The Summer Schools of the EEA are intended for graduate students well underway their Ph.D. and doing their research in a subject very related to the Summer School’s topic. During a week they will be brought together around a topic of interest. In the morning, specialists in the field will give series of lectures. In the afternoon the students will present their research work. The possibility of presenting their work, in a friendly and informal atmosphere, to some of the top professors in their area, it is supposed to give them the possibility of improving their own research. Moreover, the Summer School will take the form of a residential seminar enabling intensive scholarly and social contacts among young European economists.
The topics selected deal with theoretical and policy issues of a general nature showing, nevertheless, a marked European relevance. These topics are at the same time at the cutting edge of research. The 2002 Summer School’s topic is "Endogenous Fluctuations". The goal of the Summer School is to provide Ph.D. students with an advanced overview of the more recent developments in the endogenous business cycle literature. This research has shown that business cycles may emerge, even in the absence of exogenous shocks, due to imperfect competition and increasing returns in production.
As departures from perfect competition (specially in the labour market) are relevant for European economies, the endogenous fluctuations approach might prove very fruitful for the understanding of European business cycles. The 2003 Summer School’s topic is "Microeconometrics". The motivation for this course arises as a result of the increasing use of large individual level data sources in the analysis of economic behaviour and evaluation of economic policy. This not only reflects the growing availability of such data in Europe but also the increasing ability to utilise micro-level data sources effectively on microcomputers.
The use of micro data in estimation and policy evaluation is now becoming widespread in Europe. At the same time there is an expanding development of econometric methods for such data. The aim of this summer school is to provide a detailed frontier level training of these developments. It will be empirically oriented using practical computer examples throughout based on available European micro data sets. This is an important area in which Europe has rather lagged behind North America and this Summer School is designed to redress that balance.