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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

contact info

Director
Geoffrey J. D. Hewings
hewings@illinois.edu
Location
607 S. Mathews,
Room 318, M/C 151
Urbana, IL 61801-3671
Phone/Fax
217-333-4740 (phone)
217-244-9339 (fax)

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 last names.

Visiting scholars Spring 2016

Alberto Franco Solís

Flavius Sodré

Frederick Alves

Gilberto Fraga

Ismail Cagri Ozcan

Na Li

Namhee Jeong

Renata Caldas

Vicente Royuela Mora

Vinicius de Almeida Vale

Xiangwei Sun

Xiaolei Wang

Yulong Zhou

Previous Visiting Scholars



  Alberto Franco Solís

Visiting Scholar
University of Extremadura / Assistant Professor
Period in REAL: February 2015 - May 2015, October 2015 - August 2016
e-mail: albertofranco@unex.es

Alberto received his Ph.D. degree in Economics in April 2014 by the Univrsity of Extremadura. Now, he is assistant professor at the same university. His research focus is related to Environmental Input-Output and SAMs at a regional level, along withthe application of Computational General Equilibrium (CGE) models to simulate and evaluate changes from a regional perspective. Now, he is working on how diet changes may affect environment and economy in the Spanish region of Extremadura.

 

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  Flavius Sodré

Visiting Scholar
Ph.D Candidate - Department of Economics
Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Sept 2015 – Aug 2016
e-mail: flavius.sodre@gmail.com

Flavius is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics and a M.S. in Economics, both from Federal University of Pernambuco. His research interests are Public Economics and Political Economy. His current research addresses the issue of efficiency in the use of the available resources by the Brazilian government at the city level. Moreover, it aims to identify the main factors that influence these levels and to evaluate public policies that focus on increasing public spending efficiency.

 

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  Frederick Alves

Ph.D Candidate - Department of Economics
Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil
Period in REAL: Mar 2016 – Present
e-mail: frederick.alves@ufv.br

Frederick is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Economics at Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil. He has been part of REAL mafia since March 2016, when he came to UIUC as a visiting scholar. His research interests are Economic Growth, Human Capital, Macroeconomics and Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE). His main lines of research are related with human capital externalities and simulations. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. dissertation, which is related to Four Asian Tigers and the Human Capital Externalities in DSGE approach.

 

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  Gilberto Fraga

Professor of Economics
State University of Maringa (Brazil)
Period in REAL: September 2015 to July 2016
e-mail: gjfraga@uem.br website: Link

Fraga is a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Professor in the Departament of Economics at State University of Maringa (Brazil). His research interests are : International economics. Currently, he is a visiting researcher at UIUC, sponsored by the CAPES, working on the subject Business Climate, FDI and Exports with focus in Brazil.

 

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  Ismail Cagri Ozcan

Ministry of Development of Turkey
Period in REAL: August 2014 to present
e-mail: icagriozcan@yahoo.com

Dr. Ismail Cagri Ozcan is a senior planning expert at Ministry of Development of Turkey where he is responsible for the sectoral planning and the supervision of the public investments in air transportation. He received his MBA and PhD in Business Administration from Hacettepe University and Master of Public Policy degree from University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include i) regional development, ii) privatization, and iii) transportation economics, finance, and policy. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the REAL, sponsored by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey. At REAL, he is focusing on how transportation infrastructure and services contributes to the regional growth in Turkey with Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings.

 

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  Na Li

Assistant Professor
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Period in REAL: January, 2016 to January, 2017
e-mail: linauiuc@illinois.edu

Na Li has a PhD degree in Human geography from University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and now work at the same University as an assistant professor. The topic of her PhD thesis was "A Multi-Regional CGE Modeling for China and Its Application to Regional Economic Development Policy Analysis”. Her research interests are multi-regional CGE modeling, integrated economy-energy-environment modeling, and assessment of energy and environmental policies. Now she is working on evaluating the impacts of control measures for PM2.5 in China.

 

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  Namhee Jeong

The Ministry of Strategy and Finance of South Korea / Director
Period in REAL: November 9, 2015 ~ May 8, 2017
e-mail: hijung1111@gmail.com

Efficient and sustainabl fiscal framworks to meet increasing welfare demand.

 

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  Renata Caldas

Ph.D Candidate - Department of Economics
Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2011 - Present
e-mail: renatamcaldas@gmail.com

Renata is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. 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. At the present time, she is working on her PhD dissertation, which is related to evaluation of irrigation and micro credit policies in Brazilian semi-arid.

 

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  Vicente Royuela Mora

University of Barcelona (Spain). Associate Professor of Applied Economics
Period in REAL: June-September, 2016
e-mail: vroyuela@ub.edu

Vicente Royuela is Associate Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona (Spain). He is member of the Board of Directors of the Quantitative Analysis Research Group (AQR-IREA), and Managing Editor of REGION, the flagship journal of the European Regional Science Association. His research agenda is focused in Regional and Urban Economics. In the last years he has been working in migration issues and in urban growth, and particularly in testing the importance of different sources of agglomeration economies, such as network economies and particularly the role of quality of life and consumption amenities in urban growth. He has also published some works on the role of inequality on economic and social development and also in the relationship between soccer and economics.

 

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  Vinicius de Almeida Vale

Ph.D Candidate - Department of Economics
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Period in REAL: Jan 2016 – Present
e-mail: vinicius.a.vale@gmail.com

Vinicius is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. He has been part of REAL mafia since January 2016, when he came to UIUC as a visiting scholar. His research interests are Agriculture sector, International Trade, Development, Growth, Food Security and Climate Change. His main lines of research are related with Input-Output and Computable General Equilibrium models. Currently, he is working on his Ph.D. dissertation, which is related to Brazilian agriculture sector, international trade, food security and a CGE approach.

 

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  xiangwei (David) Sun

Ph.D. Candidate in Regional Economics
Nanchang University, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2015 - Aug 2016
e-mail: xiangwei_sun@163.com

Xiangwei Sun received his Master degree in Economics in Jan 2013 in Nanchang University. Now he is a Ph.D. candidate in Regional Economics at Nanchang University (China), currently in his third year. His research interests focus on regional economy growth, income polarization, and spatial econometrics. In his studies he uses the panel data spatial economic models and econometric methods. Now he is working on "analysis on the role of spatial heterogeneity on regional economy growth in China".

 

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  Xiaolei Wang

Visiting Scholar
School of Economics, Shanghai University
Period in REAL: January 2016 - January 2017
e-mail: xiaolei@illinois.edu

Xiaolei Wang is an assistant professor at School of Economics, Shanghai University. His research interest focus on antidumping and the implementation of trade policy, vertical specialization and I-O model. Now he is conducting a research project of "The coordination on sector policy and trade policy in China based on regional economics view" and is working on the analysis of antidumping relation between China and foreign countries.

 

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  Yulong Zhou

PhD. Student in Regional Economics
College of Ecnomics, Renmin University of China
Period in REAL: Oct, 2015 to Oct, 2016
e-mail: yesolivier@gmail.com

Yulong ZHOU received his master degree in Economics in June 2012 in Renmin University of China. Now, he is a Ph.D. candidate in regional economics at the same university, currently in his second year. He is interested in the effect of land finance on entrepreneurship, poverty reduction of China and urban growth. He mainly uses econometric models of panel data.

 

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