Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pleasant reminescence from the past

Today shuffling the email I got dealing with transition economies, I was surprised enough to find a paper co-authored by one of my previous professors. Although it is mostly a short monography not destined for academic puposes, the topic is interesting and it is good to see people from Romania finally aiming towards some international exposure and recognition. However, my prior opinion stay firmly rooted: in social science we have a pretty darn long way to cover since we are still back in the 80's. Hopefully we'll get there.. somehow.. Otherwise, probably in 25 years we'll all take lessons from some Chinese or Indian professor.:)
Link to the paper.

Monday, October 27, 2008

BeerEconomics - Mixing Business with Pleasure?

LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance is organizing the first ever Beeronomics Conference from the 27th to 29th May 2009 in Leuven, Belgium.

The first Beeronomics Conference is meant to provide a forum to exchange ideas and high-quality economic research related to the economics of beer, brewing and related activities. It covers a wide array of topics, including, but not limited to: production, trade, industrial organization, economic history, law and economics, marketing, consumption, policy and regulation, macroeconomics, etc.

As the country of beers, we thought that Belgium would be the appropriate place for this conference, and as the city hosting the famous “Old Market” (well known among beer lovers), the headquarters of InBev (the world’s largest brewing holding), and a prestigious university (the Catholic University of Leuven), Leuven would be the perfect town.