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Regional Economics Applications Laboratory


Previous 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 previous visiting scholars profile and contact information


Visiting scholars Spring 2019

Alberto Franco Solís

Claudia Vanessa Montanía Portillo

Felipe Andres Morales Apablaza

Lina Maddah Souheil

Lucía Bolea Marcén




Visiting scholars Spring 2018

Lucas Iten Teixeira

Mayra Alejandra Orrego Varón

Mi Zhou

Nikolaos Kalyviotis

Nora Schindler

Orsa Kekezi

Raissa Carvalho Bragança

Xiaoai Jia



Visiting scholars Summer 2018

Fei Lan

Paulino Montes-Solla

Stefan Borsky

Xinru Li



Visiting scholars Fall 2018

André Luis Squarize Chagas

Carles Mendéz Ortega

Francisco Germano Carvalho Lucio

Guilherme Augusto Asai

Ivan Flores Carceres

Joao Gabriel Pio

Lei Wang

Lilin Yuan

Peng Ji

Ramon Goulart Cunha

Rafael Faria de Abreu Campos

Renata Caldas

Tarik Marques Prado Tanure

Wander Plassa da Silva

Xiang Gao

Zhan Gao



Visiting scholars Spring 2017

Alberto Franco Solís

Juliano Condi

Marcus Vinicius Amaral e Silva

Metin Piskin

Rodger Antunes

Volodymyr Riaboshlyk




Visiting scholars Fall 2017

Alfredo Cartone

Daniela Lima Ramos

Fernando Bermejo Patón

Fernando Rubiera Morollón

Jamilly Dias dos Santos

Jing Xue

Matteo Foglia

Orsa Kekezi

Raquel Langarita

Rolando Israel Valdez Ramírez

Shunlu Hu

Ticiana Grecco Zanon Moura



Visiting scholars Spring 2016

André Carrascal Incera

Diana Gutiérrez Posada

Douglas Mesquita Carneiro



Visiting scholars Summer 2016

Alberto Franco Solís

Gilberto Fraga

Ismail Cagri Ozcan



Visiting scholars Fall 2016

Akiko Sakanishi

Alfredo Cartone

Ana Medina López

Carlos Alberto Gonçalves Junior

Frederick Alves

Na Li

Thiago Oliveira Nascimento

Vinicius de Almeida Vale

Vicente Royuela Mora

Xiangwei Sun

Xiaolei Wang

Yulong Zhou



Visiting scholars Spring 2015

Andrew Crawley

Debora Cardoso

Ismail Cagri Ozcan

Dr. Pilar Campoy-Muñoz

Qi Guo

Rocio Valdebenito

Xiangyu Liu

Zinan Zhang



Visiting scholars Fall 2015

Marcelo Bego

Paulo Britto

Qi Guo

Peter Huber

Nathaly Rivera (Summer 2015)



Visiting scholars Spring 2014

Alvaro Furtado

Andrew Crawley

Bartek Rokicki

Elisangela Araujo

Gisleia betini

Josue Braga

Kenia de Souza

Luiz Ribeiro

Linzhi Ma

Raul Silveira

Renata caldas

Roldan Andres

Tang Wei

Zinan Zhang

Zenkai Zhang



Visiting scholars Spring 2013

Özge Öner

Flaviane Souza Santiago

Mauricio Marins Machado

Liu Xinjian

Linxiu Huang

Kenia Barreiro de Souza

Huong Nguyen

Yanping Tian

Igor Maciel Silva

Yasna Cortes

Laura Varella Candamio

Fernando Rubiera

Elena Lasarte

Lorena Garcia-Alonso



Visiting scholars Fall 2013

Andrew Crawley

Bartek Rokicki

Kenia de Souza

Klaus Nowotny

Lucas Squarize Chagas

Raul Silveira

Roldan Andres

Ruey Yau

Linxiu Huang

Tang Wei

Zinan Zhang

Zenkai Zhang



Visiting scholars Spring 2012

Metehan Yilgor

Fei Lan

Breno Augusto da Silva e Silva

Weslem Faria

Admir Betarelli

Cristina Miller

Joaquim Guilhoto

Xingxin Ren

Xu Sun



Visiting scholars Fall 2012

Ana Salomé García

Begoña Cueto

Elena Lasarte

Flaviane Souza Santiago

Lan Fei

Liu Xiuli

Metehan Yilgor

Sun Xu

Tian Yanping

Xiuli Liu



Visiting scholars Spring 2011

Lucy Abosede Kehinde

Sofia Aroca Ortuzar

Jeroen Bakker

Enlinson Carvalho de Mattos

Fernanda Satori Camargo da Cunha

Gustavo S. Cortes

Carlos Guevara Aguirre

Euijune Kim

Aline Souza Magalhaes

Marcela Nogueira

Dieter Pennerstorfer

Lei Ping

Rafael Terra

Hongxia Zhang



Visiting scholars Fall 2011

Domenica Panzera

Anna Gloria Billé

Roberto Benedetti

Ana Viñuela

Ricardo Argüello

Blanca Moreno Cuartas

Christian C. Ganzert

Michael Diemer



Visiting scholars Spring 2010

Andre Fernandes Tomon Avelino

Esteban Fernandez Vazquez

Janderson Damaceno dos Reis

Johannes Bröcker

Pedro G. Carvalho

Roberto Basile



Visiting scholars Summer 2010

Ana Viñuela

Begoña Cueto



Visiting scholars Fall 2010

Euijune Kim



Visiting scholars Spring 2009

Birgit Aigner

Claudia Rodrigues

Gervasio F. Santos

Huayi Yu

Jose Irineu Rangel Rigotti

Luciano Sampaio

Maria Angela Furlan Antigo

Pedro H. M. Bertolo

Raul Santos (Spring 2009)

Wen Yuyuan

Yan Yang

Zhenquan Wang



Visiting scholars Summer 2009

Alejandro Rici Risquete



Visiting scholars Fall 2009

Antonio Avedaño

Eveline van Leeuwen

Binjiang Yan



Visiting scholars Fall 2008

Fabiano Pereira

Fernanda Furuta

Xiuli Liu



Visiting scholars Spring 2007

Andre Arruda Villela

Celia Kerstenetzky

Daisuke Nakamura

Erik Rego

Giuseppe Arbia

Guohua Liu

Isidoro Romero Luna

Lucy Abosede Kehinde



Visiting scholars Spring 2006

Elif Alkay

Gabriela Sanchez Fernandez

Hee Sang Yu

Ho Un Gim



Visiting scholars Fall 2006

Charles Carmona

Fernanda Satori Camargo da Cunha

Jaehwa Park

Lihong Peng

Mauro Ferrante

Motonari Hayashida

Ricardo daSilva Freguglia

Roberta Rocha

Rong Xu

Wen Chen



Visiting scholars Spring 2005

Changgui Park

Gianfranco Piras

Nian Yang



Visiting scholars Fall 2005

Josefina Flórez

Silvia Harumi Toyoshima



Visiting scholars Spring 2004

Shiro Hioki



Visiting scholars Spring 2003

John Roy

Yiannis Kamarianakis



Visiting scholars Summer 2003

Luiz Kehrle



Visiting scholars Fall 2003

Esther Velázquez Alonso

Jose Irineu Rangel Rigotti

Kerlyng Cecchini

Luiz Ricardo Cavalcante

Seungkyu Park

Simone Uderman

Sonny Harry B. Harmadi



Visiting scholars Spring 2002

Manuel Alejandro Cardenete Flores



Visiting scholars Fall 2002

Fernanda F. C. Perobelli

Fernando S. Perobelli

Julie Le Gallo

Marco Percoco

Mauro Borges Lemos

Muhammed Farooq Faisal Butt



Visiting scholars Spring 2001

Barbara Grings

Carolyn Dong Guo

Ferhan Gezici

Miguel A. Márquez



Visiting scholars Fall 2001

Eduardo Simoes de Almeida

Marcos Minoru Hasegawa

Masayo Wakabayashi

Sandy Dall'erba



Visiting scholars Fall 2000

Edson P. Domingues



Visiting scholars Spring 1999

Gerold Zakarias



Other Visiting scholars

Coro Chasco

Maria Plotnikova






 
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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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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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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Felipe Andres Morales Apablaza

M.S. Student
Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Chile
Period in REAL: Jan 2019 - Feb 2019
e-mail: f.morales@edu.uai.cl

Felipe received a Master in Economics from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile, in 2017. His research interest are related to transport economics, regional economics and econometric theory. Now he is working evaluating the economic cost produced by the population agglomeration in the main Chilean cities. He is research assistant at Center for Regional Economics and Policy – Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Viña del Mar, Chile.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Lei Wang

Post-doc, Wuhan University of Technology
Period in REAL: Aug 2018 - Aug 2019
E-mail: lw25@illinois.edu

Lei is a Professor in the Wuhan University of Technology. His research interests are Input-Output Analysis, Regional Value Chains and Industrial Upgrading. He visited at REAL from August 2018 to August 2019.



 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Paulino Montes-Solla

R&D Manager and Associate Researcher
Jean Monnet Group of Competition and Regional Development, University of A Coruña, Spain
Period in REAL: Jul 2018 - Sep 2018
e-mail: paulino.montes.solla@udc.es

Paulino Montes-Solla is an R&D Manager and Associate Researcher of the Jean Monnet Group of Competition and Regional Development (C+D) of the Department of Economics at University of A Coruna, from 2013. He earned his Bachelor in Economics in 2011 from University of A Coruna and his Ph.D. in 2015. Since 2009 he is a member of the expert group in Regional Policy and a regular contributor to the reports on ERDF funds for the European Commission. His main research field are Regional Development, Economic Geography, Regional Policy, Innovation Management and Renewable Energy Economy. He has published the results of their research in different academic journals and specialized books.

 

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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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Xinru Li

Ph.D. Student
Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
Period in REAL: May 2018 - Aug 2018
e-mail: lixinru@amss.ac.cn

Xinru Li has been studying the MD-PhD program on Management Sciences and Engineering in Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science from September 2014 to now. Her research interests focus on global value chains and bilateral trade balance. In her thesis she analyzes the distribution of trade benefits and Sino-US trade gap from the perspective of national income.

 

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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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Lucas Iten Teixeira

Ph.D. Student
Sao Paulo School of Economics, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil
Period in REAL: Mar 2018 - Jul 2018
e-mail: lucasitenteixeira@gmail.com

Lucas is a PhD candidate in Sao Paulo School of Economics at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil. Since 2010 he is an analyst of Central Bank of Brazil (currently on leave). He is working on essays about regional credit in Brazil, considering a credit registry database from Central Bank of Brazil with regional information of credit, such as zip code and municipality of loan's borrower. He evaluates the impact of credit lines on local consumption and also explores the impact of changing spatially the threshold limit of a conforming housing loan on local real estate prices.

 

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Mayra Alejandra Orrego Varón

Researcher
International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia
Period in REAL: Feb 2018 - Present
e-mail:

Mayra Alejandra Orrego Varón has been a research assistant for 5 year in the area of Impact Evaluation and Strategic Studies in the department of Decision and Policy Analysis-DAPA of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture-CIAT, Colombia. She has a Bachelor in Economics from the Universidad del Valle-Cali, and a Masters in Economics from the Universidad del Rosario-Bogotá, Colombia. Her research focuses on the adoption of varieties, agronomic practices and new agricultural technologies and impact of the climate variability mainly on rice cultivation in Latin America. Her research interest are Agricultural Economics, Environmental Economics, Public Policy and Climate Change.

 

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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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Nora Schindler

Ph.D. Student
University of Economics and Business, Vienna
Period in REAL: Mar 2018 - May 2018
e-mail: nora.schindler@wu.ac.at

Nora Schindler holds a bachelor’s and a master‘s degree from LMU Munich as well as a Master of Science in economics from the University of Economics and Business (WU) in Vienna. She is pursuing her PhD at the Institute for Economic Policy and Industrial Economics at the University of Economics and Business (WU) in Vienna. Her current research focuses on a spatial econometric analysis of the effect of income inequality on market size and firm conduct in the Austrian restaurant market. Additional research interests include Foreign Direct Investments, Tax Competition and Energy Economics.

 

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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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Daniela Lima Ramos

Ph.D. Student in Applied Economics
Federal University of Bahia
Period in REAL: Jul 2017 - Jan 2018
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 - Jan 2018
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 - Jan 2018
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 - Jan 2018
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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Jing Xue

Ph.D. Student in Regional Economics
College of Economics and Management, Beijing Jiaotong University
Period in REAL: Oct 2016 - Oct 2017
e-mail: bjtuxuejing@gmail.com

Jing Xue is a Ph.D. student in Applied Economics in Beijing Jiaotong University of China, currently in her third year. Her research interests focus on the effect of transportation on economic performance, poverty reduction and agglomeration in China. In her studies, she uses econometric models of panel data. Now she is working on "the development of urban rail transit network" and "marketization, railway infrastructure investment and economic growth in china based on panel data spatial economic models".

