Summer School - Regional Trade Agreements: Implications for the EU Agriculture and Rural Development, 11-15 July 2016, Italy

Publish Date: Mar 24, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016

Event Dates: from Jul 11, 2016 12:00 to Jul 15, 2016 12:00


“Regional trade agreements: implications for the EU agriculture and rural development”

11-15 July 2016, Rende (CS), Italy

Call for applications


On July 15th 2015 Giovanni Anania suddenly passed away. Giovanni was a pillar in the profession and a natural academic leader for young agricultural and international economics scholars. He also was an institutional leader, serving as president of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE), and at the University of Calabria, where he served as Head of the Department of Economics as well as a member of the University Executive Board.

To honor Giovanni, the Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA), the Rossi-Doria Center and the University of Calabria, with the organizational support of the CREA - Policies and Bio-economy Center of Rende (CS), have organized a Summer School for PhD candidates and young researchers, a constant focus in Giovanni’s mentoring role.


The overall objective of the Summer School is to train young applied economists in the field of policy formulation and evaluation. The approach is based on a close interaction between participants and top senior economists and well-known policy analysts.

The Summer School is organized as a series of lectures on the state of the art of specific policy topics coupled with up-to-date empirical sessions and case studies.

Both young scholars and lecturers will be hosted and live together at the University of Calabria, in an informal environment, facilitating the sharing of experiences and expertise.

On Friday July 15th, participants will attend a Workshop on “Agricultural policies: challenges and implications for national and local agri-food sectors” organized by the Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance of the University of Calabria.


The first edition of the Summer School will focus on “Regional trade agreements: implications for the EU agriculture and rural development”. This is a very hot topic in the current policy debate given the attention paid to proposed agreements such as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The quantitative analysis of policy

impacts of such agreements is critical for understanding the various positions at the negotiation tables and contributes to clarifying the implications of alternative policy options.

Specific topics to be discussed during the Summer School include:

Mary Bohman, United States Department of Agriculture

United States Agricultural and Trade Policy

Jonathan Brooks, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Agricultural Policy, Trade and Development

Anna Carbone, Università della Tuscia, Viterbo

Specialization and Agro-food Competitiveness in International Trade

Luca De Benedictis, Università di Macerata

Trade Data, Gravity Models and Network Analysis

Tassos Haniotis, European Commission

European Union Agricultural and Trade Policy

Alan Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin

Regulatory Cooperation in Regional Trade Agreements

Alex McCalla, University of California at Davis

International Trade under Imperfect Competition

Quirino Paris, University of California at Davis

Positive Mathematical Programming: Spatial Models Calibration

Luca Salvatici, Università Roma Tre

Protection Indexes and Global Computable General Equilibrium Models

Margherita Scoppola, Università di Macerata

International Trade and Foreign Direct Investment


The Summer School welcomes applications by PhD students at any stage of their PhD as well as young researchers who have completed their PhD. Applicants are welcome from any areas of applied economics, with a preference for those specializing in agricultural, food, environmental, trade, and development economics. Given the highly interactive activities planned at the School, the number of participants is limited to 30.

Please submit your curriculum vitae, highlighting your background in international 

economics and agricultural policies, and a letter of reference. Applications must be submitted in English using the attached form by April 18th to the following email address:

Proposals will be reviewed by the Summer School Scientific Committee.

Notification of acceptance will be provided to applicants by April 30th. The selected applicants are required to pay a registration fee (100 euros) by May 15th. After this deadline, the selected applicant who has not completed the registration will not be entitled to participate and the opportunity will be given to the next person in the selection ranking.

Application form


The First Giovanni Anania Summer School on Evidence-based policy making as well as the Workshop on “Agricultural policies: challenges and implications for national and localagri-food sectors” will be held at the University of Calabria, Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance – Rende (Cosenza),, from 11th to 15th July 2016.

The registration fee will entitle the participants to full board and accommodation for the whole duration of the Summer School. Registrants are responsible for their own transportation to Rende. Further information will be available at


Mary Bohman, USDA-ERS

Jean-Cristophe Bureau, AgroParisTech

Colin Carter, University of California, Davis

Rosanna Nisticò, University of Calabria, Cosenza

Donato Romano, University of Florence

Luca Salvatici, Roma Tre University

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