The University of Alicante’s Department of Applied Economic Analysis, located in the heart of the Spanish Mediterranean, is organising the XXIV International Conference of Applied Economics-ASEPELT, from the 16th to the 19th of June 2010.
ASEPELT-España, Association of Applied Economics, is a non profit making organisation that brings together researchers, teachers and professionals, as well as institutions interested in scientific work and its promotion. It was established at the headquarters of the INE (National Statistics Institute) in Madrid in 1986, by some twenty economists dedicated to the study of applied economics, and its statutes were passed at the meeting held in Barcelona in 1987. Its name ASEPELT derives from “Association Scientifique Européenne pour la Prévision Economique à Moyen et Long Terme”, (The European Scientific Association for medium and long term economic planning) from which the Spanish chapter was historically born. The Association currently has more than 700 individual members from various Spanish universities, other public and private bodies and non profit making businesses and organisations. The association also boasts a healthy representation from more than 30 institutional members including various university departments and centres, as well as other public and private organisations.

The association’s objective is to “organise, promote and support original work of a scientific nature within the domain of applied economics”, with the intention of contributing positively towards its development and improvement while unifying different methodological traditions in the field of economic science with a shared concern for real problems and the search for solutions to them. It is therefore of particular interest to emphasise that its members include specialists on a wide range of subjects such as Spanish economics, statistics,  econometrics, political economics, business, the public sector, international economics, mathematics and regional economics as well as professionals linked to the financial and economic activity of Spain. All this undoubtedly offers a wealth of knowledge and possibilities of unquestionable social benefit.

The ASEPELT conference has for two decades united Spanish researchers in the field of applied economics and served as a forum for debate and discussion on the work carried out by the specialists in this field. In the XXII Conference’s general meeting, held in Barcelona (Spain), the opening of ASEPELT and its annual conferences to the international scientific community were passed, changing the name of its annual meetings to the “Congreso Internacional de Economía Aplicada” (International Conference of Applied Economics). The first event under this new title took place last year in Covilha in Portugal, marking the XXIII International conference of applied economics which with more than 300 people in attendance from 13 countries was a success notable for its international participation.
The presentation of papers at the conference is organised around 15 subject areas which will take the form of plenary and concurrent sessions. The members of the Scientific Committee will consider all submitted entries and select, based on their quality, those that will go on to be presented at the conference.
The University of Alicante
The University of Alicante was created in October 1979 around the structure of the Centro De Estudios Universitarios, (The Centre of University Studies), which had started to operate in 1968. Alicante thus recuperated its university status that was suspended in 1834 when its precursor, la Universidad de Orihuela, closed after two centuries in existence.
After thirty years in existence, the university makes an important contribution to the socioeconomic development of the province of Alicante, which has the fourth highest GDP in Spain. With some fifty degree courses, studied by nearly 33,000 students and more than fifty departments and research groups dedicated to legal and social science, experimental science, technology, humanities, education and health science and fourteen university research institutions, the university boasts some of the most prestigious research activity in Spain.