External Event: 12th Meeting of the Nordic Econometric Network

The 12th Meeting of the Nordic Econometric Network will take place in Bergen on 2-4 June 2024. Economists from the Baltic States are also welcome to submit their papers and participate.

Paper submission deadline: 2 April 2024

Conference fee: NOK 1000

Link to more info about the conference and paper submission: Nordic Econometric Meeting – NEM 2024 Registration, Bergen | Eventbrite

The conference is open to both theoretical and applied econometricians from all countries, working in a broad range of fields, including (but not limited to) macroeconomics, financial economics, international economics, industrial organization, labour economics, health economics and spatial economics. Graduate students are particularly encouraged to present their research papers. The local organizers gratefully acknowledges the support from NHH’s fund and from SNF’s fund for applied research.

A central theme for the conference is Machine Learning in Econometrics, and we are delighted to announce the keynote speakers:

Eric Ghysels – Edward Bernstein Distinguished Professor of Economics and Professor of Finance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jonas Peters – Professor of Statistics at ETZ Zürich

BEA online research seminar – Richard Frensch

We are pleased to invite you to the next Baltic Economic Association Online Research Seminar and are delighted to welcome prof. dr. Richard Frensch (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies). Prof. Frensch works in the economics department of Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and operates as managing editor of Economic Systems. Prof. Frensch has had a strong impact on research and policymaking in Central and Eastern Europe, in addition to running influential journal, Economic Systems, he has performed as consultant for United Nations and for many institutions in Germany, Czech Republic and Ukraine. His research interests are in international economics; growth, technology and development; and institutional change and transition. He has published in top development economics journals such as Journal of Development Economics and in many general interest comparative journals.

Speaker: prof. dr. Richard Frensch (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

More about the speaker: https://leibniz-ios.de/personen/details/richard-frensch

Title: Topography, borders, and trade across Europe (with Jarko Fidrmuc and Michael Rindler)

Date: Thursday, June 1

Time: 16:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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1st Baltic Central Banks Invited Lecture Series and Conference

We are pleased to announce the 1st Baltic Central Banks Invited Lecture Series and Conference. The inaugural lecture will be given by Elhanan Helpman. The lecture’s topic is “Frontiers of International Trade” and will cover key elements of modern international trade, including the roles of firm heterogeneity, multinational corporations, and global supply chains.

The lecture is intended for researchers, both at policy institutions and universities, and advanced-level PhD students.

Lectures will be combined with a conference. We welcome paper submissions on topics which overlaps with lecture’s topic i.e., international trade, including the roles of firm heterogeneity, multinational corporations, and global supply chains. Acceptance decision will be made by a joint committee consisting of representatives of the central banks of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Please note that attending lectures and paper presentations are mutually exclusive i.e. lecture attendees do not necessarily have to present paper, and vice versa.

Details of the lecture and the conference are as follows:

    • Lecture: May 17, 2023 (4 hours) and May 18, 2023 (4 hours)
    • Conference: May 19, 2023

There are no registration fees for lectures or conference. Lunch and dinner costs are covered by organizers. Traveling and accommodation costs are not covered.

Submissions: Please send your submissions by March 1, 2023 to Ms. Laima Štulaitė (LStulaite@lb.lt).

    • If you are applying for lectures, please attach your CV.
    • If you are applying for the conference, please attach your paper.
    • If you want to attend both, please attach both CV and paper, and mention it clearly in your email.

Acceptance decisions will be sent by March 15, 2023.
Event location: The event will be in the beautiful old town of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. More information here: https://www.govilnius.lt/visit-vilnius

11th Annual Lithuanian Conference on Economic Research

Call for Papers

We are happy to invite paper submissions for the 11th Annual Lithuanian Conference on Economic Research hosted by the Bank of Lithuania that will take place on December 28, 2022, in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference will be held in person. This one-day conference takes place every year right after Christmas and gives a forum for Lithuanian economists and their friends to meet each other.

