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“Economics and Politics of Migration: Implications for Agriculture and Food”
Place:
Piacenza, Italy
Organization

Conference Schedule
The pre-conference will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 9,30 am to 12.15 am (see more details HERE).
The 6th AIEAA Conference will start at 1:15 pm on Thursday, June 15, 2017 and will end by 5:00 pm on Friday June 16, 2017.

Program Committee
Alessandro Olper (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy, Chair)
Elena Castellari (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Maria Bonaventura Forleo (Università degli Studi del Molise, Italy)
Roberto Henke (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - CREA, Italy)
Valentina Materia (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)
Davide Pettenella (Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy)
Roberta Raffaelli (Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy)
Luca Salvatici (Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Italy)
Fabio Santeramo (Università di Foggia, Italy)

Local Committee
Renato Pieri (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy, Chair)
Linda Arata (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Stefano Boccaletti (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Gabriele Canali (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Elena Castellari (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Daniele Moro (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Paolo Sckokai (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Claudio Soregaroli (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)
Alessandro Varacca (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Piacenza, Italy)

Information and contacts
www.aieaa.org
aieaa2017@unicatt.it

Event Date
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Two key factors have recently contributed to place migration issues at the centre of the economic and political agenda. Firstly, the weaker economic prospects and the cuts in public spending due to the recession have increasingly contributed to make immigrants be perceived as competitors in the labour market and in the welfare state, rather than as a resource. Secondly, the refugee crisis, with the number of migrants seeking for asylum in Europe reaching a level not experienced since the mid-1990s, creates alarming tensions and un-coordinated reactions by the EU countries, revealing the fragility of EU institutions.

In the last decades, agriculture and rural areas have represented the main source of job opportunities for international migrants. Evidence of the key role played by migrant workers in keeping the sector competitive and resilient to the changes is solid.

Economic research on migration has gone well beyond the analysis of the impact of migrants on natives’ wages and employment. Economists have started to analyse the interaction between immigrants and natives, their degree of substitution and/or complementarities, and how native workers, firms and local economies react and adjust to labour supply shocks. Furthermore, there is a wide literature on the effects of migration on education, health and crime, as well as on the political effects of immigrants at origin and destination.

The relevance of these topics motivates the need to provide high quality studies also incorporating current knowledge from the economic literature to analyse the economics and politics of migration in rural areas. In this perspective, the sixth AIEAA Conference aims at providing a scientific contribution to these issues by expanding the knowledge base on the fundamental effects of migration, and by promoting a critical debate on the underlying theoretical and methodological issues and policy implications.

Specific issues to be addressed include:

  • The effect of migrations on the agricultural labour market;
  • The contribution of foreign workers to agriculture productivity growth;
  • The effect of migration in rural areas;
  • Farms’ adjustment to local labour supply shocks;
  • Migration and poverty condition in the countries of origin;
  • Migration and the changing patterns of food consumption;
  • Migration, climate change and natural disasters;
  • The trade effect of international migrations; 
  • The political economy of migration policy;
  • The political outcomes of international migrations;
  • Migration and crime in rural areas.
  • Migration, education and health

AIEAA welcomes the submission of contributions on the topics above. However, the submission of contributions on other agricultural and applied economics topics is encouraged as well.

AIEAA welcomes the submission of Contributed Papers, Organized Sessions and Posters.

More information can be found in the Call for papers.

There are three types of contributions: contributed papers, organized sessions, and posters. Contribution proposals should be submitted in English through the conference website (https://www.conftool.net/aieaa2017).

Contributed papers
Participants intending to present a paper are requested to submit an extended abstract (minimum 1000 words; maximum 1500 words) before February 15, 2017. Abstracts should include:
a. Introduction to the topic
b. Description of data and research methodology
c. Discussion of theoretical and/or empirical results
d. Emphasis on the paper’s potential for generating discussion during the conference
e. A list of few essential references.

All submitted abstracts will be subject to a blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of paper acceptance by March 17, 2017.
The full version of accepted papers should be submitted by May 26, 2017.
Upon Authors’ authorization, the abstracts of accepted papers will be made available on the conference website, and the full text will be posted on AgEcon Search.
A selection of accepted papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of Bio-based and Applied Economics, after going through the journal’s standard review process. The deadline for the submission will be June 30, 2017.

Organized sessions
Participants are invited to propose organized sessions primarily, but not exclusively, on topics relevant to the conference themes. Proposals (max 2,000 words) should include the name of the organizer, the session title, the name of contributors, and the title and abstract of each paper. It is suggested that proposed sessions include no more than four papers. Proposals should be submitted by February 15, 2017. Organized session proposals will be subject to a peer review process. Authors will be notified of acceptance by March 17, 2017.

