Annual Call for Papers 2016

In September 2015, Progressive Economy launched the third edition of the Call for Papers.

From Thursday 17 September 2015 to Wednesday 4 November 2015, researchers were invited to submit their abstracts via the website. For this edition of the Call for Papers, the Members of the Progressive Economy Scientific Board proposed three research topics:

• Reforming the Economic and Monetary Union
• The Labour Market and the Digital and Technological Revolution
• Financial Instruments to Foster Sustainability

Researchers whose abstracts are selected by the Scientific Board will be informed on Wednesday 16 December 2015. They will be invited to submit their full papers by 21 March 2016. 

Progressive Economy Academic Network

The Progressive Economy Academic Network is a major project within the Progressive Economy initiative. The quality and academic relevance of the project is secured through its Scientific Board, composed of leading European and international academics from the economic, social and environmental research fields. The aim of the Academic Network is to foster theoretical and empirical research on economic, social and environmental issues, and to facilitate the transmission of this research into progressive politics, with a particular focus on European economic, social and environmental challenges. Besides the annual call for papers, this also includes the publication and dissemination of academic papers through the Journal for a Progressive Economy as well as our social networks and webpage; and a programme of academic seminars.

Scientific Board

Jean-Paul Fitoussi, LUISS University Rome; Co-Chair
Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia University; Co-Chair
László Andor, Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Peter Bofinger, University of Würzburg
Gosta Esping-Andersen, University Pompeu Fabra
James K. Galbraith, Lyndon B. Johnston School of Public Affairs, Texas
Ilene Grabel, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies, Denver
Stephany Griffith-Jones, Columbia University, New York
Michael Grubb, University College London
Andras Inotai, World Economic Institute of the Academy of Science, Budapest
Louka Katseli, University of Athens
Mariana Mazzucato, University of Sussex, Brighton
Henning Meyer, London School of Economics
Heikki Patomaki, University of Helsinki
Mario Pianta, University of Urbino
Kate Pickett, University of York
Lucrezia Reichlin, London Business School
Irene Ring, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig
Jill Rubery, University of Manchester
Angel Ubide, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington
Frank Vandenbroucke, University of Leuven

Criteria for submission

Academics are invited to take part in this Call for Papers on the basis of the submission guidelines detailed in the next section and within one or more of the three research topics, as detailed below. The Call for Papers is open to entries from researchers with a teaching and/or research position in graduate or post-graduate level teaching (i.e. university, institute) and researchers working in a research institute or foundation. No other affiliation of any kind is required.

Submission Guidelines, selection of abstracts and papers, and publication

Progressive Economy promotes high-quality research without any methodological or affiliation bias. Independence and a high selection standard are secured by the Scientific Board.

The selection process is organised as follows:

• The initial selection is based on abstracts to be provided no later than 4 November 2015 via the initiative's website. These abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page. Within each of the three research topics, up to 10 abstracts will be selected by the Scientific Board.
• Researchers whose abstracts are selected by the Scientific Board will be informed by email and invited by the organisers by 16 December 2015 to submit their corresponding full paper by 21 April 2016 to Ioana Popescu:
• The Scientific Board will decide on the best paper within each of the three research topics.
• The authors of the three winning papers will be invited to attend the Annual Forum on 31st May 2016 at the organisers' expense.

How to submit your paper?

The abstracts should be submitted via the initiative's website no later than 4 November 2015. These abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page.

If not yet done so, you will have to first create an account as a Member of the Progressive Economy Academic Network. You can do this by following the link:
Please note that the account has to be validated by the administrator so you may not be able to log in until 24h after you have created it.

Once you have become a Member, please log in following the same link above or the link sent to you by email, and follow the steps indicated on the right hand side of the page in order to be able to submit your abstract.

You should receive an email of confirmation after you have finished the process of submitting your abstract. In case you do not, please contact

Data Availability Policy

Progressive Economy will publish papers only if the data used in the analysis are clearly and precisely documented and are readily available to any researcher for purposes of replication. The Scientific Board may confidentially claim further information on or access to data or programmes used for conducting the research.


Research topics

1. Reforming the Economic and Monetary Union

The financial, social and debt crisis that has been affecting the European Union, and particularly the euro area, for the past seven years has led to certain improvements in the European economic governance. New institutions have been created (the ESM), new authorities (the ESAs) and a framework for policy coordination have been set up too (the European Semester). The problems and the possible solutions to strengthen the EMU and make it more democratically accountable have been outlined in several reports - notably the 2012 Towards a Genuine EMU, the 2015 Completing Europe's EMU and several Reports by the European Parliament. However, the proposals identified in these Reports are not yet fully implemented at the necessary speed and some proposals are left for a "later stage" that, given the rise of anti-Euro movements across the continent, risk becoming obsolete. The structural issues at the basis of the weakness of the EMU are not yet addressed. New ideas are needed in fields such as: going beyond the coordination of national economic policies; tools, powers and resources to implement these policies; ways to address the democratic deficit and ensure that European citizens are increasingly more involved in the European decision-making process.

2. The Labour Market and the Digital and Technological Revolution

Like the rest of the world, the European Union is undergoing a digital and technological revolution that has already begun. This new revolution impacts on daily political, social, economic and cultural lives. Robots are increasingly sophisticated and are able to perform tasks previously carried out by humans. This phenomenon will intensify with progress in robots as well as with the increasing ease with which one can program them. While automation was initially mainly present in the industrial sector, it is now gaining more and more ground in the services sector. In parallel, digitization has fundamentally changed the sales sector, with the disappearance of many jobs and the closure of many small and medium-sized enterprises.
It is therefore clear that the future of the European Union will be substantially affected by this revolution. The European Union has to create and implement a clear strategy in order to ensure its future competitiveness and revise its growth prospects upwards. All of these important changes clearly challenge the European labour market. Those who warn of the number of future job losses are challenged by those who see the technological and digital revolution as a huge opportunity for job creation. What are the real consequences of this revolution in the labour market? What strategies would be the most effective?

3. Financial Instruments to Foster Sustainability

Decarbonising our economy and closing our material cycles is an absolute necessity. This presents a challenge to the European Union and the rest of the world, but also a huge opportunity. In a time of economic uncertainty a decisive shift towards a sustainable economy has the potential to boost employment and increase welfare, whilst decreasing the overall negative impact on the environment. In order to achieve these goals we can use financial instruments to incentivise the shift away from non-renewable resources and towards renewable resources. This will mean addressing taxation, carbon-pricing, subsidies and investment. What kind of financial instruments would be the most effective? How can these instruments be implemented? Do we have the necessary structures of global governance in place to achieve this?

Progressive Economy Academic Network call for papers: the timetable at a glance

17th September 2015 - Launch of the call for papers

4th November 2015 - Deadline for the submission of abstracts via the initiative's website

16th December 2015 - Authors of the abstracts selected by the Scientific Board are invited to submit their papers to Ioana Popescu: by 21th March 2016 and to attend the Annual Progressive Economy Forum that will be held in June 2016

21th March 2016 - Deadline for the submission of selected papers to Ioana Popescu:

April 2016 - Publication of the selected papers on the Progressive Economy website

31st May 2016 - Announcement of the best papers by the Scientific Board at the Annual Progressive Economy Forum followed by the presentation of the papers

July 2016 - Publication of the adapted papers in the Journal for a Progressive Economy

Contact details

Please use the following single contact point for any enquiries concerning the call for papers: (Ioana Popescu, tel: +3222846861)