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11/10/2007 - 12/10/2007 : The 2007 DG ECFIN annual research conference

Growth and income distribution in an integrated Europe: does EMU make a difference? Brussels, 11 - 12 October 2007

The creation of the single market and the introduction of the euro, the common currency, raise a number of questions concerning the effects of continued European economic integration on the growth rate and on the distribution of income in Europe. The link between growth and income distribution in Europe is complex; it touches upon a wide array of issues.

Main topics

The conference provided a platform for original contributions to analyse topics such as:

  • The evolution of the distribution of income and wealth in Europe.
    What are the factors driving this evolution in Europe?
    Is Europe different from the rest of the world?
  • The actual and potential impact of EMU and European economic integration on growth and income distribution.
    To what extent has EMU affected the distribution of income and growth?
    Is there evidence of any differences between the euro-area countries and other major economies as well as across euro-area countries?
  • The links between growth and income distribution in advanced economies in a period of rapid technological progress and globalisation.
    What is the causal relationship between growth and the distribution of income across societies and over time in Europe and outside Europe?
    Does EMU make a difference?
  • The design of economic policies to influence growth and the distribution of income and wealth.
    What elements of social models can foster openness and integration and social cohesion in the EU?
    Are there special challenges in this respect under EMU?
    Can we identify design principles for labour market institutions, and efficient and fair taxes and transfers to promote growth in the European Union?

Keynote speakers

The conference included keynote speakers and a panel discussion. We are pleased to announce that Anthony Atkinson (Oxford University), Giuseppe Bertola (University of Turin), Cecilia Garcia-Peñalosa (CNRS and GREQAM, Marseille) and Robert J. Gordon (Northwestern University) served as keynote speakers, each opening a session of the conference.

Programmeenpdf(162 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  ( PDF - 158 kb)

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