Tuesday, December 20, 2016

6th Conference of the Italian Association of Agricultural and Applied Economics (AIEAA)

June 15-16, 2017; Piacenza, Italy
Economics and Politics of Migration: Implications for Agriculture and Food
Call for Papers

Two key factors have recently contributed to place migration issues at the center 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 labor 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.

Specific issues to be addressed include:
  • The effect of migrations on the agricultural labor market;
  • The contribution of foreign workers to agriculture productivity growth;
  • The effect of migration in rural areas;
  • Farms’ adjustment to local labor 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.

Contribution proposals should be submitted in English through the conference website at www.aieaa.org. There are three types of contributions: contributed papers, organized sessions, and posters.

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:
  1. Introduction to the topic
  2. Description of data and research methodology
  3. Discussion of theoretical and/or empirical results
  4. Emphasis on the paper’s potential for generating discussion during the conference
  5. A list of few essential references.
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.

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.

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.
Information and contacts
For more updated information and contacts, please refer to the conference website at www.aieaa.org or email aieaa2017@unicatt.it

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