 

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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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Orsa Kekezi

Ph.D. Student
Jönköping University, Sweden
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Oct 2017; Feb 2018 - Jul 2018
e-mail: orsa.kekezi@ju.se

Orsa Kekezi has obtained her BA and MSc in Economics from Jönköping International Business School in Sweden. In fall 2015 she started her PhD studies in the same university. Her research interests lie in regional economics with specific focus on agglomeration economies, labor mobility, and knowledge spillovers. In her thesis she applies these theories in the cultural and creative industries in Sweden.

 

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Raquel Langarita

Ph.D. Student in Economics
University of Zaragoza, Spain
Period in REAL: Sep 2017 - Dec 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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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 - Nov 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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Shunlu Hu

Ph.D. Student in Urban Economics
School of Ecnomics, Nankai University, China
Period in REAL: Sep 2016 - Sep 2017
e-mail: shunluhu@illinois.edu

Shunlu Hu is a Ph.D candidate in urban economics at Nankai University, currently in his third year. His research interests mainly focus the industrial structure, agglomeration economy of the economic development zones in China, based on the use of China Industrial Enterprise Database. He mainly uses econometric models of panel data.

 

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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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Marcus Vinícius Amaral e Silva

Ph.D. Student
Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Period in REAL: Mar 2017 - Aug 2018
e-mail:

Marcus Silva is a PhD student in the Department of Economics at Federal University of Juiz de Fora. He holds an M.S. degree in Economics in Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil). He has interests in the areas of Regional and Urban Economics and his recent work is related to the following topics: input-output, multivariate analysis and spatial econometrics.

 

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Alberto Franco Solís

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

Alberto received his Ph.D. degree in Economics in April 2014 by the University 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 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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Juliano C. Condi

Undergraduate Student in Economics
University of Sao Paulo - Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Period in REAL: Jan 2017 - July 2017
e-mail: jccondi@fearp.usp.br

Juliano is finishing his undergraduate program in Economics, in the School of Economics, Business Administration and Accounting at Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo (USP). His research focuses on the role of investiment on sanitation. He has also some experience with data manipulation, specifically with R, Python and SQL, and loves programming.

 

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Metin Piskin

Ph.D. Student
Istanbul Technical University
Period in REAL: Jan 2017 - July 2017
e-mail: piskinm@itu.edu.tr

Mr. Piskin received his M.S. degree in Economics from Galatasaray University in 2013. The topic of dissertaiton is ‘The Economic Impacts of Economic Partnership Agreements on Sub-Saharan Africa: at the framework of Partial Equilibrium analysis’. And he is a PhD candidate at Istanbul Technical University, Department of Economics. He currently focuses on Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Models and economic analysis of transportation investments in Turkey. He is a Visiting Scholar at the REAL in Spring 2017.

 

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Namhee Jung

Director
The Ministry of Strategy and Finance of South Korea
Period in REAL: Nov 2015 - May 2017
e-mail: hijung1111@gmail.com

Efficient and sustainable fiscal framworks to meet increasing welfare demand.

 

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Rodger Antunes

Ph.D. Student
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Period in REAL: Feb 2017 - Aug 2017
e-mail: rodgerantunes@gmail.com

B.S. in Economics from Mackenzie University (2011) and Master at Applied Economics from Juiz de Fora Federal University (2014). Currently, he is a PhD student at the Economics Department of the University of São Paulo and his PhD dissertation is focusing on business subcentralities and its impacts on land price. He is also a member of the University of São Paulo Regional and Urban Economics Lab. He has experience in Regional and Urban Economics, Spatial Econometrics and Econometrics. His research field is Urban Economics, especially real estate, land use, construction sector and housing public policies.

 

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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 - Aug 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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  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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  Alfredo Cartone

Ph.D. Student
University “Gabriele d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
Period in REAL: Oct 2016 - Dec 2016; 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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  Ana Medina López

Associate Professor
University Rey Juan Carlos (Spain)
Period in REAL: Oct 2016 - Oct 2016
e-mail: ana.medina@urjc.es

Ana Medina has a PhD degree in Economics from University Rey Juan Carlos and now works at the same University as an associate professor. The topic of her PhD thesis was the use of multisectoral models to assess the impact of an R&D investment shock in the Madrid region. She built a regional Social Accounting Matrix for Madrid and then constructed a linear and a dynamic CGE model. Her research interests are CGE modelling focusing in environmental issues and assessing energy efficiency policies. She is also interested in the application of multisectoral models to assess tourism-related issues at regional and national level. Currently she is working on a project at a national level regarding Economy, Environment and Corrective Policies: a Multidisciplinary General Equilibrium approach.

 

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  Carlos Alberto Gonçalves Junior

Ph.D. Candidate - Department of Economics
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Period in REAL: Aug 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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  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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  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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  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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  André Carrascal Incera

Postdoctoral researcher
University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
Period in REAL: Spring 2015 to Spring 2016
e-mail: andrecrr@illinois.edu website: Link

André Carrascal is a Postdoctoral researcher in Economics at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). He received his PhD degree in Economics in July 2014 by the same university. The topic of his PhD thesis was "Tourism and Income Distribution: General Equilibrium Models Applied to the Galician Economy”. His main lines of research are related with Input-Output, SAMs and Computable General Equilibrium models from a regional perspective. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at REAL, sponsored by the Galician Regional Government, working on the subject of youth unemployment in Europe.

 

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  Diana Gutiérrez Posada

University of Oviedo (Spain). Ph.D. Candidate
Period in REAL: September-November, 2014 and 2015
e-mail: gutierrezdiana@uniovi.es

My main research topic is the study of economic and demographic dynamics at a highly disaggregated spatial level, focusing on the effects that location (absolute and relative) may exert..

 

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  Douglas Mesquita Carneiro

Ph.D. Student in Regional Economics - PUCRS, Brazil
Period in REAL: October 2015 to March 2016
e-mail: douglasmcarneiro@hotmail.com

My research interests focus on regional economy growth, firm size, agglomeration. In my studies I use econometric methods and a spatial econometric analysis. My currently work is to analyze the importance of the size of firms for the economic growth in Brazil.

 

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  Marcelo Bego

Ph.D Candidate in Business Administration / Finance
EAESP – FGV (Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil)
Period in REAL: August 2015 to August 2016
e-mail: marcelo.bego@gmail.com

Marcelo is a Ph.D candidate in business and administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Brazil. He holds a B.A. degree in economics at Londrina State University and a M.S. in Business Administration/Finance at Federal University of Pernambuco. His research focuses on agricultural commodities spot and futures prices, as well as, agricultural producers behavior. Currently, he is working on his dissertation (Three Essays on Hedge), which investigates agricultural producers hedge behavior and will be focused on both, Microeconomic and Macroeconomic, reasons and incentives to hedge. In the Microeconomic reasons, he will focus on the price and quantity risk of production as well the transaction costs faced by producers, while in the Macroeconomic reasons, he will focus on fiscal policy and in the aggregate shocks of productivity in order to explain differences in the agricultural producers behavior across countries.

 

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  Peter Huber

Senior Researcher
Austrian Institute of Economic Reseaarch
Period in REAL: June 2015 to November 2015
e-mail: huber@wifo.ac.at

Peter Huber, is a senior researcher at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. He studied Economics at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, the University of Insbruck and the Institute of Advanced Studies, Vienna where he also worked as a research assistant. Since 1998 he is working at the Austrian Institute of Economic Research where he also was vice-director for external co-ordination from 2012-2014. Since 2010 he is also a lecturer at Mendel University in Brno. His main research interests are in regional economics and the analysis of migration and commuting patterns in Europe.

 

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  Nathaly Rivera

Visiting Scholar
PhD. Student - Michigan State University
Period in REAL: Summer 2015
e-mail: nrcasanoba@gmail.com

Nathaly Rivera is a Ph.D. student in Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at the Michigan State University, in the field of Environmental and Resource Economics. Her main research interests are related with resource industries like mining and energy, and their externalities on society, with a special focus in Chile. In her applied research, she uses econometric methods of cross-section, panel data and time series models. She holds a M.S. degree in Regional Economics from the Universidad Catolica del Norte (Chile).

 

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  Qi GUO

PhD. Student in Economic Geography
College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University
Period in REAL: Sep, 2014 to Sep, 2015
e-mail: guoqi0610@yeah.net

Qi GUO received her Master degree in Economics in June 2012 in Renmin University of China. Now, she is a Ph.D. candidate in economic geography at Peking University (China), currently in her third year. Her research interests focus on regional economics, firm dynamics and industrial production space in China. In her studies she uses the econometric models and regional input-output models. Now she is working on “Exploratory analysis of China’s interregional trade during 1997-2007”.

 

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  Paulo Augusto P. de Britto

Associate Professor
University of Brasília, Brazil
Period in REAL: August, 2015 to July, 2016
e-mail: pbritto@unb.br

Paulo de Britto has a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois, with focus on microeconomic theory and applications. He is currently an associate professor of economics and finance at the University of Brasília, Brazil. His research areas are: economics of regulation and antitrust and financial economics, with special interest on the development and application of techniques to define relevant market and market shares, to calculate cost of capital and rate of return, as well as to conduct regulatory impact analysis through simulation and cost-benefit techniques. During this post-doctoral period at the University of Illinois, he is studying the port sector, applying factorial analysis to understand port choice, and implementing spatial clustering algorithms to define geographical markets for the Brazilian ports.

 

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  Andrew Crawley

Marie Curie Research Fellow
Cardiff University UK
Period in REAL: July 2013 to June 2015
e-mail: crawleyaj@cardiff.ac.uk website: Link

I hold a PhD in Economics that focused on spatial economic analysis. My research interests lie broadly in two areas: the first is the development of new methods and techniques for the analysis of spatial economic phenomenon. This has involved using innovative mathematical and statistical approaches to improve existing measures as well as the construction of new ones. The second area is regional economic modelling. I am particularly interested in building links between different frameworks. My current fellowship is looking at linking an econometric input output and a computable general equilibrium model in a consistent spatial and temporal domain.

 

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  Débora Cardoso

PhD. Candidate in Economics
CEDEPLAR/Federal University of Minas Gerais
Period in REAL: Fall 2014 to Spring 2015
e-mail: dfreirec@illinois.edu

Currently she is a Visiting Scholar at REAL. Her research interests are focused in Economic Development, Income inequality, Economic Growth, Public policies and Computable General Equilibrium modeling.

 

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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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  Dr. Pilar Campoy-Muñoz

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Loyola Andalusia University , Spain
Period in REAL: April-June 2015
e-mail: mpcampoy@uloyola.es

Pilar received her Ph.D. degree in July 2013 in University of Cordoba (Spain). Now, she is assistant professor at Loyola Andalusia University. Her research interest focus on SAM Models and Applied General Equilibrium Models at national and regional level.

 

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  Qi GUO

PhD. Student in Economic Geography
College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University
Period in REAL: Sep, 2014 to Sep, 2015
e-mail: guoqi0610@yeah.net

Qi GUO received her Master degree in Economics in June 2012 in Renmin University of China. Now, she is a Ph.D. candidate in economic geography at Peking University (China), currently in her third year. Her research interests focus on regional economics, firm dynamics and industrial production space in China. In her studies she uses the econometric models and regional input-output models. Now she is working on “Exploratory analysis of China’s interregional trade during 1997-2007”.

 

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  Rocío Valdebenito

Magister Scientiae
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez. Santiago, Chile
Period in REAL: Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
e-mail: valdebenito.rocio@gmail.com

Rocío received a M.S. degree in Management from Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez,Chile, in 2014. Her main research interests are related to vocational education at terciary and secondary level, economics of education and regional economics. The topic of her master's thesis was "The effect of vacational education in higher education". She is research assistant of Center for Regional Economics and Policy - Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Viña del Mar, Chile.

 

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  Xiangyu Liu

PhD. Candidate in Public Management
Tsinghua University
Period in REAL: Jan 2015 to Sep 2015
e-mail: xiangyuliu@yeah.net

Xiangyu focus on public sectors performance evaluation, governmental management, and local government studies. His research involves impact factors of governmental performance, promotion of organization managing, and methods of measurement.

 

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  Zinan Zhang

PhD. Candidate in Economics
Central University of Finance and Economics
Period in REAL: Aug 2013 to Feb, 2015
e-mail: zinanzh@gmail.com

Zinan Zhang received a M.S. degree in Economics from the Beijing Normal University (China) in 2010. Now he is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Central University of Finance and Economics (China). His research interests include applied econometrics, growth theory and regional income distribution in China. The topic of his Ph.D. thesis is "The Wage Control Policy and Structural Transformation in China". The overall goal of the dissertation is to incorporate the wage policy into an open economy to quantitatively assess its effect on the structure transformation.

