ASC Conference 2023 – Cagliari (Italy) on September 28-29, 2023

Institutions, knowledge diffusion and economic development

The International Conference on “Institutions, knowledge diffusion and economic development”, jointly organized by the American Studies Center of Naples, University of Cagliari and CRENoS, will take place in-person in Cagliari (Italy) on September 28-29, 2023.

Previous conferences organized by the American Studies Center have been held in Cosenza (2016), Naples (2017), Bari (2018), Matera (2019) and Caserta (2022).

This year conference aims at providing academics, policymakers and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion on the role of institutions, public policies, technology, social and industrial relationships in shaping local economic development in a post-COVID world.
In the last years, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected local economies increasing unemployment, inequalities and uncertainty. At the same time, economic and social issues related to geopolitical risk, social cohesion and trust in government have emerged. To support recovery and improve future resilience of local economies, it is crucial to set up adequate responses by political, social and economic institutions and to rethink the role of technology.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Technological change and productivity
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and local development
  • Decentralization and efficiency of institutions
  • Local economic development and the quality of institutions
  • Public policies for a sustainable development of cities and regions
  • Demographic change and migration
  • Changes in the spatial distribution of economic activities
  • Regional inequality

Keynote Speakers

Nicholas Charron (University of Gothenburg)

Quality of Institutions and Gender Equalities Across European Regions

Rosina Moreno (University of Barcelona)

The role of relatedness and unrelatedness for the geography of technological breakthroughs in Europe

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose (London School of Economics)

The Green Transition and its potential territorial discontents


Organizing Committee:

Alfredo Del Monte (University of Naples Federico II), Ludovica Giua (University of Cagliari), Vania Licio (CRENoS), Sara Moccia (University of Naples Federico II), Raffaele Paci (University of Cagliari), Luca Pennacchio (University of Naples Parthenope)

Scientific Committee:

Antonio Acconcia (University of Naples Federico II and CSEF), Marcello D’Amato (University Suor Orsola Benincasa and CSEF), Alfredo Del Monte (University of Naples Federico II), Anna Giunta (Roma Tre University and Rossi-Doria Centre), Simona Iammarino (University of Cagliari), Riccardo Martina (University of Naples Federico II and CSEF), Raffaele Paci (University of Cagliari), Luca Pennacchio (University of Naples Parthenope), Francesco Pigliaru (University of Cagliari and CRENoS), Stefano Usai (University of Cagliari), Alberto Zazzaro (University of Naples Federico II, CSEF and Mo.Fi.R.)