Christmas seminars

A research seminar led by Eesti Pank has been held since 2015 for young Estonian economics researchers working and studying at institutions abroad. They present their latest research at the seminar and discuss it with those attending.

In 2022, the seminar takes place on 22 December in Tartu and in online. 

The seminars have brought together Estonians from many different universities around the globe, from America to Australia. It is very important for Eesti Pank to keep in touch with researchers from Estonia who are operating in international circles.

The seminars are also open to teachers of economics and doctoral students at Estonian universities.

Presentations at the Christmas seminar on 30 December 2020

  • Marit Hinnosaar (University of Nottingham): "Influencer cartels"
  • Toomas Hinnosaar (University of Nottingham): "Price Setting on a Network"
  • Sander Heinsalu (ANU): "Greater search cost reduces prices"
  • Priit Jeenas (UPF): “Q-Monetary Transmission”
  • Maia Linask (University of Richmond): “Trade Liberalizations and their Impact on Foreign versus Domestic Investment"
  • Matthias Rottner (EUI): "Pandemic Recessions and Contact Tracing" kaasautor Leonardo Melosi (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
  • Katrin Tinn (McGill): "Money Demand"

Presentations at the Christmas seminar on 2019

  • Ivika Jäger "Do Robots Matter? The Impact of Automated Information Acquisition on the Stock Market"
  • Sander Heinsalu "Herding driven by the preference to differ"
  • Priit Jeenas "Firm Balance Sheet Liquidity, Monetary Policy Shocks, and Investment Dynamics"
  • Hanno Kase "Backpropagating through heterogeneous agent models"
  • Matthias Rottner "Hitting the Elusive Inflation Target (with Francesco Bianchi and Leonardo Melosi)"

Presentations at the Christmas seminar on 27 December 2018

  • Annela Anger-Kraavi (Cambridge Econometrics, University of East Anglia): "Economics and politics of climate change"
  • Sander Heinsalu (Australian National University): "Competitive pricing despite search costs when lower price signals quality"
  • Reimo Juks (Riksbanken): "When a central bank digital currency meets private money: effects of an e-krona on banks"
  • Hanno Kase (European University Institute): "Optimal path for introducing loan-to-value limit on mortgage loans"
  • Matthias Rottner (European University Institute): "Volatility, procyclical leverage and endogenous banking panics“


Presentations at the Christmas seminar on 22 December 2017

  • Toomas Hinnosaar (Collegio Carlo Alberto): “Dynamic common-value contests”
  • Sander Heinsalu (Australian National University): “Price signalling solves the Diamond paradox”
  • Katrin Tinn (Imperial College London): “Blockchain and the Future of Optimal Financing Contracts”
  • Eeva Mauring (University of Vienna): “Informational Cycles in Search Markets”
  • Marit Hinnosaar (Collegio Carlo Alberto): “How Long do Healthy Habits Last? The Role of Price”
  • Priit Jeenas (New York University): “Monetary Policy Shocks, Financial Structure, and Firm Activity: A Panel Approach”

Presentations at the Christmas seminar on 22 December 2016

  • Reimo Juks (Riksbanken): “How worried should we be about the effects of negative rates and QE on banks?”
  • Helen Saar (Dixie State University): “The great divide: bridging the quantitative chasm between practice and education”
  • Katrin Tinn (Imperial College London): “The evolution of new industries. Uncertain business skills and innovation success”
  • Priit Jeenas (New York University): “Unemployment and aggregate risk sharing with financial frictions”
  • Alari Paulus (University of Essex/Praxis): “Europe through the crisis: decomposing changes in the household income distribution in 2007–2011”

Presentations at the Christmas seminar on 22 December 2015

  • Alari Paulus (University of Essex/Praxis): “The antipoverty performance of universal and means-tested benefits with costly take-up”
  • Aleksei Netšunajev (Freie Universität Berlin): “Structural Vector Autoregressions with Heteroskedasticity: A Review of Different Volatility Models”
  • Katrin Tinn (Imperial College London): “Reward-based crowdfunding”
  • Marit Hinnosaar (Collegio Carlo Alberto): “On the inferiority of unhealthy food”
  • Sander Heinsalu (Australian National University): “Normal-linear signalling”
  • Toomas Hinnosaar (Collegio Carlo Alberto): “On the impossibility of protecting risk-takers”