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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 2018)

André Luis Squarize Chagas

Carles Mendéz Ortega

Fei Lan

Guilherme Augusto Asai

Ivan Flores Carceres

Lilin Yuan

Meng'er Tu

Peng Ji

Rafael Faria de Abreu Campos

Renata Caldas

Stefan Borsky

Tarik Marques Prado Tanure

Wander Plassa da Silva

Xiang Gao

Xiaoai Jia

Zhan Gao



 
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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Carles Méndez Ortega

Ph.D. Student
Department of Economics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Dec 2018
e-mail: carles.mendez@urv.cat

Carles Méndez is a PhD Student at the Department of Economics at Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Spain. He has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Economics from the same University. His thesis, entitled "Location of the Software and Videogames industry inside Metropolitan Areas" is trying to understand what determines the location of Software and Videogames firms within cities and the agglomeration processes with other creative using a wide range of methodological tools.

 

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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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Guilherme Augusto Asai

Ph.D. Student
Western Parana State University, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
e-mail: guilherme.asai@gmail.com

Guilherme is a PhD candidate in Regional Development & Agribusiness at Western Parana State University (PGDRA/Unioeste) and researcher at General Equilibrium Analysis Project for the Brazilian Economy (PAEG). He received master’s degree in Economics & Agribusiness Management from Sao Paulo School of Economics (EESP/FGV). In past few years he held several positions in consulting and investments firms. His main research fields are in investments, assets valuation and logistics.

 

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Ivan Flores Carceres

Research Assistant
Center for Regional Economics and Policy, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Dec 2018
e-mail: ivanflorescaceres@gmail.com

Ivan is a Research assistant at the Center for Regional Economics and Policy (CEPR) at Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Chile. He has a Bachelor's degree in Bussiness and Administration. During his professional intership at CEPR, he geocoded the chilean register of educational institutions to build an Web application with the processed data (http://cepr.uai.cl/buscador-ies/). Currently, he and Dr. Esteban Lopez are working on commuting and gender using Chilean data. His fields of interests are Regional Economics, Education Economics and Childhood development and Health.

 

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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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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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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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Stefan Borsky

Assistant Professor
Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria
Period in REAL: Jun 2018 - Oct 2018
e-mail: stefan.borsky@uni-graz.at

Stefan Borsky received his PhD in Economics at the University of Innsbruck, Austria and is currently working in a multidisciplinary research center on climate and global change. He is environmental economist interested in the economic impact of climate change with a particular focus on the subnational level and how it transmits in space. Further, his research focuses on how sustainable product standard agreements affects international trade patterns in natural resources.

 

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Tarik Marques Prado Tanure

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

Tarik Tanure is a Ph.D. student at the Center for Development and Regional Planning at Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil (CEDEPLAR/UFMG), is a researcher at the Center for Studies in Applied Economic and Environmental Modeling (NEMEA/Cedeplar) and member of the Economics sub-net at the Brazilian Research Network on Global Climate Change (Rede Clima). He has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Economics from the University of Uberlândia (UFU). His current researches are related to Family Farming, Climate Change Impacts on the economy and Modeling through Computable General Equilibrium.

 

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Wander Plassa da Silva

Ph.D. Student
School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Jan 2019
e-mail: wanderplassa@usp.br

Wander Plassa is currently Ph.D. student at FEA/RP at University of São Paulo. His research interests focus on the relationship between crime and education. His thesis, entitled "The impact of violence on dropout and school repetition" is trying to understand how experiences with violence may affects educational outcomes among elementary and middle school students 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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Xiaoai Jia

Associate Professor
Department of Statistics, Shandong Technology and Business University, China
Period in REAL: Dec 2017 - Dec 2018
e-mail: jxiaoai1314@gmail.com

Xiaoai Jia has a PhD in Applied Economics (Statistics) from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics of China, Dalian. Her research interests focus on National economic accounting, Methods for calculating financial intermediation services indirectly measured.

 

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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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