All sessions and lectures of the conference will be held at the Schweizerhof hotel in the heart of Kassel. More information on how to reach the venue, the hotel address, and amenities, please click here






The Conference will begin at 10 AM on Thursday 10 October with a welcome reception and an introductory session by the local organizer M&S Research Hub, followed by the plenary talk by Prof. Farzanegan


The scientific programme will include several sessions in the following fields of economics and 3 plenary sessions:


Applied Microeconomics; Applied Macroeconomics; Development; Econometrics; Economic Geography;

Economic Theory; Environmental; Finance; Industrial Organization; International Economics; Labour;

Law and Economics; Macroeconomics; Political Economics; Public Economics; Middle East Economics; Urban, Rural and Transportation Economics



The full program can be downloaded from here

Directions to the conference venue from Frankfurt airport can be downloaded from here




Plenary Lectures



(Growing up in the Iran-Iraq war and preferences for strong defense)

Prof. Dr. Mohammed Reza Farzanegan (Philipps University-Marburg, Germany)


Biography: Mohammad Reza Farzanegan is a Professor of Economics of the Middle East at Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS) of University of Marburg (2015-present; 2012-15 as Assistant Professor). He gained his Ph.D. from TU Dresden (Germany) in 2009 with the support of DAAD. From 2010-2012, he was Postdoctoral fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at TU Dresden & ZEW Mannheim. He was the leader of DAAD-funded project of “Political Economy of Natural Resources Management, NAREM” (2016-2018) in cooperation of three universities (Tehran, Tarbiat Modares, and Mashhad) in Iran. At Uni Marburg, he is responsible for international M.Sc. program of Economics of the Middle East (EMEA). He is a co-editor of a book on " Economic Welfare and Inequality in Iran" (Palgrave Macmillan US, 2016). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals, most recently “Oil booms and inequality in Iran,” in Review of Development Economics (with T. Krieger, 2018); “Does oil rents dependency reduce the quality of education?,” in Empirical Economics (with M. Thum, 2018); and “Sanctions and the shadow economy: empirical evidence from Iranian provinces,” in Applied Economics Letters (with B. Hayo, 2019), among many others.



(Institutions and the migration-conflict cycle)

Prof. Dr. Tim Krieger (Freiburg University, Germany)


Biography: TIM KRIEGER is since 2012 Wilfried Guth Professor of Constitutional Political Economy and Competition Policy at Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg. He holds a master degree in economics from the University of Kiel, Germany, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich, Germany. He worked as an assistant and interim professor at the Universities of Mainz, Marburg and Paderborn, Germany. His research interests focus on economic, social and education policies in aging and globalizing societies with a special focus on the conflict-economic dimension of these developments. In addition, he is specialized in the economics of political violence, terrorism and crime. He has published widely in leading international journals in both economics and political science.

(A theory of migration as rank-seeking behavior)

Prof. Dr. Oded Stark (Bonn, Tübingen and Warsaw Universities, Germany & Poland)


Oded Stark is Distinguished Fellow at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Distinguished Professor at the University of Warsaw, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Tuebingen. He served as Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University, as University Professor (Chair in Economic and Regional Policy) at the University of Klagenfurt, and as Honorary University Professor of Economics at the University of Vienna, and prior to that as Professor of Economics (Chair in Development Economics) at the University of Oslo, and as Professor of Population and Economics and as the Director of the Migration and Development Program at Harvard University. He has written on applied microeconomic theory, development economics, population economics, the economics of migration, labor economics, evolutionary economics, urban economics, regional economics, welfare economics, risk-taking behavior, and the theory of the firm. He is the author of the critically acclaimed books The Migration of Labor (Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell 1991 and 1993), and Altruism and Beyond, An Economic Analysis of Transfers and Exchanges Within Families and Groups (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1995 and 1999), and is the co-editor of the Handbook of Population and Family Economics (in Handbooks in Economics; Amsterdam: North-Holland 1997, and Beijing: Economic Science Press 2004). Oded Stark is Doctor honoris causa (University of Warsaw), a Humboldt Awardee, and a Presidential Professor of Economics (Poland).

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