Center of Applied Economics Studies of the Atlantic

Centro de Estudos de Economia Aplicada do Atlântico

CLUSTER-Start CLUSTER Turismo, ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-000008, João Pedro Couto, Maria Teresa Tiago, Flávio Tiago, Sandra Dias Faria e Mário Fortuna, This project aims to map the Tourism Cluster, according to RIS3 strategy for the Azores. It will allow to delimitate the cluster agents, identify the networks and evaluate the necessities for the development of the cluster. It’s also our purpose to contribute for the development of the methodology of clusters in the delimitation and identification of the several agents’ roles that intervene in the dynamics and add value to the cluster, with the evaluation of the applicability of the existent methodologies, mapping the cluster of tourism in the Azores and identifying collaborative strategies for the cluster enhancing.

AZCLUST_Tourism, ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-00006, Mário Fortuna, João Pedro Couto, Francisco Silva, José Cabral Vieira and Luz Paramio, The purpose of the current project is to use a CGE (Computable General Equilibrium) model and a TSA (Tourism Satellite Account) to improve the analysis of the impact tourism and tourism policies in the Azores. The output will be a better methodology to help policy makers assess the overall impact of policies directed at the cluster and the impact of other general shocks on the cluster. The objective is to overcome the limitations of TSA’s and of CGE models. The final output will be a simulator that is capable of combining information from a CGE model and Tourism SA, for policy analysis, in line with the RIS3 priority established for the Azores. The project will improve our understanding of the underlying economic transmition mechanisms and the authorities’ capacity to design and to evaluate policies. The risks of missing the objectives justify the development of adequate models for policy analysis. The methodology should be extended to the analysis of other sectors/clusters.

Telecomunicações ICP-ANACOM, Ricardo Cabral, Corrado Andini, Santiago Budría and Pedro Telhado Pereira, Study about the national telecomunications sector.

Education and Wage Inequality in Europe, HPSE-CT-2002-00108, Pedro Telhado Pereira, Santiago Budría and Corrado Andini, The overarching objective of the proposed research is to understand the relationship between education and wage inequality. The research will explore the structure and change in wage inequality within and across European countries, using comparable data. Furthermore it will seek to explain the observed patterns and trends within and between cohorts in terms of the interplay between educational expansion and wage inequalities and educational systems and labour market institutions. The research will be focussed to derive the practical implications of our analysis for economic and social policy.

Mobilidade de Emprego e Mobilidade Salarial na Economia Portuguesa, POCTI/ECO/37668/2001, José Cabral Vieira, The study concentrates on three related topics: job mobility; wage mobility; the links between wage mobility and inequality in the labour market. Therefore, the following issues will be taken in consideration: Are certain types of workers more prone to stable employment relationships? Are certain types of employers more keen on promoting long-term employment relationships? What is the extent of wage mobility in the portuguese economy? Do the high wage flexibility at the macro level and the wage variability across firms translate into a high wage mobility at the worker level?

Efeitos do Rendimento Mínimo Garantido no Mercado de Trabalho, POCTI/ECO/43307/2001, Mário Fortuna, José Cabral Vieira and António Menezes,

Análisis de Movilidad en el Espacio Canarias-Azores-Madeira, Interreg III-B MAC/2.1/C8, Mário Fortuna, José Cabral Vieira and António Menezes, The general objective of the project is to analyze the passengers and merchandise mobility, between archipelagos and with the continental territory.In a more specific manner we seek to achieve the following objectives: to analyze the role of infrastructures (mainly, harbours and airports) of the archipelagos in the development of the transportation supply; to analyze the structure of the transportation market; analysis of the passengers and merchandise mobility; and the study of future demand of new transportation services between archipelagos.

Cooperação Internacional para a Responsabilidade Siocial e Desenvolvimento, Interreg III-B, Fátima Sequeira Dias, Fernando Lopes, Noronha Rodrigues and Teresa Borges, The CRISOL project (International Cooperation for the Social Responsibility and Development) operates in two lines of actuation: a first of sensitization and fomentation of the internal institutional cooperation, which has as an actuation universe the three insular regions of the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira; and a second of training and professional assistance to the agents of development, which widens the actuation level, including the participation of third countries considered as neighbours by cultural, social and economic boundaries, and that comprehend the geographical areas of North-West Africa and of Sub-Saharan, as well as Latin America.

Business Atlantic Network, Interreg III-B MAC/2.3/M48, Mário Fortuna and João Pedro Couto, In this Project we will carry out training actions coordinated in the Macaronesia region to the promotion of the creation of companies based on new technologies and the promotion of innovation in the ones that already exist. The training included in this project is directed for its immediate utilization to generate value in the companies, or directly in the creation of new companies, clearly conceived with managerial training.The main actuation objective is the foment of innovation in the region’s small and medium companies, preparing them to a more specific actuations, such as innovation management courses or undertake innovative concrete projects in the companies, in collaboration with Research and Development centers.

An Instrument for Economic Policy Analysis for the Azores, ARS Cooperative Agreement No.58-4001-3-F186 - Protocol with the Luso-American Foundation; Protocol with the Azorean Government, This project consists in the development of a computable general equilibrium model for the economy of the Azores. It’s our purpose to develop a model which is a support instrument to the decisions of economic politics. This study final product will be, besides papers of scientific nature inherent to a project of this nature, a simulator for the economy of the Azores, capable of, among other things, analyze the impact of trade with other countries and the impact of specific policies in several sectors of the economy, including the military sector. With this simulation’s model shall be possible to determine the weight of military activities in the job creation and in the Azorean Gross Domestic Product. Shall, also, be possible to predict the impact of public politics implemented whether by the regional government or by the central government. The model may be continuously improved and expanded in order to answer specific issues.

The Macroeconomic Impact of Renewable Energy, Corrado Andini and Ricardo Cabral, Estimate the macroeconomic impact on the replacement of non-renewable for renewable sources on the production of energy in Portugal and The Autonomous Region of Madeira.

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