 

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  Alvaro Furtado Coelho Junior

Ph.D Candidate in Economics
Federal University of Pernambuco (PIMES/UFPE), Brazil
Period in REAL: Jan 2014 - Present
e-mail: alvarojuniorbr@gmail.com

Alvaro Furtado Coelho Junior is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE/PIMES), Brazil, currently in his fourth year. His Master degree in Economics from the Federal University of Paraiba (UFPB) (2011), Brazil. His Bachelor degree in Economics from the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) (2009), Brazil. In 2014-2015 he is Visiting Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)/ Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL).
His research interests focus on Brazilian regional economics with emphasis in regional development and the housing market, in special estimation of the demand for housing attributes and how this can be used to improve housing policy planning. In his studies he use the traditional estimation models and the spatial interactions models. Currently, he is working on his dissertation about the housing market of Recife's city (one of the most important city of the Brazilian northeast region).

 

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  Luiz Carlos de Santana Ribeiro

Ph.D Candidate in Economics
Center of Development and Regional Planning (CEDEPLAR)
Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
Period in REAL: Jan 2014 - Present
e-mail: ribeiro.luiz84@gmail.com

Luiz Carlos de Santana Ribeiro is a Ph.D Candidate in Economics at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, currently in his third year. He received a B. A. degree in Economics in 2007 and a M.Sc. in Economics in 2010 at Ferderal University of Sergipe and Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, respectively. The research focus is the analysis of the Brazilian Northeast in a general equilibrium perspective. Therefore, his research aims to analyze the economic impacts of new oil refineries in this region and evaluate if these investments will contribute to reduce regional inequalities. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar at the REAL, sponsored by National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), from Brazil.

 

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  Dr. Bartłomiej Rokicki

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Economic Sciences
University of Warsaw, Poland
Period in REAL: Fall 2013 - Present
e-mail: brokicki@wne.uw.edu.pl

dr Bartłomiej Rokicki – is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw. He received PhD in Economics from the University of Warsaw in November 2009. He also studied at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham. Author of many publications and reports related to the regional development, European Cohesion Policy and European integration. During several years he collaborated with the Department of Analyses and Strategies, Office of the Committee for European Integration. Currently, he collaborates with several entities as a key expert in evaluation studies related to the European Cohesion Policy. His current research interests focus on econometric I-O modeling, regional CGE modeling and spatial data analysis (primarily labour market).

 

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  Gisleia Benini

Assistant Professor
Department of Economis
Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Fall 2013 - Present
e-mail: gisleiaduarte@gmail.com

Gisléia is a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil. She has professor in the Departament of Economics at University Federal Rural de Pernambuco (Brazil).
Her research interests are : microeconometrics, economic devolopment, poverty and inequality.

 

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  Mauricio Marins Machado

Ph.D Candidate - Department of Economics
University of Brasilia
Period in REAL: Nov 2012 - Present
e-mail: mmmarins@unb.br

Mauricio Marins Machado is a Ph.D candidate in Economics at the University of Brasília, Brazil. He received a B.A. and a M.S. degree in Economics from Federal University of Bahia (2001) and Federal University of Minas Gerais (2004), respectively. Worked as financial analyst at the Brazilian Department of the Treasury (2003/2006), but currently belongs to the economics career of the Ministry of Planning, through which he has worked with regulation of energy and other infra-structure markets at the Ministry of Mining and Energy (2006/2008) and at the Ministry of Finance (2008/2012).


His main research interests are in Parametric and Nonparametric Efficiency Measurements, Microeconometrics and Energy Economics. In the Visiting Scholar Program in REAL he has worked on his thesis about the Brazilian electricity generation market, using a panel data of electric power companies to estimate their efficiency frontier, the possibilities of economies of scale and other technological characteristics, as well as the impacts of the reform on Brazil’s electricity industry over the last two decades.

 

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  Kênia Barreiro de Souza

Ph.D Candidate - Center of Development and Regional Planing
Federal University of Minas Ferais (Cedeplar/UFMG), Brazil
Period in REAL: May 2013 - Present
e-mail: keniadesouza@gmail.com
website: Link

Kênia Barreiro de Souza is a Ph.D Candidate in Economics at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, currently in her third year. She received a B. A. degree in Economics in 2008 and a M.Sc. in Economics in 2011 both at Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. The research focus is the analysis of the Brazilian labor market in a general equilibrium perspective. Therefore, his research aims to relax the specifications of traditional CGE models like the behavior of labor supply in the face of variations in the level of wages and employment. The first proposed application is the evaluation of the impact of gender and race discrimination in the Brazilian labor market. Currently, she is a Visiting Scholar at the REAL, sponsored by National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), from Brazil

 

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  Yanping Tian

Ph.D in Economics - Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China
Period in REAL: Aug 2012 - Jul 2013
e-mail: yptian2000@yahoo.com

Socio-economic Impacts of urban renewal on Chinese urban development including dynamics of urban spatial structure, social segregation as well as distributional equality of public services

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  Igor Ezio Maciel Silva

Ph.D Candidate - Department of Economics
Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
Period in REAL: Mar 2013 - Aug 2013
e-mail: igor.msilva@ufpe.br
website: Link

Igor Silva is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil (in course). He has M.A. in Economics (2010) and B.A. in Economics (2007) also from the Federal University of Pernambuco. His research interests are: Macroeconomy, Brazilian Economy, Monetary and Fiscal Policies, Business Cycles, Econometric Time Series (VAR). Currently, he is working on his dissertation about the effect of monetary and fiscal policies in Brazil.

 

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  Yasna Cortes Garriga

MS in Regional Science- Department of Economics - Instituto de Economia Aplicada Regional (IDEAR)
Universidad Catolica del Norte, Chile
Period in REAL: Apr 2013 - June 2013
e-mail: ycortes01@ucn.cl
website: Link

My research interests are directed to study development regional policy, regional and urban economics. However, during the last year I have been dedicated to study of the municipal income inequalities for the Chilean case. Especially, these studies are dedicated to explore how the public policy and the sub national institutions can affect the spatial inequalities in Chile through of institutional via. Particularly, this implication has been ignored by the Chilean central government, however can have a big importance in the definition of new public policy in our country.

 

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  Laura Varela Candamio

Ph.D. in Economics- Department of Economics
University of A Coruña, Spain
Period in REAL: Apr 2013 - Jul 2013
e-mail: laura.varelacandamio@gmail.com
website: Link

Laura Varela-Candamio is an Assistant professor in the Department of Economic Analysis and Business Administration at University of A Coruna, Spain from Autumn 2009. She earned her D.S.C. in Economics in 2007 from University of A Coruna and her PhD. in 2011. She also is an Assistant in Jean Monnet Research Group Competition in EU. Her main research field are public finance, taxation, economic geography, economic development and regional policy. Whitin the educational field her research is focus on higher education and ICTs. She has published the results of their research in different academic journals. During my stay at UofA I attended a course given by Sandy Dall'erba in spatial statistics and spatial econometrics (Geog/Econ/Stat 579) as well as the Regional Science Seminar Series. I was engaged in very fruitfull discussions related my works with several members of the department and PhD students.

 

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Özge Öner

Anna

Özge Öner, PhD Candidate
The Centre for Entrepreneurship and Spatial Economics
Jönköping International Business School in Sweden
Email: Ozge.Oner@jibs.hj.se


Özge gained her BA in Economics from University of Marmara in Istanbul in 2008 prior to moving to Sweden for her graduate studies. She obtained her MSc in Economics with a focus on 'Creative Industries and Experience Economy' in June, 2010 at Jönköping International Business School. The very same year she started her PhD under the supervision of Johan Klaesson and Charlotta Mellander. Her research deals with several issues in relation to space of consumption, particularly focusing on the location dynamics of retail markets. Özge is also in close collaboration with Swedish Retail Research Institute (HUI). She has recently received a grant from Swedish Hospitality Industry's Research and Development Fund to conduct research on hospitality industry clusters in Sweden together with her supervisors. Özge has been a nomad over the past 6 years. She has visited Universidade Catolica Portuguesa in Porto, Portugal during her bachelor studies, University of Groningen in the Netherlands during her master studies. She has been living in Sweden for over 4 years where she calls her second home. Today she joined the REAL team at University of Illinois as a visiting scholar and she is ever happy to be a part of the team.

 

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Domenica Panzera

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Quantitative Methods and Economic Theory
University “G. d’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Domenica Panzera is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics and Statistics at the University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy. In 2003 she graduated in Economics and in 2009 she received her Master’s Degree in Methods of Evaluation, Forecasting and Control of Socio-Economic Systems at the University of Chieti-Pescara. Her main research interests are in spatial statistics and econometrics. Her first contact with REAL is in October 2011, as a visiting scholar, to work on a research project concerning the missing spatial data problem.

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Metehan Yilgor

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Metehan Yilgor, Ph.D., Assistant Proffessor
Bandirma Faculty of Economics and Administrative Science
Department of Econometrics, Balikesir University, Turkey
Email: myilgor@gmail.com


Metehan Yilgor is an Asst. Prof of Econometrics at Balikesir University, Turkey. His PhD research is focused on the analaysis of twin defict in OECD Countries by using panel data models, advised by Prof. Dr. Selehattin Guris. He is also interested in panel data analysis and time series analysis. His current research concentrates on describing economic growth and analyzing regional economy in OECD countries and developing countries with adoption of panel data model.

 

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Anna Gloria Billé

Anna

PhD student University "G. d'Annunzio" of Chieti
Faculty of Economics
Department of Economic studies (DEC)
Viale della Pineta, 465129 Pescara (PE) Italy

 

Anna Gloria Billé is a PhD student at the Economics Department (DEC), University of “G. D’Annunzio” of Chieti, Italy. Her PhD research is advise by Professor Giuseppe Arbia and the research is on Spatial Discrete Choice Models and Spatial Limited Dependent Variable Models with an empirical application into health economic field. She is currently developing R codes to simulate data from a spatial autoregressive logit/probit model (SALM/SAPM) to compare different kind of estimation techniques (i.e. GMM, linearized GMM, FML, unilateral approximation of ML) and to prove their properties for large samples. She is also interesting in Bayesian inference for the same models. The application will be focus on describing individual choices of health care services in Italy with the adoption of a spatial multinomial model according to random utility theory.

 

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Roberto Benedetti

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Roberto Benedetti is Full Professor in Economic Statistics at the University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy). In 1989 he joined Telespazio SpA were he worked on remotely sensed data. After spending one year as a visiting researcher at the National Centre for Geographic Information Analysis of the University of California at Santa Barbara and receiving a Ph.D. in Methodological Statistics from the University of Rome in 1994, from 1994 to 2001 he has held positions at the Italian National Statistical Institute as the head of the Agricultural Statistics Service. His current research interests focus on spatial data analysis, sample design and small area estimation.

 

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Ana Viñuela

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REGIOlab, Laboratorio de Análisis Económico Regional
Dpto. de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Oviedo
Avda. del Cristo S/N, 33006 - Oviedo (Asturias)
Tel: 985 10 4997 Email: avinuela@uniovi.es

 

Ana Vinuela received her Master in European Economics from University College Dublin and since then has a teaching position in University of Oviedo, in Spain, where she got her BA in Economics. After her intense and first visit to REAL in June 2010, she finished her thesis dissertation, titled "Surpassing the Administrative Division Limits on Regional Analysis: Three Essays on Labour, Urban and Regional Economics". Using Spanish data at micro level and creating an alternative spatial aggregation based on the importance of agglomeration economies and location, some spatial patterns beyond the administrative division can be detected when studying topics such as the distribution of employment or internal migrations. Her current research deals with the definition of local labour markets and their possible applications in Regional Economic.

 

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Ricardo Argüello


Professor
Faculty of Economics
Universidad del Rosario
Bogota, D.C., Colombia
Email: luis.arguello@urosario.edu.co
https://sites.google.com/site/ricardoarguellocuervo/

Ricardo Arguello holds a PhD degree in Regional Science (Cornell University). His research interests delve around international trade issues and agricultural economics. He is currently working on a CGE model specialized in agriculture, to appraise the expected impact of further trade liberalization and sectoral policy changes in Colombia. He also has experience as a government official, as a consultant for international organizations, and in the private sector.

 

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Fei Lan

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Fei Lan
PhD, Lecturer
School of Management, Wuhan University of Technology
Wuhan, China, 430070
Email: flylancy@163.com; feilan@illinois.edu

Dr. Fei Lan received her PhD. in Management Science and Engineering in 2009 from Wuhan University of Technology. The topic of her dissertation was “Industrial Independent Innovation Capability: Evolvement and Evaluation”. Her major research interests are regional and industrial innovation system and platform; regional and industrial innovation capability; economics for innovation and technology; and innovation strategies for strategic emerging industry. Her first contact with REAL is in June, 2011, as a visiting scholar at REAL to do research on Co-evolutionary Game analysis on main actors of Regional Innovation System, and comparative analysis on China’s typical RIS and America’s typical RIS.

 

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Breno Augusto da Silva e Silva

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Ph.D Candidate, Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), MG, Brazil
Department of Agricultural Economics
Viçosa, MG, Brazil
E-mail: breno.silva@ufv.br  ;  dasilvae@illinois.edu  
Web: http://lattes.cnpq.br/0012656515535381 

 

Breno Augusto da Silva e Silva is a Ph.D candidate in Applied Economics at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), MG, Brazil, currently in his third year. He received a B.A. degree in Economics in 2007 and a M.Sc. degree in Economics in 2009, both at the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), MG, Brazil. His dissertation focuses on “The intersectoral redirecting of the foreign direct investment in the Brazilian Industry: impacts on the national economy”. The dissertation aims to verify if the redirection of the foreign direct investment to key sectors of the Brazilian Industry could result in the expansion of the national economy and, by gains in scale, in greater international competitiveness. Specifically, aims to analyze how the institutional factors affect the decision process concerning to the implementation of foreign direct investments in Brazil; determine the potential gains in terms of competitiveness and exportation growth related to the redirecting of the investments to key sectors of the Brazilian economy; and evaluate the contributions of this restructuring in the Brazilian industrial product in terms of employment, income and external balance of the national economy. For the purpose, he will utilize a General Equilibrium Model. Currently, he is a Visiting Scholar at the REAL, spending one year (from September 2011 to August 2012), sponsored by National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), from Brazil.

 

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Blanca Moreno Cuartas

Blanca

PhD, Assistant professor
University of Oviedo
School of Economics and Business
Department of Applied Economics
Avda. del Cristo s/n, 33006, Oviedo (Spain)
E-mail: morenob@uniovi.es

Dr. Blanca Moreno received her Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2005. The topic of her dissertation was ‘Economic Forecasting combination and forecasting evaluation methods: new approaches based on information theory measures”. Her areas of interests include the use entropy techniques to time disaggregation of economic series and also to the regional and energy modelling and forecasting. She is also interesting in environmental economics focusing in the economic impact of the transition to a low carbon energy sector. Her first contact with REAL is in September 2011, as a visiting scholar to estimate quarterly regional accounts by using an information theoretic approach.

 

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Christian C. Ganzert

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PhD. Candidate
University of São Paulo
Faculty of Economics, Administration and Accounting of Ribeirão Preto.
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Christian Carvalho Ganzert is a PhD. candidate in Administration at University of São Paulo (USP). The visiting scholar has a MSc. in Administration (USP-2010) and a B.A. in Information Sciences (USP-2007). He is the coordinator of the Local Development Chapter of the Systems Thinking Group, directed by Prof. Dante P. Martinelli, his PhD Advisor, at FEARP-USP. Christian is spending four months at REAL to accomplish his PhD Dissertation, by the title "Systemic Development, Equity and Interdependency: The Search for a Conceptual Model for the Balance of Relationships of Regional Economic Agents by the Multidimensional Social Networks Analysis Approach". His latest works are related to Multidimensional Social Networks Analysis; development conceptual models; balance of the economic agents' relevance; political economics of information, communication and culture; competitive and environmental intelligence; IT management; regional innovation systems; systems thinking and systems theory. He worked at Bank of Brazil and at the Company of Data Processing of São Paulo State. Also teached in 5 private colleges in Brazil. His co-advisors from University of Illinois are Prof. Geoffrey Hewings and Prof. Werner Baer.

 

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Michael Diemer

PhD. Candidate
Email: diemer@wifa.uni-leipzig.de

Mr. Diemer received a Diploma degree in Economics (equivalent to the Master degree) from the University of Leipzig, Germany, in 2009. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Leipzig. His research interests are Monetary Policy and Bank Regulation, especially in the European Monetary Union.

 

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Elif Alkay, Ph.D.
Research Assistant
Istanbul Technical University
Faculty of Architecture
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Taskisla, 34437, Taksim, Istanbul , Turkey

E-mail: alkayel@itu.edu.tr

Dr. Alkay received a M. S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University in 1995. The topic of her dissertation is "Coastal Areas as a Landscape Element ". She received her Ph. D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the same university in July 2002. The topic of Ph. D. dissertation is "Measurement of Urban Green Areas Economic Values by Using Hedonic Pricing Method ".

Since December 1995 she has been working as research assistant at the same department of Istanbul Technical University. She has been a member of Turkish Section of Regional Science Association since 2004. Her research interests include urban economics, land economics.

Her first contact with REAL is in May 2006, as a visiting scholar to do research and develop models for economic development of urban areas, development corridors in urban areas and opportunity areas in urban areas.

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Birgit Aigner,
School of Management of CUAS
Carinthia, Austria
E-mail: B.Aigner@fh-kaernten.at

Birgit Aigner received her Diploma in Public Management in 2005 at the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences. Since then, she has been working as a research and teaching assistant at the School of Management of CUAS. In spring 2008 she has made first contact with REAL as a visiting scholar and returned to REAL in summer 2010 to do research for her dissertation. It focuses on the effects of ageing on private consumption in Austria and includes the development of an AIDS model for Austria. Further research interests are in the fields of regional economics (location decisions, promotion of economic development) and public finance (alternative forms of financing, PPP, privatization).

 

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Giuseppe Arbia, Full Professor of Statistics
University G. D'Annunzio of Chieti (Italy),
"LUISS (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) Guido Carli" in Rome, 
University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano

More info at the personal website: http://www.unich.it/~arbia/
E-mail: arbia@unich.it

Giuseppe Arbia was born in Rome in 1958, graduated in Statistics in Rome, obtained his Ph.D in Cambridge (UK) and a post-doc at the University of California at Santa Barbara, USA. He is currently  Full Professor of Statistics at the University G. D'Annunzio of Chieti (Italy), at "LUISS (Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) Guido Carli" in Rome, and at the University of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. He was formerly Full Professor of Economic Statistics at the University of Padua and Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Trento.  He is a member of the International Statistical Institute, of the American Statistical Association, of the Royal Statistical Society, of the Regional Science Association and of the Italian Statistical Society. He is one of the founders and currently the Chair of the Spatial Econometrics Associations. He has obtained many prizes, awards and grants from NATO, NSF, Italian National Research Council and British Council amongst the others. Since 1995 his name is quoted in the Marquis Who's Who in the World. 

During his career he has written 4 books and more 100 articles on scientific journals.
His research interests are mainly in the fields of spatial statistics and econometrics, GIS and image analysis, sampling techniques, environmetrics and the quantitative analysis of economic growth and poverty. Among the other research interests there are quantitative archaeology, quantitative finance and spatial epidemiology.

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Mariangela Furlan Antigo, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Minas Gerais
Department of Economics
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
E-mail: maantigo@illinois.edu, maantigo@cedeplar.ufmg.br


Mariangela is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She received a B.A. degree (2002) in Economics from Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil, and a M.S. degree (2005) in Economics from Federal University of Minas Gerais. Her dissertation focuses on the "Earnings Mobility and Inequality in Brazil ". Her research interests include social economics and labor. She has a fellowship from National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and her first contact with REAL was in Fall 2008(Fall 2008/Winter2009), as a visiting scholar to develop her Ph.D. dissertation.

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Antonio Jose Avendaño Arosemena, Ph.D. Candidate
Universidat Autònoma de Barcelona
Department of Applied Economics
Barcelona, España
E-mail: AntonioJose.Avendano@uab.cat , antoniojosea@gmail.com


Antonio received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2003, and his M.Sc. in Applied Economics from Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona in 2008, He is currently working for his Ph. D degree on Applied Economics at the same university from which he also holds a scholarship.  His research interest includes urban economic and dual labor market theory. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2009, like a visiting scholar.

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Roberto Basile
Senior Researcher
ISAE, Institute for Studies and Economic and Analyses

E-mail: r.basile@isae.it
Home Page: http://www.economiamc.org/ospiti_scheda.php?ID=112

Roberto Basile received a PhD in economics in Naples (Italy) and a M.A. degree in Economics at the University of Maastricht (The Netherlands). He is currently senior researcher at ISAE and contract Professor of Regional Economics at the University of Macerata. His research interests include: regional economics, spatial econometrics and firm behavior. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2005, as a visiting scholar.

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Jeroen Bakker

Economic Geography
Department of Spatial Sciences
University of  Groningen, the Netherlands
E-mail: j.c.t.bakker@student.rug.nl

Finished bachelors in Social Geography and Urban Planning in 2010, and now participating in the Network for European and United States Regional and Urban Studies (NEURUS) – program. Taking courses in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and doing research in the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory. This thesis research concerns the spatial decentralization of population in Detroit, Michigan, and the changing place of residence/ place of work ratios in the suburbs and central city.

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Pedro H. M. Bertolo


Student
Department of Economics at Universidade de São Paulo
E-mail: r.basile@isae.it

B.A. in Economics at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), in 2009. His field of research is the ethanol market in Brazil. In 2006, he made your first scientific initiation about the deregulation process of the Brazilian sugarcane sector occurred in the 1990’s decade. His final paper was about a Box-Jenkins forecast modeling for ethanol prices, internalizing the effects brought through its deregulation process. In 2008, he was visiting-scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign sponsored by Lemann Institute. He wrote and presented a paper at REAL about the Inflation Targeting in Latin America. Currently, Pedro studies in a Broad Sense Graduation Program in Business Administration at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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Yan Binjian, Ph.D. Candidate


College of Economics and Management
Nanjing Agricultural University
Nanjing, China, 210095
E-mail:yanbinjian@hotmail.com, ybj83872@illinois.edu

Yan Binjian is a Ph.D. candidate in the college of economics and management, Nanjing Agricultural University. He received a B.A. degree(2005) in Management Science from Northwest University and a M.S. degree(2008) in Economics from Jiangsu Administrative Institute. His has published some papers in area of productivity analysis, regional economic growth and Computable General Equilibrium(CGE) on academic journals in China, such as Journal of Management Sciences in China, Statistical Research, Management Review, World Economic Papers, Systems Engineering. His first contact with REAL is in December 2008, as a visiting scholar at REAL for one year. He plans to explain and simulate the development of agribusiness in China using general equilibrium methods.

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Johannes Bröcker, Professor


Institute for Regional Research
and Department of Economics
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
Germany
E-mail:  broecker@economics.uni-kiel.de

Professor Bröcker got his Doctor degree and his habilitation from the University of Kiel, Germany. He was professor of Macroeconomics and Regional Science at the Department of Transport of the Technical University Dresden, Germany, from 1993 to 2000 and has been professor of International and Regional Economics since 2000 at the University of Kiel. He is managing director of the Department of Economics and The Institute for Regional Research of Kiel University. He has widely published in regional and transport economics. His current interest is in dynamic spatial CGE modelling, applied to European cohesion and transport policies.

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Fernanda Sartori Camargo da Cunha,

E-mail: satori.f@gmail.com
Web: http://lattes.cnpq.br/3435514105292039

Fernanda Sartori Camargo da Cunha received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, in 2003 and 2006. Most of her research uses applied economics in a structural analysis of the economic trends, regional analysis and Input-Output approach. She was a teacher assistant for Applied Input-Output Analysis and Microeconomics at the University of São Paulo (Brazil) in 2005 and 2006 and since April, 2007 to July, 2009, she was a teacher at Mackenzie University, College of Economics, Marketing and Business, where she taught courses in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and was an advisor for several undergraduate theses. She also worked as an academic coordinator at BM&FBOVESPA S.A. the Brazilian Securities, Commodities and Futures Exchange where she developed and managed specialized courses to students and professional. Currently she is a Visiting Scholar at Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL/UIUC). - (Fall 2006 - Fall 2010)

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Muhammed Farooq Faisal Butt, Phd Candidate, MA, BSc (Hons)
School of Geography
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, West Yorkshire
UK LS2 9JT

E-mail: f.butt@geog.leeds.ac.uk

Tel: +44 113 343 6756

Mr. Butt received a M.A. degree in Geographical Information Science from the University of Leeds in 2000. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Population Geography at the same university, currently in his second year. His thesis focuses on "Minority Ethnic Groups In Bradford: Monitoring and Understanding Their Demographic and Socio-Economic Profiles at Small Area Scale for Policy Formulation: ". His research interests are; social exclusion, ethnic segregation, small area estimates and policy formulation. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2002, as a WUN (World Universities Network) visiting scholar to develop models for small area estimates and a comparative analysis between the UK and the US.

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Charles Ulises De Montreuil Carmona, Ph. D.
Professor of Finance
Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)
Business Administration Department
Av. Professor Moraes Rego, 1235 – Recife – Pernambuco- Brazil

E-mail: carmona@ufpe.br
Home Page: www.dca.ufpe.br/nefi

Professor Carmona received his Ph.D. in Finance from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) in Brazil in 1997. Since 1998 he has been working in Business Administration Department of Federal University of Pernambuco. He has been a member of Brazilian Finance Society, Brazilian Association of Post-Graduate Studies and Research in Administration, and Brazilian Operational Research Society. His research interests include: Risk Management, International Finance and Emerging Markets. Professor Carmona is also coordinator of Group of Finance Studies at Federal University of Pernambuco (NEFI). His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2006 as a visiting scholar to develop a research about Brazilian electric energy sector.

