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"Econometric Methods to Estimate Causal Effects"

This year’s specialized topic will be: “Econometric Methods to Estimate Causal Effects”. The goal is to familiarize participants with the theory and application of modern econometric evaluation techniques, including guided lab sessions..... Read More


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  • Application opens at:
    15 October, 2018
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1st Summer School
2nd Summer School
3rd Summer School

Accommodation / Travel



The Summer School will take place at the town Galissas in Syos Island, in Greece. Galissas is the most popular tourist resort of Syros, located in a protected bay on the west coast of the island and it is located about 7 km from Ermoupoli, the capital of Cyclades.


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Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fees. Special prices at the following hotels (Summer School venue) have been negotiated for Summer School participants:


Francoise Hotel ( Single room 30 euros per day, Double room 50 euros per day, Triple room 65 euros per day (breakfast included).


Other Hotels






Geography of Syros

Syros Greece is located in the centre of the Cyclades. Due to its rich history and the cultural part, this is the admninistrational capital of the Cycladic complex. It is the most populated island of the Cyclades with 20,000 inhabitants and an area of 84 sq km. The capital of Syros island is Ermoupolis, which is also the capital of the entire Cyclades. The population is mostly gathered in the capital and in Ano Syros, on the eastern coast of the island, but other settlements are scattered all over the island. The highest peak of Syros is Pyrgos, rising at an altitude of 442 metres. From the hillsides of Ano Syros, the neighbouring islands of Tinos, Mykonos and Delos can be seen. The geography of Syros is formed by a great number of capes and bays of an extreme natural and unspoiled beauty. Many rocky islets are surrounding the island of Syros, such as Gaidouronissi, Stroggylo, Aspronisi and others.





History of Syros

Syros island lies in the centre of Cyclades and according to the archaeological evidence, it was first inhabited in the prehistoric times (4000 BC) and later in the Cycladic period (3000 BC). In the areas of Kastri and Chalandriani, graves and cultivated settlements have been found. The first reference to Syros was made by Homer under the ancient name "Syrie". The first settlers in the history of Syros were the Phoenecians who moved around the Cyclades. Traces of ancient settlements from the 7th century BC were found in the hill of Agia Pakous, in Galissas and west of Ermoupolis. During the 6th century, Syros was inhabited by the Samians, one of whom was the great philosopher Ferekidis, who later became the teacher of Pythagoras. Ancient Ermoupolis was built by the Ionians and was later settled by the Persians, Romans, Franks and Turks, who left their cultural traces. During the Roman years, the relics of the old capital, built on the site of the present Ermoupolis and the bronze coins of Syros, witness a great economical development. However, the Venetians played a major role in the cultural development of the island making Syros an important trade centre of the Eastern Mediterranean. The constant pirate invasions though forced the inhabitants of Syros to move the capital on top of the hill, where today lies the medieval settlement of Ano Syros, with the chucrh of Saint Georgio. When the French conquered the island, in the 17th century, Syros was inhabited by a great number of catholics, the known cappuchins who founded a small monastery that remains active to this day. The island flourished greatly following the Greek revolution in 1821, when a massive wave of emigrants from Psara, Chios, Crete and Mimor Asia settled in Syros using the island as the centre of their trading and maritime activities. This was a huge economic boost for Syros and at the same time, the wealthy families of Syros took the initiative to buils nunerous buildings, like schools and theatres. The prosperous period lasted until the early 20th century with the arrival of the German troops to Syros. Thousands of people died from famine and diseases that period and the local economy was left destroyed.








Syros can be reached either by plane or ferry. Although there are no international direct flights to Syros airport, flights from Athens are daily and ferry connections with other islands and ports (like Mykonos) are very frequent.


From Pireaus port the ferry takes 3 hours to Syros. Also there are routes from Lavrio port and from Rafina port which is the closest to Athens International Airport.


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Get around on Syros

By Bus: There are local buses that connect Ermoupolis with other villages inside Syros. The routes are very frequent and it takes only 20’ to reach Galissas from Ermoupolis.

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By Taxi: You can also get a taxi at the central streets in the most popular resorts. You can find information here:

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Design By : Argiris Sotiris, E.T.E.P, Dept. of Economics, University of Ioannina

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