Photogallery 2012

EARIE 2012 Conference Photogallery is now available

Keynote speakers slides

The slides of the presentations of the keynote speakers Liran Einav (Stanford University) and Michael Katz (Haas School of Business, Berkeley) are now available. To see them, click on "Keynote sessions slides" above.

Invited sessions slides

The slides of the presentations of the speakers of the invited session on Internet, online advertising and Ecommerce - S Athey (Harvard and Microsoft), P McAfee (Google) and H Varian (UC Berkeley and Google) - are now available. To see them, click on "Invited sessions slides" above.

The CO2 garden

Participants to the 2012 EARIE Conference are offered the possibility to reduce the carbon footprint of their participation to this Conference, by making a donation to the CO2 Garden, in the Botanical Garden of the Università di Roma Tor Vergata. Donations will be added to a participant's invoice and the money raised will contribute to the enlargement and the maintenance of the CO2 Garden.

We warmly thank those participants to the conference who contributed with a donation (as of 15 August 2012):

Isabel Busom
Estelle Cantillon
Claire Chambolle
Clémence Christin
Gerhard Clemenz
Beatriz Corchuelo
Gaetan de Rassenfosse
Tomaso Duso
Paolo Giorgio Garella
Farid Gasmi
Panagiota Giannakopoulou
Maria Jose Gil Molto
Matthieu Glachant
Michal Grajek
Luis Granero
Christina Guenther
Yusuke Inami
Stefan Jönsson
Ene Kannel
Gabor Koltay
Nikita Koptyug
Toshifumi Kuroda
Gea M. Lee
Massimo Motta
Hiroshi Ohashi
Claudio Piga
Beatrice Roussillon
Samuel Rutz
Wilfried Sand-Zantman
Sandro Shelegia
Konrad O. Stahl
Alexander Steinmetz
Geoff Stewart
Frank Stüssi
Dimitrios Varvarigos
Frank Verboven
Gabor Virag
Naoki Wakamori
Johan Willner

The CO2 Garden is situated in the Botanical Garden of the University, in the area in front of the Germ plasm Conservation Centre. The Garden is the first venture by an Italian university aimed at the voluntary reduction of greenhouse-effect gas emission, mostly due to carbon dioxide (CO2). The increase in greenhouse-effect gas emission, originating mostly from the energy and transportation industries, may be offset by the planting of new trees and shrubs, able to absorb the CO2.

The CO2 Garden has been created thanks to the initiative of those members of the Faculty of Economics of the Università di Roma Tor Vergata who organised the 18th Annual Conference of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE;, held in Rome from 29th June to 2nd July 2011. On that occasion, conference delegates were offered the possibility to offset CO2 emissions due to their travel through a voluntary donation for new tree planting. This project has now been embraced by the organisers of the 2012 EARIE Conference who invite conference delegates to neutralise the emission of CO2, due to conference activities, by means of voluntary contributions aimed at expanding the Garden.

With the CO2 Garden, the organisers of these conferences aim to contribute to public awareness of the environmental issue and at the same time, give conference delegates the opportunity to leave a visible and long-lasting mark in the Eternal City. They hope that this initiative will be taken up by colleagues in the University, to help maintain and enlarge the Garden, and by others in our country to help ensure the sustainability of economic growth.

The Garden features a scientific and didactic itinerary with different types of vegetation and their varying capacities to absorb carbon dioxide.

The entrance to the Garden is boundered by two carob trees (Ceratonia siliqua), an evergreen species which ensures constant CO2 absorption throughout the year. Next, the visitor finds him/herself in an area of maquis comprised of Viburnum tinus (viburnum) and Arbutus unedo (strawberry tree); these shrubs both have very thick foliage which is very efficient in CO2 abatement. The next area features two deciduous, shrubby species, Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) and Cornus mas (dogwood); these species lose their foliage during the winter, thereby reducing their ability to absorb CO2. The Garden ends with a small grove of deciduous trees, planted in increasing order of their ability to absorb CO2; the visitor will first meet some Salix caprea (willow), Ostrya carpinifolia (hornbeam), then Acer monspessulanum (maple) and Alnus glutinosa (black alder).

The Garden will be soon able to absorb 2 tons of CO2 per year; however, taking into account forthcoming contributions from participants at the EARIE conference, its absorption ability is due to increase soon, to the benefit of us all.