CRETE 2019

The 18th Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics

Tinos, July 12-16, 2019



Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics

The Conference

The conference

CRETE is an annual conference covering various areas of economic theory and econometrics. The program includes lectures in selected areas by senior invited faculty, as well as paper presentations by advanced PhD students and more junior faculty. The first meeting took place in 2002 and the series has since been successfully continued each summer for the past 17 years.

CRETE 2019

The 18th Conference on Research on Economic Theory and Econometrics will be held at Tinos, from Friday July 12 through Tuesday July 16, 2019.

The program includes talks by Simon Anderson (Univ. of Virginia), Costis Daskalakis (MIT), John Geanakoplos (Yale), Hugo Hopenhayn (UCLA), Eugenio Miravete (Univ. of Texas at Austin), Torsten Persson (Stockholm Univ.), Peter C.B. Phillips (Yale) and Patrick Rey (Toulouse School of Economics), among many other distinguished presenters.

The financial support of our sponsors is gratefully acknowledged, as well as the hospitality of the Cultural Foundation of Tinos. The meeting is organized with the support of the Economics Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business and of the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE).

CRETE 2019

Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Costas Azariadis Washington University, St. Louis

Harris Dellas University of Bern

Yannis Ioannides Tufts University

Emmanuel Petrakis University of Crete

Dimitri Vayanos London School of Economics

Nikos Vettas Αthens University of Economics and Business and
Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE)


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12:30 – 13:00     Registration and welcome

13:00 – 15:30

Parallel Session A: Money and Policy Chair: Vanghelis Vassilatos (AUEB-Econ)

Snezana Eminidou (Univ. of Cyprus) “Firms' Expectations and Monetary Policy Shocks in the Eurozone” [with Marios Zachariadis (Univ. of Cyprus)]

Georgios Tsomidis (AUEB-Econ) “Investors' Behavior in Cryptocurrency Market” [with Nikolas Topaloglou (AUEB-DIEES)]

Tryfon Christou (AUEB-Econ) “Modeling rent seeking activities” [with Apostolis Philippopoulos (AUEB-Econ) and Vanghelis Vassilatos (AUEB-Econ)]

Emile Marin (Cambridge) “Exchange Rate Determination in Incomplete Markets: The Long and the Short of it” [with Simon Lloyd (Bank of England)]

Dimitris Smyrnakis (AUEB-Econ) “Human Capital threshold effects in Economic Development” [with Dimitris Christopoulos (AUEB-DIEES) and Elias Tzavalis (AUEB-Econ)]

Parallel Session B: Applied Microeconomics Chair: Anna Hardman (Tufts)

Eirini Thomaidou (AUEB-DIEES) “Quality over the Business Cycle: Evidence from Greek Exporting Firms” [with Sarantis Kalyvitis (AUEB-DIEES)]

Theano Maria Tagaraki (AUEB-Econ) “Regional innovation and patent system effectiveness: evidence from Greece” [with Ioannis Kaplanis (Panteion Univ. and SERC)]

Argyris Sakalis (Univ. of Sheffield) “Raisin the stakes or skipping class? Agricultural shocks and education in 19th century Greece” [with Pantelis Kammas (AUEB-DIEES) and Vassilis Sarantides (Univ. of Sheffield)]

Panagiotis Barkas (Univ. of Athens) “The Greek Pharmaceutical Market: A competition policy analysis

15:30 – 15:50     Coffee break

15:50 – 18:30

Parallel Session A: Policy and Corporate Behavior Chair: Theodore Papageorgiou (McGill Univ.)

Zoi Melina Papoutsi (ECB) “Lending Relationships on Loan Renegotiation: Evidence from Corporate Loans

Nava Ramezanian Bajgiran (Univ. of Auckland) “The Quality of Boards Decisions and Corporate Governance” [with Dimitris Margaritis (Univ. of Auckland)]

Eleni Chroni (AUEB-DIEES) “Assessing the Effects of IMF Programs on Social Spending” [with Panagiotis Konstantinou (AUEB-DIEES)]

Almarina Gramozi (Univ. of Cyprus) “Talent misallocation in Europe” [with Theodore Palivos (AUEB-Econ) and Marios Zachariadis (Univ. of Cyprus)]

Maria Poulima (Univ. of Ioannina) “Investing in long-run partisan loyalty: Empirical evidence from post-dictatorial Greece” [with Pantelis Kammas (AUEB-DIEES) and Vassilis Sarantides (Univ. of Sheffield)]

