Workshop on Advances in Economic Growth

Thursday 18th & Friday 19th August 2011

Castlecliffe, School of Economics & Finance
University of St Andrews

We would like to thank for generous funding the Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).

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Thursday 18th August 2011

8:45 - 9:15 Registration / Coffee / Tea
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome
9:30 - 10:30 Sascha Becker (Warwick)
"Does Parental Education Affect Fertility? Evidence from Pre-Demographic Transition Prussia" (joint with Francesco Cinnirella and Ludger Woessmann)
10:30 - 11:30 Shankha Chakraborty (Oregon)
"Twin Transitions" (joint with Anna-Maria Aksan)
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee / Tea Break
12:00 - 13:00 Max Gillman (Cardiff)
"Dynamic Taylor Condition within an Endogenous Growth Monetary Economy" (joint with Michal Kejak)
13:00 - 14:15 Lunch
14:15 - 15:15 Alex Trew (St Andrews)
"Spatial Takeoff"
15:15 - 16:15 Dimitrios Varvarigos (Leicester)
"Pollution Abatement as a Source of Stabilisation and Long-Run Growth" (joint with Theodore Palivos)
16:15 - 16:45 Coffee / Tea Break
16:45 - 17:45 Anne P. Villamil (Illinois and Manchester)
"The Effects of Credit Subsidies on Development" (joint with A. Antunes and Tiago Cavalcanti)
20:00 Dinner at St Andrews Links Clubhouse


 Friday 19th August 2011

8:45 - 9:00 Coffee / Tea Break
9:00 - 10:00 Gonzalo Forgue-Puccio (St Andrews)
"Foreign Aid: A Fillip for Development or a Fuel for Corruption" (joint with Keith Blackburn)
10:00 - 11:00 Luis Angeles (Glasgow)
"On the causes of the African slave trade and African underdevelopment"
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee / Tea Break
11:30 - 12:30 Parantap Basu (Durham)
"An Adjustment Cost Model of Inequality Dynamics" (joint with Yoseph Getachew)
12:30 - 13:30 Tiago Cavalcanti (Cambridge)
"Social Structure and Human Capital Dynamics" (joint with Chryssi Giannitsarou)
13:30 Lunch


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Gonzalo Forgues-Puccio

Tel: +44 (0)1334 462440
Mobile: 07786 928457

Alex Trew

Tel: +44 (0)1334 461950
Mobile: 07736 465214
For accommodation, travel and expenses enquiries:

Angela Hodge

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46420


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The workshop is to be held at the School of Economics & Finance, and accommodation is in New Hall, a University residence. Please refer to the pdf map or the Google map below.

Guests that have booked accommodation can check-in at New Hall after 2pm on 8 September and check-out is 10am on the day of departure. Breakfast at New Hall is from 7:30 to 9:00am. Registration will take place in the School on the Tuesday from 8:45am. We will arrange for transportation from New Hall to the School in the event of inclement weather, but it is a beautiful (10 minute) walk from New Hall to the School on a sunny day. There will be someone in the New Hall lobby ready to show guests the way to the School at around 8:30am.

Please get in touch with the organisers if you have specific queries.

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Trains: The nearest train station is at Leuchars, which is ten minutes from St Andrews by taxi.

Local Taxis: Taxi companies wait outside the station (across the footbridge), but otherwise two local companies are HM Taxis (01334 474700) and Williamsons Taxis (01334 839279).

Airports: Dundee (15 miles from St Andrews), Edinburgh (50 miles) and Glasgow (90 miles). Public transport from Dundee can take 30 minutes (or a 15 minute taxi); from Edinburgh about 2 hours and from Glasgow about 3 hours.

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There will be no dinner provided at New Hall on the Wednesday night but there are a number of good, reasonably priced local restaurants along South Street, Market Street and St Mary’s Place, including:

  • Pizza Express (Italian) Logie’s Lane
  • Byre Theatre (Scottish) South Street
  • Nahm Jim (Thai/Japanese) Market Street
  • Zizzi's (Italian) South Street

You can see information about other eateries here. Some information about St Andrews and the region is available from: