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  • Francesco Sarracino was invited to present “Preferences through Twitter: Evidence from sentiment analysis of Twitter data from seven countries” in May at the Department of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg. The related paper is available here.
  • Kelsey O’Connor was invited to present “Effects of Teaching Styles on Life Satisfaction and Test Scores: Evidence from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)” in the University of Johannesburg’s Economics Seminar Series in May.
  • On the 4th of May Pietro Santoleri will present “The Causal Effects of R&D Grants: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity” in the DEM Seminar series of the Department of Economics and Management (DEM) at the University of Luxembourg.
  • Cesare A. F. Riillo was invited to participate in the “Standards & Regulations in Innovation Round table” organized by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK on the 14th April 2021.
  • Charles-Henri Di-Maria presented "When National Accounts meet efficiency measurement of banks” in April at STATEC's Séminaire économique.
  • Cesare A. F. Riillo was invited to present “Entrepreneurship and immigration: Evidence from GEM Luxembourg.” and “Entrepreneurship and Growth: A Structural Equation Model and a Composite Index” at the Workshop on Entrepreneurship doctoral school of University of Osijek, Croatia, 8-9 April.
  • Cesare A. F. Riillo presented “APP-RECIATE: Support for app-based contact tracing of Covid-19 in Luxembourg” in April at STATEC's Séminaire économique.
  • Kelsey O’Connor was invited to present “Effects of Teaching Styles on Life Satisfaction and Test Scores: Evidence from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)” in the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Seminar Series in February.
  • Kelsey O’Connor was invited to present “Effects of Teaching Styles on Life Satisfaction and Test Scores: Evidence from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)” in the University of Strasbourg’s Economics Seminar in December.
  • In November, Golnaz Amjadi successfully defended her dissertation, which was also highlighted by the leading Swedish industry magazine IndustriPress, English version available here. Entitled “Essays on energy efficiency, environmental regulation and labor demand in Swedish industry” her dissertation is available here.
  • Francesco Sarracino was invited to present “Social trust: the first vaccine against COVID-19” at the United Arab Emirates University in November.
  • Cesare Riillo gave two presentations at the November conference Big Data Meets Survey Science (BigSurv20): “Comparing Web and Telephone Surveys with Registers data: the case of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor in Luxembourg” and “PC versus mobile survey: are people’s subjective evaluations comparable?”
  • Kelsey O'Connor coauthored the article entitled Job policies that offer generous unemployment benefits create more happiness – for everyone with Robson Morgan. It was released in November with The Conversation, a  general audience source of academic research news and views.
  • Francesco Sarracino was invited to present at the University of Johannesburg on “Covid-19: a perspective from happiness economics.” You can attend the virtual seminar on the 15th of October at 11:00 AM using Zoom here.
  • Francesco Sarracino was invited by CARITAS to present “COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Neo-humanism” in September. View the presentation here.
  • Francesco Sarracino appears on the cover of the September issues of 4x3, by InfoGreen. See the interview entitled “Nothing is impossible” online here.
  • Francesco Sarracino and Malgorzata Mikucka received the 2019 Best Annual Applied Research in Quality of Life (ARQOL) Paper Award for the paper Consume More, Work Longer, and Be Unhappy: Possible Social Roots of Economic Crisis?
  • Chiara Peroni presented “The effects of COVID-19 on mental well being in Luxembourg” at the annual meeting of Conseil Superieur de la Statistique, in September.
  • Francesco Sarracino presented “Trustful societies are resilient to epidemics. Evidence from Europe during Covid 19” in the University of Groningen’s economics seminar, in September.
  • Francesco Sarracino gave the keynote speech entitled “COVID19: challenges and opportunities for neo-humanism” at the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies virtual conference in August-September. Watch the presentation here.
  • Kelsey O’Connor presented “Effects of Teaching Styles on Life Satisfaction and Test Scores: Evidence from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)” at the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies virtual conference in August-September.
  • On the 8th of July, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel referenced the results of a recent STATEC survey and Regards in an address to the Chamber of Deputies, regarding the decline in mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown. Media coverage of the Regards includes: Luxembourg Times (English), RTL (English), Wort (French), Paperjam (French), Yahoo Actualities (French), and Le Quotidien (French).
  • STATEC Research received competitive funding for two COVID-19 related projects in May. One, led by Francesco Sarracino, will use sentiment analysis and Twitter data for the year of 2020 to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on preferences, attitudes, and well-being in Luxembourg and five other European countries. The second, led by Cesare Riilo, contributes to a multinational survey regarding people’s preferences on the use of a contact tracing app to fight the pandemic using a new online probability-based access panel based on STATEC data. Funding is from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR).
  • Kelsey O’Connor was added to the Advisory Panel of What Works Centre Wellbeing in the United Kingdom in May. The Centre provide accessible wellbeing evidence to improve / refocus decision making among individuals, businesses, and governments.
  • STATEC Research recently collaborated with LISER and the University of Luxembourg on the first working note on the economic effects of COVID-19 in Luxembourg.
  • Francesco Sarracino was invited in March to join the World Wellbeing Panel. Comprised of approximately the 40 best-known scholars in subjective well-being in the world, the aim of the Panel is to promote well-being as the ultimate purpose of all major decision makers, particularly government.
  • The 2020 update to the OECD report Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs, which includes a Luxembourg country report based on new data from 2019, will be launched on the 22nd of April. 
  • The Observatory of Competitiveness (ODC) and National Productivity Council (Conseil National de la Productivité) were recently recommended by the OECD. Recent publications include the Bilan Compétitivité 2019: Focus sur l’entrepreneuriat (parts in English and others in French). The NPC is led by Serge Allegrezza and includes Chiara Peroni as a board member. 
  • Cesare Riillo presented on "Gem Data Quality" and "Entrepreneurship and Growth: A Structural Equation Model and a Composite Index" (virtually) at the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Annual Meeting, Miami, USA, on the 2nd of March.
  • Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Well-Being 2020 conference needed to be postponed. For more information please see the conference website.
  • Cesare Riillo presented "Entrepreneurship and Growth: A Structural Equation Model and a Composite Index" for the JRC COIN(Competence Centre on Composite Indicators and Scoreboards), Ispra, Italy, on the 10th of January.
  • Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Well-Being 2020 conference needed to be postponed. For more information please see the conference website.
  • New research released by Francesco Sarracino and Kelsey O’Connor was covered by RTL, theLuxembourger Wort, and Infogreen. The original research and news release from the 20th of January is available here, Economic growth and well-being beyond the Easterlin paradox.
  • Francesco Sarracino held a lunch debate on “Growth and degrowth: rethinking the role of our economy in creating social welfare” at CARITAS on the 15th of January. The presentation was covered by the Luxembourger Wort, available here
  • Charles-Henri Di Maria presented “Financial crisis and contagion in a micro FISIM framework” in STATEC’s seminar series, Séminaire Économique, on the 12th of December.
  • Kelsey O’Connor presented Labor market policy and subjective well-being during the Great Recession in STATEC’s seminar series, Séminaire Économique, on the 11th of November.
  • Kelsey O’Connor and Francesco Sarracino will organize sponsored sessions at the Western Economic Association International 95th Annual Conference (26-30 June 2020, Denver Colorado), sponsored by the International Society for Quality of Life Studies.
  • The Brookings Institution, a United States based think tank, discusses recently published research coauthored by Kelsey O’Connor, as part of a broader research agenda. This discussion appears here, and the original research, here.
  • The main results of the GEM report 2018/2019 were presented during the press conference for the Bilan Compétitivité 2019 on the 2nd of November 2019 in presence of the Minister for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises, Lex Delles.
  • Vasja Sivec presented “Shadow Gap: A new approach to gap estimation” at a workshop co-organized by STATEC and the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO), Vienna, Austria, on 11 November 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino presented “The wealth of Luxembourg and the well-being of its inhabitants” at the conference “The Social Structure of Subjective Well-Being”, at the University of Luxembourg, 3-4 October 2019.
  • Kelsey O’Connor presented “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in the European Union” at the conference “The Social Structure of Subjective Well-Being”, at the University of Luxembourg, 3-4 October 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino will present “A Social Cure for Envy“ at the annual meeting of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, in Granada, Spain, on 4-7 September 2019.
  • Kelsey O’Connor will present “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in the European Union”  and “Longer, More Optimistic, Lives: Historic Optimism and Life Expectancy in the United States.” at the annual meeting of the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies, in Granada, Spain, on 4-7 September 2019.
