Villa La Pietra

The workshop is designed to stimulate the interaction between senior economists and doctoral students working on both theoretical and empirical economic issues, and well ahead in their dissertation. This year, the workshop is the result of the cooperation between an extended set of universities.Bocconi University, Collegio Carlo Alberto, European University Institute, LUISS, New York University and Tor Vergata the group of Italian economists who publish the blog

Financial support comes from Bocconi University, Collegio Carlo Alberto, European University Institute, Fondazione IRI, LUISS, New York University, Tor Vergata University, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Labour.


The workshop will allow a selected group of doctoral students to receive intense feedback on their work from senior economists. Doctoral students will present their work to the other workshop participants, with a senior economist acting as a discussant (approximately one hour for each work session). The workshop is residential, and both doctoral students and senior researchers are expected to participate to all sessions. The working language is English. 

Program committee

Pierpaolo Battigalli (Bocconi University), Alberto Bisin (New York University), Michele Boldrin (Washington University in Saint Louis), Sandro Brusco (SUNY, Stony Brook), GianLuca Clementi (New York University), Alessandra Fogli (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis), Luigi Guiso (European University Institute), Dirk Krueger (University of Pennsylvania), Omar Licandro (European University Institute), Massimo Marinacci (Collegio Carlo Alberto), Giovanni Mastrobuoni (Collegio Carlo Alberto), Andrea Moro (Vanderbilt University), Fulvio Ortu (Bocconi University), Franco Peracchi (Tor Vergata University), Fabrizo Perri (University of Minnesota), Pietro Reichlin (LUISS), John Rust (University of Maryland), Giorgio Topa (New York Fed), Frank Vella (Georgetown University), Melvyn Weeks (University of Cambridge).


The workshop is open to Doctoral students well ahead in their dissertation.  Prospective participants are invited to submit by April 15 a 2-page abstract of the paper they intend to present at the workshop, along with their CV. High quality papers in all fields of economics will be considered. The organizers will then select, by May 15, fifteen papers for presentation. 


The Workshop will take place on June 30-July 2, 2008. Arrival expected on June 29, departure by July 3.


The workshop will take place at Villa La Pietra (, a beautiful cluster of Renaissance villas on a 57-acre estate located on one of the foothills surrounding Florence. 


Participants will be hosted either at Villa La Pietra itself, or in a hotel nearby. The organization will provide meals and lodging to the invited participants for the whole duration of the workshop.


There are no participation fees. 


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