivovarsky
Andrzej Kondratowicz
Association of Polish Economists
David Snelbecker
CEO at the International Development Group LLC
· Room Two:  Refugees, Population, and Social Issues
04:00 PM
Coffee break
04:15 PM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Macroeconomics 2
Daniel Daianu
National School of Political Studies and Public Administration
Nino Mikiashvili, Nino Lobzhanidze
Tbilisi State University
Lucjan Orłowski
Sacred Heart University
Zbigniew Polański
Szkoła Główna Handlowa
Roman Stöllinger
Wiener Institut für Internationale Wirtschaftsvergleiche
· Room Two:  Governance
06:00 PM
Close of Day 1
09:00 AM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Special Session: Russia: A Transition Success or Failure? Or Both?
Sergey Aleksashenko
Senior fellow at the Development center, Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Non-resident senior fellow at Brookings Institution
Marek Dąbrowski
Non-Resident Scholar at Bruegel, Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, co-founder and Fellow at CASE
Alexey Kuznetsov
Russian Academy of Sciences, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO),
Christian Bluth
Bertelsmann Stiftung, SciencesPo Paris
· Room Two:  Industry and Sectoral
Alexander Yu. Apokin
Center for Macroeconomic Analysis and Short-Term Forecasting
Kladiola Gjini
University Aleksandër Xhuvani
Magdolna Sass
Centre for Economic and Regional studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Robert Stehrer
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
Gábor Túry
Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
10:30 AM
Coffee break
10:45 AM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Special Session sponsored by the Association for Evolutionary Economics and the European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy
· Room Two:  Trade
Richard Frensch
University of Regensburg
Camilla Jensen, Aušra Rastenienė
University of Southern Denmark, Vilnius University
Aleksandra Kordalska, Magdalena Olczyk
Politechnika Gdańska
Yochanan Shachmurove
The City University of New York and CASE
Libor Žídek
Masaryk University
12:15 PM
Coffee break
12:30 PM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Special Session: Can Europe Become a Global Leader in Job Creation?
Jaan Masso
Senior Research Fellow, University of Tartu, Estonia
Martin Kahanec
Professor at the Central European University in Budapest
Uladzimir Valetka
CASE Belarus
Susan Maguire
CASE Fellow and Honorary Professor at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR), University of Bath
Izabela Styczyńska
CASE Vice-President (Moderator)
02:00 PM
Lunch break
02:45 PM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Financial Sector 1
Jarosław Janecki
Lazarski University, Societe Generale Poland
Renata Karkowska
University of Warsaw
Ewa Miklaszewska, Krzysztof Kil
Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie
Małgorzata Pawłowska
Warsaw School of Economics, Narodowy Bank Polski
· Room Two:  The CIS and SEE
Amat Adarov, Peter Havlik
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
Vasco Batista
College of Europe
Itzhak Goldberg, Branko Radulović
CASE, University of Belgrade
Ben Slay
United Nations Development Programme in Europe and Central Asia Region
Kamil Pruchnik, Jakub Zowczak
Warsaw School of Economics, University of Edinburgh
04:15 PM
Coffee break
04:30 PM
Break-out sessions
· Room One:  Financial Sector 2
Irina Dubova
Ruhr Graduate School of Economics and University of Duisburg-Essen
Taufiq Choudhry
University of Southampton
Zana Grigaliuniene
ISM University of Management and Economics
Pia Hüttl
Ad van Riet
European Central Bank
· Room Two:  Russia and the Baltics
06:00 PM
Closing of the Conference :  The Future of Europe: The View from the Center


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17-18 November 2016
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Radisson Blu
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17-18 November 2016
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Radisson Blu
Grzybowska 24 A


CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research is the top-ranked economics think tank in Central Europe (4th place among social policy think tanks worldwide and 3rd among CEE think tanks in 2015 according to the University of Pennsylvania Global Go To Think Tank Index). Established in Warsaw in 1991 by a group of economists to help guide the transition process in post-communist countries, CASE is now an internationally-renowned organization drawing on the talents of prominent economists from the entire world, with the ambition to work on key challenges facing global and European economies and societies. Since 1991 the organization has concluded over 350 projects in 50 countries on 5 continents.



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