  • Kelsey O’Connor presented “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in the European Union”at the conference entitled “Integrating migrants, refugees and asylum seekers into European labour markets: enablers and barriers”organized by the SIRIUS project funded by Horizon 2020, in Glasgow, Scotland, on  29-30 August 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino presented “PC vs Mobile: does the device affect people's answers in online surveys?” and “Survey measures of social capital: how well do self-reported and observed indicators measure social capital?” at the 8th Conference of the European Survey Research Association, in Zagreb, Croatia, 15-19 July 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino presented “Assessing the non-financial outcomes of social enterprises in Luxembourg” at the 7th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise, Sheffield, Great Britain, on 24-27 June 2019.
  • Charles-Henri DiMaria presented “Banks’ efficiency, a National Accounts micro-perspective” at the 16th European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, London, on 13 June 2019.
  • Golnaz Amjadi will present “Dynamic Energy Demand and the Rebound Effect: A Two-stage Approach” at the Sixteenth European Workshop on Efficiency and Productivity Analysis, in London, U.K., on 10-13 of June 2019.
  • Chiara Peroni presented “Challenges in socio-economic research for Luxembourg: the role of EVS” at the Comprendre les valeurs au Luxembourg et leurs transformations, organized by the STUDIALUX Consortium, in Belval, Luxembourg, on 7 June 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino presented “PC vs. Mobile: does the device affect people's answers in online surveys?” at the 51es Journées de Statistque (French Statistical Society), Nancy, France, on 3 June 2019.
  • Vasja Sivec presented “Output GAP: confidence bands” at a meeting of the output gap working group of Ecofin's (Economic and Financial Affairs council of the European Commission) Economic Policy Committee, Bucharest, Romania, on 17 May 2019.
  • STATEC WORKSHOP on mixed-mode surveys: benefits and pitfalls, 16th-17th of May 2019, Chamber of Commerce Luxembourg
  • Kelsey O’Connor presented “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in Europe”at the 15th CEUS Workshop on European Economics, in Koblenz, Germany, on 16 May 2019
  • Luca Fumarco presented “Multi-year Contracts and Workers’ Performance - Evidence from the National Hockey League” at the Sport Economics and Sport Management Conference, in Berlin, Germany, on 15-16 May 2019.
  • Presentations on “Multi-year contracts and workers’ performance - evidence from the National Hockey League” by Luca Fumarco and on “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in Europe”by Kelsey O'Connor at the 11th Workshop on Labour Economics, 12-13th of April 2019, at the University of Trier, Germany
  • Luca Fumarco presented “Relative Age Effect on European Adolescents’ Social Network” at the LEER Conference on Education Economics, Leuven, Belgium, on 4-5 April 2019.
  • Golnaz Amjadi presented “Environment versus Jobs: An Industry-level Analysis of Sweden” at the Ammarnäs Winter Workshop, organized by UMEA University, Center for Environmental and Resource Economics, in Ammarnäs, Sweden, on 2-4 April 2019.
  • Cesare Riillo presents the paper “The Impact of Standards and Regulation on Innovation in Uncertain Markets” at the Society for Risk analysis conference, Belval, on 26 March 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino will be a speaker at the Lunch Debate on “Can happiness help redefine progress?”, organised by Caritas Luxembourg, on 20 March 2019.
  • Cesare Riillo will present the papers “One Survey Mode Fits All? Survey Mode Effects on Objective and Subjective Questions” and the poster “PC versus mobile survey: are people's life evaluations comparable?” at the General Online Conference, Köln, on 7 March 2019.
  • Francesco Sarracino will present the paper “A Social Cure for Social Comparisons” at the EU-User conference, Mannheim, on 7 March 2019.
  • Kelsey O’Connor will present the paper “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in Europe” at the Eastern Economic Association conference, New York, on 2 March 2019.
  • Kelsey O’Connor presents the paper “The effect of immigration on natives’ well-being in Europe” at the SEMILUX workshop, University of Luxembourg, 13/02/2019
  • Presentation at SOLEP: Statistical resources for economic evaluation (11/06/2018)
  • Quality of life in Luxembourg: the PIBien-être project (STATEC Research division, 14/11/2017)
  • Productivity in Luxembourg (Chiara Peroni at Conseil Economique et Social, 1st July 2016)
  • Long-term relative age effect: Evidence from Italian football (Luca Fumarco)
  • Establishing Satellite Accounts for the Social Economy in Luxembourg (Workshop 14 October 2015)
  • Marcin Piekalkiewicz has won the Luxembourg 2015 edition of the science slam


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