Bogazici University Center for Economics and Econometrics

cordially invites you to a

Conference on

“Rethinking Governance, Institutions and Democracy”

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Rectorate Conference Hall

Bogazici University

Istanbul, Turkey 

09:00-09:45 Registration

09:45-10:00 Welcome Note: Refik Erzan, Director of Center for Economics and Econometrics at Bogazici University

10:00-11:15 State Formation, Colonization and Income Inequality

Chair: Gokhan Ozertan, Bogazici University

Different Paths to the Modern State in Europe: The Interaction Between Domestic Political Economy and Interstate Competition”, K. Kıvanç Karaman, Bogazici University and  Sevket Pamuk, Bogazici University and London School of Economics and Political Science


“Colonial Origins of Institutions: Path Dependence Revisited", Arhan Ertan, Boston University and NYU


Religion, Income Inequality, and the Size of the Government”, Ceyhun Elgin, Bogazici University


11:15-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 Political Economy Perspectives on Governance and Institutions

Chair: Ozan Hatipoglu, Bogazici University

“Structure, Institution and Agency-Based View on the Comparative Governance of Banking Systems”, Caner Bakir, Koc University


“Academia and Legitimizing International Politics: The Studies of Democratization and World Politics”, Ali Resul Usul, Bahcesehir University


Is Corruption a Drawback To Turkey’s Accession To The European Union?”, Fikret Adaman, Bogazici University


“Rethinking the Role of Governance Institutions on Private Investment: Reflections after the Arab Spring”, Ahmet Faruk Aysan, Bogazici University


13:00-14:15 Lunch Break  

14:15-15:30 The Role of Governance Institutions on FDI, Trade and Private Investment 

Chair: Murat Koyuncu, Bogazici University

Foreign Direct Investment and Ease of Doing Business: Before, During and After the Global Crisis”, Nihal Bayraktar, Pennsylvania State University


"The Role of Institutions and Governance in International Trade”, Mehmet Babacan, Istanbul Commerce University


The Effects of Convergence in Governance on Capital Accumulation in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Countries”, Ahmet Faruk Aysan, Bogazici University, Omer Faruk Baykal, Kadir Has University and ETDB, Marie-Ange Véganzonès –Varoudakis, CERDI, CNRS, Université d’Auvergne, France


15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-16:30 Keynote Address: Roger R. Betancourt, University of Maryland and Development Research Center

Democracy’s Dimensions: Implications & A Case Study

Roger R. Betancourt is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University (Washington DC) and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He has broad interests within economics. While originally trained as an applied econometrician, his research interests currently lie in the area of applied microeconomics and economic development. His main consultancies include international organizations as well as business firms. He was an Associate Member of the Center for International Economics, 1999-2007. He was an IRIS Fellow (1992 - 1995).  He was a Visiting Professor on several occasions at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, from 1984-1992. He is a Visiting Research Professor on a frequent basis, since 1997, at the Universidad Publica de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.  He held the Kermit O. Hanson Visiting Chair at the University of Washington Graduate School Of Business in 1996. He was one of the founders and first President of the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (1990 - 1992;ex-officio 1992-94). He was a member of the Census Advisory Committee on behalf of the AEA (1997-1999; 2000-2002) and was Co- Chair for the 2001-2002 period.   He has been the recipient of three Fulbright Senior Specialist Awards [Chile, November of 2003; Spain, November 2005; Argentina, June 2008] .  In 2004 Professor Betancourt became Affiliated Faculty, Marketing Department, R.H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland.  Professor Betancourt became Emeritus in July 2007, but will continue his research and advising activities at Maryland in the foreseeable future while engaging in short-term visits elsewhere.  For instance, he was a Bozzone Visiting Scholar at the Lally School of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the spring of 2008.

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