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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 (Spring 2019)

Alberto Franco Solís

André Luis Squarize Chagas

Claudia Vanessa Montanía Portillo

Fei Lan

Francisco Germano Carvalho Lucio

Joao Gabriel Pio

Lilin Yuan

Lina Maddah Souheil

Lucía Bolea Marcén

Meng'er Tu

Peng Ji

Rafael Faria de Abreu Campos

Ramon Goulart Cunha

Renata Caldas

Xiang Gao

Zhan Gao



 
Alberto Franco Solís

Associate Professor
University of Extremadura
Period in REAL: Feb 2015 - May 2015, Oct 2015 - Aug 2016, Feb 2017 - May 2017, Feb 2019 - May 2019
e-mail: albertofranco@unex.es

Alberto received his Ph.D. degree in Economics in April 2014 by the University of Extremadura. Now, he is associate professor at the same university. His research focus is related to Environmental Input-Output and SAMs at a regional level, along with the 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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André Luis Squarize Chagas

Professor
Department of Economics, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Jun 2019
e-mail: achagas@usp.br

André Chagas received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and is currently working in spatial econometrics methods to identify policy impacts and spatial spillovers, as spatial propensity score and spatial diff-in-diff methods. These techniques can be used in different applied issue as urban and regional, agricultural, transportation and environmental problems.

 

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Claudia Vanessa Montanía Portillo

Ph.D Student
Department of Economics, University of Extremadura, Spain
Group of Scientific Computing and Applied Mathematics of the National University of Asunción, Paraguay
Period in REAL: Mar 2019 - Jun 2019
e-mail: claudia902@gmail.com

Claudia is from Paraguay and she is doing her Ph.D. studies in Economics at the University of Extremadura (Spain). Her research focuses on the study of techniques of growth analysis, with a particular emphasis on the measurement of the competitiveness of soybean exports worldwide. In her PhD thesis, she uses a shift-share approach to evaluate the changes registered in this market. Now, she is working in a spatial version of this model.

 

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Fei Lan

Associate Professor
Management School, Wuhan University of Technology, China
Period in REAL: Jul 2018 - Jul 2019
e-mail: flylancy@hotmail.com

She received her PhD. in Management Science and Engineering in 2009 from Wuhan University of Technology. Her research interests focus on regional and industrial innovation, especially regional synergy innovation. Her first contact with REAL was on June 2011, as a visiting scholar at REAL to do research on co-evolutionary game analysis on main actors of regional innovation system. In July 2018 she visited REAL again for one year to agglomeration and spillover effects of regional synergy Innovation – with a focus on cross-regional cooperation.

 

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Francisco Germano Carvalho Lucio

Ph.D. Student at CAEN/UFC
Federal University of Ceara, Brazil
Period in REAL: Nov 2018 - Oct 2019
e-mail: germanocarvalho@caen.ufc.br

Germano Carvalho is a Ph.D candidate in Economics at Federal University of Ceará (CAEN/UFC). He received his Bachelor's degree with academic distinction (Magna cum Laude) and Master's degree in Economics from the same University. His research field is Macroeconomics and Computable General Equilibrium models. Recently, he has begun to research in the regional approach of general equilibrium models. Specifically, his research is based on the analysis of the intersectoral and multiregional dynamics using General Equilibrium models from which he aims to find changes and trends of the productive factors among productive sectors and different regions. In addition, he intends to verify the impacts on the welfare of different profiles of households caused by public policies and other sorts of interventions.

 

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Joao Gabriel Pio

Ph.D. Student
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Period in REAL: Nov 2018 - Jul 2019
e-mail: jpiogabriel@gmail.com

João Gabriel Pio is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Economics at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (PPGE / UFJF), researcher at the Territorial and Sectorial Analysis Laboratory (LATES / UFJF). He has experience in the following topics: Growth and Economic Development, Regional and Urban Economics, Models of Computable General Equilibrium and Technological Changes.

 

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Lilin Yuan

Ph.D. Student
School of Economics, Naikai University, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Aug 2019
e-mail: yuanll@mail.nankai.edu.cn

I am a PhD Student at the School of Economics at Nankai University. My major is International Trade and my interests focus on the issues about it, such as demand shock from foreign countries, international competition for trade, export product mix, TFP, and so on.

