The 2010 Annual Meeting of the




Kai A. Konrad

Director, Public Economics , Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property,
Competion and Tax Law , Germany 

Kai A. Konrad, born in 1961, got his university degrees at the University of Heidelberg (Diplom-Volkswirt; eq. M.A. in Economics, 1985) and the University of Munich (Dr.oec.publ.; eq. Ph.D. in Economics, 1990, and Dr.rer.pol.habil., 1993). Currently he is Director of Public Economics , Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property,  Competion and Tax Law. Previously he had research and teaching positions at the Universities of Munich, Bonn, Bergen (Norway) and the University of California at Irvine. His main fields of research are in Public Economics, Microeconomic Theory and Political Economy. He is/was on the editorial boards of Journal of Public Economomics, European Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Population Economics, Geneva Papers of Insurance Theory and Regional Science and Urban Economics, was an editor of Economic Policy and is an editor of Economics of Governance. He is a member of the advisory board to the German federal ministery of finance.


Massimo Bordignon

the Catholic University of Milan &
Director,  the Master in Public Economics &
Director, the Graduate School in Economics and Finance of Public Administration.

Massimo Bordignon gained a first degree in Philosophy at the University of Florence; he then moved to the UK to attend post graduate studies in Economics (MA, Essex; PhD, Warwick). His research interests are mainly concentrated on Welfare Economics, Public Economics and Political Economics. The author of three books, he has published extensively in many national and international scientific journals, and is associated editor of the Giornale degli Economisti, the Journal of Economics and Finanzarchiv. He also published extensively on the press and he is currently a member of the editorial board of the . He taught at Birmingham University, Università di Bergamo, Brescia, and Venezia. He is currently full professor of Public Economics at the Catholic University of Milan, where he is also the Director of the Master in Public Economics and of the Graduate School in Economics and Finance of Public Administration. He worked as a consultant for several national and international institutions and acted as a member of several technical commissions within the Italian Government. He is currently member of the scientific committee of the High Commission on Fiscal Federalism (Ministry of Treasury) and President of the Committee on Public Expenditure of the Autonomous Province of Trento.