Dear Friends and Colleagues,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Venice August 22nd - 28th, 2002
for the 17th Annual Congress of the European
Economic Association (EEA) and the 57th
European Meeting of the Econometric Society (ESEM) which will
both be held on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore and hosted by the
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
This year's conference venue, the island of San Giorgio Maggiore,
faces St. Mark's Square and is a great testimonial to central moments
in the history of Italian art and architecture. The extraordinary Basilica
overlooking the basin of St. Mark's is a Palladian masterpiece
with the monumental staircase and great library from Baldassare Longhena
and paintings inside by Tintoretto, Palma and Bassano. The island is
easily reached by either public transports or an EEA/ESEM shuttle boat.
Venice is the most beautiful and best preserved city in the world. The
city has earned the name of La Serenissima, the most serene, as throughout
the city's remarkably stable history Venice favoured neutrality
and peace when possible. Today the city's peaceful atmosphere is
due to the complete absence of cars; boats provide the only means of
transport along a system of over one hundred and fifty canals. For those
who prefer to explore the city on foot, more than 430 bridges connect
the canals and streets or calle together. St. Mark's Square, once
referred to as "the drawing room of the world", has been the
scene of some of the most important religious and political activities
of the Serenissima as well as the centre of Venetian social life for
almost a millennium.
Hosting this year's conferences is the Fondazione
Eni Enrico Mattei, a non-profit, non-partisan research institution
established to carry out research in the fields of economics, energy,
environment and sustainable development. Recognised by the President
of the Italian Republic in July 1989, it has since become a leading
international research centre. One of its principal aims is to promote
interaction between academic, industrial and public policy spheres in
order to comprehensively address concerns about economic development
and environmental degradation.
The 17th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association will be
held August 22nd through 24th followed by the 57th European Meeting
of the Econometric Society August 25th through 28th. The European
Economic Association was created 17 years ago by a group of Belgian
economists concerned about Europe's lagging performance in economics.
The EEA is an international scientific body, with membership open to
all persons involved or interested in economics. The association's
aims are: to contribute to the development and application of economics
as a science in Europe, to improve communication and exchange between
teachers, researchers and students in economics in the different European
countries, and to develop and sponsor co-operation between teaching
institutions of university level and research institutions in Europe.
Society was founded in 1930 and is the most prestigious learned
society in the field of economics, with a world-wide membership. Its
main objective is to promote studies that aim at a unification of the
theoretical-quantitative and empirical-quantitative approach to economic
problems and that are penetrated by constructive and rigorous thinking
similar to that which has come to dominate in the natural sciences.
Please continue to refer to this official 2002 Congress web-site for
further information regarding the conference programmes or if you wish
to learn more about what awaits you in Venice. Should you have further
questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:
I look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful and historic city of
Venice for what will certainly be a most memorable and informative conference.
Prof. Carlo Carraro
Research Director, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei