WTO issues call for papers for 2022 Essay Award for Young Economists

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CEM REPORT | The World Trade Organization (WTO) has issued a call for young economists to submit papers for the 2022 WTO Essay Award. The aim of the award is to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade cooperation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

The annual WTO Essay Award provides a prize of CHF 5,000 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors. The winning paper will be officially announced at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place on 8-10 September 2022 at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. The winning author will receive funding to attend the meeting.

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2021 Winners of the Competition

2022 winners will be the 14th winners having been instituted in 2009. Last year’s winners of the competition are Tomas Dominguez-Iino of New York University and Swapnika Rachapalli of the University of Toronto.

Universities that have produced winners are University of Toronto, Harvard University, Oxford University, Princeton University and Columbia. Others are University of Michigan, Yale University, University of Maryland, Stanford University, Queen’s University, University of Chicago and University of New Hampshire. There has not been any winner from African and Asian University.

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The paper must address issues related to trade policy and international trade cooperation. The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a PhD defense. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words.

Essays must be submitted by 6 June 2022. The Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO Secretariat will shortlist eligible papers by 17 June 2022 and the selection panel will take a final decision by 15 July 2022. Only the author(s) of short-listed essays will be notified.

The winning essay may be published in the WTO Working Paper Series. It is the responsibility of the author(s) to endeavour to secure publication of the contribution in a journal.

All submissions should be sent to essay.award@wto.org. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

  1. the essay
  2. the CV of the author(s), specifying (i) current affiliation(s), (ii) the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the PhD, (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).
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