National Institute for Economic

Researches “Costin C. Kiritescu”

National Bank of Romania

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and Documentation Centre


The aim of the international conference ”Economic Scientific Research – Theoretical, Empirical and Practical Approaches”- ESPERA, initiated in 2013 by the National Institute for Economic Research ”Costin C. Kirițescu” (NIER), is to present and evaluate the economic scientific research portfolio, to argue and substantiate the Romanian development strategies – including European and global best practices. The 2024 edition of the Conference will be held on 17th – 18th October, under the title: ”Transformational drivers of national economies. Developing policy options and tools tailored to targeted reforms”.

The event program addresses a wide diversity of themes, bringing together researchers from all NIER institutes and centres, members of the Romanian Academy and also guests from Romanian universities and from other countries.

Researchers are encouraged to present papers of scientific research regarding, as much as possible, the emerging research topics under the circumstances of a changing world economy, with a particular focus on new methodologies and techniques providing valuable inputs for the design of adequate strategies and policies, aimed to address the future challenges and to capitalize on emerged opportunities.

Relevant aspects could be related to new analytical economic frameworks tools and data, resilience in dealing to future shocks, digitalization and green transition, technological innovation and AI, energy system transformation, food safety and security, regionalization of supply chains, debt sustainability and fiscal consolidation, financial system and hybrid risks, synergies between growth, inequality, stability and environment, the future of work, deep institutional innovation, policy trade-offs and complementarities, redefining well-being and the quality of life, containing systemic threats, geopolitical tensions.

The Conference is intended as a thought-provoking exercise for researchers and it is organized in such a way as to provide an academic platform for debates, covering the broadest approaches, enabling an interactive exchange of ideas and the latest results and findings, including those emerged in economic science arising from both fundamental and empirical researches and promoting evidence-based policy making new vision under crisis circumstances.

The Conference includes an additional section dedicated to PhD and post PhD students, thus providing a conducive framework for scientific debate and their training.

The contributions and views that will be expressed, on a meritorious and wide-ranging level, will be disseminated, as in previous years, in a volume – Proceedings of the International Conference ESPERA 2024, that will be submitted to EBSCO and also for evaluation and inclusion in Conference Proceedings Citation Index by Clarivate, Web of Science.
The Conference includes an additional section dedicated to master, PhD and post PhD students, thus providing a conducive framework for scientific debate and their training.

One of the novelties of the 2024 edition of the ESPERA International Conference is that the Bank Deposit Guarantee Fund from Romania (FGDB) became our partner. In this context, Romanian master and PhD students can opt to enter the competition for the FGDB awards within the ”Costin Murgescu” Competition for research, which reached its anniversary 10th edition this year. The deadline for registering in the contest is July 31, 2024 and the deadline for submitting essays is October 15, 2024.

Additional information on the contest can be found at:

Awarded papers will be published in Proceedings ESPERA 2024.

The Conference will be held in a hybrid format (on site and online). The correspondence with the authors will take place using the email address:

Partners of ESPERA 2024