Distinguishing between legal and illegal markets is not as easy as it might first appear. For example, when market activity is illegal but legitimate, the boundaries become unclear. The relationship between legality and illegality in markets was the topic of an interdisciplinary conference held in February 2015 at the MPIfG. Researchers from Europe, Africa and the USA discussed how legal and illegal market activities intersect, and looked at a range of different markets such as diamond production in Sierra Leone
and western financial markets
. The conference was organized by Jens Beckert
and Matías Dewey
. The topic of "Illegal Markets" is currently being examined in five different research projects at the MPIfG.
project area "Illegal Markets"
more projects on illegal markets
Solomon George Zori
was awarded his doctorate at the University of Cologne in January 2015. In his dissertation "To Adopt or Not to Adopt? The Transnational Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in Africa" he examined why many African countries refuse to adopt international accounting standards. Zori was a doctoral student at the IMPRS-SPCE
from 2010 to 2014 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the MPIfG.
, a researcher at the Centre d’études européennes, Sciences Po
, Paris, is visiting the MPIfG from January to February. During her stay, she will work on the history of knowledge production and forms of governance.
, a doctoral student at the Institute for Advanced Studies
, Vienna , is a guest of the MPIfG Research Group on the Political Economy of European Integration
and will work on his dissertation on European social policy in times of crisis.