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Networks, Complexity, and Economic Development

The Economics of Networks Research Unit at Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of Hungarian Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that the workshop on "Networks, Complexity, and Economic Development” will take place in Budapest from Nov 30, 2015 to Dec 1, 2015. The deadline for paper submission is October 19, 2015.

Networks are one of the central challenges of today’s science and the analysis of large-scale social networks integrates scholars from a wide variety of sciences in understanding complex social and economic phenomena. The workshop aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary discussions focusing on economic development.

Invited talks

Cesar A. Hidalgo, MIT

“Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies”

“The shapes of the city: new computational methods to understand urban perception, gentrification, and economic agglomerations at the neighborhood scale” (with Edward Glaeser)

Ádám Szeidl, CEU and CEPR

"Interfirm Relationships and Business Performance" (with Jing Cai)

Balázs Vedres, CEU

“Fragility in European economic integration: Lessons from the network of inter-industries flow data”

Cesar A. Hidalgo is the director of Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab and associate professor at MIT. He published an extensive amount of articles on complex networks in leading interdisciplinary journals including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. His latest book entitled “Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from to Economies” has been published by Basic Books in 2015.

Ádám Szeidl is associate professor at Department of Economics at Central European University and research fellow at Centre for Economic Policy Research. His articles on economics of networks have been published in leading economic journals including Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, and Journal of Economic Theory.

Balázs Vedres is the director of Center for Network Science at the Central European University and associate professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at Central European University. He frequently publishes articles on social networks in leading sociological journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review.


We invite PhD students, and early career researchers from economics, sociology, geography, computational social science, and network science to present a paper and discuss future research. Interested fellows from other fields might submit an abstract as well. Papers that address the following topics are particularly (but not exclusively) welcome:

  • Economics of social networks
  • Dynamics of large scale economic networks
  • Innovation and spreading
  • Human mobility and networks
  • Networks of international trade
  • Proximity and economic development
  • Social networks and performance

The workshop is open to the public; however, due to place limitations, registration is required.

Abstract submission

The workshop language is English, participation is free of charge. An abstract of 400-600 words should be sent to László Lőrincz ([email protected]). Please, indicate in your submission if you are interested to present your work in a poster session as well.

More information

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