Karkalakos Sotirios

Sotiris Karkalakos holds the position of Associate Professor at University of Piraeus. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA) and an M.Sc. in Financial Economics from Florida Atlantic University (USA). He graduated Summa Cum Laude in Economics (B.A.) from the University of Piraeus (Greece).

He has previously held positions at the University of Exeter (UK), Keele University (UK), DePaul University (USA) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA). His main research interests are empirical regional economics, corporate taxation, spatial analysis, and microeconometrics. His work combines expertise in valuation strategy of real estate assets, spatial allocation of financial activity and competition effects. He is interested in the design of spatial networks mostly likely to promote sales or reallocate resources (i.e., transfer pricing).

He attends numerous international conferences and workshops. He regularly publishes papers in international journals such as Canadian Journal of Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics and Journal of Applied Economics as well as serving as referee for multiple international journals.


Economidou Charikleia (Claire)

Claire Economidou is Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Piraeus. From 2009 till 2014 she was Assistant Professor in the same Department. Before joining University of Piraeus, she was Assistant Professor at the Utrecht School of Economics (USE) of Utrecht University in the Netherlands from 2004 until 2009. Furthermore, she has worked for six months (2004) to EUROSTAT (EU Commission) on Sector Trade in Luxembourg.

She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2004), Masters in Economics (MA) from the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki (2000), and a bachelor (BSc) in Mathematics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1997).

Her research interests focus on the fields of Economic Growth & Development and International Trade. More specifically, the current investigation examines the role of productivity, technology, efficiency and trade on countries’ growth (industries).

Her research has been published in top quality journals such as European Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among others, and financed by European Research Council (ERC) grants and by National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) grants.

Ψυλλάκη Μαρία

Psillaki Maria

Maria Psillaki is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Piraeus. She studied at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, in France where she received her Bachelor, Master and PhD with the highest honors. For her PhD, she received a scholarship from the French Ministry of Education.

She has held visiting research positions in London (Birckbeck College, University of London) as Visiting Researcher (Post Docroral Research Fellow), funded by the CEPR (Centre for Economic Policy Research) and ERSC (Economic and Social Research Council) and in Chicago as Visitor Researcher at the Graduate Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. She has also held visiting faculty positions at European and American universities such as the Rutgers University in New Jersey (USA), Department of Business Administration, and the University of Cyprus, Department of Public and Business Administration. Before joining the University of Piraeus in 2009, she was Associate Professor at the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis in the Economics Department from 2001 to 2008. She has participated in various European research Programs.

She has published in reviewed journals such as the Journal of Small Business Management, the European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Small Business Economics, the Applied Financial Economics, the Journal of Productivity Analysis. She served as referee in a number of reputed journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Small Business Economics, the European Journal of Operational Research.

From 2009 to 2012 she was Vice President of the Hellenic Finance and Accounting Association (HFAA). Her areas of expertise are in corporate finance, and banking.

Tsoutsoura Margarita

Margarita Tsoutsoura is Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. She earned her PhD in finance from the Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, her MSc in financial engineering from the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley, and her BSc in economics from the University of Piraeus in Greece.

Her most recent research studies whether shareholders can discipline directors through annual elections mechanism. Her work on tax evasion was awarded the 2013 Wharton School-WRDS Award for Best Empirical Finance Paper. The Fulbright Fellowship and the WFA Trefftzs Award and are amongst Tsoutsoura’s other varied honors and fellowships.

Beyond her research, Tsoutsoura also has experience teaching graduate students in the Masters of Science program at Columbia University.

Zikos Vasileios

Vasileios Zikos is an Assistant Professor at Research Institute for Policy Evaluation and Design (RIPED), at University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).

His research interests include Applied Microeconomics and Behavioral Economics.

He gained his PhD at the Loughborough University, UK and he has published papers in international journals.