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

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

Call for applications



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.


The Summer School welcomes submissions of 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 March 31st to the following email address: summer.school.anania@gmail.com Proposals will be reviewed by the Summer School Scientific Committee. Notification of acceptance will be provided to applicants by April 25th. The selected applicants are required to pay the registration fee (100 euros) by May 2nd. 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.


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 local agri-food sectors” will be held at the University of Calabria, Department of Economics, Statistics and Finance – Rende (Cosenza), www.unical.it, from 11th to 15th July 2016.

 The registration fee will entitle the participants to have full board and accommodation for the whole duration of the Summer School. Further information will be available at www.desf.unical.it/summer_school_anania.


Mary Bohman - USDA-ERS; Jean-Cristophe Bureau - AgroParisTech; Colin Carter - University of California; Rosanna Nisticò - University of Calabria; Donato Romano - University of Florence and Luca Salvatici, - Roma Tre University.