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Regional Economics Applications Laboratory


Visiting Scholars



Visiting scholars come to REAL from all over the world under various financial support schemes. During their stay at REAL they have the opportunity to exchange and discuss research views with REAL and University of Illinois faculty and students, which often leads to a joint publication of academic papers. In addition, at REAL faculty and students present their research in a weekly REAL seminar and visiting scholars are fervently invited to take part in it.

Below is a list of visiting scholars profile and contact information, by alphabetical order of their first names.

Current visiting scholars (Fall 2017)

Alfredo Cartone

Daniela Lima Ramos

Fernando Bermejo Patón

Fernando Rubiera Morollón

Jamilly Dias dos Santos

Matteo Foglia

Mi Zhou

Nikolaos Kalyviotis

Raissa Carvalho Bragança

Raquel Langarita

Renata Caldas

Rolando Israel Valdez Ramírez

Ticiana Grecco Zanon Moura

Volodymyr Riaboshlyk



  Alfredo Cartone

Ph.D. Student
University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Period in REAL: Oct 2017 - Dec 2017
e-mail: alfredo.cartone.3@gmail.com

Alfredo Cartone is currently a PhD student in Business, Institutions and Markets at University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and a M.S. in Business Administration, both from University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara. His research interests are on regional sciences and applications of spatial econometrics. His current research addresses semi-parametric approaches to regional economic convergence through quantile regression and multivariate analysis with particular focus on some spatial approaches to Principal Component Analysis for the definition of synthetic indicators. Additionally, he is focusing on the existence and persistence of spatial inequalities in the EU.

 

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Daniela Lima Ramos

Ph.D. Student in Applied Economics
Federal University of Bahia
Period in REAL: Jul 2017 - Dec 2017
e-mail: daniela8@illinois.edu

Daniela Lima Ramos is a PhD student in Applied Economics at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil. Her research interest is in Regional and Urban Economics focused on cities growth and regional inequalities. Her dissertation is evaluating the "Economic Growth and Networks of Cities in Brazil" using network analysis and synchronization of networks. She is spending one semester at REAL sponsored by National Council for Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) from Brazil.

 

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Fernando Bermejo Patón

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics and Finance, University of Castilla-La Mancha
Period in REAL: Jul 2017 - Present
e-mail: Fernando.Bermejo@uclm.es

Fernando Bermejo has a PhD in Economics (Social and Healthcare Research) from the University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He also holds a degree in Software Engineering from the School of Computer Systems Engineering at the UPM, Spain. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and Finance at the University of Castilla-La Mancha. His research interests focus on economic impact evaluation, inequality and consumer economics mainly applying Input-Output models.

 

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Fernando Rubiera-Morollón

Associate Professor
Department of Applied Economics, University of Oviedo
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Dec 2017
e-mail: frubiera@uniovi.es

Fernando Rubiera-Morollón is a Ph.D. in Applied Economics (University of Oviedo, 2003). He made a post-doctorate in the INRS (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) of Montreal (2005). He obtained his current position as Associate Professor in the Applied Economics Department of the University of Oviedo in 2009. He is the author of more than 30 research papers in peer-reviewed journals about Urban and Regional Economics, teaching this subject in different degrees and postgraduates in Oviedo and in other universities in Italy, Mexico, and Brazil. In 2011, he founded the Regional Economics laboratory – REGIOlab and has been its coordinator since then until 2017. Now he is researcher in the IMAJINE project of the Horizon 2020 - EU research program.

 

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Jamilly Dias dos Santos

Ph.D. Student in Applied Economics
Federal University of Bahia
Period in REAL: Jul 2017 - Dec 2017
e-mail: jamilly@illinois.edu

Jamilly Santos is a PhD student in Applied Economics at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, presently in her fourth year. Her research interests are development economics and exhaustible natural resources income. In her studies she uses econometric models of panel data. She is currently working with intertemporal allocation of rents from exhaustible natural resources for developing economies.

 

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  Matteo Foglia

Ph.D. Student
University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Period in REAL: Oct 2017 - Nov 2017
e-mail: matteofoglia17@gmail.com

Matteo Foglia is a PhD student in "Business, Institutions and Markets" of Department of Economics at "G.d'Annunzio" University of Chieti-Pescara, enrolled in the 3rd year. His research interests are banking, financial stability, with special attention to multivariate risk measures (such as CoVar, SRisk, tail risk theory, focusing on the time-variant parameter using GAS model). He is currently working with the dynamic spatial panel to analyze the systemic risk contagion between Eurozone countries.

