Keynote speakers


Volker Böhm

Volker Böhm is Professor of Economics (emeritus) at Bielefeld University since 2010 where he held a chair of Economic Theory in the Department of Management and Economics from 1994-2010. He has held positions at Universität Mannheim, Université Libre de Bruxelles and CORE, and Université Catholique de Louvain. He completed his PhD in Economics at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Gérard Debreu in 1972.

For many years, his research has dealt with general equilibrium theory, welfare economics, imperfect competition, game theory. Since the mid-1990s the emphasis shifted to macroeconomics, its microeconomic foundations and implications for a dynamic analysis, in particular for growth and development economics, business cycles, and financial markets. He is currently serving as Associate Editor for Macroeconomic Dynamics and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Singapore Economic Review. He was founder and first chairman of the Mannheim Graduate College Allokation auf Finanzund Gütermärkten, Universität Mannheim, Chairman Theoretischer Ausschuss, Verein für Socialpolitik (German Language Economists Association, Theory Branch)  and founder and first Chairman of the Bielefeld Graduate School of Economics and Management.



Jonathan Eaton

Jonathan Eaton is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Economics at the Pennsylvania State University. He has previously held faculty positions at Brown University, New York University, and several other institutions.

He has worked in various areas of international economics. Early work concerned modeling sovereign debt and default. More recently he has developed quantitative models of international trade and technology flows. Current research projects study the role of trade in the global transmission of macroeconomic shocks and the formation of international firm-to-firm trading networks. Eaton is a Fellow of the Econometric Society. In 2004 he was awarded the Frisch Medal for his Econometrica article, with Sam Kortum, “Technology, Geography, and Trade."


Oleg Itskhoki

Oleg Itskhoki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, as well as the Richard Allen Lester University Preceptor. His research interests are in the fields of Macroeconomics and International Economics. One line of his research focuses on the effects of international trade on labor market outcomes, including unemployment and income inequality. Another line of his research studies the pricing policies of firms in international transaction, in particular focusing on currency choice and exchange rate pass-through by importing and exporting firms and its implication for macroeconomic policies. His most recent research is centered around the issue of optimal macroeconomic policies in currency unions and optimal development and industrial policies in economies with financial frictions. He was a participant in the Review of Economic Studies tour, and a recepeint of Sloan Fellowship and the Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. His research was supported by a National Science Foundation grant, and his work is published in American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and Review of Economic Studies. He received BA from Moscow State University in 2003, MA from the New Economics School in 2004, and PhD from Harvard University in 2009, all in Economics.



Stephen Redding

Stephen Redding is the Harold T. Shapiro*64 Professor in Economics in the Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, a Research Associate of the International Trade and Investment program of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and an international research associate of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Recent research has focused on heterogeneous firms and trade, the economics of agglomeration, trade and income inequality, and multi-product firms and trade.

He was awarded a Global Economic Affairs Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2008 and a Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowship during 2001-4 for his research on international trade and economic growth. Publications in academic journals include the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics.