The European Regional Science Organization (ERSA) participates in the 15th “European Week of Regions and Cities”, organized and led by the European Commission. This year the Congress is titled “Regions and Cities working for a better future”. ERSA occupies an active role in the organization of the Congress and organizes the University Session and The Master Class Programme. The “European Week of Regions and Cities” is the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development.
ERSA is leading organizer of the University Session on Counterfactual Impact Evaluation
The University workshops at the “European Week of Regions and Cities” present new research on regional and urban development. ERSA organizes a workshop on Counterfactual impact evaluation, which is increasingly regarded as an essential tool for public decision-making. Counterfactual impact evaluation allows to establish whether a public program works or not. At the same time, it is also the object of cutting-edge methodological and empirical research by statisticians, economists and political scientists.
Focusing on three themes of contemporary regional and urban policy that are object of compelling debate – Structural Funds, local welfare for immigrant inclusion, and urban vehicle access regulations – the workshop highlights the policy lessons that can be drawn from existing counterfactual evaluations and outlines the main opportunities and challenges ahead.
In the Master Class ERSA connects young researchers with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics
The Congress also hosts a Master Class for PhD students and early career researchers in the field of regional and urban policy, which is organized by ERSA this year. 30 PhD students and early-career researchers have been selected to participate in the 5th edition of this Master Class. It connects young researchers and includes presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. The participants will debate the topics “Resilient Regions and Cities”, “Governance of regional local development” and “Sharing knowledge across borders”.