Organizing Committee




Stilianos Fountas;

Stilianos Fountas is a Professor of Economics at the University of Macedonia.  He worked previously at the Department of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway.  He has held visiting appointments at York University (UK), and the University of California San Diego (USA).  His research interests are in the area of applied macroeconometrics.  He has published papers on exchange rates, current account deficits, and the relation between macroeconomic uncertainty and macroeconomic performance.


Sotiris Karkalakos;

Sotiris Karkalakos holds the position of Associate Professor at University of Piraeus. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). He has previously held positions at the University of Exeter (UK), Keele University (UK), DePaul University (USA) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). His main research interests are empirical regional economics, corporate taxation, spatial econometrics, and microeconometrics. He regularly publishes papers in international journals such as European Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics and Journal of Applied Economics as well as serving as referee for multiple international journals.


Kyriakos Neanidis;

Kyriakos Neanidis is a Reader in Macroeconomics at the University of Manchester and a research associate of the Centre for Growth and Business Cycle Research (CGBCR). He received his PhD degree (2004) from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and held positions as visiting professor at the University of Naples Parthenope, the Autonomous National University of Mexico, and the Athens University of Economics and Business. His research activity has covered a wide range of theoretical and empirical topics in development macroeconomics, with focus on issues that relate to economic growth, fiscal policy, macroprudential regulation, foreign aid, and financial dollarization. Most recently, the economics of crime and the long-run implications of colonialism have become major interests.


Theodore Panagiotidis;

Theodore Panagiotidis is Associate Professor at the University of Macedonia. In the past he held positions at the University of Sheffield, Loughborough University, Brunel University, and the London School of Economics. He has published more than 30 articles in international journals, including Oxford Economic Papers, Economics Letters, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Journal of Forecasting, Review of International EconomicsEmpirical EconomicsInternational Review of Financial Analysis, International Journal of Finance and Economics and the Review of Development Economics. He is currently at the editorial board of the Review of Economic Analysis, and the Journal of Economics and Finance.


Theologos Pantelidis;

Theologos Pantelidis is currently a Senior Lecturer at Kent Business School, University of Kent. He is a Research Associate of the Maynooth Finance Research Group, National University of Ireland Maynooth, and the Price and Competition Observatory, University of Macedonia. His research focuses on applied time series econometrics (modelling and forecasting). He has written numerous articles with applications to international finance and environmental economics. Part of his work investigates the estimation of a declining term structure of the social discount rate for intergenerational cost-benefit analysis.


Vasilis Sarafidis;

Vasilis Sarafidis is Associate Professor at the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics at Monash University. He received his PhD at the University of Cambridge and previously held positions at the University of Sydney and, as a Visiting Scholar, at the University of Amsterdam. Currently he holds the positions of Special Advisor at Europe Economics and Consultant for Frontier Economics. His main areas of research lie in the analysis of panel data, factor models, cross-sectional and spatial dependence, and clustering analysis, with applications to crime, the analysis of water demand and empirical I.O.


Thanasis Stengos;

Thanasis Stengos is University Research Chair at the University of Guelph. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Economics from LSE and Ph.D. from Queen’s University. His research interests are in nonparametric and nonlinear methods, with applications to empirical growth, measurement of welfare measures, labour economics and empirical finance. He currently serves as associate editor of the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Empirical Economics, Economics Letters and he is co-editor of the Review of Economic Analysis. His research has been published in journals including the Review of Economic Studies, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Econometrics, and The Review of Economic and Statistics.