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Sept. 14, 2016

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Sept. 14, 2016
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University will host the sixth biennial Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance (RCEF2016) “Innovation, Growth, Governance and Development,” Sept. 16-18 at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

The conference will bring together over 100 economists from around the world to discuss topics related to innovation, growth and governance, including international trade agreements, monetary policy and central banking, development and the impact of idea innovation on modern economies. This is the second time Laurier has hosted the conference.

“This conference assembles a group of leading economists to present and discuss their work at the cutting edge of economic research,” said Jurek Konieczny, professor of Economics at Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics and director of The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA). “These conferences create opportunities to discuss new ideas, make connections and examine important issues facing the world.”

A welcoming reception and a plenary address will be held on Sept. 16 at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Plenary speakers include:

  • Trade and growth: Elhanan Helpman, Galen L. Stone professor of International Trade at Harvard University, fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and a foremost specialist in foreign trade and growth, will discuss international trade and inequality.
  • Are ideas getting harder to find? Charles Jones, STANCO 25 professor of Economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, will discuss the trends in idea creation. He considers a wide range of evidence, showing that while research effort is rising substantially, research productivity is declining sharply.
  • Monetary policy: Malcolm D. Knight, CIGI distinguished fellow, visiting professor of Finance at the London School of Economics, former general manager and CEO of the Bank for International Settlements and former senior deputy governor at the Bank of Canada, will discuss the G20’s reform of bank regulation and the changing structure of the global financial system.
  • How to build a modern state: James Robinson, university professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, will discuss a new theory of the development of effective states, which hinges critically on the interaction between state and society. The theory provides a new taxonomy of different forms of state, which can help explain the huge variation seen in the world.

The Rimini Conference in Economics and Finance (RCEF) is a biennial conference series that alternates between Italy and Canada. The conference is sponsored by the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) and its open-access journal Review of Economic Analysis; the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Wilfrid Laurier University; the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); the University of Waterloo; the Embassy of Italy in Canada, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto, the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics; the Laurier Centre for Economic Research and Policy Analysis (LCERPA) and the Canadian-Italian Business Professionals Association (CIBPA).

The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to independent research in applied economics, theoretical economics and related fields. The fundamental goal of RCEA is to further advance research in economics, econometrics and related studies and promote contact between economists, econometricians and scientists from other fields all over the world. The headquarters of RCEA have recently moved to Waterloo from Rimini, Italy.

View the full conference schedule.

James Robinson is available for interviews.

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Dr. Jerzy (Jurek) D. Konieczny, Professor
Lazaridis School of Business and Economics

T: 519.884.0710 x2238


Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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