Posters
AIEAA welcomes the submission of posters. Accepted posters will be presented and discussed in dedicated sessions. Participants should submit an abstract (max 500 words) by February 15, 2017. Poster proposals will be subject to a blind peer review process. Authors will be notified of poster acceptance by March 17, 2017.

The 6th AIEAA Conference will take place at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, via Emilia Parmense 84, Piacenza.

Travelling by car: Exit Piacenza Sud from the motorway, then head for Piacenza/Stadio and follow the bypass until you meet the Piacenza exit. Proceed straight ahead for roughly one kilometre then, at the roundabout, take the third exit to Università Cattolica.

Travelling by bus from Piacenza’s railway station: Take a local bus (line 2 or 3) from the pedestrian dock in front of the railway station (8 stops until Via Emilia Parmense, 65, then just cross the street). These bus shelters can be easily reached by exiting the train station and walking ahead leaving the tracks behind your back.

Travelling by plane: for participants travelling by plane, please refer to the instructions provided, downloading this document.

Accommodation:
Note that all prices indicated below are special offers available to the AIEAA Conference participants only. Therefore, if you wish to benefit of the price reduction, you must specify AIEAA Convegno – Università Cattolica in your reservation email.

HOTEL CITY (450m away from the Conference venue)
Address:
Via Emilia Parmense 54, Piacenza
Prices: € 67,00single room; € 77 double for sole use;€86,50 double room with either twin or separate beds.
All prices include wi-fi and breakfast.
Email:
info@hotelcitypc.it
Phone: 0523/579752
Website: http://www.hotelcitypc.it/

HOTEL OVEST (7.6 Km away from the Conference venue, suggested for participants travelling by car)
Address:
Via Primo Maggio, 82, Piacenza
Prices: € 94,00single room;€104,00 double room with either twin or separate beds.
All prices include wi-fi and breakfast.
Email:
info@hotelovest.com
Phone: 0523/712222
Website: http://www.piacenzahotels.com/it/hotelovest/index.php

 PARK HOTEL (5 Km away from the Conference venue, suggested for participants travelling by car)
Address:
Strada Valnure, 7, Piacenza
Prices: € 89single room (€ 99 classic);€99,00 double room with either twin or separate beds (€ 109 superior).
All prices include wi-fi and breakfast.
Email:
info@parkhotelpiacenza.it
Phone: 0523/712600
Website: http://www.parkhotelpiacenza.it/
This hotel has a minibus service.

MH HOTEL PIACENZA FIERA (2.8 Km away from the Conference venue, suggested for participants travelling by car)
Address:
Via Caorsana, 127/d, Loc. Le Mose, Piacenza
Prices: € 75single room;€90,00 double room with either twin or separate beds.
All prices include wi-fi and breakfast.
Email:
info.piacenzafiera@magiahotels.it
Phone: 0523/606288
Website: http://www.magiahotels.it/

How to register to the Pre-Conference
Participation to the Pre-Conference is free of charge.
If you are registered for the AIEAA Conference and you indicated that you will participate at the Pre-Conference you do not need to register. 
If you are not registered to the AIEAA Conference but you wish to participate to the Pre-Conference, you are kindly asked to send a confirmation email to aieaa2017@unicatt.it.
The detailed programme of the AIEAA 2017 Pre-Conference can be downloaded HERE.

How to register to the Conference
You can register through the Conference management platform: https://www.conftool.net/aieaa2017/.
If you don't have an user account, please click on "Create account and register for conference" and follow the instructions. 
If you already have a user account, please log in with your username and password, select “Register as Participant” and follow the instructions.
If you are an author of an accepted paper or poster, please consider that, for presenting your contribution, at least one author of your paper/poster should register to the conference.

Late Registration fees (after April 30)
Regular fee: 200 € (150 € if already member in 2017)
Reduced fee (Ph.D. students, Postdoc): 70 € (50 € if already member in 2017)
Donor member fee: 250 € (200 € if already member in 2017)

Keynote speakers
Anna Maria Mayda (Georgetown University, USA)
Giuseppe De Arcangelis (University La Sapienza, Italy)
Giorgio Osti (University of Trieste, Italy)
Alan De Brauw (IFPRI, USA)

The final Programme of the Conference is available HERE.

The Pre-Conference event on Price volatility and risk management in the agri-food supply chain will take place on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 9.30 am to 12.15 pm in Aula Piana (the whole event will be in Italian).

Participation to the Pre-Conference is free of charge.
If you are registered for the AIEAA Conference and you indicated that you will participate at the Pre-Conference you do not need to register. 
If you are not registered to the AIEAA Conference but you wish to participate to the Pre-Conference, you are kindly asked to send a confirmation email to aieaa2017@unicatt.it.
The detailed programme of the AIEAA 2017 Pre-Conference can be downloaded HERE.

 

Papers will be downloadable from the AgEconSearch web site after the end of the conference.