We are looking for well-defined research ideas that could benefit from the interactions in a collegial setting. We especially welcome the submissions by PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. The conference will cover a broad range of topics in theoretical and empirical economics, including but not restricted to macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial economics, labour economics, political economy.

Submission

Please submit full papers or extended abstracts to vilniusmeeting@gmail.com. The deadline for paper submissions is November 25, 2022. The submitting authors will be notified by December 8, 2022.

Logistics

The conference will be held fully in person at the Bank of Lithuania (Totorių g. 4, 01103 Vilnius). The working language of the meeting is English. The conference is also open to researchers who do not plan to present a paper.

Organizers

Jūratė Jaraitė-Kažukauskė (Vilnius University), Eglė Karmazienė (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Povilas Lastauskas (Queen Mary University of London), Aurelija Proškutė (Bank of Lithuania), Linas Tarasonis (Bank of Lithuania), Alminas Žaldokas (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)

Further Information

More information available at https://meeting2022.econ.lt/.

Message from the Board – War in Ukraine

The Baltic Economic Association stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and its academic community. We cannot find strong enough words to condemn Russia’s invasion. 

The first aim of the BEA is to contribute to the development of economics as an evidence-based discipline in the region. The ongoing massive disinformation campaign aiming at justifying this attack is against everything we stand for. 

The second aim of the Association is to promote intellectual exchanges between economists in the region. We developed close ties with the Kyiv School of Economics, which for instance contributes to the Baltic Journal of Economics. We are deeply concerned by the safety of our colleagues and their students. 

Expression of support must be accompanied by acts. The Kyiv School of Economics is raising fund for humanitarian purposes. We kindly ask you to consider a donation (EUR/USD/UAH/crypto): https://kse.ua.

They are also doing an amazing work organizing debates with international experts on the latest development of the conflict. Follow KSE (@KyivSchool), Tymofiy Mylovanov (@Mylovanov) and Tymofii Brik (@brik_t) on Twitter for more information.  

The BEA is willing to act as an interface between its institutional members and Ukrainian economists. We will centralise and financially support visiting programs for Ukrainian economists in the Baltics. More information coming soon. 

Finally, a few months ago, some of our colleagues at BEROC (Belarus) had to fly to Kyiv to escape from repression because of their academic work. We also think about them. 

BEA online research seminar – Jaan Masso

We are pleased to invite you to the next Baltic Economic Association Online Research Seminars and are delighted to welcome Jaan Masso (University of Tartu). Jaan is Head of Chair of Economic Modelling, programme managers of the Master’s Programme in Quantitative Economics and Senior Research Fellow of applied econometrics at the University of Tartu (UT). He has also worked as a visiting researcher at Eesti Pank. He holds a PhD in Economics from the UT since 2005. His main research areas are labour economics, migration, foreign direct investments, innovations, international trade, research policy. He has participated in various national and international research projects (EU, ILO, OECD, World Bank). His publications include articles in Journal of Comparative Economics, European Journal of Industrial Relations, Eastern European Economics, Economics of Transition, Services Industries Journal, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, International Business Review, Review of World Economics. He is Associate Editor at the Baltic Journal of Economics and a member of the board of the Baltic Economic Association.

More about the speaker: https://www.etis.ee/CV/Jaan_Masso/est?tabId=CV_ENG

Speaker: Jaan Masso (University of Tartu)

Title: Joining and exiting the value chain of multinationals and the performance of suppliers: evidence from inter-firm transaction data (with Priit Vahter)

Paper available here.