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Pedro G. Carvalho, Assistant Professor
Universidade da Beira Interior
Department of Economics and Management
6200 - Covilhã, Portugal

E-mail
: pguedes@alpha2.ubi.pt

Dr. Pedro G. Carvalho had his first contact with REAL as a visiting scholar in Spring 2000, to do research and develop "social network analysis methodologies". The main goal was to look for pattern explaining differences in small towns performances. He ran a comparative study between Portugal and the US.

Dr. Carvalho received his Ph.D in June 2002 from Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal. His dissertation title was "Institutional Networks, Small Towns and Territorial Competitiveness". Dr. Carvalho received a M. A. degree in European Economics from Universidade de Coimbra in 1995, the topic of his thesis was "Housing Market in Portugal: cross section analysis in 1990". He is currently teaching regional and urban economics classes in the economics department of the Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal. Dr. Carvalho is still collaborating with REAL and is co-running a US-EU project to extend his empirical work to other European countries.

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M. Alejandro Cardenete Flores, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University Pablo de Olavide at Sevilla
41013 Sevilla, Spain

E-mail: macarflo@dee.upo.es
Homepage: http://www.cardenete.da.ru

visiting scholar


Professor Cardenete earned his B.S. in Economics and Business (1994) from University of Seville, Spain, and a Ph. D. in Economics (2000) from University of Huelva, Spain. The topic of his dissertation was "Applied General Equilibrium Models for Andalucía". Actually he is currently teaching at University Pablo de Olavide at Seville various undergraduate and graduate classes. His research interests include Input-Output Models, SAM Models and Regional Computable General Equilibrium Models. He is a member of American Economic Association and Spanish Economic Association. Actually he is sub-director of Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo at Seville.

Professor Cardenete authored and co-authored some research papers and technical papers. His first contact with REAL was in Spring 2002, as Visiting Research Scholar, to develop CGE models for Spanish regions. Some of Dr. Cardenete research conducted at REAL appeared in Spanish and international journals of regional science.

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Luiz Ricardo Cavalcante, PhD Candidate
Federal University of Bahia, Bahia, Brazil

Luiz Ricardo Cavalcante received an M.S. degree in Administration from the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) in 1997. Currently he is PhD candidate at the same University. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the role of the financial institutions on regional development. His main research interests are regional development, financial system and economic growth. He first came in touch with REAL in Fall 2003 when he become involved in a research project about fiscal incentives and regional development.

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Wen Chen, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor
Department of Economics
School of Economics
Xiamen University
Xiamen City, 361005
Fujian Province, China

E-mail: wendych@xmu.edu.cn

Dr. Chen received her Ph.D. in Economics in June 2002. Her dissertation was “Trade Effects of ASEAN Regional Trade Cooperation”. She earned her MBA degree in 1999. She is currently an associate professor at Xiamen University, China. Her research interests are International Trade, Industrial Organization, Development Economics and East Asian Economy. Her first contact with REAL is in July 2006, as a Freeman Fellow to do research, to develop CGE models for China-ASEAN and to apply spatial quantitative methods for analyzing Chinese issues.

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Sandy Dall'erba, Ph.D. in Economics
University of Pau 
Avenue du Doyen Poplawski, 
Pau France 

E-mail: dallerba@uiuc.edu

Mr. Dall'erba received a M.S. degree in International Economics from the University of Pau et les Pays de l'Adour in 2000. He received a Ph.D. in Economics at the same university. His thesis focuses on "The role of European regional development policies in the process of regional catching-up". His research interests are; inequality studies, economic geography, regional policies, industry location. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2001, as a Fulbright visiting scholar to develop models for industry location and a comparative analysis between the EU and the US. One paper written by Mr. Dall'erba while at REAL was selected as Finalist in the 17th Annual Competition on the Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science 2003, Western Regional Science Association.

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Eduardo Simoes de Almeida, Ph.D Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: edualmei@usp.br,

Mr. de Almeida received his MA degree from University of Sao Paulo. The topic of his dissertation was "Institutional and Structural Changes in Brazilian economy in the early 1990s". He won the "BNDES Award of Economics" in 1997. He is a PhD candidate in Economics from the University of Sao Paulo. The topic of his PhD dissertation is on spatial computable general equilibrium. He has been a research assistant of the Institute of Economic Researches of University of Sao Paulo (FIPE-USP) since 1994.His research interests include Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, spatial economics, spatial econometrics, applied econometrics, spatial analysis and transportation economics.

His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2001, as a visiting scholar, to develop spatial models and to apply spatial quantitative methods for analyzing Brazilian issues.

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Edson P. Domingues, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil

E-mail: epdomin@usp.br

Mr. Domingues received a M.A. degree in Economics from Fundaçao Getulio Vargas-Sao Paulo in 1998. The topic of his Thesis is "Consumer Durables Imports in Brazil: 1975-1997". He is a Ph. D. candidate in Economics from University of Sao Paulo. His current research area is regional economics and applied general equilibrium models.

His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2000, as a Fulbright visiting scholar to do research and develop models for regional impact in Brazil.

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Janderson Damaceno dos Reis, Ph.D. Candidate

Federal University of Ouro Preto - (UFOP)
Applied and Exact Science Department
Minas Gerais, Brazil
E-mail: jandersonreis@decea.ufop.br, dosreis@illinois.edu , r_janderson@yahoo.com

Janderson Damaceno dos Reis received a M.S. degree in Applied Economics from the Federal University of Viçosa (UFV - Brazil) in 2002. Currently he is Ph.D. candidate at the University of São Paulo (USP – Brasil). He is assistant professor at the Federal University of Ouro Preto (Brazil) since 2005. His Ph.D. thesis assesses the possible welfare loss in the steel market in Brazil. His main research interests are Industrial Organization and Agricultural Economics. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2009, as a visiting scholar.

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Weslem Faria, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: wfaria@usp.br

Weslem Rodrigues Faria is PhD candidate in Economics at University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He received B.A. degree (2006) at Federal University of Juiz de Fora and M.S. (2009) at Federal University of Minas Gerais both also in Economics. His research interest is in Energy Economics, Land Use and Climate Change focused on spatial aspects and in his dissertation is evaluating the “Assessing the economic effects of global climate change in Brazil” using an Energy-Land Use Interregional Computable General Equilibrium Model. He is spending one year at REAL (from March 2011 to February 2012) sponsored by National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) from Brazil.

 

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Mauro Ferrante, Ph.D. Candidate
Università degli Studi di Palermo
Dipartimento di Metodi Quantitativi per le Scienze Umane

E-mail: mferrant@uiuc.edu

Mauro Ferrante received a B Sc. in Economics at University of Palermo , where he is currently a PhD Student in Tourism Sciences. His main research interests and dissertation topics are related to tourism economic impact evaluation, tourism statistics and to the application of GIS and spatial analysis on tourism.

His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2006 as a visiting scholar.

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Andre Fernandes Tomon Avelino


Student
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: andre.tomon@terra.com.br
CV: http://lattes.cnpq.br/5814357560799425

Andre Avelino is an undergraduate student of Economics at University of Sao Paulo and researcher from Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN). His research interests include I-O analysis, spatial economics, integrated resources planning, complex systems modeling, energy and environmental economics. He has been working with spatial analysis applied to energy planning since 2007.

His first contact with REAL was in Spring 2009, as a visiting scholar, to develop a project for FIPSE/CAPES scholarship “Global Talent Development for Sustainable Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Fields”.

 

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Esteban Fernández Vázquez, Ph.D.

University of Oviedo
Department of Applied Economics
33006, Oviedo (Spain)

E-mail:  evazquez@uniovi.es

Dr. Fernández received his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in October 2004. The topic of his Ph. D. dissertation was ‘The use of entropy econometrics in decomposing structural change’. The concern of the thesis was to alleviate the degree of arbitrariness present in decomposition problems by applying entropy econometrics techniques. His current research interests focus in the use of such entropy techniques applied to spatial analysis, regional modeling and estimation of input-output tables. He is currently teaching Applied Econometrics in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Oviedo. Dr. Fernández 's first visit to REAL was in Spring 2010 as a Visiting Research Scholar.

 

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Gabriela Sanchez Fernandez, Ph.D. Candidate
Polytechnic University of Madrid
Department of Agricultural Economics
Madrid, Spain

E-mail:  gszfz@eco.etsia.upm.es
gbszfz@gmail.com

Ms. Sanchez earned her B.S. in Agricultural Engineering (2000) from University of Sao Paulo , Brazil . She holds a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics (2002) from Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Agricultural and Environmental Economics at the same university. The topic of her Ph.D. thesis is "Economic Analysis of Water Tariffs within a Computable General Equilibrium Framework: an Application to a River Basin Area". Her main research interests among the environmental economics field are: welfare analysis of alternative economic instruments to assess environmental protection policies, economic growth and environmental quality issues, technology adoption and voluntary approaches to pollution control, green accounting and applied general equilibrium modelling of economy and environment. During the Spring 2006, she had her first contact at REAL as a research scholar to develop a subnational environmental CGE model for her Ph.D. thesis.

 

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Ricardo da Silva Freguglia, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: ricfreg@usp.br ricardo.freguglia@ufjf.edu.br

Mr. Freguglia received his M.S. degree in Economics from the Federal University Fluminense - Brazil , in 2000. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at University of Sao Paulo - Brazil . He has been an Assistant Professor at Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil since 2000. His dissertation focuses on inter-regional and inter-industrial wage differentials and migration of workers among Brazilian states. His research interests are Labor Economics, Regional Economics and Applied Econometrics. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2006, as a visiting scholar, to develop his dissertation topic.

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Fernanda Furuta, PhD. Candidate

University of Sao Paulo
Department of Accountancy
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: furuta@illinois.edu
 fernanda_furuta@hotmail.com

Fernanda is a Ph.D. candidate in Accountancy at University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She received a B.A. degree (2002) and a M.S. degree (2005) in Accountancy from the University of Sao Paulo. Her dissertation focuses on the " Impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on the Brazilian Financial Market". Her research interests include accounting, internal control and corporate governance. She has a fellowship from The State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and The Research Institute of Accounting, Actuarial and Financial Foundation (FIPECAFI). Her first contact with REAL was in Spring 2008, as a visiting scholar to develop her Ph.D. dissertation.

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Josefina Flórez, Professor
Universidad Simón Bolívar
Departamento de Planificación Urbana
Apto. Postal 89.000
Caracas -1080. Venezuela

E-mail: jflorez@usb.ve

Dra. Josefina Flórez is a Professor at the Urban Planning Department of the Simon Bolivar University, in Caracas, Venezuela where she teachs in Urban Studies Program (under graduate) and Urban Transportation Master Degree.  Her research interests are focused on: residential location choice, transportation and land-use interaction, accessibility and mobility patterns, pedestrian behavior and smart growth.

Josefina has a Degree in Urban Studies (Simon Bolivar University), a Specialization degree in Real Estate (Simon Bolivar University), and a Specialization on Urban Planning and Management (Spanish National Institute of Public Administration and Alcalá de Henares University, 1991). Josefina received her Doctoral degree from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) in 1998. Her dissertation title was Residential location choice, a function of accessibility, urban quality and socio-economic characteristics of neighborhoods. The case of Caracas (In Spanish). Honorific Mention European Doctor.

She spent part of her sabbatical year at REAL -September and December 2005- where she was researching on pedestrian behavior.

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Ferhan Gezici, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Istanbul Technical University
Faculty of Architecture
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Taskisla, 80191, Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey

E-mail: gezicif@itu.edu.tr

Dr. Gezici received a M. S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Istanbul Technical University in 1991. The topic of her dissertation is "An Evaluation of Development of the Growth Centers in Thrace Sub-region". She received her Ph. D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the same university in July 1998. The topic of Ph. D. dissertation is " Effects of Tourism Activities on Sustainable Regional Development: A Comparative Study on Turkey".

Since December 1998 she has been working as assistant professor at the same department of Istanbul Technical University. She has been a member of Turkish Section of Regional Science Association since 1990. Her research interests include regional development, regional policy, tourism planning and development and tourism-environment.

Her first contact with REAL was in Spring 2001,  as a visiting scholar to do research and develop models for regional differences, competitive performance of regions and centers in Turkey.

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Carolyn Dong Guo, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of National Accounts
National Bureau of Statistics of China
Beijing, P.R.China
75 Yuetan Nanjie
Sanlihe, XiCheng District
Beijing, 100826-P.R.China

E-mail: dguo@uiuc.edu

Mrs. Guo received her Bachelor of Engineering in 1990 and a M.S. in Economics in 1995. Since 1995, she start working in the National Bureau of Statistics of China, engaged in macroeconomic analysis, GDP calculation and related research on methodology, input-output table compilation and input-output analysis. Her current research areas are regional economics and input-output analysis. Her first contact with REAL was in Spring 2001, as a visiting scholar to do researches in input-output analysis applied to China. In Spring 2002 she become a PhD student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and become a research assistant in REAL.