 

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Mi Zhou

Associate Professor
Chinese Urban and Regional Economic Research Center, Nankai University of China, Tianjin
Period in REAL: Aug 2017 - Aug 2018
e-mail: nkzhoumi@nankai.edu.cn

Mi Zhou has a PhD in Applied Economics (Regional Industry Analysis) from Nankai University of China, Tianjin. She is deputy director of Chinese Urban and Regional Economic Research Center in Nankai University of China. Her research interests focus on regional growth theory and policy, regional absorptive capability, spatial collaboration innovation network.

 

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Nikolaos Kalyviotis

Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham, UK
Period in REAL: Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
e-mail: nkalyvio@illinois.edu

Nikos is a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering of University of Birmingham, a Dipl.-Ing. (equivalent of MSc) of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a holder of three Masters Degrees: MSPM from Politecnico di Milano, MBA from Umea University and MSc from Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh. At the present time, he is working on his PhD dissertation, which is related to infrastructure management, and he is engaged with the US Army Corps of Engineers to examine infrastructure's post-recovery from unexpected events. One third of his doctorate will be held at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a smaller part at University of Melbourne.

 

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Raissa Carvalho Bragança

Ph.D. Student in Economic Development
Federal University of Paraná, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2017 - May 2018
e-mail: raissa@illinois.edu

Raissa is currently a third-year Ph.D. student in Economic Development at Federal University of Parana, Brazil. Her research interests are regional economy development and labor economics. Her PhD dissertation is focused on the expansion of higher education institutions (HEI) in Brazil and its impacts on regional development and labor markets.

 

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Raquel Langarita

Ph.D. Student in Economics
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Nov 2017
e-mail: rlan@unizar.es

Raquel Langarita is a PhD student in Economics at University of Zaragoza (Spain). Her thesis focusses on the electricity sector in Spain and deals with evaluating some policies of change from an economic perspective using input-output, multiregional and general equilibrium models. Before initiating her PhD studies, she completed a BS and master degrees in Economics at University of Zaragoza (Spain).

 

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Renata Caldas

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept of Economics, UIUC
Ph.D in Economics, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2011 - Present
e-mail: rcaldas@illinois.edu

Renata received her PhD in Economics from Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and currently she is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been part of REAL mafia since August 2011, when she came to UIUC as a visiting student for the first time. Her research interests are Development Economics, Impact Evaluation, Poverty and Inequality, focusing especially in Brazil. Her current researches are related to impact evaluation of public policies in Brazil, specifically irrigation and micro credit policies implementeed in the Brazilian semi-arid area, and the analysis of intergovernamental transfers and its impacts on regional inequalities in Brazil.

 

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Rolando Israel Valdez Ramírez

PhD Student in Economic Science
Faculty of Economics and International Relations, Autonomous University of Baja California, México
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Dec 2017
e-mail: valdez.rolando@uabc.edu.mx

Rolando Valdez is a PhD student in Economic Science in Autonomous University of Baja California, has been Professor of Econometrics, Regional Development and Human Geography in the same institution. He also holds a master degree in economics. His research interests are regional economic growth and the role of physic distance on the structure of economic activity.

 

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Ticiana Grecco Zanon Moura

Ph.D. Student in Economics
University of Oviedo, Spain
Period in REAL: Aug 2017 - Nov 2017
e-mail: ticianaz@hotmail.com

Ticiana, Assistant Professor at Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Brazil, is curently studying her Ph.D in Economics at University of Oviedo, Spain. The doctoral thesis project is within the fields of transport economics. Her objective is to analyze the impact of port facilities on the spatial distribution of maritime traffic and the economy of the regions linked to them.

 

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Volodymyr Riaboshlyk (or Ryaboshlyk)

Fulbright Visiting Scholar
Center for Innovations Development at National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - May 2018
e-mail: ryaboshlyk@ukr.net

Volodymyr Ryaboshlyk has a PhD in Economic Cybernetics from the Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy, Moscow, Russia; and his M.Sc in Computer Aided Management Systems at Kharkiv Politechnic Institute, Ukraine. He also took the program for Senior Ukrainian Economists at the Economics Institute in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Currently he works at the Center for Innovations Development at National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy". His research interests focus on upgrading the Intput-Output for an adequate reflection of radical technological changes like industrial revolutions, and on better forecasting of the impacts of these changes on an overall functioning of the economy. This also relates to the problem of advance capturing the turning points as at the recent economic crisis.

 

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