Milan European Economy Workshops

  •  XVI Milan European Economy Workshop

          22 – 24 June 2017

‘Innovation and services of general interest: from the lab to enterprises and citizens’

Jointly organised by the EUsers network ,the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM) of the University of Milan and CIRIEC .

For more information on this event, download the Leaflet MEEW 2017_22-24 june and click here.

Call for papers – Special issue on Journal of Economic Policy Reforms. Click here for more information.

  • XV Milan European Economy Workshop

         30 June 2016 – h 14.00-18.00

“Recent advances in the Economics and Management of Public Enterprise”

The EUsers network, in collaboration with CIRIEC and the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM) of the University of Milan, has organised the XV edition of the Milan European Economy Workshop.

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  • XIV Milan European Economy Workshop

         25-26 June 2015

“Major Public Enterprises in a global perspective”

The workshop presented and discussed the knowledge developed within the EUsers Network on the empirical analysis of the different mode of provision, with a specific focus on public providers. It focused on a systematic analysis, country by country, on some key research questions:

  • What is the extent of the survival or expansion of the public enterprise (PE) in a global perspective, particularly as far as large enterprises are concerned?
  • Who are the major players at national and international level?
  • How do they perform? How is the control of  government implemented?
  • What is the mission assigned by governments to the major players?
  • To what extent are PE of national significance transforming themselves in multinationals?

Country papers discussed include European countries (e.g. France, Germany, Ireland, Finalnd, Greece, etc.), Chinese market, Asian countries (e.g. Japan and India), Americas (e.g. Uruguay, Canada, Brazil, Chile) and other Mediterranean countries (e.g. Algeria, Turkey).

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  • XIII Milan European Economy Workshop

      12-13 June 2014

“The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Research Infrastructures”

The workshop discussed the preliminary results of the project “Cost/Benefit Analysis in the Research, Development and Innovation Sector”, funded by the European Investment Bank Institute.

The measurement or assessment of the cost/benefit of research, development and innovation (RDI) infrastructure is notoriously difficult. And yet global policy discussions increasingly focus on innovation and the knowledge economy as a driver for long-term sustainable growth. A multitude of methods and indicators are used to study socio-economic impacts. However, the current methodology for the assessment of the cost/benefit of RDI infrastructures is not satisfactory. The aim of the workshop is to present some results of a research project that builds upon the current international practice to produce a cost/benefit analysis (CBA) model for decision making which allows for an assessment the potential future net social benefits generated by a research infrastructure and the uncertainty and risks associated to it. The methodological section is complemented by selected case studies of RDI infrastructures and an overview of related topics.

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  •  XII Milan European Economy Workshop 

“Case histories of Public Enterprises: learning from success and failure”

13-15 June 2013

 The workshop discussed some of the preliminary results of the Ciriec International project “The Future of Public Enterprise”. Despite the large-scale privatizations in the last three decades, governments, either at national or local level, still own or party-own a wide range of organizations providing public services. Privatization policies have left under the control of government a core of public enterprises. Recently, some episodes have also been reversing the previous policy trend. The question arises: how should governments define the missions, the performance criteria, and the governance mechanisms of the public enterprises in a changing environment? For the purpose of the Ciriec project, the notion of  ‘public enterprises’ has been broadly referred to organizations (a) directly producing public services, either through liberalized market arrangements or under franchised monopoly, (b) ultimately owned or de facto controlled by public sector entities, (c) with a public mission, (d) whose ownership in principle can be shifted to the private sector. The theme is intended to be a broad inquiry into the phenomenon.


  • Eleventh Milan European Economy Workshop

“The History of European Infrastructure Finance”

June 22-23,  2012

Workshop Coordinator
Massimo Florio

Over the long-term, the finance of infrastructure has been organised in a myriad of different ways from being financed by fully private to fully public Institutions. Though no country is completely alike, there have been considerable commonalities across the European context. Our research project aims to collect and analyse data on infrastructure finance over the long-term, and on this basis identify phases in finance infrastructure across sectors, countries, financial as well as other regulatory and socio-economic institutions. This goes along with the analyses of the outcomes of public engagement in public infrastructure provisioning in Europe as well as with an identification and exploration of European best practice examples for infrastructure financing that provide lessons learnt for contemporary policy debates.


  •  Tenth Milan European Economy Workshop

“Quality of institutions and the performance of public service providers”
June 8th-9th , 2011


  • Ninth Milan European Economy Workshop

“An Agenda for the New Public Enterprise. Ownership and governance for the general interest “

June 10th -11th , 2010


  • Eighth Milan European Economy Workshop

“Public Investment under Budgetary Restrictions in the EU New Member States”

June 11th -12th , 2009


  • Seventh Milan European Economy Workshop

“Industrial Clusters, Globalization and Regional Policy in the EU”

June 13th -14th , 2008


  • Sixth Milan European Economy Workshop

“Consumers and Utility Reforms in the European Union”

June 8th -9th , 2007


  • Fifth Milan European Economy Workshop

“Cost- benefit Analysis and Incentives in Evaluation: the EU Structural Funds 2007-2013″

May 26th -27th , 2006


  • Forth Milan European Economy Workshop

“The economic consequences of the European Constitution”

May 27th -28th , 2005


  • Third Milan European Economy Workshop

“Agendas for an enlarged EU: the challenge of growth”

May 28th-29th, 2004


  • Second Milan European Economy Workshop

“Public services and European Economic Integration”

June 6th-7 th, 2003


  • First Milan European Economy Workshop

“The welfare impact of British Privatisations 1979-1997″

May31st-June 1 st, 2002

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