Social Policies and the Cities


A CEPR/DIW Conference
Berlin, 29 - 30 June 2001
Organization: Klaus F. Zimmermann (IZA, DIW, and CEPR) and Amanda Gosling (CEPR)

Provisional Programme

Friday 29 June:

14:00 – 15:30 Government And Cities: Rent Seeking and Decentralizing of Decision Making
*Gil S Epstein (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, CEPR and IZA)
Discussant: Helmut Seitz (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)

15:30 – 17:00 Unemployment, Inequality and Crime: Latin American Cities Under Neoliberal Policies
*David Hojman (University of Liverpool)
Discussant: Shoshana Neuman (Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, CEPR and IZA)

17:00 – 17:30 Coffee / Tea Break

17:30 – 19:00 From Self-help to Self-services
Christiane Droste (Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner)
*Thomas Knorr-Siedow (Institute for Regional Development and Structural Planning, Erkner)
Discussant: C Katharina Spieß (DIW Berlin)

20:00 Dinner


Saturday 30 June:

09:00 – 10:30 Why do Blacks Experience High Unemployment Rates in Cities?
Harris Selod (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées, Paris)
*Yves Zenou (University of Southampton, CEPR and IZA)
Discussant: Kai Konrad (WZB, Freie Universität Berlin, CEPR and IZA)

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee / Tea Break

11:00 – 12:30 National Versus Regional Migration: The Polish Case – Chelmski
*Sule Akkoyunlu (University of Kent at Canterbury)
Discussant: Amanda Gosling (Essex University and CEPR)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Big City Budgets
*Andrew Austin (CERGE-EI, Prague)
Steven G Craig (University of Houston)
Discussant: Michael C Burda (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, CEPR and IZA)

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee / Tea Break

16:00 – 17:30 Welfare Recipients By Cities When Welfare Pays Rent, Too
*Kristof Dascher (European University Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder)
Discussant: Bengt-Arne Wickström (DIW Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and IZA)




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