Chrysovalantis Vasilakis (Univ. of Bangor) “The Impact of Bullying Victimisation on Mental Wellbeing” [with Georgios Marios Chrysanthou (Univ. of Sheffield)]”

Parallel Session B: Firms and Competition Chair: Georges Siotis (Carlos III-Madrid)

Konstantinos Charistos (Univ. of Macedonia) “Ringleader Discrimination in Leniency Policies

Stylianos Giannoulakis (AUEB-Econ) “Firm Dynamics after Large Shocks: Evidence from the Greek Crisis” [with Plutarchos Sakellaris (AUEB-Econ)]”

William Greenall (Oxford) “Firm Demand Learning and Sticky Prices - A Machine Learning Approach

Thanos Dimas (AUEB-Econ) “Towards the Long-run Impact of a Change in Maximum Markup Regulation” [with Christos Genakos (AUEB-Econ)]

Panagiotis Skartados (AUEB-Econ) “Disclosure regime and bargaining in vertical markets” [with Emmanuel Petrakis (Univ. of Crete)]

Ilias Boultzis (AUEB-Econ) “Truthful Equilibria in Generalized Common Agency Models


9:00 – 9:15          Welcome

9:15 – 11:15

Parallel Session A: Households, Labor and Loans Chair: Harris Dellas (Univ. of Bern)

Michael Haliassos (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt) “Participation Following Sudden Access” [with Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln (Goethe Univ. Frankfurt and CEPR)]

Panagiotis Konstantinou (AUEB-DIEES) “The Effects of Capital Controls on Loan Defaults: Micro-Level Evidence from Cyprus” [with Kostas Drakos (AUEB-Finance) and Costas Roumanias (AUEB-DIEES)]

Daphne Nicolitsa (Univ. of Crete) “Changes in the level and structure of wages in Greece”

Rigissa Megalokonomou (Univ. of Queensland) “Human Capital Depreciation: Evidence from Teachers Waitlists” [with Michael Dinerstein (Chicago) and Constantine Yannelis (Chicago Booth)]

Parallel Session B: Econometrics Chair: Nikolas Topaloglou (AUEB-DIEES)

Tassos Magdalinos (Univ. of Southampton) “Representation and inference in vector autoregressions with mixed integration orders” [with Peter Phillips (Yale)]

Ioannis Kasparis (Univ. of Cyprus) “Regressions with heavy tailed weakly nonstationary processes” [with Arvanitis Stelios (AUEB-Econ) and Duffy James (Oxford Univ.)]

George Michailidis (Univ. of Florida) “Regularized Estimation of High-dimensional Factor-Augmented Autoregressive (FAVAR) Models” [with Jiahe Lin (Univ. of Michigan)]

Stelios Arvanitis (AUEB-Econ) “Robust Optimization of Forecast Combinations

11:15 – 11:30     Coffee break

11:30 – 13:30     Growth and Policies Lectures Chair: Costas Azariadis (Washington Univ., St. Louis)

Hugo Hopenhayn (UCLA) “From Population Growth to Firm Demographics: Implications for Concentration, Entrepreneurship and the Labor Share” [with Julian Neira (Univ. of Exeter) and Rish Singhania (Univ. of Exeter)]

Torsten Persson (Stockholm Univ.) “The Dynamics of Environmental Politics and Values” [with Tim Besley (LSE)]

13:30 – 14:30     Lunch break

14:30 – 16:30

Parallel Session A: Investment and Capital Chair: Theodore Palivos (AUEB-Econ)

Plutarchos Sakellaris (AUEB-Econ) “Investment Slumps during Financial Crises: The Role of Credit Constraints” [with Alexandros Fakos (ITAM) and Tiago Tavares (ITAM)]

Andreas Savvides (Cyprus Univ. of Technology) “Intra Euro Area Capital Flows and the Current Account Balance” [with Nektarios Michail (Central Bank of Cyprus)]

Marios Zachariadis (Univ. of Cyprus) “Assessing Expectations as a Monetary-Fiscal State-Dependent Phenomenon” [with Martin Geiger (Univ. of Innsbruck)]

George Bitros (AUEB-Econ) “Demand adjusted capital input and potential output in the context of U.S. economic growth

Parallel Session B: Industrial Organization Chair: Svetoslav Danchev (IOBE)

Myrto Kalouptsidi (Harvard) “Efficiency in Decentralized Transport Markets” [with Theodore Papageorgiou (McGill Univ.), Giulia Brancaccio (Cornell Univ.) and Nicola Rosaia (Harvard Univ.)]

Konstantinos Serfes (Drexel Univ.) “Dynamic Pricing of Credit Cards and the Effects of Regulation” [with Suting Hong (Shanghai Tech Univ.) and Robert M. Hunt (Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia)]

Pantelis Kammas (AUEB-DIEES) “Franchise extension and tax structure in the presence of home production: Evidence from the Kingdom of Greece” [with Vassilis Sarantides (Univ. of Sheffield)]

Christos Constantatos (Univ. of Macedonia) “Risk Aversion and the Restriction to further Innovation due to Patents” [with Olivier Bonroy (INRA-Université Grenoble-Alpes)]


9:15 – 10:00     Michael Magdalinos Lecture Chair: Aris Spanos (Virginia Tech)

Peter C.B. Phillips (Yale) “Why you can use the Hodrick-Prescott Filter” [with Zhentao Shi (Univ. of Hong Kong)]

10:00 – 12:00     Industrial Organization Lectures Chair: Nikos Vettas (AUEB-Econ and IOBE)

Simon Anderson (Univ. of Virginia) “Price Discrimination in the Information Age: Prices, Poaching, and Privacy with Personalized Targeted Discounts” with Alicia Baik (Univ. of Virginia) and Nathan Larson (American Univ.)]

Eugenio Miravete (Univ. of Texas at Austin) “Wholesale Market Power and the Limited Profitability of Zone Pricing” [with Katja Seim (Wharton) and Jeff Thurk (Notre Dame)]

Patrick Rey (Toulouse School of Economics) “Collusion via Market Allocation” [with Elisabetta Iossa (Univ. of Rome Tor Vergata), Simon Loertscher (Univ. of Melbourne) and Leslie M. Marx (Duke Univ.)]

12:00 – 12:20     Coffee break

12:20 – 14:20

Parallel Session A: Finance Chair: Sophia Dimelis (AUEB-Informatics)

Spyros Pagratis (AUEB-Econ) “Re-assessing stock market anomalies using a stochastic spanning framework” [with George Chalamandaris (AUEB-Finance) and Nikolaos Topaloglou (AUEB-DIEES)]

George Skiadopoulos (Queen Mary Univ. of London and Univ. of Piraeus) “Generalized formulae for option-implied measures” [with Kazuhiro Hiraki (Queen Mary Univ. of London)]

Spyridon Vrontos (Univ. of Essex) “Forecasting the Equity Premium Using Machine Learning Techniques” [with Jonathan Iworiso (Univ. of Essex)]

Ekaterini Panopoulou (Univ. of Kent) “Asset allocation with machine learning; Evidence from multi-asset portfolios” [with Iason Kynigakis (Univ. of Kent)]

Parallel Session B: Industrial Organization Chair: Panagiotis Fotis (Hellenic Competition Commission)

Theodora Kosma (Bank of Greece) “The pricing strategy of Greek firms during the crisis” [with Pavlos Petroulas (BoG)]

Georgia Kosmopoulou (Univ. of Oklahoma) “Subcontracting Network Formation among US Airline Carriers” [with Lei He (Univ. of Oklahoma)]

Valanta Milliou (AUEB-DIEES) “Outsourcing without Cost Advantages”

Fabio Antoniou (Univ. of Ioannina) “Storable good market with intertemporal cost variations” [with Raffaele Fiocco (Univ. of Bergamo)]

14:20 – 15:15     Lunch break and Poster Session

Konstantinos Bisiotis (AUEB-Statistics) “Control charts in monitoring portfolio weights”

Georgios Bertsatos (AUEB-Econ) “Bank valuation and government corruption: Is there a relationship?” [with Plutarchos Sakellaris (AUEB-Econ)]

Yakinthi Pavlaki (Univ. of Crete) “Overcoming Hypothetical Bias in Dichotomous Choice Contingent Valuation Studies: Some Preliminary Results” [with Margarita Genius (Univ. of Crete)]

Aleka Sargenti (Univ. Of Athens) “Macro - Econometric Analysis of Business Cycles and Fluctuations, of the Greek Economy, for the past 59 years

Panagiota Sargenti (Univ. Of Athens) “Predictive Credit Risk Models incorporating Macro Factors for the Greek Banking Sector

15:15 – 17:45

Parallel Session A: International Economics and Finance Chair: Daphne Nicolitsa (Univ. of Crete)

Konstantinos Tatsiramos (Univ. of Luxembourg and LISER) “Monetary Policy Transmission to Consumer Financial Stress and Durable Consumption” [with Dimitris Georgarakos (ECB)]

Alexandra Fotiou (EUI) “Contagion as a Dealmaker: The effect of financial spillovers on international and regional lending programs” [with Alica Bonk (EUI) and George Manalis (EUI)]

Mark Melatos (Univ. of Sydney) “Who Wins a Trade War?” [with Pascalis Raimondos (Queensland Univ. of Technology Business School) and Matthew Gibson (Reserve Bank of Australia)]

Marina Glushenkova (Nottingham Univ. Business School China) “International Market Integration in the Context of the Belt and Road Initiative”

Evangelos Dioikitopoulos (AUEB-Econ) “Origins of financial development: Ancestral population diversity and financial risk-taking” [with Manthos D. Delis (Montpellier Business School) and George Korniotis (Univ. of Miami and CEPR)]

Parallel Session B: Microeconomics Chair: Emmanuel Petrakis (Univ. of Crete)

George Georgiadis (Northwestern Univ., Kellogg School of Management) “Optimal Incentives under Moral Hazard: From Theory to Practice” [with Mike Powell (Northwestern Univ., Kellogg School of Management)]

Spyros Galanis (City Univ. of London) “Information Aggregation Under Ambiguity: Theory and Experimental Evidence” [with Christos A. Ioannou (Pantheon-Sorbonne Univ.) and Stelios Kotronis (Univ. of Southampton)]

Giorgos Stamatopoulos (Univ. of Crete) “A strategic tax mechanism”

Andreas Drichoutis (Agricultural Univ. of Athens) “Game form recognition in preference elicitation under cognitive load” [with Rodolfo M. Nayga Jr. (Univ. of Arkansas)]

Zacharias Maniadis (Univ. of Southampton) “Can Biased Polls Distort Electoral Results? Evidence from the Lab and the Field” [with Aris Boukouras (Univ. of Leicester), Will Jennings (Univ. of Southampton) and Lunzheng Li (Univ. of Southampton)]


21:00     CONFERENCE DINNER (tentative)


9:15 –11:30

Parallel Session A: Policy and Implications Chair: Christos Kotsogiannis (Univ. of Exeter)

Manos Matsaganis (Politecnico di Milano and AUEB-DIEES) “Technological change, the future of work, and public policy

Christos Cabolis (IMD) “On the determinants of tax revenues: The role of legal complexity and bureaucracy” [with Christos Kotsogiannis (Univ. of Exeter) and Marco Pistis (IMD)]

Nikolaos Artavanis (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) “VAT Rates and Tax Evasion: Evidence from the Restaurant Industry in Greece”

Markos Tselekounis (Univ. of Piraeus) “Does deregulation drive innovation intensity? Lessons learned from the OECD telecommunications sector” [with Michael Polemis (Univ. of Piraeus)]

Parallel Session B: Finance and Statistics Lectures Chair: Yannis Ioannides (Tufts)

Aris Spanos (Virginia Tech) “The Replication Crises and the Trustworthiness of Empirical Evidence in Economics”

Stylianos Perrakis (Concordia Univ.) “Stochastic dominance option pricing: an alternative approach to the study of option markets”

11:30 – 11:50     Coffee break

11:50 –12:45      Emmanuel Drandakis Lecture Chair: Amedeo Odoni (MIT)

Costis Daskalakis (MIT) “Reducing AI Bias using Truncated Statistics”

12:45 – 13:40     Economic Theory Lecture Chair: Costas Azariadis (Washington Univ., St. Louis)

John Geanakoplos (Yale) “The Hangman's Paradox and Psychological Games”

13:40 – 14:40     Lunch break

14:40 –16:40

Parallel Session A: Growth, Corruption and Debt Chair: Evangelia Chalioti (Yale)

Enrico Spolaore (Tufts) “On the Dynamics of European (dis)integration”

Yannis Ioannides (Tufts) “Getting to be Denmark: Corruption and Economic Growth Empirics” [with Costas Azariadis (Washington Univ., St. Louis)]

Rigas Oikonomou (Univ. Catholique de Louvain) “Endogenous Forward Guidance” [with Boris Chafwehe (Univ. Catholique de Louvain), Romanos Priftis (Bank of Canada) and Lukas Vogel (European Commission)

Theodore Koutmeridis (Univ. of Glasgow) “Shaking Criminal Incentives” [with Yu Aoki (Univ. of Aberdeen)]

Parallel Session B: Statistics and Econometrics Chair: Petros Dellaportas (UCL and AUEB-Statistics)

Moulinath Banerjee (Univ. of Michigan) “Change Point Estimation in Panel Data with Temporal and Cross-sectional Dependence” [with Monika Bhattacharjee (Univ. of Florida) and George Michailidis (Univ. of Florida)]

Thanasis Stengos (Univ. of Guelph) “A GMM Estimator for Linear Index Threshold Model” [with Chaoyi Chen (Univ. of Guelph)]

Menelaos Karanasos (Brunel Univ.) “A new and unified, in a general sense, theory for time series models with ARMA representations and varying coefficients” [with Alexandros Paraskevopoulos (Univ. of Piraeus) and Alessandra Canepa (Univ. of Turin)]

Panagiotis Koutroumpis (Queen Mary Univ. of London) “Economic Growth and Financial Development: Time Series Evidence from Regime-Switching Models (Brazil, 1890-2003)” [with Nauro Campos (Brunel Univ.) and Menelaos Karanasos (Brunel Univ.)]


9:00 – 11:30       

Parallel Session A: Macroeconomics and Applications Chair: Dimitris Margaritis (Univ. of Auckland)

Georgios Liontos (AUEB-Econ) “Who benefits from international cooperation? The role of cross-country asymmetries” [with Apostolis Philippopoulos (AUEB-Econ)]

Andreas Sintos (Univ. of Ioannina) “Hide and seek: IMF intervention and the shadow economy - An empirical investigation” [with Michael Chletsos (Univ. of Piraeus)]

Romanos Priftis (Bank of Canada) “(Optimal) quantitative easing in a currency union” [with Serdar Kabaca (Bank of Canada), Kostas Mavromatis (De Nederlandsche Bank) and Renske Maas (De Nederlandsche Bank)]

Georgios Stefanidis (York Univ.) “Sovereign Default Risk with Persistent Spending”

Michael Arghyrou (Cardiff Business School) “Purchasing Power Parity and higher moments of the nominal exchange rate distribution” [with P. Pourpourides (Cardiff Univ.) and W. Lu (Cardiff Univ.)]

Parallel Session B: Microeconomics and Applications Chair: Kostas Peppas (IOBE)

Simone Cerreia-Vioglio (Bocconi Univ.) “Robust Opinion Aggregation and its Dynamics” [with Roberto Corrao (MIT) and Giacomo Lanzani (MIT)]

Dimitrios Bakas (Nottingham Trent Univ. and RCEA) “Commodity Price Uncertainty and International Trade” [with Athanasios Triantafyllou (Univ. of Essex) and Ioanna Konstantakopoulou (KEPE)]

George Tsiachtsiras (Univ. of Barcelona) “Railways (and Motorways) to Trust” [with Anastasia Litina (Univ. of Ioannina)]

Stefanos Leonardos (Singapore Univ.) “Oceanic Games: Centralization Risks and Incentives in Blockchain Mining” [with Nikos Leonardos (Univ. of Athens) and Georgios Piliouras (Singapore Univ.)]

Georgios Panos (Univ. of Glasgow) “Financial Literacy and Attitudes to Redistribution” [with Alberto Montagnoli (Univ. of Sheffield), Mirko Moro (Univ. of Stirling) and Robert E. Wright (Univ. of Strathclyde and IZA)]

11:30 – 11:45     Coffee break

11:45 – 13:45

Parallel Session A: Econometrics, Finance and Applications Chair: Ioanna Konstantakopoulou (KEPE)

Ioannis Branikas (Univ. of Oregon) “Location Choice, Portfolio Choice” [with Harrison Hong (Columbia Univ.) and Jiangmin Xu (Peking Univ.)]

Panagiotis Avramidis (ALBA) “The Role of Marketplace Lenders in Credit Markets: Evidence from Bank Mergers” [with Nikolaos Mylonopoulos (ALBA) and George Pennacchi (Univ. of Illinois)]

Evangelos Benos (Bank of England) “The Cost of Clearing Fragmentation” [with Wenqian Huang (Bank for International Settlements), Albert Menkveld (Univ. of Amsterdam) and Michalis Vasios (Bank of England)]

Constandina Koki (AUEB-Statistics) “Predicting time series: A polya-Gamma data augmentation scheme within the Non-Homogeneous hidden Markov model” [with Loukia Meligkostidou (Univ. of Athens) and Ioannis Vrontos (AUEB-Statistics)]

Parallel Session B: Resources, Climate and Energy Chair: Efthymia Kyriakopoulou (Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences)

