The 18th World Economy Meeting took place on 1 and 2 June at the University of Alcalá (Alcalá de Henarés, Spain). This congress was organized by the World Economy Society (WES) with the following title: “Europe-America: Strategic Aliances in the World Economy”.
The topic of the congress was the focus of debate among participants who also discussed about household finance, banking system, consumer protection, european investments and international trade. In addition to the conferences and round tables, there were various distinguised lectures. The first lecture was entitled: QVO VADIS EUROPA? and was given by Josep Borrell, former President of the European Parliament, who focused on how Europe is facing the challenges ahead. On the other hand, the second distinguised lecture was centred on the international financial architecture and was given by José Antonio Ocampo who served in a number of positions in the United Nations as well as the Government of Colombia. Speaking about the international finance architecture, a round table discussion was held with the participation of Pilar L’Hotellerie (Spain Bank) and Valpy Fitzgerald (Oxford University).
Several members of our project also participated with lectures: The first one titled “Is European integration leaving behing disadvantaged citizens? Evidence from public infraestructura services” was presented by Judith Clifton, Daniel Díaz Fuentes and Marcos Fernández Gutiérrez. The second one titled: “Loss Aversion in Saving Behaviour: Evidence from the ECB’s European Household Finance and Consumption Survey” was presented by Judith Clifton, Daniel Díaz Fuentes and Gonzalo Llamosas García.
The congress closed with a farewell dinner in which the awards to the best papers were awarded.