The University of Naples “Federico II” in partnership with CICSE and ISSM-CNR are organizing the International Conference: “The Economy as a Spatial Complex System” (ESCoS) to be held in Naples, June 21-22, 2018.

ESCoS 2018 is a follow up of the final conference of the ISCH COST Action IS1104 “The EU in the new complex geography of economic systems: models, tools and policy evaluation (GeComplexity)” held in Heraklion (Crete, Greece) in May 2016.

The Economy can be envisaged as a complex system characterised by multi-layered interconnected structures with a spatial dimension (examples are: the structure of international trade; the financial market interpreted as a social network structure; R&D networks and so on). At each layer, different types of decisions or interactions take place involving: international or regional trading partners at the macro-level; institutions, markets and industries at the meso-level; individual firms and households at the micro-level. Within these structures the spatial distribution of economic activities evolves through time following complex patterns determined by economic, geographical, institutional and social factors. These structures themselves are subject to continuous changes triggered by different sorts of factor (political, economic or technological) which test their resilience and their ability to develop and to evolve.

The objective of ESCoS 2018 is to bring together economists, regional scientists, mathematicians, econometricians, statisticians and social scientists, (sociologists, political scientists) who share this view to present and discuss their recent work which may have a theoretical or an empirical perspective or aim to develop advanced mathematical, computational or empirical methods for analysing complex systems (nonlinear dynamics, social network analysis, game theoretical models, agent based models). A combination of invited and submitted papers will be chosen for the final programme.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Kristian Behrens (University of Québec at Montréal), and Maria Durban (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid).

A selection of papers presented at the Conference will be considered for publication in a special issue of Spatial Economic Analysis and of Metroeconomica. Papers that will be published in both special issues will meet Journals’ standards, and will be refereed and go through the Journals’ usual review process.

Papers accepted to the conference can be submitted for publication to the Italian Economic Journal (ItEJ)