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Marcos Minoru Hasegawa, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Departament of Economics, Administration and Sociology, SP, Brazil

E-mail: mmhasega@carpa.ciagri.usp.br

Mr. Hasegawa holds a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Sao Paulo in 1996. The topic of his thesis was "The slaughter cattle market of Sao Paulo State". Currently Mr. Hasegawa is pursuing a Ph.D. of Applied Economics at the University of Sao Paulo, his current research area is regional economics and applied general equilibrium model. First contact with REAL was in Fall 2002, as a visiting scholar to do research and develop models for regional forecasts in Brazil.

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Sonny Harry B. Harmadi, PhD Candidate
Economics Department
University of Indonesia
Indonesia

E-mail: sonny_harry@yahoo.com
sonnyhbh@uiuc.edu

Mr. Harmadi received a Bachelor degree in economics from the University of Airlangga, Surabaya, in 1997. His Bachelor thesis was about the Economic Integration in ASEAN countries. He received a Master of Science in economics from the University of Indonesia in 2001, his thesis was about the industrial agglomeration analysis in Jakarta (1975-1998). Currently he is a PhD candidate at the University of  Indonesia, where he is a lecturer. His doctoral dissertation focuses on the relation between social welfare and interregional interaction in the provision of public goods.

His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2003, as a visiting scholar to research and develop the model for his dissertation.

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Motonari Hayashida, Research Economist
Socio-economic Research Center
Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry (CRIEPI)
2-11-1 Iwadokita, Komae-shi, Tokyo 201-8511 JAPAN

E-mail: m-haya@criepi.denken.or.jp

Motonari Hayashida works for CRIEPI in Tokyo , Japan . His main research field is the forecast of short-term Japanese economy and the simulation of the alternative scenario by using the macro-econometric model. He received Master degrees in Economics from Chiba University in 2004. The theme of his master's thesis is "Improvement of Japanese Business Index by Dynamic Factor Model (in Japanese)". Recently, he is also working in the issue of regional economics. During his stay in REAL, he is planning to develop the regional business indices in Japan .

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Shiro Hioki
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Economics and Management
Tohoku University
Sendai , Japan

E-mail: hioki@econ.tohoku.ac.jp                    

Dr. Shiro Hioki has been in REAL as a visiting scholar in January 2004, to fulfill his research program, analysis on the interregional input-output structure of Chinese economy. He earned his B.A. (1992) and M.A. (1994) in Economics from Tohoku University , Japan . After that, he obtained Chinese government Scholarship and got Ph.D in Renmin University of China (Hons) in 2000. He majors in Area Study (Chinese Economy) and teaches studies on Asian Economies in Tohoku University . He had joined in the research group organized by State Information Center ( China ) and Institute of Developing Economy-JETRO ( Japan ) to construct the interregional input-output model forChina 2000. His current interests are in (1) the market integration of Chinese economy and (2) the economic integration of Asian economies, and (3) trade and the development of Chinese economy.

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Jianhuan Huang


Associate Professor
Economics and Trade College
Hunan University
China

E-mail:hjh@illinois.edu              

Jianhuan Huang is an associate professor in Economics and Trade College of Hunan University in China. The university is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the world, dating back to Yuelu Academy founded in 976 A.D. He received a PH.D degree in 2006 in Economics from Jinan University, Guangzhou, China. He used to work in a famous investment bank after his graduation from South China University of Technology with a Master degree in Investment Economics in 2001. He has published more than 30 papers in area of financial industry analysis, company governance, investment on academic journals and international conference. He will work as a visiting scholar at REAL for one year from Nov.2009 to Nov.2010. He plans to do some research in regional finance. You can get more information from this website: http://blog.sina.com.cn/jamehuan.

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Yiannis Kamarianakis
Research Associate
Regional Analysis Division
Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics
Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas

Vasilika Vouton
P.O. Box 1527
GR - 71 110 Heraklion Crete, Greece

Mr. Kamarianakis received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Crete in 1998, and a M.Sc. in Statistics from the joint M.Sc. program of the Athens University of Economics and Business and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2000. From 1999 to 2001 he was a graduate scholar at the Regional Analysis Division of the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics of the Foundation for Research and Technology - Hellas. Since 2002 he is research associate at the aforementioned institute. In Fall 2001 he became a Ph.d. Candidate in the Department of Economics of the University of Crete. His first contact with REAL was in Spring 2003 as a visiting scholar, to do research and develop models for regional forecasts in Greece.

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Lucy Abosede Kehinde, Ph. D.
Visiting Research Assistant Professor
Regional Economics Applications Laboratory
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: kehinde@uiuc.edu

Lucy Abosede Kehinde earned her Ph.D. degree in 1994 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Central to her work is the advancement of research in the dynamics of human group formation for economic development and change processes.  With emphasis on the concepts of cognition, motivation, resource organization and the frameworks for responding to change in human needs and social conditions, Dr. Kehinde works with the premise that structural arrangement and resource (functional, fiscal and logistics) capacity is cognitive pattern dependent.  In her research, she examines how the pattern of cognition, roles and relations shape the archetype and the goals of development policies and, in turn, shape the character of implementation and performance and the eventual outcome of policy decisions. As a Visiting Research Assistant Professor at Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL) with Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings, Director of REAL and Professor of Economic and Regional Science, Urban Planning and Geography, Dr. Kehinde presently focuses her work on African Development and the use of social accounting models to link macro and micro analysis and to enrich performance capacity in analytical modeling for public policy decision-making for economic development, growth, prosperity and security. For more information on Dr. Kehinde's biography, click here.

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Celia Kerstenetzky
Professor
Economics Department
Universidade Federal Fluminense ( Fluminense Federal University )
Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Email: celiakersten@gmail.com

Professor Celia Kerstenetzky is full professor of Economics at the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niteroi , the editor of the Brazilian Economics journal Economica, and vice-coordinator of the Economics PhD. Program in the Department of Economics at the Universidade Federal Fluminense. She is also a CNPq (Brazilian National Research Council) researcher. She holds a masters degree in Economics from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and a PhD. degree with distinction from the Political and Social Sciences Department at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Her main areas of research include economic methodology, the history of economic thought, with emphasis on contemporary thought, and normative economics and distributive justice theories. Her current research topics include the economic rationality assumption, inequality, welfare states and social policies. She is currently working on two projects: on possible notions of an enveloping rationality assumption in Economics; and on the relationship between contemporary social policies and conceptions of justice against the backdrop of different welfare state regimes, in order to argue for a reclassification of regimes. She stayed at the REAL from 14 January 2007 to 14 February, as a visiting scholar invited by the Economics Department.

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EuiJune Kim, Ph.D.

Professor
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development
Seoul National University, 599 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul Korea 151-921

E-mail:
euijune@snu.ac.kr

Professor Kim holds a Ph.D. in Regional Science from Cornell University. He is currently teaching Urban and Regional Economics and Modeling at undergraduate and graduate level in Seoul National University. He is one of co-editors in Annals of Regional Science and his research interests include development of Computable General Equilibrium Models, and economic analysis of infrastructure investment strategies. He has spent sabbatical years in REAL as a visiting scholar in 2002-2003 and 2010-2011.

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Guohua Liu, Professor
School of Economics
Shandong University of Technology
Zibo City, 255049, Shandong Province, China

Email: lgh9@163.com

Professor Liu received the Bachelor of Engineering in July 1982 and the M.S. in Economics in July 2000. She started working at the Shandong University of Technology in China in July 1982. Since July 2001, she has been working as the dean of School of Economics in Shandong University of Technology until she joined REAL recently. Her research interests are development economics and private economy development in China; she is particularly interested in small enterprises development and comparative analysis between China and USA. First contact with REAL was in early 2006 as visiting scholar.

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Eveline van Leeuwen, Ph.D.

School of Economics
Department of Spatial Economics
VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
E-mail: eleeuwen@feweb.vu.nl

Eveline van Leeuwen was born in 1978 in the Netherlands. After finishing her bachelor and masters education at Wageningen University she went to the VU University in Amsterdam, to work as a junior researcher on mainly EU-funded projects. At the same time she started working on her dissertation about the importance of towns for the rural economy. In this thesis, a wide range of quantitative methodologies have been used such as: discrete choice analysis, meta-analysis, social accounting matrices and microsimulation. The final chapter of her thesis, in which micro-and macro approaches are integrated, was awarded with the best paper award for young scientists (Epainos Prize) at the ERSA conference in Liverpool, 2008.

The current work of Eveline consist of participating in several EU-funded projects about European agriculture (AG2020), different dimensions of sustainability (SMILE), and e-services for advanced access to cultural heritage in cities (ISAAC). In addition, she works on a nationally funded project about adaptation to climate change. Her main interests lie in combining existing operational methods, such as SAMs and microsimulation, and adding (a stronger) spatial component to this framework. In addition, she is interested in rural and regional development issues. Apart from a strong research task, Eveline also has various teaching activities.

 

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Xiuli Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Institute of Systems Science
Academy of Mathematics and Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Beijing, China, 100190
E-mail: xiuli.liu@amss.ac.cn

Dr. Xiuli Liu, Associate Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences, graduated from AMSS, CAS in 2004 with PhD degree majored in Management Science and Engineering.
Her research fields are mainly focused on input-occupancy-output analysis, econometric models; natural resources and sustainable development; macroeconomic forecast and decision support. She was a visiting scholar of REAL during 2008-2009 to make research on the “Economics Impact of Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions”. In July 2012 she visited REAL again for half a year to develop the Regional Water Security Integrated Multi-strategy Simulation Model.

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Isidoro Romero Luna, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Economics and Business Sciences
Department Applied Economics I
Avda. Ramón y Cajal, 1
41018 – Seville, Spain

E-mail: isidoro@us.es
Home Page:
http://www.personal.us.es/isidoro/

Dr. Isidoro Romero earned his B.S. in Economics (1996), his B.S. in Business Sciences (1998) and his Ph.D. in Economics (2003) from the University of Seville (Spain). The topic of his Ph.D. dissertation was “Endogenous development and Sectoral interdependence. An analysis of Andalusian production system”. He has been teaching different undergraduates and graduates courses at the University of Seville since 1997. His research interests include production chains in an input-output framework, the role of SMEs in regional development, and entrepreneurship policy. He has also been research visitor at University of Groningen (The Netherlands). His first contact with REAL was in Spring 2007 as a visiting scholar to do research about fragmentation of production systems.

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Miguel A. Márquez, Ph.D.
University of Extremadura
Department of Applied Economics
06071, Badajoz (Spain)

Dr. Márquez received his Ph. D. in Economics from the University of Extremadura (Spain) in November 1998. The topic of his Ph. D. dissertation was 'Statistic-Econometric Modelling of a Regional Economy: the Case of Extremadura'. He is currently teaching Applied Econometrics in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz.

Dr. Márquez's first visit to REAL was in Spring 2001 as a Visiting Research Scholar. He learned more about Spatial Econometrics under the guidance of  Professor Luc Anselin. Additionally, he participated in Regional Economics seminars with the purpose of doing further research in this field and develop models for regional forecasts in Spain. Currently, he is working on regional forecasts, regional development, regional competition and spatial econometrics. During his subsequent stays at REAL, Dr. Márquez has been presenting his recent research papers and interacting with research colleagues there. Dr Márquez has co-authored various research papers in collaboration with researchers at REAL.

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Aline Souza Magalhaes, Ph.D candidate.
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

E-mail: alinesmagalhaes@hotmail.com
Web: http://lattes.cnpq.br/2334700749602128

Aline Souza Magalhaes received a M.A. degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais in 2007. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Regional Economics at the same university, currently in her third year. Her dissertation focuses on " Economics Impacts of Carbon Taxation and Cap-and-Trade Policies in Brazil". The dissertation aims to study the potential impacts of climate change and mitigation policies in Brazil, covering the analysis of sectoral and regional impacts. Her research interests are: Regional Economics, Input-Output Model, Computable General Equilibrium Model and Environmental Economics. Currently she is a Visiting Scholar at Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL/UIUC).

