Invited Speakers

We are pleased to announce that distinguished colleagues Jonathan Batten, John Rust and Giuseppe Ciccarone will join the conference as keynote speakers:

Jonathan Batten is professor of finance in the Department of Banking and Finance at Monash University, Australia. Prior to this position, he worked at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Seoul National University, Korea. He is a well-known academician who has published articles in many of the leading economics and finance journals and currently serves as the Editor of Emerging Markets Review, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and Finance Research Letters. He is currently the President of EBES. His current research interests include: Financial market development and risk management; spread modelling arbitrage and market integration; and the investigation of the non-linear dynamics of financial prices.

John Rust is professor of economics at the Georgetown University. Before joining Georgetown University, he taught at the University of WisconsinYale University and University of Maryland. He has published many papers in the most of the top economic journals including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economic Studies. He has also served as the associate editor at top journals such as Econometrica and Journal of Econometrics, and as the Co-Editor at Journal of Applied Econometrics. Professor Rust is the best known as one of the founding fathers of the structural estimation of dynamic discrete choice models and the developer of the nested fixed point maximum likelihood estimator which is widely used in structural econometrics. He published papers on broad range of topics such as social security, retirement, disability insurance, nuclear power industry, real estate economics, rental car industry, transportation research, auction markets, computational economics, and dynamic games. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT.

Giuseppe Ciccarone is the Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome and President of Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini. Over the last twenty years, he has published papers on broad range of topics such as labor economics, theory of economic policy, theory of public utility and monetary economy. Currently, his research activity focuses on both theoretical and applied economics in the field of labor markets and active labor market policies, on the design and evaluation of economic policies, and on the economic implications of poverty and inequality. His research is published in journals such as Economic Modeling, Public Choice, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization and Economics Letters. Since 2000, he has been the Italian correspondent to the European Employment Policy Observatory of the European Commission. In addition, he has participated as Scientific Coordinator and expert in several DG EMPL projects in the fields of employment, social policy, and labor market trends. He holds a PhD in economics from University of Cambridge, UK.

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