Maria Arvaniti (ETH Zurich) “Resource Management, Present Bias and Regime Shifts” [with Chandra Krishnamurthy (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) and Anne-Sophie Crepin (The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)]

Aimilia Pattakou (ETH Zürich) “Procurement auctions for an electricity system with increased wind technology

Christos Karydas (ETH Zurich) “The unpriced risk of climate change: a CAPM approach” [with Anastasios Xepapadeas (AUEB-DIEES)]

Fotios Kalantzis (European Investment Bank) “Productivity gains from better performing EU buildings: evidence from EIBIS

13:45 – 14:00     Coffee break

14:00 – 15:00

Parallel Session A:  Policy and Applications Chair: Vally Koubi (Univ. of Bern)

Seraina Anagnostopoulou (Univ. of Piraeus) “Do investments in human resource practices affect corporate investment efficiency?” [with Argyro Avgoustaki (ESCP Europe) and Beatriz Garcia Osma (Carlos III-Madrid)]

Marina-Selini Katsaiti (United Arab Emirates Univ.) “Does higher income rank deter risk-taking behavior? The case of migration” [with Mrittika Shamsuddin (Dalhousie Univ.) and Amany El Anshasy (United Arab Emirates Univ.)]

Parallel Session B:  Theory and Applications Chair: George Georgiadis (Northwestern Univ., Kellogg School of Management)

Sotiris Georganas (City Univ. of London) “The Expert and the Charlatan” [with T. Alysandratos (Lancaster Univ.), A. Boukouras (Leicester Univ.) and Z. Maniadis (Southampton Univ.)]

Sotirios Kokas (Univ. of Glasgow) “Common Lenders and Industry Downturns” [with Emilia Garcia-Appendini (Univ. of Zurich) and Geraldo Cerqueiro (Católica-Lisbon SBE)]

15:00 – 16:00     Lunch - end of the conference



Lists of participants

Senior participants

More recent PhDs

Doctoral candidates


You can download the accommodation list here.

Accommodation arrangements for the participants have been made centrally in the following hotels:

Tinos Beach Hotel

Favie Suzanne Hotel

Onar Hotel

About Tinos

The island

Tinos is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades, located at the center of the archipelago, near Mykonos, Syros and Andros. The island’s history goes back to the classical antiquity, when it was known as Hydroessa and Ophiussa and was a place of warship of Poseidon, as the ruins of the 4th century B.C. settlement at Kionia attest. Like other islands in the region, Tinos was under Venetian rule for most of its recent history (early 13th through early 18th century). It was ruled by the Ottomans for a century, before it became part of the modern Greek state in 1830.

Tinos is famous for the temple of Panagia Evangelistria, a site of great significance in the Greek Orthodox religious tradition. This church attracts perhaps the largest annual pilgrimage in the Greek Orthodox world, on August 15th, in celebration of the Dormition of the Mother of God. Nevertheless, despite the island’s special place in the Greek Orthodox tradition, most of Tinos’s 9.000 inhabitants are Roman Catholic, living in harmony with the local Greek Orthodox community for centuries.

Tinos is well known for its scenic villages, the numerous old windmills and artistic dovecotes scattered on the island’s countryside and for the well-preserved Venetian fortifications at the Exombourgo mountain. The island is also famous for its artistic tradition, having being the birthplace of world-renowned sculptors and painters, most notably Nikolaos Gizis, Yannoulis Chalepas and Nikiforos Lytras.

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Travel information

Tinos has no airport. You can reach the island by boat from the port of Piraeus (a five-hour trip), from the port of Rafina (a four-hour trip), from the island of Mykonos (a half-an-hour trip), or from the island of Syros (also a half-an-hour trip). In July there are direct flights from many European cities to Mykonos.

For ferry schedules you may visit Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, Fast Ferries, Seajets, or Golden Star Ferries.

For airplane tickets to Mykonos or Syros you may visit Aegean Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, or Alitalia.

You may also visit travel agencies such as airtickets,, or OpenSeas.

Conference venue

The conference will take place at the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, which was established as a private benefit institution in 2002 by the Sacred Foundation of the Church of the Annunciation, and is supported by that institution.

Its purpose is to promote research and study and to advance the awareness of the art, history, culture and tradition indigenous to the island of Tinos.

The large exhibition hall of the Cultural Foundation of Tinos was inaugurated in September of the same year with the very significant art exhibit of the celebrated Tinian artist, Nicholaos Gizis, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his death.


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