The goal of the 25th ERSA Summer School is to provide the students with advanced knowledge in these fields. The Summer School will also provide an opportunity for the students to present their own work and interact with professors in these fields.

The Summer School targets PhD students in the final stage of their studies or Post Docs. Basic knowledge in econometrics and economic modeling is required. The number of participants is restricted to 30 and the selection process will be based on previous accomplishments as well as work in progress.

The small size is intended to foster interactions among participants and lecturers and let every participant have the opportunity to discuss own research and related open questions with the others, whatever the current advancement of their work. The recognized international expertise of the guest lecturers will ensure that the best methodological and thematic hints will be provided.


Fiscal federalism, mobility and policy evaluation are key areas within regional science. In order to master this area, the researcher needs advanced knowledge in economic modeling, panel data methods and spatial econometrics.

Lectures will focus on both theory and econometric models for policy evaluation. The aim is to give PhD students and Post Docs advanced knowledge in economic modeling, panel data methods and spatial econometrics.

The key elements and structure of the Summer School can be summarized as follows:

  • Keynote lectures on the state of the art of fiscal federalism, panel data analysis and spatial econometrics.
  • Lectures on advanced theoretical methods and techniques in fiscal federalism.
  • Lectures on advanced panel data analysis.
  • Lectures on advanced spatial econometric techniques.
  • PhD presentations of their own work and feedback from professors.
  • A special session for participants at the Summer School at the ERSA congress in August 2013. This will give the participants an additional opportunity to get feedback on their work by other researchers within the field and also an opportunity to get in contact with researcher within a wider range of regional science.


  • The 25th ERSA Summer School is organised by Associate Professor Johan Lundberg, Department of Economics, Umeå University, Sweden.
  • The Summer School is sponsored by the Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Foundation and Tore Browaldhs Fondation.
  • Participants will receive a rebate on the conference fee (Lower reduced rate**) for the 2012 ERSA congress in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Detailed Program 2012 Summer School

The program runs over 10 intense days of advanced lectures, students presentations and discussion.


Lectures will focus on both theory and econometric models for policy evaluation. The aim is to give PhD students and Post Docs advanced knowledge in economic modeling, panel data methods and spatial econometrics.

As of current planning the lectures include:

Guest lecturers

  • Professor Manuel Arrelano, CEMFI, Spain
  • Professor Robin Boadway, Queens University, Canada
  • Professor Matz Dahlberg, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Professor Per Johansson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Professor Paul Elhorst, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Professor Federico Revelli, University of Torino, Italy

Local lecturers

  • Professor Thomas Aronsson, Umeå University, Sweden
  • Professor Magnus Wikström, Umeå University, Sweden


  • In addition to the lectures and seminars, there will be social events during the evenings and a one day excursion.


To complete the unique experience of this Summer School, there will be

  • Common meals which will be organised to foster communication among participants.


Call for Participants

Call for participants to the 25th ERSA Summer School 2012, is now CLOSED.


The European Regional Science Association is offering the opportunity to participate in the 25th ERSA Summer School that will be held July 2nd and July 12th, 2012 at the Umeå University (Sweden).


ERSA is looking for participants with the following characteristics:

  • PhD students or junior researchers with less than 10 years experience
  • research interests in the topics of the Summer School
  • serious intentions for entering a research career


  • Participants will be selected by the local organizing committee primarily according to the above mentioned criteria.
  • A motivation letter, plus CV and extended abstract of working paper should be sent by the applicants (see How to Apply details).
  • In addition to these criteria, the organizers will look for an international mix of participants.
  • The number of participants is limited to 30.


A registration fee of EUR 200 shall be paid to ERSA via a debit note that will be sent to you by email. The costs of the programme and of local accommodation of participants will be covered by the Summer School.

The travel expenses from their home countries to Sweden and back have to be covered by the participants.


Participants in the Summer School in 2012 are expected to participate in a workshop in August 2013 that will be held during the 2013 ERSA congress at the University of Palermo in Sicily, Italy.


First, please prepare ONE document in PDF format that includes the following information:

  1. first and last name
  2. date of diploma giving access to doctoral studies in the country in which the diploma was obtained,
  3. current status and affiliation,
  4. motivation letter,
  5. a scientific CV,
  6. a short description of previous and current research work,
  7. a short description of career plans,
  8. a recommendation letter from PhD supervisor or research director
  9. title and short abstract (10 lines) of intended presentation
  10. Extended abstract (minimum 4 pages) of the work to be presented

Application for the Doctoral / PhD-students and young researchers who want to participate in the Summer School, please email directly to the Executive Director of ERSA, Mr R KELLY at richard.kelly[at]ersa.org


  • Deadline for the application is 1st April 2012.
  • Acceptance letter and registration debit note will be sent as from the May 21st, 2012.
  • Final acceptance is subject to registration fees payment.
  • NEW UPDATE: Payments should be received by June 11th, 2012.

Students are expected to send an updated extended abstract or longer working paper to ERSA and one discussant (another participant whose contact email will be provided by ERSA) by the 15th of June so as to make the research seminars as beneficial as possible.