21st Spring Meeting
of Young Economists 2016

March 31sT - 2Nd April 2016
ISCTE-IUL Lisbon, Portugal

Robert H. Frank 

Success and Luck
March, 31st 16:00-17:30


Robert H. Frank holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley and has an extensive curriculum background showcasing dozens of publications in top journals, such as American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Literature, Research Policy.

He is the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics at Cornell's Johnson Graduate School of Management. Professor Frank is also a research scholar and the co-director of Paduano Seminar in business ethics at NYU’s Stern School of Business.

He contributes to the column of The New York Times “Economic View” and is the author of reference textbooks in Economics, notably Microeconomics and Behavior, The Economic Naturalist, The Darwin Economy, Principles of Economics and Principles of Macroeconomics (the last two co-written with Ben Bernanke).

In 2004, Professor Frank was awarded the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought (jointly with Nancy Folbre) and, the Johnson School’s Stephen Russell Distinguished teaching award in 2004, 2010, and 2012. He was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal, where he taught math and sciences. 

Professor Frank’s main research is in microeconomics, economic inequality and behavioural economics.


Jan Fagerberg

The Triple Challenge for Europe: Economic Development, Climate Change and Governance
March, 31st 09:30-11:00


Jan Fagerberg holds a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil), Science, Technology and Industrialization from the University of Sussex. Professor Fagerberg has an extensive curriculum background showcasing more than thirty published articles in top journals, such as Journal of Economic Literature, Economic Journal, and Research Policy. He is professor both at the University of Oslo (affiliated at TIK - Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture), and at Ålborg University. He also affiliated with CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy) at Lund University.

He has one thousand and seven hundred citations in the Social Science Citation Index (ISI-Thomson) and is among the top 1% most downloaded authors worldwide, according to the REPEC - Research Papers in Economics. Fabergerg also developed large scale research projects that led to very important publications, such as The Oxford Handbook of Innovation (2004) and Innovation, Path Dependency and Policy: The Norwegian Case (2009).

More recently, he focus on create and develop a map of the current state-of-art and stimulate discussion about the future agenda about innovation. Following this aim, he developed, with support of OBEL Foundation, series of conferences about the future of innovation research studies that led to the book Innovation Studies: Evolution and Future Challenges (2013).

Professor Fagerberg’s main research interests are in technology, innovation, economic growth, development and competitiveness.



Research in Entrepreneurship Economics: Some Personal Examples
April, 1st 16:00-17:30


Celine Mirjam Van Praag is an econometrician holding a Master of Science and a PhD from the UvA (Universiteit van Amsterdam). She has an eclectic curriculum background and was employed in multinational firms like The Boston Consulting Group, Procter & Gamble and worked as a non-executive member on several boards from public and private firms. Professor Mirjam Van Praag was also the founding director of the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship.

She is a Professor of Entrepreneurship both at the Copenhagen Business School, Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics, and at the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam, the latter an unpaid position.  Mirjam Van Praag’s curriculum showcases more than thirty published articles in international academic journals, such as Journal of Labor Economics, The European Economic Review and Journal of Economic Literature, and being among the top 5% authors, according to the average rank score of REPEC - Research Papers in Economics (consulted in July 2015).

Mirjam Van Praag’s main research interests are not only focused on Economics of Entrepreneurship (e.g., Human Capital, Teams, Entrepreneurship and the Household) often using designs from Experimental Economics in her studies, but also on Behavioral Economics and Personnel Economics (rewards and performance measurement studies). She is also a Crown Member of the Socioeconomic Council (SER) of the Dutch government.




The Effect of Early Entrepreneurship Education (Rosendahl Huber et al, 2014)

Why do Entrepreneurial parents have Entrepreneurial Children (Lindquist et al, 2015)

Risk, Uncertainty and Entrepreneurship (Koudstaal et al, 2015)



The Returns to education  unveiled
April, 2nd 11:30-13:00


Pedro Portugal is a senior researcher in the Economics and Research Department at Portuguese central bank (Banco de Portugal) since 1996, visiting full professor of economics at Nova School of Business and Economics and, since 2012, he is member of the Conselho Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia.

He graduated in economics at Faculdade de Economia do Porto and received his PhD at the University of South Carolina. His major fields of interest of Pedro Portugal are Labor Economics, Microeconometrics, and Industrial Economics, and he has also published in Macroeconomics and Strategic Management. His papers have appeared in the American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Policy, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Labor Economics, and other leading economics journals.

In 2011, he received the Scientific Merit Award Santander-Totta Universidade Nova de Lisboa, among other distinctions. Moreover, is one of the most cited Portuguese researcher, being in Global top 5% Authors in Economics, as of February 2016, in IDEAS.