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Ugo Fratesi as a key note speaker on 7WS

Since December 2010 Ugo Fratesi works as an associate professor of Regional Economics at Politecnico di Milano, where is a member of the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering and of the research unit of regional and urban economics. He is a laureate with honours in Economics from Bocconi University, has a Master degree in Economics from Bocconi University, a Master of Science degree in Local Economic Development (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Economics at the Polytechnic University of Marche. His research interest focuses on regional economics, primarily on the themes of regional growth and development, the models for forecasting regional growth, regional policy, the theory and measurement of regional disparities, the territorial aspects of human capital and innovation. He is Editor of main section papers and Book Review Editor of Regional Studies since 2013. Previously, he was member of the editorial board of the Italian Journal of Regional Science. He was member of the Council of the Italian Section of the Regional Science Association International (AISRe) for the period 2010-2016 and was its Treasurer for the period 2010-2013. He has been involved with various roles in a large number of research project, especially at European level, financed by the Espon programme, the FP5, FP7, Horizon 2020 or the European Commission directly. He is author of several books and papers published in refereed journals.

Keynote Speech Theoretical and empirical issues in the impact assessment of European Cohesion policy: the importance of territorial context
EU Cohesion policy is the most closely scrutinized policy at regional level, due to relatively good data availability, its existence in similar forms since at least 1989, and the involvement of different bodies and countries. A very large number of academic papers have in fact been published in the last 15 years aiming to assess its economic impact, but there is still not a definitive consensus as to whether and to what extent the policy has really been effective, due to theoretical and empirical issues arising when trying to empirically assess such a multi-faceted policy. This presentation analyses the many issues which can arise when assessing the economic impact of European Cohesion Policy. Each issue will be discussed theoretically and the way in which the literature addresses it will be presented. Among the issues which need to be more closely investigated, the presentation shows the relevance of the territorial context of implementation.