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INFER Workshop on News and Fiscal Policy

Thursday, 2 March, 2017 - 12:00 to Friday, 3 March, 2017 - 17:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculty: Sociale Wetenschappen & Solvay Business School
International workshop

INFER Workshop on News and Fiscal Policy

Jointly organised by

Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Bucharest University of Economic Studies and INFER, the International Network for Economic Research.

News and Fiscal Policy


March 2nd


12h00 – 13h00

Lunch & registration

Building D, 2nd floor 


13h00 – 13h15


Promotiezaal (D.2.01) 


13h15 – 15h15

Session A

Promotiezaal (D.2.01) 

Session B

Raadzaal ES (C.2.07A)


Juan Equiza-Goñi 


Ewoud Quaghebeur


Andrea Tafuro


Andreea L. Vadu


Sebastian Gechert


Peter Claeys 


Oana Furtuna


Nicolae-Bogdan Ianc 


15h15 – 15h30

Coffee break


15h30 – 17h30

Session C

Promotiezaal (D.2.01) 

Session D

Raadzaal ES (C.2.07A) 


Paul Hubert


Juan Manuel Figueres


Wildmer Gregori


Guiseppe Caivano


Andreea Stoian


Vaclav Zdarek


Leonardo Martinez


Candida Ferreira


17h30 – 18h30

Panel session

 Promotiezaal (D.2.01)     

19h00 – 22h00

Reception + Dinner

Les Brigittines –Kapellemarkt 5 – 1000 Brussel


March 3nd


8h00 – 9h00

Breakfast keynote: Javier Perez

Promotiezaal (D.2.01) 


9h15 – 11h15

Session E

Promotiezaal (D.2.01) 

Session F

Raadzaal ES (C.2.07A)  


Nora Traum


Alex Tagliabracci


Kostas Mavromatis


Rafael Mendes


Jaakko Nelimarkka


Arno Hantzsche 


Jacopo Cimadomo


Roberto Golinelli 


11h15 – 12h45

Session G

Promotiezaal (D.2.01) 

Session H

Raadzaal ES (C.2.07A) 


Isabelle Salle


Eva Senra


Silvia Delrio


Wouter Van der Wielen


Selien De Schryder


Brecht Boone


13h00 – 14h00


Building D, 2nd floor


14h00 – 17h00

Guided tour (optional)



The complete schedule including the titles of the papers, co-authors and the affiliations of the presenter can be found here.

About the workshop


This workshop aims at bringing together experts in the analysis of news, forecasting, uncertainty and the role of expectations in fiscal policy. The main purpose is to debate issues in the theoretical and empirical analysis of expectations in fiscal policy, and what new insights the latest analysis can deliver to policymakers.

The workshop creates sufficient space for debate. Speakers get time to present their work; and assigned discussants lead the debate. Panel sessions discuss cross-area approaches. Separate rooms are available for discussion and collaboration between participants.


Changes in the behaviour of fiscal and monetary policy influence beliefs about the way debt will be stabilized. Time consistent policies that are bound by rules are just one of the possible regimes. There have been large shifts in the policy mix in economic history. Exiting from current strategies might be complicated and not time-consistent anymore. If policies become locked in, and economic agents start to believe future changes are unlikely, the effects of fiscal and monetary policy may change.  There are substantial economic, political and financial risks that put pressures on the continued support for a fiscal and monetary regime. Governments and central banks may be forced to adopt policies on-the-going with no option to reset those options later on. Forecasts by agents may help to learn something on the shifts of beliefs in one policy regime or the other over time. 

This workshop provides an opportunity for all those interested in fiscal policy, policy regimes, forecasting, uncertainty, and the role of expectations to discuss their research and to exchange ideas.


Researchers are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers, electronically in pdf format by December 15th, 2016 by sending it to workshop.fiscalnews@gmail.com.

The registration fee for all participants is 75 EUR for INFER members, and 125 EUR for other participants

The registration fee includes all lunches, drinks and the dinner. It does not include travel and accommodation expenses. All workshop participants have to register for the workshop. Please note that the annual membership fee for private INFER members is 25 EUR only (institutional INFER members 200 EUR). You are invited to become a member!

Important dates

  • December 15th , 2016              submission
  • January 3rd, 2017                     notification
  • January 16th, 2017                   registration
  • March 2nd-3rd, 2017                 workshop
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