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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 first names.

Current visiting scholars (Fall 2016)

Akiko Sakanishi

Carlos Alberto Gonçalves Junior

Frederick Alves

Na Li

Renata Caldas

Thiago Oliveira Nascimento

Vicente Royuela Mora

Vinicius de Almeida Vale

Xiangwei Sun

Xiaolei Wang

Yulong Zhou

Previous Visiting Scholars



  Akiko Sakanishi

Professor of Economics
Nara Prefectural University, Japan
Period in REAL: Oct 2015 - Sep 2016
e-mail: sakanishi.230@gmail.com

Akiko Sakanishi is a Professor of Regional Economics at Nara Prefectural University, Japan. She has a Ph.D. in Economics at Osaka Prefecture University, Japan. Her major research interests are in urban economics and labor economics. She focuses on analysis of regional labor market, population migration, transportation behavior and population aging. She uses spatial analysis by GIS, econometric methods and theoretical models in her research.

 

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  Carlos Alberto Gonçalves Junior

Ph.D. Candidate - Department of Economics
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Period in REAL: August 2016 - Dec 2016
e-mail: carlosalbertojr@usp.br

Carlos is currently a PhD candidate in Economics at University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has been part of REAL mafia since August 2016, when he came to UIUC as a visiting scholar. His research interests are Development Economics, Regional Economics, Regional Inequality and Inter-regional Input-Output analysis, focusing especially in Brazil. At the present time, he is working on his PhD dissertation, which is related to estimation methods of inter-regional Input-Output systems and inter-regional trade.

 

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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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  Na Li

Assistant Professor
University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Period in REAL: Jan 2016 - Jan 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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  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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  Thiago Oliveira Nascimento

MSc Candidate - Department of Economics
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Period in REAL: Sep 2016 - Dec 2016
e-mail: thiago_nascimento@usp.br

Currently pursuing a MSc degree in Economics at University of São Paulo (USP), Bachelor's at Ciências Econômicas from Universidade de Brasília (2014). Worked on Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada (IPEA) between 2014-2015, besides he was member of PET Economia UnB between 2011-2014. Has experience in Applied Economy, focusing on Regional and Urban Economy.

 

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  Vicente Royuela Mora

University of Barcelona (Spain). Associate Professor of Applied Economics
Period in REAL: Jun 2016 - Sep 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 – Dec 2016
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: Jan 2016 - Jan 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 - 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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