(Whither) protectionism?

The cross pollination of international economics and international business



(Whither) protectionism?

Leuven Centre for Irish Studies Conference

Venue: Irish College, Janseniusstraat 1, 3000 Leuven

Friday November 22nd, 2019


9:00 - 9:30 am.: Registration / Welcome by Annabel Sels, director LCIS-Economics

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.: KEYNOTE speech 1: Louis Brennan (Trinity College Dublin): The Changing Environment for Foreign Direct Investment and Trade Flows: A Business Perspective

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Topic 1: Shifts in global value chains; Discussant: Gonzague Vannoorenberghe (UCL)

Hylke Vandenbussche (KU Leuven): Global value chains, trade shocks and jobs. An application to Brexit

Bas Van Aarle (KU Leuven): Calculation of different Brexit scenarios – impact on Ireland

Philipp Ludwig (KU Leuven): Export spill-overs with Chinese characteristics

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. :Coffee break

11:15 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

Topic 2: Political affinity and investment streams, Discussant: Arjen Slangen (KU Leuven)

Filip De Beule (KU Leuven): The effect of legitimacy on the deal completion of cross-border acquisitions: The role of political affinity

Annabel Sels (KU Leuven): The effect of political affinity on investor reactions towards greenfield regional headquarters announcements.

11:55 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Topic 3:Gravity and Industrial policy; discussant: Stijn Van Ormelingen (KU Leuven)

Zuzanna Studnicka (University College Dublin): South-North Trade in Ireland: Gravity and firms from the Good Friday Agreement to Brexit

Karolien De Bruyne: Towards a comprehensive industrial policy: is beneficiation a good idea?

12:35 p.m. – 1:35 p.m.: LUNCH at the dining room of the Irish College

1:35 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Topic 4: Innovation, tax and internationalization; Discussant: Nazareno Braito (KU Leuven)

Gerda Dewit (National University of Ireland, Maynooth): Thinking inside the box: Policies towards footloose R&D intensive firms

Joren Nevens (KU Leuven): Smart Manufacturing Technologies and International Production Structure: a Patent Analysis Approach

Sara Amoroso (EU Commission, Growth and innovation): FDI and growth

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Topic 5: The role of migration and taxation in international investment and trade discussant: Annabel Sels (KU Leuven)

Aleksi Eerola (KU Leuven): The role of taxation in the international strategy literature: An overview and research agenda

Ruxanda Berlinschi (KU Leuven): Comfort and conformity: A culture-based theory of migration

Arjen Slangen (KU Leuven): No place like home? How a CEO’s national origin shapes a foreign acquirer’s choice of target country


3:20 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

KEYNOTE speech 2: Steven Brakman (RU Groningen): A bird’s eye view on protectionism