The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, The Oeconomica Timisiensis Foundation and The East-European Center for Research in Economics and Business (ECREB) are pleased to invite you to attend the third edition of The International Conference ”Current Economic Trends in Emerging and Developing Countries” (TIMTED – 2015), which will be held from 18th to 20th June 2015, at the West University of Timisoara, Romania. The conference addresses all interested persons in the related field, academics and professionals as well, from all over the world. Information about Timisoara and the Banat Region can be found at following address:

The goal of the conference is to offer a high quality scientific environment for all participants, in order to meet, exchange and debate ideas, opinions and expertise. Subsidiarily, the conference also encourages the submissions of interdisciplinary research, i.e. economics and business fields correlated with other areas, such as: sociology, politics, psychology etc.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in two journals: Journal of Heterodox Economics and Timisoara Journal of Economics and Business. The papers will be reviewed according to the internal review criteria. At request, the rest of papers will be published in a special CD volume of the conference.

The main topics are (but not limitative):

  • accounting and auditing;
  • business information system;
  • finance, money, banking and capital market;
  • growth and development;
  • heterodox economics;
  • macroeoconomics;
  • management;
  • marketing;
  • microeconomics and industrial economics;
  • public choice;
  • social and welfare economics.

New!!! The social programme include a cruise on DanubeAn additional fee of €30/participant will be charged for the social programme (the fee will be paid at the conference desk). The fee covers the trip from Timisoara to Orsova and back, the traditional Romanian evening, the Danube cruise and the lunch on the boat. The accommodation in Orsova will be provided by the Meridian Hotel, for a reduced price of €20/night/person (double room) or €40/night/person (single room) paid separately, by every participant who wants to attend the social programme. The social programme is optional.

New!!! The detailed conference programme can be accessed here!!! Final list of accepted papers can be accessed here!

The confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Xavier Debrun, who will present the lecture entitled “Can Fiscal Policy Do More to Stabilize Output?”. Dr. Debrun is Deputy Division Chief to Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund (IMF). He also was professor of international economics at HEC, University of Geneve.  During the period 1999 – 2000, dr. Debrun followed a post-doctoral fellow to Harvard University;
  • William Rapp, Professor of International Trade and Business at New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA), who will present the lecture entitled ”What is an Emerging Market and How Do We Know When it has Emerged?”. Professor Rapp also is Senior Research Associate to Center on Japanese Economy and Business, School of Business, Columbia University;

The confirmed keynote speaker for ”Marketing” special session is:

  •  Radu Dimitriu, who will present the lecture entitled “How Market Variability Perceptions Impact Brand Extension Evaluation”. Dr. Dimitriu is Lecturer in Strategic Marketing at Cranfield University and is currently Director of the school’s MSc in Strategic Marketing and MSc in Retail Management. Radu received his PhD in 2010 from BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, where his doctoral work focused on how consumers evaluate brand extensions depending on their perception of the market where the brand is extending.

TIMTED2014 partner is:

  • International Network For Economic Research (INFER).

In addition, a workshop will also be organized. Loretti I. Dobrescu will be the guest of the workshop on “Playconomics: How ‘serious’ can serious games be?” Dr. Dobrescu is Senior Lecturer (associate professor) at the University of New South Wales and Senior Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research in Sydney. She studied at Boston University (US) and University of Padua (Italy) where she received her PhD in economics in 2009. Together with Dr. Alberto Motta, she currently finalized the first version of Playconomics, a ‘gamified’ textbook for Microeconomics 1. Its effectiveness has been rigorously assessed using lab experiments, survey data and university administrative records for 5,000+ students. Playconomics has won several awards and represents the first significant evidence on the applicability of serious games to higher education curriculum.

The official language of the conference and workshops is English.