Keynote speakers

Pedro Portugal (Banco de Portugal)

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Pedro Portugal (1958), a citizen of Portugal, studied economics at the Universidade do Porto and received his PhD at University of South Carolina, in 1991. He is currently a senior researcher at the Bank of Portugal and invited professor of economics at the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His main area of interest is applied labor economics, focusing on issues of microeconomics of unemployment, unemployment compensation, wage bargaining, job security, and worker displacement. Pedro Portugal has published in the major economics and labor economics journals, including the American Economic Review, Review of Economics & Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Policy, Economica, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Industrial and Labor Relations Review. He has also published in other fields, namely in Industrial Economics and Strategic Management, including the Journal of Industrial Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Small Business Economics and Strategic Management Journal.

Mirjam van Praag (Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam)TBC

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President of the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. Prof. Dr. C.Mirjam van Praag is Maersk Mc-Kinney Møller Professor of Entrepreneurship at Copenhagen Business School, Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics. Besides she holds an unpaid position as a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization in the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam. She is also a Crown Member of the Socioeconomic Council (SER) of the Dutch government and board member of the Berlingske Media Group.

Van Praag’s research, that is widely published in international academic journals, studies Economics of Entrepreneurship (e.g., Human Capital, Teams, Entrepreneurship and the Household) often using (field or natural) experiments. Besides entrepreneurship, she is also an active researcher in the field of Personnel Economics (performance measurement and rewards) and Behavorial Economics. Mirjam is a research fellow of the CEPR, IZA, Tinbergen Institute, ACE and ACLE as well as a member of Academia Europaea.

In the past, Mirjam was employed as a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group, as a financial analyst with Procter & Gamble and as a research consultant with GFK Intomart. She has served as a non-executive member on various boards, both in the public and the private sector. Mirjam was the founding director of the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship. Mirjam van Praag is an econometrician (MSc and Phd UvA) and she has a daughter (Sarah, 1998) and a son (Boaz, 1999).

Juan Francisco Jimeno (Banco de España)

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Division Head

Modelling and Macroeconomic Analysis Division
ADG Economics and Research
DG Economics, Statistics and Research


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Head of the Research Division of the Bank of Spain since October 2004. Professor of Economics, (Profesor Titular de Economía) at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in Madrid (1992-2004), Research Officer at the Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA) in Madrid (1992-2004). Before he became a Full Professor, he was a Lecturer in Economics at London School of Economics (1990- 1991) and an Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (1991- 1992). Juan F. Jimeno received his Licenciado in Economics at the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares in 1984 and his Ph. D. in Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. His main research interests in Labor Economics are: Wage and Employment Determination; Particular Labor Markets; Labor-Management Relations; Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining; Mobility, Unemployment and Vacancies; Employment Policies. In Macroeconomics: Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity; Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles; Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment and Investment; Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance; Macroeconomic Policy and General Outlook.He won the National Award (Diaz de Santos ’97) for young reseachers in Economics.
Juan F. Jimeno joined IZA as Research Fellow in October 1999.

Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (San Diego State University)

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Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes is a professor at San Diego State University. She is also a Research Fellow at CReAM, FEDEA and IZA, an Advisory committee member of the Americas Center Advisory Council at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the 2013-2014 recipient of the Garcia-Robles Border Fulbright.  She is the past President-elect of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE).  Her areas of interest include international migration, remittances and, more broadly, labor economics.  She has published on contingent work contracts, the informal work sector, immigrant saving, international remittances, immigration policy and immigrant health care.  Her work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among other agencies.