After our tour of economics conferences this summer, the INOMICS team was impressed by the number of young economists at these events. Anecdotally, many delegates have the impression that there is a trend towards younger academics at even long-established, annual events, as well as more female delegates than were present in the past. Perhaps the time of economics conferences as the preserve of distinguished, yet silver-haired, bearded men is coming to a close.
Whether a contributor to this trend or an outcome, there is also a mass of opportunities for young economists in the form of special sessions and prizes. These may be offered not only as a part of annual conferences, but even by major associations or international research institutes. Here we list some of the prizes for young economists that we have heard about, and think may be interesting to some of the young economists reading this blog.
The Institute for World Economy (IFW) in Kiel, Germany, for example, offers four “Excellence Awards” each year to economists aged 35 or under. The prize is one of four Research Fellowships, which consist of an all expenses paid visit to the IFW in Kiel, including access to its library and resources, as well as ongoing research support. The application window runs from July to October each year, so there is still time to submit your work this time around.
The World Trade Organization holds an annual essay competition for PhD holders under 30, or economists who completed their PhDs within the last two years. Read more