Mark Partridge, AEDE Professor and Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, and Alessandra Faggian, AEDE Associate Professor, recently participated in the European Regional Science Association’s (ERSA), 52nd European Congress held from August 21-25, 2012 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The theme of the conference focused on “Regions in Motion: Breaking the Path”, with specific discussions centered on climate change, environment and sustainability, knowledge economy and innovation, and migration and the regional labor market, among others. ERSA’s members include academics, policy professionals and researchers interested in spatial economics and planning as well as regional and local development. The organization brings together the work of national regional science associations across Europe and the yearly Congress, held each August, is the organization’s largest event bringing together hundreds of attendees.
Faculty members Partridge and Faggian, who focus on regional and urban economics in their research at Ohio State, held several key roles during the conference. On Wednesday, August 22, Professor Partridge, who helped to organize an all-day event at the conference focused on the “Urban World 2050”, chaired a discussion as part of this event that focused on the “Pioneer City 2050” and “The Livable City 2050”. He also chaired a debate from experts in the field focused on “6 Urban Idols”. Also on Wednesday, Professor Partridge participated in a special session focused on “Regional Policy Institutions”, presenting to his peers on the theme of “Place-based policy in North America – Who does it and whose interest does it serve?” On Wednesday, Associate Professor Faggian participated in a special session focused on “Graduates, Entrepreneurship and Regional Labor Markets”, presenting on the topic of “College Student Migration in the United States, 2000-2009: Implications for Regional Human Capital Distribution” with Brown University Associate Professor Rachel S. Franklin.
On Thursday, August 23rd, Partridge and Faggian presented together in a session focused on “Housing Markets, Land Use and Real Estate”, where, with University of Colorado at Boulder colleague Professor Philip Graves, the three presented on “Rent/value ratios in spatial disequilibrium: booming versus lagging cities”. On Thursday, Faggian also chaired a special session focused on “Young Scientists Migration and the Regional Labor Market”, which she undertook as a member of the Epainos Committee for ERSA, which awards a yearly prize to young scholars. Also on Thursday, Faggian presented at a session on “Entrepreneurship, Networks and Innovation” with a presentation focused on “Does religion stifle entrepreneurship? A spatial perspective of religious impacts on entrepreneurship” with Elizabeth A. Mack, Assistant Professor at Arizona State University, and Kevin Stolarick, Research Director at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management’s Martin Prosperity Institute.
Faculty members Partridge and Faggian also play several key roles in the administration of ERSA: Partridge serves on the conference’s Scientific Committee, while both Partridge and Faggian are members of the Board of Directors of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), an international community of scholars interested in the regional impacts of national or global processes of economic and social change, which holds its annual meetings during the ERSA conference.
To see the conference program and learn more about ERSA, please visit the ERSA Congress website. To learn more about the conference presentations from faculty members Partridge and Faggian, please see:
- "Place-Based Policy in North America – Who Does it and Whose Interests Does it Serve?" – Mark Partridge, The Ohio State University
- “College Student Migration in the United States: Implications for Regional Human Capital Distribution” – Alessandra Faggian, The Ohio State University, and Rachel S. Franklin, Brown University
- “Rent/Value Ratios in Spatial Disequilibrium: Booming versus Lagging Cities” – Mark Partridge, The Ohio State University; Alessandra Faggian, The Ohio State University; and Philip Graves, University of Colorado
- “Does Religion Stifle Entrepreneurial Activity?” – Alessandra Faggian, The Ohio State University; Elizabeth A. Mack, Arizona State University; and Kevin Stolarick, University of Toronto
August 28, 2012