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Enlinson Henrique Carvalho de Mattos, Associate Professor
Sao Paulo School of Economics, Getulio Vargas Foundation .
Rua Itapeva, 474 - 13 andar- Bela Vista 01332-000
Sao Paulo, SP


He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo-Ribeirão Preto campus, Master’s degree in Economics from the University of São Paulo and Ph.D in Economics- University of Illinois (2006). Research areas: Public Sector Economics, Fiscal Policy, Redistribution, and Federalism.
CV (full): http://buscatextual.cnpq.br/buscatextual/visualizacv.jsp?id=K4767115D1&idiomaExibicao=2

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Daisuke Nakamura, PhD

Email: D.Nakamura@glasgowalumni.net

website: http://netfiles.uiuc.edu/drnakam/index.htm

Dr. Nakamura received his PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2006.  The title of the thesis is "An Investigation of Market Areas and Supply Areas: An Integrated Framework".  The concern of the thesis is to clarify the structural relevance between market areas and supply areas, applying the concept of spatial duality theory.  His particular research interests are price theory, game theory and spatial economics.  He joined REAL in February 2007 as a visiting scholar with the aim to work on several issues in location analysis with variety of specialists at REAL.  

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Chang-Gui Park , Economist 
The Bank of Korea  
110, 3-Ga, Namdaemunno, Jung-Gu, 
Seoul 100-794, Korea

Email: changgui@uiuc.edu

Chang-Gui Park received Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics from the Pusan National University in 1986 and 1988. Since 1991, he is engaged in input-output table compilation, input-output analysis and analysis of regional economy at the Bank of Korea. His current research areas are Regional Input-Output models, SAM models, Computable General Equilibrium models and Regional Economics. His first contact with REAL was in spring 2005 as a visiting scholar to conduct research.

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Jaehwa Park, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology 
Kyungpook National University  
1370 Sankyuk-dong, Buk-gu 
Daegu 702-701, Korea  

Email: nanaimoo@gmail.com

Dr. Park received his Ph. D. in Agricultural Economics from the Kyungpook National University in February 2005. The topic of Ph. D. dissertation is "A Study on Policy Analysis Model for the Establishment of Government Reinsurance under Crop Insurance Program". His first contact with REAL was in the beginning 2006 as visiting scholar. Recently, he selected as a Post-Doctoral Fellow by Korea Research Foundation in 2006. His project is about development of analytical models for farm income compensation program using computable general equilibrium framework and goal programming. His research interests include regional development, regional agricultural policy, farm income policy and rural - urban migration.

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Seungkyu Park, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Urban Planning and Engineering
Yonsei University
134 Shinchondong Seodaemun-Gu,
Seoul, Korea 120-749

Email: psk@uiuc.edu

Seungkyu Park received a Master degree in Urban Planning and Engineering from the University of Seoul in 2000. He worked for a real estate development company and then the Seoul Metropolitan Institute. Now he is a Ph.D. candidate in Urban Planning and Engineering at Yonsei University. His research focuses on spatial analysis using spatial econometrics and GIS. He is also interested in the study of industrial optimum location using spatial econometrics. His first contact with REAL was in fall 2003 as a visiting scholar, to research on the "Analysis of Spatial Effects of Seaport Investment on the Regional Economic Growth of Busan"

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Dieter Pennerstorfer, Ph.D.


WIFO - Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung
Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Arsenal, Objekt 20 1030 Wien /
1030 Vienna
Österreich / Austria
Tel.: +43-1-7982601-473 Fax: +43-1-7989386
Email: dieter.pennerstorfer@wifo.ac.at
Website: http://www.wifo.ac.at/

Dieter Pennerstorfer received his Doctor degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (WU) in 2008. Between 2004 and 2008 he worked as a teaching and research assistant at department of economics (institute of industrial economics) at the WU. Since 2008 he has been working for the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. His research interests are applied industrial organization, spatial competition and various fields of applied regional economics. He is a Visiting Scholar at the REAL in April and May 2011.

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Lihong Peng, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Renmin University
Faculty of International Economic
Department of Economic School
Beijing China(PRC) 100872

Email: penglh@ruc.edu.cn

Dr. Peng received a M. S. degree in Microeconomics from Nankai Universityin 1993. The topic of her dissertation is "The Development of China's Enterprises Group". 

She received her Ph. D. in Applied Statistics from Renmin Universityin March 2000. The topic of Ph. D. dissertation is "Theoretic and Empirical Analysis on  Competitiveness of China's Enterprises".

Since July 1993 she has been working as assistant, lecturer and associate professor at the statistics department of Renmin University. She has worked as a post doctor at  Guang Hua Management School of Peking Universty since November 2000. From January 2003 she has been a faculty of International Economic Department of Renmin University. Her research interests include competitiveness of micro economy, industrial structure.

Her first contact with REAL is in September 2006, as a visiting scholar to do research on industrial structure change in China's central area.

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Marco Percoco, Phd Candidate
University of Genoa and Bocconi University, Italy

E-mail: marco.percoco@uni-bocconi.it

Marco Percoco is a PhD student in Transport Economics at University of Genoa (Exp. 2003) and a research fellow at Bocconi University (Department of Economics and Center for Regional, Transport and Tourism Economics). He has published several papers on infrastructure and transport economics and regional development as well. In particular, his work has focused on the analysis of environmental variables in the context of project appraisal and on the impact of public capital on local economic growth. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2002 as visiting scholar.

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Fabiano Maia Pereira, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Brasília
Department of Economics
Brasília, Brazil

E-mail: fabianomaia@hotmail.com
           fabiano.pereira@fazenda.gov.br

Mr. Pereira received a M.S. degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais - MG, Brazil, in 2002. He is Ph.D. candidate in Economics at University of Brasília - DF, Brazil. He has been a Head of domestic desk at National Treasury/Ministry of Finance - DF, Brazil since 2007. His thesis focuses on "Small Open Economy Models for Brazil: Tax System". His research interests are; macroeconomics and finance. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2008, as visiting scholar..

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Gianfranco Piras, Phd Candidate
Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy
Faculty of Economics, Dept. of Financial and Quantitative Methods

E-mail: gianfrancopiras@gmail.com

Mr. Piras received a B. Sc in Economics from the University "G.D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara in 2001. He received a Master degree in Quantitative Methods from the University of Rome - Tor Vergata - where actually he is Ph.D. candidate in Econometrics and Empirical Economics. His thesis focuses on the application of spatial methodology to the analysis of the regional convergence process among European Regions. His main research interest are Spatial Panel Data Models, Regional Convergence, Regional Economics and Spatial Econometrics. He has been a research assistant of the Italian Institute for Study and Economic Analysis (ISAE). His first contact with REAL was in the beginning of 2005, as a visiting scholar, to develop spatial panel data models and to apply spatial quantitative methods for analyzing Regional Convergence.

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Jose Irineu Rangel Rigotti, PhD
Professor
Catholic University of Minas Gerais
Minas Gerais
Brazil

Jose Irineu Rangel Rigotti received a Doctorate degree in Demography from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) in 1999. Currently he is Professor at Catholic University of Minas Gerais. His research focuses on migration, education and regional inequalities. His first contact with REAL was in Fall 2003, as visiting scholar to develop a spatial analysis model applied to migration and regional science methods.

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Julie Le Gallo, Ph.D.
IERSO (IFReDE-GRES) - Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV
Université de Bordeaux
Bordeaux, France

E-mail : legallo@u-bordeaux4.fr

Dr Le Gallo received an M.S. degree in Economic Analysis and Policy from the University of Burgundy (France) in September 1998. The topic of her dissertation is "Space in econometric models". She received her Ph. D. in Economics from the same university in May 2002. Her dissertation title is " Geographic disparities and regional European convergence among European regions: a spatial econometric approach". Since September 1998, she has been working as teaching assistant at the Economics and Business Department of the University of Burgundy. Her research interests include applied econometrics, economic geography, regional growth and regional development analysis, spatial econometrics and Markov chains analysis. Her first contact with REAL was in September 2002, as a visiting scholar, to work on the application, development and software implementation of spatial econometric methods. Currently she is assistant professor of economics at the Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV, France.

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Esteban Lopez Ochoa, Msc.
Research Assistant
Universidad Católica del Norte
Antofagasta, Chile
E-mail: lopezoch@illinois.edu

Esteban has recently graduated from a Master of Regional Science in the Universidad Católica del Norte. His recently research has been devoted to analyze the Regional Inflation of Housing prices in Chile as a tool of generate an approximation of the general regional inflation in Chile. He is currently working in exploring the different methods and implications, of the previously estimated inflation, into the whole economy; and also looking for new ways to improve the actual measures of regional inflation. Finally his is currently applying to the Urban and Regional Planning Ph.D. Program at UIUC to begin next fall.

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Fernanda F. C. Perobelli, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Business Administration
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: ffinotti@labfin.com.br  
ffinotti@uiuc.edu

Mrs. Perobelli received a M.S. degree in Business Administration from Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil, in 2000. She is Ph.D. candidate in Business Administration at University of Sao Paulo – SP, Brazil. She has been working at Laboratory of Finance/ University of Sao Paulo since 2001. Her thesis focuses on "Corporate Credit Risk”. Her research interests are: financial modeling, risk, corporate finance. Her first contact with REAL was in Fall 2002, as a visiting scholar to develop her doctoral thesis.

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Fernando S. Perobelli, Ph.D. Candidate
University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: nandosp@usp.br
           fperobel@uiuc.edu

Mr. Perobelli received a M.S. degree in Economics from the Federal University Fluminense - RJ, Brazil, in 1995. He is Ph.D. candidate in Economics at University of Sao Paulo - SP, Brazil. He has been an Assistant Prof. at Federal University of Juiz de Fora - MG, Brazil since 1996. His thesis focuses on "The role of International Trade in the Brazilian states economy" His research interests are; computable general equilibrium models, regional development, international trade and growth. His first contact with REAL was in Spring 2002, in a project between the University of Illinois and University of Sao Paulo sponsord by the Hewlett Foundation.

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Lei Ping

Associate Professor of Economics
School of Humanities & Ecomomic Management, China University of Geosciences
Xueyuan Lu 29, Haidian District, Beijing, P. R. C, 100083

Email: leiping@ruc.edu.cn

Lei Ping received his BS in Fudan University, MS in Renmin University and Ph D in Peiking University ( all in China), and was post-doc in Tesinghua University. His interest include regional industry development and tourism economics, within these field dozens of paper published during the five past years. His first contact with REAL is in April 2010, as a visiting scholar at REAL for one year.

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Erik Eduardo Rego, Ph.D. Candidate

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.
E-mail: erikrego@usp.br, erikrego@yahoo.com

Erik was in REAL as visiting scholar from January to August 2009. He is PhD Candidate in Energy at the Energy and Electrotechnical College from the University of São Paulo and he earned his M.Sc. in Energy at the same College in 2007. Erik received a bachelor's degree in Economics from School of Economics, Business Administration and Accountancy in 2004, and a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineer in 2000 from Polytechnic School, both at University of São Paulo.

Erik has been teaching at the University of São Paulo in the Economics undergraduate program since 2005, and also has been working in an energy consulting firm since 2003. His research interests are energy auctions, energy economics, electricity markets, and power system planning.

 

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Alejandro Ricci Risquete, Ph.D. Candidate


University of Extremadura
Department of Economics
ES-06071 Badajoz (Spain)
E-mail:ale-ricci@hotmail.com; risquete@illinois.edu

Alejandro is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Extremadura, Badajoz, Spain. He received his B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Extremadura, Spain, in June 2007. His dissertation focuses on the effects of fiscal policy coordination in the European Union. He has a fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education. That situation helped him to go to REAL to develop his Ph.D. dissertation for the first time in winter 2009, as a visiting scholar.

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Roberta de Moraes Rocha, Ph.D. Candidate
Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)
Department of Economics
Rua Algaroba, n 51, Iputinga. CEP: 50670-270 Recife – PE, Brasil

E-mail: roberta_rocha_pe@yahoo.com.br

Ms. Roberta Rocha received her M. S. degree in Economics at Federal University of Pernambuco (UPFE), Brazil , in 2004. Her main research interests and dissertation topics are related to urban growth, quality of life in cities and location choice, and Environmental Valuation Methods. In August 2006, she came to REAL as visiting scholar to develop part of her dissertation. She is currently scholarship holder of the CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development of Brazil).

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Claudia Rodriges, Ph.D. Candidate
Getulio Vargas Foundation
School of Economics
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

E-mail: rodrigs@illinois.edu
  claudia_fontoura@yahoo.com


Claudia is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a B.A. degree (1995) in Computer Science from University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a M.S. degree (2006) in Economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation. Her dissertation focuses on the "Growth convergence among brazilian states". Her research interests include econometrics and computer algorithms used to implement econometrics solutions. She has a fellowship from CnPq. Her first contact with REAL was in Winter 2009, as a visiting scholar to develop her Ph.D. dissertation.

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Gervasio Santos, Ph.D. Candidate


University of Sao Paulo
Department of Economics
Sao Paulo, Brazil

E-mail: gsantos@illinois.edu

Gervasio F. Santos is PhD candidate in Economics at University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). He received B.A. degree (1998) at State University of Maringa and M.S. (2003) at Federal University of Bahia both also in Economics. His research interest is in Energy Economics focused on spatial aspects of energy policy and in his dissertation is evaluating the “Regional Impacts of Energy Policy in Brazilian Economy” using an Energy Interregional Computable General Equilibrium Model. He is spending one year at REAL (from March 2008 to February 2009) sponsored by National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) from Brazil.

