Aviation policy ‘week’ this November

This year’s European Aviation Conference takes place at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland on 14 and 15 November. Programme, speakers, booking details and venue are at www.eac-conference.com.

Feedback after last year’s event indicated a greater preference for active debate, so almost the entire first day this year is devoted to a moderated discussion between ten invited advocates and critics of airport price regulation. And the 2013 Martin Kunz Memorial Lecture is to be given by the person credited with devising modern price cap regulation, Professor Stephen Littlechild.

HAC 2013 is preceded on Wednesday 13 November by a workshop of the German aviation research society (GARS); the call for papers is here: www.garsonline.de.

Unsated wonks can devote the entire week to aviation policy; IATA holds a two-day discussion on evaluating the economic effects of air transport on Monday and Tuesday 11-12 November in Geneva. Details on the GARS website given above.

European Aviation Conference, Berlin, 22-23 November

Those with an interest in aviation matters and policy should note that this year the European Aviation Conference takes place in Berlin on 22-23 November.  Programme details and a list of speakers, along with booking arrangements and venue, may be found on the website, www.eac-conference.com.

The conference has been in existence in a slightly different form for more than 10 years. Neither a pure industry event, nor exclusively academic, it has succeeded in bringing together researchers, policymakers and many parts of the industry to discuss air transport issues from varying perspectives. The conference is also designed to stimulate research and to hammer out viable and acceptable solutions to industry issues. As in the past, it will be preceded by a more technical workshop of the German aviation research society (GARS); the call for papers is here: www.garsonline.de.

As in the past, the EAC will bring presenters from almost all continents. Many events promise to combine research, policy and industry; in my experience, few pull it off as well as this one.

Competition, Regulation & Privatisation session from Friday’s conference

Below are links to materials from the competition, regulation and privatisation session allowing, as with similar threads, for views on the topics and contents of the session to be gathered together.

A very central theme of the presentations and discussions was how reform might stimulate growth and thus reduce the costs of austerity.

Part of Doug Andrew’s presentation on governance is related to the privatisation thread already on the blog here. And, as regulated firms engage in investment, Colm McCarthy’s presentation on investment here could be read alongside some of the presentations from this session.

Although there are no slides from John Fingleton’s talk on competition, there is is a link to a closely-related paper, and you may, in any case, listen to the podcast of his (impassioned) speech, which is to be found from about 24.00 minutes into the recording.

Chair: Cathal Guiomard (CAR)


Richard Tol (Sussex)
Energy Policy and Economic Growth

John Fingleton (UK OFT)
Economic Growth – How Can Competition Policy Help?
No slides but related paper here

Doug Andrew (consultant, ex-airport regulator)
Ownership, Governance and Reform

Property tax policy consultation

The Department of Finance is consulting on the potential economic impacts of amending property tax reliefs.

A paper and a spreadsheet model are available from www.finance.gov.ie.

The benefits of constitutional change do not seem to have been considered at all

Today’s Irish Times contains a column by Dan O’Brien, based on his new book, which makes some interesting claims about possible links between the Irish constitutional order and what Dan O’Brien characterises at a uniquely Irish pattern of economic performance: slump-slump-boom-slump.

It seems like a topic worth adding to the mix in this forum.