Call for Papers 10th Conference on Model-based Evidence on Innovation and Development (MEIDE)

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The Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT, United Nations University), the Inter-American Development Bank, the CINVE (Centro de Investigaciones Económicas, Uruguay), the Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administración, Universidad de la República and the Facultad de Administración y Ciencias Sociales, Universidad ORT Uruguay, announce that the 10th Conference on Micro Evidence on Innovation and DEvelopment (MEIDE) will be held on November 16-17, 2017 in Montevideo, Uruguay.
The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers from around the world to discuss various aspects of innovation and its relation to economic development. Priority will be given to empirical papers, but there is also room for methodological and theoretical papers, as well as for case studies, as long as they address the issue of innovation and development. Innovation is to be understood broadly as any kind of innovation in what firms, households, communities and governments do, or in the way they operate. It also includes knowledge creation, diffusion, measurement and evaluation issues. Development comprises growth but also welfare, poverty alleviation, environmental concerns and fairness in the distribution of wealth/income. Since last year, we have enlarged the scope of the conference to include papers based on macro or industry data.
This year a few sessions will be devoted to the theme “Obstacles to Innovation” in collaboration with a project lead by the Inter-American Development Bank and implemented with Red Sur.
Examples of topics that could be covered:
•          Innovation, productivity and firm performance
•          Innovation, education, health, human capital, and social capital
•          Innovation in universities and public institutions
•          Technology adoption and diffusion
•          Innovation and employment
•          Innovation and internationalization
•          Entrepreneurship and innovation
•          Innovation and the role of financial institutions
•          Financial innovations
•          Innovation and international trade
•          International comparisons of innovation performance
•          Effectiveness of innovation policies
•          Innovation metrics
•          Non-technological innovation
•          Demand-led innovations and innovation policies
•          Innovation in the services sector
•          Innovation in the natural resources sector
UNU-MERIT, United Nations University
Centro de Investigaciones Económicas, Uruguay (CINVE)
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administración, Universidad de la República
Facultad de Administración y Ciencias Sociales, Universidad ORT Uruguay
Inter-American Development Bank
Red Sudamericana de Economía Aplicada (Red Sur)
Scientific committee:
Diego Aboal (CINVE, Universidad ORT Uruguay and FCEA, Universidad de la República)
Théophile Azomahou (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
Carlos Bianchi (IECON, FCEA, Universidad de la República)
Gustavo Crespi (Inter-American Development Bank)
Fred Gault (UNU-MERIT and Tschwane University)
Micheline Goedhuys (UNU-MERIT)
Leonid Gokhberg (National Research University – Higher School of Economics)
Norbert Janz (UNU-MERIT and Applied University Aachen)
Andrés López (Red Sudamericana de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Buenos Aires)
Jacques Mairesse (UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University, ENSAE)
Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University)
Caroline Paunov (OECD)
Vitaliy Roud (National Research University – Higher School of Economics)
Ezequiel Tacsir (CINVE, UNU-MERIT and Ministry of Production, Argentina)
Organising Committee:
Diego Aboal (CINVE, Universidad ORT Uruguay and FCEA, Universidad de la República), Carlos Bianchi (IECON, FCEA, Universidad de la República), Gustavo Crespi (Inter-American Development Bank), Pierre Mohnen (UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University), Sergio Palomeque (FCEyA, Universidad de la República) , Martín Pereyra (CINVE and Universidad ORT Uruguay), Flavia Rovira (CINVE).
Submission: Researchers are invited to submit their paper by July 15, 2017. Extended abstracts and incomplete papers are accepted for submission, but preference will be given to full papers. Please submit by clicking on “submit your paper” on the website Notifications of acceptance will be given no later than August 15, 2017. All accepted participants will receive an official invitation letter to apply for a visa to enter Uruguay. To minimize administrative burdens there will be no registration fees, but every participant will be responsible for his/her own travel and hotel costs.
Important dates
Submission deadline: July 15, 2017
Notification of acceptance: August 15, 2017
MEIDE 10thconference: November 16-17, 2017
Practical information:
A visa may be required for some of the participants. 
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