Abstract: This paper investigates the productivity effects for domestic suppliers from joining and exiting the value chains of multinational enterprises (MNEs). The vast majority of prior literature has relied on sector-level input-output tables in estimating the effects of vertical linkages of FDI. Instead, our econometric analysis of the creation and destruction of backward linkages of MNEs is based on information on firm-to-firm transactions recorded in the valued added tax declarations data. Treatment analysis based on propensity score matching and panel data from Estonia suggests that starting to supply multinationals initially boosts the value added per employee of domestic firms, including effects on the scale of production and the capital-labour ratio. These first linkages to MNEs do not affect the total factor productivity (TFP) of domestic firms, suggesting that TFP effects take time to materialise. We further find that there are limits to the wider diffusion of the effects of linkages to MNEs. We find no significant positive effects on the second-tier suppliers: the positive effects are limited to the first-tier suppliers with direct links to MNEs. One novel result is the evidence that the productivity of suppliers does not fall, on average, after decreasing or ending supplier relationships with MNE customers.

Date: Thursday, February  17

Time: 16:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

Topic: BEA seminar – Jaan Masso
Time: Feb 17, 2022 04:00 PM Helsinki

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BEA online research seminar – Ilja Kantorovitch

We are pleased to invite you to the next Baltic Economic Association Online Research Seminars and are delighted to welcome Ilja Kantorovitch (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland). Ilja is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher Luisa Lambertini’s Chair of International Finance at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. He did his PhD at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. His research focuses on information frictions in financial markets and the macroeconomy. He is interested in understanding how information production and belief formation influence outcomes in financial markets and, subsequently, in the macroeconomy. Ilja was awarded the Best PhD Paper Award at the 3rd Baltic Economic Association Conference. He was also a finalist at the 2021 ECB Young Economists Competition.

More about the speaker: https://www.kantorovitch.eu/home

Speaker: Ilja Kantorovitch (EPFL, Lausanne)

Title: Does Dispersed Sentiment drive Returns, Turnover, and Volatility for Bitcoin? (with Janko Heineken)

Paper available here.

Abstract:

We test the theoretical predictions of the differences-of-opinion literature by analyzing the extensive online discussion on Bitcoin to build a time-varying sen- timent distribution, defining disagreement as dispersion in sentiment. High disagreement is associated with negative returns, high turnover growth, and high volatility, confirming the theory’s predictions. However, we do not find that an increase in disagreement increases the price, which is seemingly at odds with the theoretical prediction of disagreement leading to overpricing. As the theory predicts, the disagreement effect weakens significantly after shorting instruments were introduced at the end of 2017. Our results are economically significant: at the monthly frequency, a one standard deviation increase in disagreement leads to a 9.2 percentage points lower cumulative return over the following eight months, and the adjusted R2 of regressing contemporaneous returns on average sentiment and disagreement is 0.33.

Date: Thursday, January 27

Time: 16:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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BEA online research seminar – Artūras Juodis

We are pleased to invite you to the next Baltic Economic Association Online Research Seminars and are delighted to welcome Artūras Juodis (University of Amsterdam). Arturas earned a PhD from the University of Amsterdam and the Tinbergen Institute. He is now an Assistant Professor at the Amsterdam School of Economics where his research focuses on econometric theory of panel data models. His current research on econometrics of misspecified panel data models is financed by the NWO Veni grant. His research was published in the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and the Econometrics Journal, among others.

More about the speaker: https://sites.google.com/site/ajuodisresearch/home?authuser=0

Speaker: Artūras Juodis (University of Amsterdam)

Title: This Shock is Different: Estimation and Inference in Misspecified Two-Way Fixed Effects Regressions 

Paper available here.

Abstract:

We investigate the properties of the linear Two-way Fixed Effects (FE) estimator for panel data when the underlying Data Generating Process (DGP) of all observed variables is left completely unspecified. The FE estimator is consistent for some pseudo-true value and characterize the corresponding asymptotic distribution. We show that the rate of convergence is determined by the degree of model misspecification, and that the asymptotic distribution can be non-normal. Furthermore, we argue that uniform non-conservative inference is impossible in this setup, and propose a novel Autoregressive Double Adaptive Wild (AdaWild) bootstrap procedure applicable for a large class of DGPs. Our bootstrap procedure is easy to compute, and Monte Carlo simulations show that it performs well. We use data from U.S. manufacturing industries to illustrate the benefits of our procedure.