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Rafael Terra de Menezes, Ph. D. Candite

Sao Paulo School of Economics – Getulio Vargas Foundation
Sao Paulo, Brazil
E-mail: terradem@illinois.edu, rflterra@yahoo.com.br

Rafael is a PhD candidate in Economics at Sao Paulo School of Economics of Getulio Vargas Foundation. He received his B.A. degree (2003) in Economics from University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and a M.S. degree in Applied Economics (2006) from University of Sao Paulo, Ribeirao Preto, Brazil. His master’s thesis focused on the Effects of the Fiscal Responsibility Law on local expenditures, which earned him the prize of the National Treasury Office in 2005. In several occasions between 2006 and 2010, he worked as consultant on Economics of Education for the UNDP and UNESCO in projects for the Brazilian Ministry of Education. His dissertation focuses on the demand for public provided goods. His research interest includes Public Choice, Redistributive Policies and Economics of Education. He earned a fellowship from CAPES foundation. His first contact with REAL was in the Fall 2010 (Fall 2010/Summer 2011) as a Visiting Scholar to develop his Ph.D. dissertation.

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Luciano Sampaio, Ph. D.

Professor of Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)
Business Department
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

E-mail: lsampaio@illinois.edu, luciano.sampaio@pq.cnpq.br

Luciano received his PhD in Economics (in 2004) and his MA degree in Production Engineering (in 2001), both at Federal University of Pernambuco, in Brazil. During his PhD, he spent one year studying at Sorbonne University – Paris 1, in France. He is currently a professor in the Business Department (graduate and undergraduate programs) at Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. His research interests include game theory - Industrial Organization and Mechanism Design - and Agricultural Economics. His first contact with REAL was in Spring 2009, as a visiting scholar.

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Silvia Harumi Toyoshima, Assistant Professor
Federal University of Viçosa
Department of Economics
University Campus – Viçosa – 36.570-000 – Minas Gerais _ Brazil

E-mail: htsilvia@ufv.br

Dr. Toyoshima received a M.S. degree in Economics from University of São Paulo in 1986. She received her Ph.D in Economics from State University of Campinas in 1997. The subject of her Ph.D dissertation is “Technical progress, technological unemployment and economic growth – brazilian economics in the 1990’s. The main researcher interests are in economics development, regional development, spatial analysis, industrial clusters and innovation economics.

Her first contact with REAL was in Fall 2005, as visiting scholar, to research about industrial clusters and regional development.

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Simone Uderman, Ph.D. Candidate
Federal University of Bahia, Bahia, Brazil

E-mail: simone@seplan.ba.gov.br

Simone Uderman received a M.S. degree in Economics from the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) in 1993. Currently she is Ph.D. candidate at the same University. She has been Adjunct Professor at the State University of Bahia (Brazil) since 1990. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the role of planning in the Bahia industrialization process. Her main research interests are regional development, industrialization and economic growth. Her first contact with REAL was in Fall 2003, when she became involved in a research project about fiscal incentives and regional development.

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Esther Velázquez Alonso, Ph.D. (economics)
Assistant Professor
Universidad Pablo de Olavide
Seville, Spain

Email: evelalo@dee.upo.es
Tel:     34 95 434 93 61
Fax:    34 95 434 93 39

Professor Velázquez earned her B.S. in Economics and Business (1992) from University of Seville, Spain. She has a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Seville (1994) and a Ph.D. in Economics (2001) from Pablo de Olavide University, Seville. The topic of her dissertation was "Water consumption and water pollution in Andalusia. An Input-Output and Graph Theory Analysis". Her research focuses on Input-Output analysis, General Equilibrium Models and theirs applications on natural resources and environment. Currently she is teaching at Pablo de Olavide University "Economy and Environment" and "Water Economics" and other postgraduate courses. She was a Visiting Research Scholar at Imperial College of London (2001) and at Regional Economics Applications Laboratory, University of Illinois (2003). During her stay at REAL, professor Velázquez was working on applying the PyIO software to input-output model of water and interacting with colleagues in REAL.

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Andre Arruda Villela
Graduate School of Economics
Getulio Vargas Foundation
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

E-mail: aavillela@fgv.br

Mr. Villela majored in Economics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (1989) and received his M.Sc. degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1993).  In 1999 he got his Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of London (LSE), with a thesis on 19th-century Brazilian monetary history.  Since 2000 he has been teaching Brazilian and Western economic history to undergraduate students at Getulio Vargas Foundation.  His academic interests are in economic history, history of economic thought and development economics.  Mr. Villela stayed at REAL from mid-January to mid-February 2007, as a visiting scholar invited by the Department of Economics.

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Masayo Wakabayashi, Senior Researcher
Central Institute of Electric Power Industry
Tokyo, Japan

Email: m-waka@criepi.denken.or.jp

Mrs. Masayo Wakabayashi is a senior researcher at Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry in Tokyo, Japan. Her main field of research is macro economics. She has been concerned in the project of medium and long-term socioeconomic outlook, which is derived applying a combined macro-econometric and Input Output models. Recently, she is also working in the issue of environmental economics, which includes simulation analysis of trading carbon dioxide emission rights.

 

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Zhenquan Wang, Senior Researcher

Heading Professor
Center of Energy Economics Reseach Economics & Management School,
Beijing Institute of Petro-chemical Technology
Tel. & Fax 86-10-81294364
Email: wangzhenquan@bipt.edu
cn 19# Qingyuan Rd. Daxing, Beijing, P. R. China, 102617

Ph.D. in Management Sc. and Eng., Academy of Mathematics and Systems Sciences, CAS, Beijing, China, July, 2000. MS. in OR and Control Theory, Institute of Systems Science, CAS, Beijing, July 1988. B. Sc., in Applied Mathematics Hunan University, Changsha, Chna, June 1982.

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Rong Xu (Roberto Xu), Ph.D in finance
Assistant professor in School of Finance, Renmin University of China
Freeman Fellow visiting scholar in UIUC (2006-2007)
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
1103 Dorner Drive , MC-636
Urbana , IL 61801

Email: rongxu@uiuc.edu

Robert received his Ph.D. from School of Finance , Renmin University of China in 2004.  His Ph.D. thesis with the title of "Asset pricing and it’s implication for the macroeconomic fluctuations" won him the outstanding Ph.D. thesis honor in Renmin University.  His research interests are mainly in Chinese stock market.  He has published five papers in the leading academic journals in China, which mainly talk about the macroeconomic effects of Chinese stock market.  Presently, he is working on the empirical analysis of Chinese stock market.  He is good at tennis and won several prizes in the tennis matches in Beijing, however, among amateurs.

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Hee Sang Yu  
Deputy Director
The Board of Audit and Inspection
Republic of Korea
112 Kaheo-Dong, Jongro-Ku
Seoul, 110-706, Korea

Email: yupine@hanmail.net

Mr. Yu recieved Master of Science in Policy Economics at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2005. He is currently working for the Board of Audit and Inspection, a Central Government agency in Republic of Korea. His major responsibility is to audit the decision making process of SOC projects initiated by central government. His first contact with REAL was in the beginning 2006 as visiting scholar.

 

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Yan Yang  

Yan Yang, Ph.D. Candidate

Institute of Regional and Urban Economics
Renmin University of China
Beijing, China, 100872
E-mail: maizeyy@hotmail.com, yyng@illinois.edu


Yan Yang is a Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Regional and Urban Economics, Renmin University of China. She received a B.A. degree (2004) in law from Nanjing Normal University and a M.S. degree (2006) in Economics from Renmin University of China. Her research interests include regional economic endogenous growth, regional dynamic comparative advantage and the application of several regional economic models. Her first contact with REAL was in fall 2008, as a visiting scholar to do some research in spatial econometrics.

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Mingque Ye  

Mingque Ye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Economics
College of International Business and Management
Shanghai University
Shanghai 200444, China
Email: ymq@shu.edu.cn  ymq@illinois.edu Dr. Ye received her Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering in 2002 from Tianjin University, China. Her dissertation was “Research on Decision and Game of Complex Economic System based on Viability Theory”. She earned her M.S. degree (1998) with thesis “Simulation Methods and Its Application in Disequilibrium Modelling”. Currently she is an associate professor at Shanghai University, China. Her research interests are complex system theory, spatial econometrics and international trade. Her first contact with REAL is in August 2010, as a visiting scholar, to using spatial econometrics to analyze income distribution dynamics in China and the properties of World Trade Web.

 

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Huayi Yu  

Huayi Yu, Ph.D. candidate
School of Economics
Renmin University of China
Beijing,  100872, P.R. China
E-mail: rucyhy@163.com and huayiyu@illinois.edu


Huayi Yu received his B.A. in Economics in June 2005 in Nankai University (China). Now, he is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Renmin University of China. His research interests include applied econometrics, regional economics and China's economic reform. He has published several papers on China's leading academic journals, such as Finance &Economics, Social Science Research, Theory and Reforms and etc. His first contact with REAL is in Aug 2008, as a visiting scholar to do research at REAL for one year. His research is "infrastructure, institution restriction and China's regional growth difference". He plans to give a new explanation to China's regional growth difference in a new view and use spatial quantitative methods to some empirical research.

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Nian Yang , Assistant Professor
Jinan University
Guangzhou , China

Email: nianyang@uiuc.edu

Mrs. Yang received her M.S. in Industrial Economics in 2001 and start working in the The ISEZ which was set up in 1985 to focus on economic development and cooperation within and beyond the Pearl River Delta in South China, where transactions among Mainland China , Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are most concentrated. Besides academic papers and archiving, she also participates in the work of writing policy recommendations to the local government about this special region economy. Her first contact with REAL was in the beginning 2005 as visiting scholar.

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Wen Yuyuan , Associate Professor


Institute of Regional & Urban Economics
School of Public Administration
Renmin University of China
Beijing, China, 100872
E-mail: wenyuyuan@ruc.edu.cn,wenyuyuan@mparuc.edu.cn

Dr. Wen received his Ph.D. in Cartography and Geographic Information System in 2002 in Wuhan University. His dissertation focuses on "Research On the Theorey and Methodology of Regional Investment Environment Evaluation". He is currently an associate professor at Institute of Regional & Urban Economics, Renmin University of China. His research interests are FDI and its location decision, investment environment evaluation,and regional economic growth and development. His first contact with REAL was in 2008 Spring, to make research on the FDI location decision.

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Gerold Zakarias, Ph. D. Candidate
University of Graz, Austria

E-mail: gerold.zakarias@joanneum.at

Mr Zakarias first came in touch with REAL during the set up of a regional econometric input-output model for the Austrian state of Styria in 1999. His research interests include Quantitative Economics - Econometric Modeling, IO-Modeling, Environmental and Natural Resources Economics, Regional Economics, and Regulation/Deregulation.

M. S. in Economics, University of Graz, 1999 "Econometric Models and Policy Simulations for Selected Countries of the EU"

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Hongxia Zhang, Ph. D.

Associate Professor
School of Economics, Renmin University of China
Beijing,100872, China
Email: zhanghongxia_c@ruc.edu.cn; hzhn@illinois.edu; zhanghx_c@126.com

Hongxia Zhang received her Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering in 2004 from Academy of Mathematics and System Sciences, CAS. Her thesis focuses on “Education-Economy input-holding-output model with assets”. Her major research interests are input-output technique and econometric models; economic modeling by operation research; regional economic and macroeconomic modeling. Her first contact with REAL is in September,2010, as a visiting scholar at REAL to do research on environmental modeling in China, and the dynamic multi-sector modeling for the coordinated developments of population, education and economy.

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Xu Sun

Associate Professor
School of Statistics, Northeast University of Finance and Economics,
Dalian, China,116025
Email: sunxu@dufe.edu.cn; xusun@illinois.edu
Sun Xu received her Ph. D. in Economics from Northeast University of Finance and Economics (China) in 2010. The topic of her dissertation was ‘Human Capital and the Changes in Total Factor Productivity(TFP)’. She is particularly interested in the development of models for regional forecasting and economic development. Her current research concentrates on analyzing the impact factor of technology growth rate among OECD countries and developing countries.

Yanping Tian

Associate Professor
Dean, Urban Economics and Management Department, Public Administration School, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law,
Wuhan, China 430073
Email: yptian2000@yahoo.com; typ@znufe.edu.cn
Dr. Yanping Tian, Associate Professor of Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, graduated in 2006 with PhD majored in Regional Economics and had a post doctoral research experience in Institute of Population and Labor Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing. He has visited REAL for 6 months in 2008 mainly focusing on the Impact of Massive Project on Less Developed Regions: Empirical Study of China’s South-to-North Water Transfer. He visited REAL again in August 2012.He will focus his research on Socio-economic impacts of Urban Renewal in transitional China for a period of 12months.

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