 

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Lina Maddah Souheil

Ph.D. Student
Department of Economics, Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Spain
Period in REAL: May 2019 – Jul 2019
e-mail: lina.maddah@urv.cat

I am from Lebanon and currently a PhD candidate in Economics at Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Reus, Spain). I joined the program in January 2018 as a recipient of the The Martí i Franquès COFUND Fellowship (EU Horizon 2020). My research deals with the dynamics of Cultural and Creative Industries, their economic contribution in Catalonia, and their spatial distribution and clustering patterns. My interests fall in the fields of economic geography, smart specialization, urban economics and regional sciences.

 

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Lucía Bolea Marcén

Ph.D. Student
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Period in REAL: Feb 2019 - May 2019
e-mail: lbolea@unizar.es

Lucia Bolea is a PhD student in Economics at University of Zaragoza (Spain). Her thesis focusses on the study of the factors that have led economic growth and globalization processes in recent decades, with a particular emphasis on the role of trade, technological and structural change. In her thesis, she makes use of input-output methodology as well as some econometric techniques and regional analysis tools (cluster analysis and multistage estimations). Before initiating her PhD studies, she completed a degree and a master’s degree in Economics at University of Zaragoza (Spain).

 

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Meng'er Tu

Ph.D. Student
School of Economics, Shanghai University, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Aug 2019
e-mail: tme18tc@gmail.com

Menger Tu is a PhD Student at School of Economics, Shanghai University. His main research field are regional innovation, regional development, innovation network. His current researches are related to the impact of multilevel innovation network on cities' innovation output - based on spatial cooperation innovation network of interregional. Further, his research focuses on the impact of regional innovation policies on growth of regional economy.

 

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Peng Ji

Ph.D. Student
School of Economics, Naikai University, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Aug 2019
e-mail: jp415@mail.nankai.edu.cn

My major is Urban Economics, and the main research field are Urban Spatial Structure and Urban Economic Efficiency. My current research is about the impact of urban polycentric distance on economic efficiency.

 

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Rafael Faria de Abreu Campos

Ph.D. Student
Center for Development and Regional Planning at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Cedeplar/UFMG), Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - May 2019
e-mail: rafael.fariadeabreucampos@gmail.com

PhD Candidate in Economics at Federal University of Minas Gerais (Cedeplar/UFMG), researcher at the Center for Studies in Applied Economic and Environmental Modeling (Nemea/Cedeplar) and at subnet of Economics at Brazilian Network of Research on Global Climate Change (Climate Network), M. Sc. in Applied Economics (2016) from Federal University of Viçosa (PPGEA/UFV), Graduated in Economic Sciences (2014) from the Federal University of Viçosa (DEE/UFV), and Technician in Business Administration (2008), with emphasis in Business Management, from General Edmundo de Macedo Soares e Silva Center of Technological Education (CET/CSN Foundation). Has experience in Applied Economic and Environmental Modeling mainly through Agent-Based Modeling, Systems Dynamics, Social Network Analysis, and Quantitative Methods. Practice area: Environmental and Natural Resources Economics.

 

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Ramon Goulart Cunha

Ph.D. Student
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Period in REAL: Nov 2018 - Jul 2019
e-mail: ramongcunha@gmail.com

Ramon is a PhD candidate in Economics at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF) and researcher at the Territorial and Sectorial Analysis Laboratory (LATES/UFJF). His research interests are Foreign Trade, Non-Tariff Barriers to Trade, Productivity and Transportation. He has working with Computable General Equilibrium Model, since 2015. His PhD Dissertation focuses on the role of the time on Brazilian exports, allocation of productive factors and welfare.

 

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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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Xiang Gao

Ph.D. Student
Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Aug 2019
e-mail: williamgao1993@163.com

Xiang is a PhD Candidate in Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is interested in Global Value Chain and International Trade. His research focuses on industry relocation, industry position in global value chain and Input-Output technique.

 

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Zhan Gao

Associate Professor
Department of Business Administration, Henan University of Engineering, China
Period in REAL: Sep 2018 - Sep 2019
e-mail: gaozhan2003@aliyun.com

Zhan Gao has a PhD in Regional Economics from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics of China, Dalian. She is interested in urban economic growth. Her research focuses on total factor productivity, spillover effects and spatial structure in urban economic growth.

 

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