Institutions & the Knowledge Economy
University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
30 May-1 June 2019
WINIR sponsored the 6th Conference on Applied Economics on “Institutions and the Knowledge Economy” organised by the Postgraduate Program of the Department of Economics, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece, on 30 May-1 June 2019.
The disruptive nature of technical change has escalated as the economic crisis erupted. In that context it became evident that appropriate institutional arrangement (formal and/or informal), organizational structures and human capabilities are required to direct this change and help players embrace the ongoing information and communication technology revolution towards the development of really competitive, innovative, socially-cohesive and knowledge-based economies. The rise of the “knowledge economy” poses challenges at the economic, business, cultural, social and institutional structures. New modes of production, distribution and value creation are identified along with new divides, disparities and inequalities.
The conference provided a forum for the discussion of these issues. All presentations were in English.
The conference was particularly interested in the following (non-exhaustive list of) themes:
- Firms and the knowledge economy
- Human Capital and the knowledge economy
- Political Economy of the ‘brain drain’
- State policies and the knowledge economy
- Socio-technical transitions
- Regional disparities and the knowledge economy
- Inequalities and new divides
- Sustainability, resilience and the knowledge economy
- Commons and the knowledge economy
- Social and solidarity economy in the new knowledge era
- De-growth and the knowledge economy
- Geo-economics of knowledge
The conference featured young scholar sessions for PhD candidates. The best individually submitted “Young Scholar Paper” was awarded a prize at the end of the conference.
Scientific committee: E. Adamides (University of Patras), P. Arvanitidis (University of Thessaly), Μ. Chletsos (University of Ioannina), S. Drakopoulos, (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), V. Drymbetas (Democritus University of Thrace), A. Economou (University of Thessaly), P. Fytsilis (Technological Institute of Thessaly), G. Goletsis (University of Ioannina), G. Gritzas (Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki), Y. Kalogirou (National Technical University of Athens), C. Kollias (University of Thessaly), Α. Konstantelou (University of the Aegean), N. Kyriazis (University of Thessaly), G. Liagouras (University of the Aegean), T. Metaxas (University of Thessaly), D. Milonakis (University of Crete), Ι. Psycharis (Panteion University), Y. Stamboulis (University of Thessaly), Υ. Theodossiou (University of Aberdeen), P. Tsaliki (Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki), L. Tsoulfidis (University of Macedonia), Μ. Zouboulakis (University of Thessaly).
Local Organizing Committee (Department of Economics, University of Thessaly): P. Arvanitidis, A. Economou, Ε.Μ.L. Economou, C. Kollias, M. Kontaxi, T. Metaxas, Y. Stamboulis, G. Stefanis, Μ. Zouboulakis (Chair).