Date: Thursday, December 16

Time: 16:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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BEA online research seminar – Francesco Zanetti

We are pleased to invite you to the next Baltic Economic Association Online Research Seminars and are delighted to welcome Francesco Zanetti (University of Oxford). Francesco Zanetti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford and the David Richards Fellow of Wadham College. He holds a PhD in Economics from Boston College, and a PhD in Economic Theory and Institutions from the University of Bologna. Before joining Oxford in September 2012, he spent eight years in the Bank of England, first as an Economist, Senior Economist and Advisor in the Monetary Analysis Section. He is a visiting scholar at the Bank of International Settlements, the Bank of England and provided technical support and training to more than forty central banks around the world. He held visiting teaching positions at the London School of Economics, London Business School, and the joint IMF Vienna Institute. His research interests are in the fields of Macroeconomics, Monetary Economics and Applied Econometrics. Among other topics, he has worked on labor market dynamics and the effect of structural reforms, the propagation of news shocks, the state dependence of fiscal multipliers, and the impact of unconventional policies. He is a recipient of the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for the academic year 2020-2021. His past research was supported by the British Academy, Leverhulme Foundation, the Australian Research Cancil, the Zengin Foundation, and the John Fell Fund. He serves as an associate editor for the Economic Journal, Journal of Money, Credit and BankingOxford Bulletin of Economics and StatisticsOxford Economic Papers, as a co-editor for Macroeconomic Dynamics, and as a member of the editorial board for Central Bank Review. His research has appeared in leading academic journals and policy forums.

More about the speaker: https://users.ox.ac.uk/~wadh4073/

Speaker: Francesco Zanetti (University of Oxford)

Title: State Dependence of Fiscal Multipliers: The Source of Fluctuations Matters (with Mishel Ghassibe)

Paper available here.

Abstract:

We develop a general theory of state-dependent fiscal multipliers in a framework featuring interaction between two empirically relevant goods market frictions: idle productive capacity and unsatisfied demand. Our key novel finding is that the source of economic fluctuations determines the cyclicality of fiscal multipliers. Policies that stimulate aggregate demand, such as government spending and consumption tax cuts, have multipliers that are large in demand- driven recessions, but small and possibly negative in supply-driven downturns. On the other hand, policies that boost aggregate supply, such as cuts in taxes on labor income and firms’ payroll and sales, are ineffective in demand- driven recessions, but powerful if the downturn is driven by supply factors. Spending austerity, implemented by a reduction in government consumption, can be the policy with the largest multiplier in severe supply-side recessions and demand-driven booms, provided elasticities of labor demand and supply are sufficiently low. We obtain model- free empirical support for our theoretical predictions by using a novel econometric specification that allows us to estimate spending and tax cut multipliers in recessionary and expansionary episodes, conditional on those being either demand- or supply-driven.

Date: Thursday, November 25

Time: 16:00 Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn

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10th Annual Lithuanian Conference on Economic Research

The Annual Lithuanian Conference on Economic Research, hosted by the Bank of Lithuania and Vilnius University, will take place on 28 December 2021. Following the success of the 2020 edition, the conference will be held online. This one day conference takes place every year right after Christmas and gives a forum for Lithuanian Economists and their friends to meet each other.

More information: https://meeting2021.econ.lt

Important dates:

  • October 25: open submissions
  • November 25: deadline for submissions
  • December 08: decisions on submissions
  • December 27: registration deadline for external participants
  • December 28: conference

Organizers:

Audinga Baltrūnaitė (Bank of Italy), Simas Kučinskas (Humboldt University of Berlin), Povilas Lastauskas (Bank of Lithuania), Aurelija Proškutė (Bank of Lithuania), Linas Tarasonis (Vilnius University), Alminas Žaldokas (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology)