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AERA Grants Program

Entering its 25th year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. For a list of previously funded Dissertation Grant and Research Grant topics, please visit our website.

Call for Papers

Development Journal of the South (DJS) is a peer-reviewed new journal dedicated to advancing the debate about development in low-income and middle-income countries around the world. DJS is an open-access multidisciplinary journal on economic and sociopolitical issues faced by nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, collectively known as the Global South. DJS invites theoretical and empirical papers that innovatively use quantitative and qualitative information from a variety of disciplines including economics, political science, and sociology. DJS has a special, though not exclusive, interest in papers that analyze survey data to understand critical issues in development. Insightful reviews of comparative development between two or more nations or regions within a nation, between the North and the South, or between South and South are also welcome. The goal of the Journal is to inform development debate from public policy and social welfare perspectives.

All the papers published in Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 2015) of DJS are available in pdf format and are fully downloadable from https://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/djs/issue/current/showToc. The details of submission guidelines are available at 


UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Call:
2015-16 Small Grants Competition

The Center for Poverty Research (CPR) seeks to fund up to three research proposals that will expand our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty.  Selected proposals will be funded up to a maximum of $33,000 per award with funding preference given to junior scholars.  CPR is interested in projects that focus on our core research themes: Labor markets and poverty; The non-traditional safety-net, broadly construed to include education and health policies; Children and the intergenerational transmission of poverty; Immigration and poverty.

For more information, visit: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/smallgrants15. Deadline for submissions is 5 PM (PST) Monday, September 7, 2015.

The 2016 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics

The Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics (ZCCFE) will hold the 2016 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics (ZICE16) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from January 27 to February 4, 2016. ZICE16 will be a program for young scholars interested in applying computational methods to economics.

ZICE16 marks the fifth time that this computational workshop is held at the University of Zurich. ZICE16 has a similar objective and format as ZICE’s 2011 – 2015 and the past ICE (at the University of Chicago) workshops. The aim of ZICE16 is to create a collaborative community of computational scientists and economists by training young scholars (advanced graduate students) in state-of-the-art numerical methods and computer technology, and their application to economic modeling and analysis. The activities will begin with formal lectures on a range of topics – numerical optimization, dynamic programming, solution methods for dynamic economic models, and computationally intensive methods in statistics – followed by tutorials that familiarize participants with computer software applied to economic models. In addition, participants will work on assignments to facilitate the learning of numerical methods and will be able to speak with the lecturers about their own work during “office hours”.

The presenters will provide the participants with computer implementations of their solution methods for economic models. Most of these computer programs will be in the Matlab language. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that participants bring a laptop with a working version of Matlab to ZICE16 and have a solid knowledge of programming in Matlab.

Graduate students from all universities are encouraged to apply to ZICE16. All applications will be considered equally; neither the citizenship of an applicant nor his or her current place of study will be a consideration in acceptance decisions. However, note that the workshop is for current PhD students only, ideally students in the 3rd year of their doctoral studies.

There will be no fee for participating in ZICE16. We will provide housing for participants at no charge (double rooms at Zurich Youth Hostel). Participants are responsible for transportation costs and for their meals. ZICE16 is funded by the University of Zurich.

For more information on topics, speakers, life in Zurich, and application procedures, see www.zccfe.uzh.ch. Application forms will be available at this website starting mid-August, 2015.


E-mail inquiries should be directed to Ruth Häfliger at ruth.haefliger@bf.uzh.ch.

Third Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q) is pleased to announce that the Third Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration will be held in Doha, Qatar, on January 5-9, 2016.

The School will be led by Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University, Professor at the Universities of Bonn, Tuebingen, Warsaw, and the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.

The main purpose of the School is to induce the participants to think rigorously, creatively, and in non-conventional ways on various approaches to the modeling of migration choices and consequences, and to demonstrate to the participants how such a thinking process could enrich the spectrum of informed migration policies. Participants will be exposed to the art of economic modeling in general, and to the workings of applied microeconomic theory in particular. Following the School, the participants are expected to be more at ease with deciphering theoretical research on migration, and at engaging in such research themselves.

School participants should be holders of Ph.D. in Economics earned during 2011-2015, or Economics Ph.D. students in advanced stages of their dissertation work.

The cost of participation in the School, including return air travel via a direct route, accommodation, and meals, will be covered by the School. The School will be held in the campus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Doha. Participants will be expected to arrive on Monday, January 4, 2016, and to depart on Sunday, January 10, 2016.

Applicants are asked to submit, in a pdf format, their C.V. along with a sample article or a chapter in their Ph.D. dissertation to Dr. Ewa Kepinska, Coordinator of the Winter School, e-mail: SFSQWinterSchool@georgetown.edu. The application deadline is October 15, 2015. Responses to the applications will be provided by October 31, 2015.

Additional information is at:


Call for Papers

Risk Theory Society Annual Seminar

April 1 – 3, 2016

St. John’s University

New York, New York

Submissions due December 15, 2015

The Risk Theory Society is a group of economists, financial economists, and actuaries who undertake theoretical and applied research in the areas of insurance economics, financial economics related to insurance markets, actuarial science, and more generally in the economic analysis of risk and uncertainty. Membership in the society is earned by presenting a paper at the annual seminar and forfeited by missing two consecutive meetings.

The society invites interested parties to submit papers for the 2016 meeting. Each paper accepted for the meeting is given one hour and fifteen minutes for presentation and defense by the authors. The first twenty minutes of that time are reserved to be free of interruption other than for questions of clarification. After the grace period, discussion is typically vigorous.

Over the past 10 years, the number of submissions ranged from 42 to 69 with an average of 51. Ten papers were selected each year. Although we accept submission of a five-page abstract, most submissions and most accepted papers were in full draft or essentially completed form.

Submissions are due on December 15, 2015. The program committee will notify authors of accepted papers by end of January 2016, or soon thereafter. Accepted papers must be completed and sent for posting on the Risk Theory Society web page by March 1, 2016.

Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments in the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) by December 15, 2015, to:

Professor Greg Niehaus
Secretary of the Risk Theory Society
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
E-mail: gregn@moore.sc.edu

For more information, contact Greg Niehaus or visit the Risk Theory web site at http://aria.org/rts. For details regarding local arrangements for the 2016 Seminar, please visit the web site or contact Professor Mark Browne at brownem1@stjohns.edu.

The TIAA-CREF Institute invites you to submit an entry for the





This prestigious award, named in honor of Paul A. Samuelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in economics and a former CREF Trustee, includes a cash prize of $10,000. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association in San Francisco, CA in January 2016.

Submissions must be postmarked September 11, 2015.

Submissions may be theoretical or empirical in nature, but must cover a subject directly relevant to lifelong financial security. The research must be in a book or article form and must have been published between June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2015. Submissions must be postmarked by September 11, 2015.

For more information on how to submit an entry, visit


Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science

To encourage openness in research and the teaching of best practices in social science, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) has established the Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science. BITSS is an initiative of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley.

The competition consists of two categories.  The Emerging Leaders in Open Social Science Research Prize will award cash prizes of up to $15,000 to early-career researchers (including graduate students and post-docs) who adopt transparent research practices or pioneer new methods to increase the rigor of research. The Leaders in Open Social Science Education Prize will award the work of faculty leaders who teach best practices in social science research with prizes of up to $10,000. Entries will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of leading scholars.  

The deadline to enter is September 13.

Go to www.BITSS.org/prizes/ for information on entry rules.

Macro-Financial Modeling Initiative
2015 Call for Research Proposals of the Macro Financial Modeling (MFM) Group

With funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the CME Group Foundation, the Becker Friedman Institute and the MIT Laboratory for Financial Engineering are leading a collaborative research project to develop enhanced macroeconomic models that better capture the linkages between the financial sector and the economy as a whole.

This initiative is offering financial support for doctoral students in economics or other fields pursuing innovative work on macroeconomic models with financial sector linkages or related topics in this area. To apply, fill in the form below. 

Form for Submission

The application deadline is Sunday, June 28, 2015.

Program Area
Modeling Financial Sector Linkages to the Macroeconomy

This project will lead efforts to construct better, more comprehensive models for assessing systemic risk stemming from activities in the financial sector that can impact the economy as a whole. To encourage new research in this area, we are funding relevant dissertation proposals. Specifically, we seek proposals that examine:

  • Macroeconometric models and methods with financial sector constraints
  • Software and tools that evaluate new macroeconomic models
  • Defining, measuring, and monitoring systemic risk
  • Macroprudential regulation
  • Fiscal challenges from the public sector
  • The role of accounting in financial stability

Program Information
Our objective is to begin developing enhanced macroeconomic models that can be used to help guide and shape effective economic policy and regulation. To do so, this project assembles a working group of macro and financial economists with complementary interests and skills who meet to discuss and critique current and proposed models. It provides research assistance and data sets necessary for developing new models. The group will work toward developing software for solving and evaluating these models, and provide guidance for young scholars.

Successful proposals will be awarded up to $16,000 to support research activity. The project will fund up to six graduate students annually. Awards may be renewed for one or two years.

Current and Past Awardees
Learn about students who are currently supported by the MFM project by clicking here.

Key Dates
June 28, 2015 (Midnight CDT)—Deadline for receipt of applications.
August 2015—Finalists notified.

The National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and the Council on Economic Education (CEE) will conduct three sessions at the January 2016 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) and American Economic Association (AEA) annual meeting in San Francisco  January 3-5, 2016 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).

New research papers on any relevant topic in economic education will be considered. Those interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract or complete paper, no later than June 8, 2015 to:

Helen Roberts
NAEE Research Committee
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Economics
601 S. Morgan St. #721 (mc 144)
Chicago, IL 60607

Alternatively, papers and/or expression of interest in serving as a discussant may be sent via email to: hroberts@uic.edu

Brent Moulton to Receive 2015 Julius Shiskin Award

Brent Moulton, Associate Director for National Economic Accounts of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), has been selected to receive the 2015 Julius Shiskin Memorial Award for Economic Statistics. The award recognizes unusually original and important contributions in the development of economic statistics or in the use of statistics in interpreting the economy. Dr. Moulton is recognized for his leadership in implementing major innovations into the U.S. national accounts, international standards for national accounts, and expanded integration of U.S. statistical programs. He is also recognized for his work at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in developing innovations that improved the reliability of the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Dr. Moulton is the 43nd recipient of the Award; he will be honored at events hosted by the three sponsors of the award: the Washington Statistical Society, the National Association for Business Economics, and the Business and Economics Section of the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Moulton received the BLS Distinguished Service Award in 1997, the Department of Commerce Gold Medals in 2001 and 2007, and the Presidential Rank Award in 2011. He received a M.S. and B.A. in economics at Brigham Young University and a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

Dear Colleague,

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 5th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2015) that will be held in a 5-star cruise ship between 16-21 November, 2015.

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship (Independence of the Seas) with its  4370 passengers will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA which is 30 miles from Miami, Florida, USA and will stop at Labadee, HAITI and Falmouth, JAMAICA and returning to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA. There is no need for a visa to visit Haiti and Jamaica for cruise passengers.

The cruise fee is only $544 for 5 nights including all five star meals and entertainments. Limited number of deeply discounted staterooms/cabins were reserved for IIBA 2015 conference. 

The conference will take place during the “At Sea” days. Please visit the below conference website for detailed information. Abstract submission deadline is August 15, 2015. This conference is sponsored by University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Florida, USA

IIBA Conference Co-Chairs

Prof. Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu
McKibbon Endowed Chair & Director 
College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL)
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Editor, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology
Cell: +1 302 897 1909 | Email: cihan@sar.usf.edu

Prof Dr. Serdar Ongan
College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL)
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Cell: +1 941-807-9363 | Email: serdarongan@sar.usf.edu

Call for Research Proposals or Papers

The Poverty Global Practice for the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LAC) in the World Bank will be leading the Regional Study “Aggregated Shocks, Poverty and Ex-ante Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which is part of the Regional Study Series of the Office of the Chief Economist for the LAC Region.

The Regional Study will be comprised of original theoretical and/or empirical work relating to two broad lines of research applied to countries in LAC: 1) Welfare Impacts of Aggregated Shocks – aggregated shocks (macro shocks, natural disasters, civil conflicts, crime, health epidemics, etc.) and their causal effects (short- and long-term) on consumption, poverty, income generating capacity and other aspects of human welfare such as accumulation of assets including education, health and nutrition and 2) The Effectiveness of Ex-ante Risk Management – exploring whether the resilience of household’s welfare is influenced (in a causal sense) by different forms of ex-ante risk management strategies ranging from income diversification (farming and off-farm labor, crop diversification, migration, etc.), access to financial and insurance markets (savings and credit, weather-based insurance, health insurance), inter-household risk sharing networks (foreign remittances, private transfers) to participation in social protection programs.

Authors who would like their papers to be considered for publication in the Regional Study are invited to submit a one-page proposal or preliminary/full drafts of the papers by April 15th , 2015 via e-mail at gcaruso@worldbank.org. Please use the subject “Risk Management Regional Study” for the electronic submission. Papers related to the second line of research (The Effectiveness of Ex-ante Risk Management) are especially encouraged to be submitted.

A technical committee will manage the selection of the papers to be part of the regional study. The papers selected will be peer reviewed by external reviewers to ensure that the final version meet the expected technical rigor. While the regional study will draw extensively from the evidence and findings documented by the selected papers, the authors will retain the intellectual property rights of their papers and are allowed to submit their papers for publication in any academic journal. Authors of papers/proposals selected will be invited to participate in a workshop in Washington D.C. (tentatively scheduled for August, 2015) where they will present the findings of their work and receive feedback from the other authors and the technical committee. Some funds will be available to support the completion of ongoing research projects depending on their relevance to the regional study and contribution to the literature.

All manuscripts submitted should be written in American English and in PDF format. Preliminary or completed drafts should include an abstract of maximum 300 words. Final versions of the papers to be included in the Regional Study are expected by January, 2016.

World Bank Technical Committee:

Javier E. Baez (Senior Economist, World Bank; Research Fellow, IZA), Carlos Rodriguez-Castelan (Senior Economist, World Bank), Emmanuel Skoufias (Lead Economist, World Bank), Alan Fuchs (Economist, World Bank), Leonardo Lucchetti (Economist, World Bank) and German Caruso (Consultant, World Bank; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

External Technical Committee: Michael Carter (Professor, University of California, Davis), Richard Akresh (Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).

Robert Shiller will be speaking at HowTheLightGetsIn, the world’s largest philosophy and music festival, taking place in Hay-on-Wye, Wales this May. Bringing together world-leading scientists, economists, musicians, philosophers and politicians including Paul Krugman, Anatole Kaletsky,  Roger Penrose, Tariq Ali and John Searle for debates, talks and wild parties, this year’s programme examines the elements of reality that might soon turn out to be illusions.

On May 31st, Robert Shiller will be joining former Conservative Party leader Michael Howard and author of The Coming First World Debt Crisis Ann Pettifor to discuss the possibility of perpetual economic growth. For more info head to www.howthelightgetsin.org

2015, 15-17 October
The 20th Annual LACEA Meeting 2015

The 2015 LACEA meeting will take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from October 15 to October 17, 2015. The meetings will be hosted by the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL) in partnership with the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) and the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) and will take place at the UPSA campus in the lovely city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

By registering to LACEA 2015, participants will be welcomed to attend all sessions.

Carlos Gustavo Machicado (SEBOL and INESAD) is the conference chairman. The LACEA Program Committee is chaired by Gustavo Canavire Bacarreza (SEBOL and Universidad EAFIT).

Please note that authors may only present one paper, however, each person is allowed to be co-author of several papers presented. Papers can only be submitted electronically through the LACEA 2015 ExOrdo System http://lacea2015.exordo.com. All papers and abstracts must be written in English and submitted electronically in a single PDF file with a maximum size of 5MB. No other format will be accepted. Committee information, conference program, venue, registration, accommodation, social events and technical conference support will be made available through the conference´s web site http://laceameeting.com

Submissions will be accepted until May 31st, 2015.
For general information: laceabolivia2015@inesad.edu.bo
For program information: gcanavir@eafit.edu.co

The U.S. Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators keep the world informed by providing the first official measures of the changing U.S. economy. Through the "Investigating Economic Indicators" webinar series, learn about the Economic Indicators data, how the data can be used, and how you can access the data.

Join us for the first webinar in the series, “Measuring Our Economy: A Brief Overview of the Census Bureau’s Economic Indicators” on April 8th  at 1:00 pm Eastern Time for an overview of the 13 Economic Indicators that measure the Nation’s economic activity and information that is available for each.

Visit www.census.gov/econ/webinar for additional details and information on future webinars.

The White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (SBST) has issued a call for fellows and associates to “translate insights from the social and behavioral sciences into concrete recommendations for how to improve federal programs, policies, and operations…” This activity was referenced in the President’s FY 2016 Budget Request (see page 5).  Fellows tend to be researchers holding a PhD in a social science field who take leave from their university, government agency, etc. to serve in this position.  Associates are researchers currently pursuing a PhD in a related field, or who have a Master’s degree plus two years or more of relevant experience.  Fellows and associates sought for this opportunity would begin in September 2015. Applications are due April 12.

    The 80th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association will be held April 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton Orrington, Evanston, IL.  The MEA invites papers and organized sessions in all areas of economics — theoretical, quantitative, institutional, or policy oriented.  If you would like to submit a paper for consideration, please complete the paper submission form located on the MEA website at http://web.grinnell.edu/mea. No participant may present more than one research paper, whether a paper submitted to the MEA or as part of a session organized by another member.  You may be a co-author on another paper but can only be the presenter of one paper.
    If you would like to organize a session please send an e-mail to MEA president, Professor Alan Deardorff at mea@grinnell.edu with the topic and proposed participants. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes long and must include four papers and a chair.  Discussants are optional but encouraged.
    The deadline for abstract submissions is October 5, 2015.

The International Economic Association (IEA) is happy to announce the first Stiglitz Essay Prize (SEP) in honour of the past President of the association, Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information. He was the President of the International Economic Association from 2011 to 2014.

The winner of the Stiglitz Essay Prize will be announced in early 2016, with the prize presentation to be made in a ceremony at the next IEA World Congress in 2017. The winner of the Stiglitz Essay Prize will win 1,000 USD, and the runner(s)-up will receive 500 USD. The winning essay and runner(s) up will be published on the IEA web site.

The prize is open to any student in full time study. The essay can be up to 5,000 words on one of the subjects below. There will be a pre-selection process in charge of a team of school judges selected by the IEA. The shortlisted essays will go to the judges: Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia University and IEA past President), Timothy Besley (London School of Economics and IEA President) and Kaushik Basu (World Bank and IEA President Elect).

To be eligible for the prize, submitted essays should be on one of two broad themes reflecting Professor Stiglitz’s
‐ The causes and policy consequences of growing inequality
‐ The reconstruction of macro-economics and proposals for new approaches that speak to the weaknesses in modelling revealed by the 2008 global crisis

All applicants are asked to note the following criteria:
‐ Only one essay per person will be accepted
‐ The maximum word count for essays is 5,000 words (the word count should appear at the end of each essay)
‐ The word count includes footnotes, but excludes references and bibliography.
‐ All of those who submit an essay should submit proof through a signed letter from an appropriate official at an academic institution that he or she is currently registered as a full-time student.
‐ No revisions to entries are permitted once submitted
‐ Please note that entries to the competition should be unique (i.e. not published elsewhere or submitted to other essay competitions.)
‐ Entries must be submitted in either Microsoft Word (doc, docx) format or PDF format. No other formats are acceptable.

The deadline for submitting essays is Tuesday 1 September 2015 at 2359 hours (GMT).

Please send submissions to the IEA Secretariat on iea@iea-world.org indicating in the subject your name as
follows: SEP_LAST NAME_Name.

Any queries on the competition should be also addressed to the IEA Secretariat on the same email address.

Call For Papers

2nd CEPAR & CESifo Workshop: Pension Taxation, Population Ageing, and Globalisation
September 3 & 4, 2015, in Munich

Background: The demographic transition being experienced around the world is generating a policy appetite for pension reforms. While there is now a substantial analytical and policy literature on pension policy, the taxation of pensions has been relatively little studied. Increasingly, however, pension taxation is coming under the spotlight, either directly, as tax preferences for pension saving and pension pay-outs are weakened, or indirectly, through reducing pensions by means tests or cuts to pension entitlements.

Pension taxation must be seen in the context of broader taxation structures. Too often pension taxes have been analysed in isolation from the other tax and transfer instruments prevailing in an economy. A more comprehensive approach brings into play the rationale for alternative policy designs, and their economic impacts. In turn, these broad structures have differential effects, depending on the inter-jurisdictional mobility of capital and labour. At the same time, new ideas are emerging in the literature about capital income taxation, and the idea of age-based taxes, once an intellectual curiosum, is now gaining policy traction.

Objectives: The objective of the project and the staging of two interrelated workshops is to explore the issues highlighted above, and their inter-relationship, and to publish the results in journal or book form in order to inform the economic community about the state of the art and to stimulate further research.

The research issues can be cast in many ways, but they should address three crucial concerns:
• How can the accumulation of actual and notional individual pension wealth and the pay-out of pensions can be integrated most effectively with prevailing tax regimes to deliver the most efficient and equitable outcomes?
• How can pension taxation help address the challenges of old-age poverty, longevity and intergenerational equity within retirement income policies?
• What are the taxation principles that allow marrying full portability of acquired pension rights and benefits of international mobile workers with national objectives of efficiency, sustainability and equity?

o Abstract by end March 2015, with acceptance decisions by end April 2015
o A conference draft of the paper by end-July 2015
o Presentation materials by August 25, 2015

For the workshop, reimbursement of travel costs will be restricted to Europe and the organizer will cover the accommodation and meals of all accepted participants and invited discussants.

To submit a paper or abstract, or for more information, please contact:
John Piggott: j.piggott@unsw.edu.au or Robert Holzmann: r.holzmann@unsw.edu.au; Robert.Holzmann@oeaw.ac.at

Call for Abstracts for 2016 Conference on New Data Linkages

The Social Observatories Coordinating Network (socialobservatories.org) is planning a conference in the Washington DC area in March 2016 to highlight research programs that demonstrate novel linkages between at least two distinct data sources, types, or modalities and which answer an important social scientific question.  Examples of novel data linkages include new combinations of survey and administrative data; community indicators and individual observational data; and social media and economic indicators.  Submissions must relate empirical results from a study that addresses a specific research question.  Papers will be presented at a conference in March 2016 (Date TBD) and will be submitted for an edited volume.  Selected participants will have conference expenses paid and will receive a modest honorarium upon successful chapter completion.  Interested researchers should submit a 3-5 page paper prospectus to Sandra Hofferth at hofferth@umd.edu by August 20, 2015.  Submitters will be notified by October 15, 2015.

BA Conference: May 26-29, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

The 4th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2015) will be held during 26 –29 May, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This conference is sponsored by CHTL, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, USA. English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2015.

Conference Website: http://lasvegas2015.iibaconference.org

2015 NASI Summer Internship Programs: The National Academy of Social Insurance (www.nasi.org) is now accepting applications for our paid internships for students studying for or interested in careers in social insurance policy. Our internship programs cover a wide array of policy areas including Health and Income Security Policy (Washington Internship), Aging and Long-term Care Policy (Somers Internship), Disability Policy (Eileen Sweeney Internship), and Non-profit Management (Nathan J. Stark Internship). The programs consist of a 12-week summer semester internship that usually spans May to August, depending on the student’s college schedule. Students receive a $3,500 honorarium for their internship experience and academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s college or university. International Students with valid student visas are encouraged to apply and can be placed with non-governmental organizations, if placement projects match their skills and interests. Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2015. For more information, visit our Internship Opportunities page or contact us at internships@nasi.org.

Call for Papers

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, European Central Bank, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research

“Diverging Monetary Policies, Global Capital Flows and Financial Stability”

Hong Kong, Thursday & Friday, October 15-16, 2015

The Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are organizing a one-and-a-half day conference on “Diverging Monetary Policies, Global Capital Flows and Financial Stability” in Hong Kong on Thursday and Friday October 15-16, 2015.

In response to the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-2008 and the subsequent Euro Area Debt Crisis, almost all of the largest central banks quickly pushed their policy rates to the effective lower bound, where they are today. In an effort to provide further policy accommodation and support economic growth, several of these central banks have engaged in unconventional monetary policies. These include large scale asset purchase programs and forward guidance about the likely future path of monetary policy. Aggressive policy actions by some central banks put downward pressure on the foreign exchange value of their currencies, prompting concerns about “currency wars.”

Diminishing slack in some of the larger advanced economies has hastened the prospects of monetary policy normalization. Early hints that the Fed would gradually end its last large scale asset purchase program precipitated a major response in global financial markets. That program has now ended, and there is a broad expectation that policy rates will start rising in the not too distant future.  

However, not all the major economies are on the steady path of recovery. Some larger central banks are still engaged in further loosing monetary policy, so there will likely be a period of diverging monetary policies among the major central banks. This could have a profound impact on global capital flows, exchange rates and financial stability.

In organizing the conference, we are particularly interested in papers that address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

The organizers invite submissions in these and related areas.

Organizers: Stephen Cecchetti (Brandeis University), Hongyi Chen (Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research), Luca Dedola (European Central Bank), John Rogers (Board of Governors) and Mark Wynne (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas).

Please submit the full paper with an abstract in pdf format to hkimr@hkma.gov.hk, using the authors’ names as the filenames of the papers, and enter "Paper Submission for BoG-ECB-FRB-HKIMR Joint Conference" as the email subject line. The organizers will select the papers based on originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance.

Deadline for paper submission: June 30th (authors of accepted papers will be informed by July 31st, 2015). Economy-class travel and local accommodation for speakers and discussants from academic institutions will be funded by the local organizer.

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics welcomes the summer with a diverse range of summer schools in economics and related fields. These short summer programs are addressed to researchers, professionals and graduate students who want to improve their competences in specific fields of knowledge. Renowned academics and leading practitioners teach our summer school courses, which draw participants from all over the world.

• The Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School will be offered by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics from June 29 to July 3, 2015. It is directed by Maia Güell, Professor of Economics at University of Edinburgh.

• The Barcelona Banking Summer School will be offered by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics from June 29 to July 10, 2015. It is directed by Xavier Freixas, Professor in the Department of Economics and Business of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE Research Professor.

• The Barcelona Microeconometrics Summer School will be offered by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics from June 29 to July 10, 2015. It is directed by Sergi Jiménez-Martín, Professor of Economics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Professor Jiménez-Martín is a Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor.

• The Barcelona Macroeconometrics Summer School will be offered by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics from June 29 to July 10, 2015. It is directed by Luca Gambetti, Professor of Economics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor.


All Barcelona GSE Economics Summer Schools are taught in English. 


Barcelona Economics Summer Schools are taught at the Ciutadella campus of the Barcelona GSE, site of the Pompeu Fabra University. The campus is located in downtown Barcelona, within walking distance of both the beach and the city's financial, cultural and governmental centers.

Apply Now or download the PDF for more information

Cambio de Colores - Latinos in the Heartland 2015 Conference
Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities

June 10-12, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri


—Call for Presentations—

The Call for Presentations for the Cambio de Colores 2015 conference is now available (http://bit.ly/1AP5aiU). Submit your abstract at www.cambiodecolores.org through February 26.

Key Dates for the 2015 Conference

About the Cambio de Colores 2015 conference

Communities throughout the Midwest have seen dramatic demographic changes in the last three decades, including the arrival of large numbers of immigrants who are settling in rural and urban areas. Since 2002, the Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference has annually brought together community leaders and policymakers, those who provide services to newcomers in changing communities, researchers and other professionals to discuss the issues resulting from these changes.

This year’s theme, “Shaping the Future: Leadership for Inclusive Communities” seeks to highlight the important role of leaders within Latino and immigrant communities and the contributions they make in creating strong and resilient places. We are also interested in how leadership in receiving communities is organizing to make communities inclusive to all their members. As our communities continue to change with the push and pull factors that cause demographic shifts in places across the country, it is inclusive leadership that can truly shape the future wellbeing of our communities.  This year we are very interested in the research and best practices/proven programs related to supporting multi-generational leaders and developing inclusive communities.

Over the past fourteen years, this conference has served as a hub for researchers and practitioners to take stock of how our communities are adapting to changes and share experiences of how to improve immigrant integration and community wellbeing. While native and foreign-born Latinos may constitute the majority of new arrivals in these regions, the conference is also interested in immigrants from other areas of the world.  The integration of these very diverse groups is being studied by academics and pursued by stakeholders, as the newcomers seek to become part and parcel of the social, economic, and cultural fabric of their new communities.

Please distribute this message among your professional and organizational circles.

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Questions about submissions can be sent to: decolores@missouri.edu

Basque Coast Summer School: 13-17 July 2015

The University of Pau and Adour Regions (South West of France) is holding a one-week English-language summer school on its Atlantic Coast campus just outside Biarritz (13-17 July 2015). The school is open to students of all ages interested in a unique "Anglo-Saxon" academic experience in an exceptional setting: sandy beaches and stunning coastal cities are 10 mn away from campus.


Four exciting courses with a broad appeal will be taught by talented and enthusiastic professors recruited specifically from English-language universities:

For further information

For information about the course structure, the possibilities of accomodation and the diverse activities aside the courses (excursions, sport possibilities, public debate) take a look at our homepages http://www.univ-pau.fr/live/formation/summer-school and http://bcmss.sciencesconf.org/ or feel free to write directly to the school's director at Marc.Artzrouni@univ-pau.fr.

The RCEA 3rd Rimini Time Series Econometrics Workshop

June 22-23, 2015 - Palacongressi

Via della Fiera 23, Rimini, Italy


National Faculty Development Institute
"Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum"

sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and University

The Japan Studies Institute (JSI), a two week residential program held on the San Diego State University campus, offers an opportunity for AASCU faculty from any discipline to learn from scholars, business leaders, artists and journalists about Japanese civilization, history, language, business, and education. The Institute encourages participants to develop strategies for incorporating Japanese studies into courses on their campuses. The Institute involves two weeks of intensive seminars, lectures, readings, films, and cultural activities.

JSI Fellowships cover most of the costs of the Institute for each participant, including up to $700 in transportation, two weeks of housing on the SDSU campus, all Institute program and personnel costs, and a $500 stipend for food, a combined value of almost $4,000. Participants from AASCU campuses only pay a registration fee of $695, non-AASCU members pay $895.00.

Although the application deadline is March 6, 2015, all complete application packets will be reviewed on a rolling basis with notification made within 2 weeks of application until the deadline date of March 6, 2015. For more information and application materials, please see the AASCU website: http://www.aascu.org/programs/JSI/.

Second African Search and Matching Workshop

The Bernoulli Center for Economics (University of Basel), the Search and Matching Research Group and the INREDD group (Université Cadi Ayyad) invite submissions for the Second African Search and Matching Workshop in Marrakech. The two-day workshop will take place at the Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech - Morocco, on May 28th - 29th 2015.

Topics are welcome from all areas of economics, as long as the focus is on search, matching or information frictions. However, preference is given to researchers in the fields of macroeconomics, monetary economics and labor economics.

Submission of Papers

The deadline of full-paper submissions is February 20th 2015. Interested authors should submit their papers in electronic form (PDF) to Romina Ruprecht (sam-africa at benomics.org). Authors of submitted papers will be contacted shortly thereafter. Applications by ambitious Ph.D. students will also be considered.

Registration Details

There is no conference fee and we provide accomodation for three nights. A limited number of travel grants are available. If your participation is conditional on receiving such a support, please provide an estimate of the required financial aid upon submission of your paper. The local organizers provide help with getting around in Marrakech if needed.


We intend to start in the morning on the 28th and stop in the evening on the 29th.


The Radboud University Nijmegen (Institute for Management Research) would like to invite you to the Experimental Finance 2015 held at Landmark Wijnfort in Nijmegen,The Netherlands. The conference also serves as the 6th annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Finance (SEF: http://www.experimentalfinance.org/).

We are happy to announce that Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith (Chapman University) and Bruno Biais (Toulouse School of Economics) have agreed to give a keynote.

We invite you to submit articles using experimental methods in finance, including studies on asset markets as well as individual decision making.

Presentations will be given either in plenary sessions or parallel sessions. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by four anonymous referees.

Essential information:
- URL: www.ru.nl/ef2015
- Contact: ef2015@ru.nl
- Dates: June 17th to June 19th
- Venue: Landmark Wijnfort, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Keynote Speakers: Nobel Laureate Vernon Smith (Chapman University) and Bruno Biais (Toulouse School of Economics, Co-Editor Journal of Finance)
- Local Organizers: Sascha Füllbrunn and Utz Weitzel (IMR)
- Sponsors: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (>KNAW), De Nederlandsche Bank (>DNB), Nijmegen School of Management (>NSM)

Important Dates
- March 17: Deadline paper submissions
- April 17: Notification of acceptance
- May 17: Early registration cutoff
- June 17: Welcome at Landmark Wijnfort

Call for Papers

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Nijmegen...


Sascha Füllbrunn, Utz Weitzel, and Michael Kirchler (SEF Conference Officer)

Fellowship Competition
Deadline: 1 July 2015

The AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF INDIAN STUDIES is a cooperative, non-profit organization of seventy-nine American colleges and universities that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of India, its people, and culture. AIIS welcomes applicants from a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to applicants in the Humanities and Social Sciences AIIS encourages applicants in fields such as Development Studies, Natural Resources Management, Public Health, and Regional Planning.

Applications to conduct research in India may be made in the following categories:

Junior Research Fellowships - Available to doctoral candidates at U.S. universities in all fields of study. Junior Research Fellowships are specifically designed to enable doctoral candidates to pursue their dissertation research in India. Junior Research Fellows establish formal affiliation with Indian universities and Indian research supervisors. Awards are available for up to eleven months.
Senior Research Fellowships - Available to scholars who hold the Ph.D. or its equivalent. Senior Fellowships are designed to enable scholars in all disciplines who specialize in South Asia to pursue further research in India. Senior Fellows establish formal affiliation with an Indian institution. Short-term awards are available for up to four months. Long-term awards are available for six to nine months. A limited number of humanists will be granted fellowships paid in dollars funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellowships - Available to established scholars who have not previously specialized in Indian studies and to established professionals who have not previously worked or studied in India. Senior Scholarly/Professional Development Fellows are formally affiliated with an Indian institution. Awards may be granted for periods of six to nine months.
Senior Performing and Creative Arts Fellowships - Available to accomplished practitioners of the performing arts of India and creative artists who demonstrate that study in India would enhance their skills, develop their capabilities to teach or perform in the U.S., enhance American involvement with India’s artistic traditions, and strengthen their links with peers in India. Awards will normally be for periods of up to four months, although proposals for periods of up to nine months can be considered.

Non U.S. citizens are welcome to apply for AIIS fellowships as long as they are either graduate students or full-time faculty at a college or university in the U.S. Citizens of the United States, however, can apply for senior fellowships if they are not affiliated with an institution of higher education in the U.S. The fellowship competition is open to all applicants and is NOT restricted to applicants from AIIS member institutions. Fellowships are funded by both U.S. government grants as well as AIIS endowment funds. Most of the federal funds received are restricted to U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens and performing/creative arts fellows are generally funded by the AIIS endowment. The number of fellowships AIIS can offer depends on the funding available from the different sources, though all applicants are reviewed equally and simultaneously. The AIIS strongly encourages applications from non-US citizens and US citizens alike, and remains committed to providing research opportunities to all qualified candidates regardless of nationality. It also seeks additional private support to increase the number of its awards. Fellowships are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (also available to permanent residents); the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers under the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961, as amended; and the Smithsonian Institution. Fellowships for six months or more may include limited coverage for dependents.

Applications can be downloaded from:
For further information, please contact:
(773) 702-8638 email: aiis@uchicago.edu www.indiastudies.org



The United Brownsville Coordinating Board is requesting Statements of Qualifications (SoQ) for the preparation of a “Backward Integration Supply Chain Analysis (BISCA)” for the Brownsville, Texas – Matamoros, Tamaulipas economic region.  Interested firms should submit five (5) copies of their SoQ, along with an electronic version in PDF format, by no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2015.

All hard copy SoQ (along with PDF version) should be marked “United Brownsville Supply Chain Analysis” and be delivered as instructed in RFQ link.

Analysis Objective:

The primary goal of this project will be to develop a foundation to create a competitive binational advanced manufacturing cluster that can create higher wage jobs by completing a backward integration supply chain analysis of the greater Brownsville-Matamoros region.

This analysis will identify opportunities, identify constraints, and develop strategies for import substitution of manufacturer’s supply chains with products manufactured locally in the project region.


A key economic initiative developed through the United Brownsville partnership is the creation of a BiNational Economic Development Zone (BiNED) to develop a globally competitive regional economy based on exporting industrial clusters.

The basic idea of BiNED is to create an integrated innovative and competitive binational advanced manufacturing zone along the US/Mexico border to capture a share of the economic development resurgence of near shoring advanced manufacturing that is occurring in the interior of Mexico.

Currently, over 116 maquiladoras within the city of Matamoros, Tamaulipas produce approximately $8.6 Billion in annual trade; however, approximately $6.4 Billion of that value is imported from outside the region.

10 Years of Greening Economics

This year marks the Green Economics Institute's 10th Anniversary - a year of high-level events, commemoration, and, in just over two months, our 10th Annual Conference at Oxford University.

Visit our conference's brand-new website for more information on Registration, Call for Papers, Speaking, and more.

For the past decade, participants from the world's leading academic and research institutions, international organizations such as UNEP, UNESCO and the ILO, major international NGOs, and members of domestic and foreign government agencies have joined us for three days of lectures, debate, and innovation. In addition to campaigners, academics, and institutional leadership, we welcome writers, journalists, university students, and supporters. 

Ground-breaking research is introduced and world-class speakers present their work, often publishing not only in the conference proceedings, but also in the Green Economics Institute's books, academic journals, and membership magazine.

More information about the conference

The 10th Anniversary Green Economics Conference is an incubator for intellectual debate and innovative responses to critical global issues. Current events and urgent issues such as fracking, social and environmental justice, women's empowerment, inequality, environmental and economic collapse, human rights, and cutting edge research on climate change and biodiversity loss are examined. Early-bird discounts are available at the moment - receive a 10% discount on participation fees if you register by January 31st. Timeslots for speakers are widely sought, so book your place today.

Register today and reserve your place for this historic event.

The Green Economics Institute stands at the forefront of debate, developing and informing a green perspective on current events. Every year, ideas exchanged at this conference have been key to the transformation of economic, social and environmental policy around the globe. We invite you to join us this year, and participate in this global transformation: the reformation of economics. Those interested in speaking, sitting on a panel, or submitting papers for the proceedings, please contact our team:


For Registration, please click here

NIPE (Economic Policies Research Unit) is pleased to announce its 12th Summer School on “Predictive Econometric Modeling with Applications to Financial Economics, Macroeconomics, and the Interface”.

The course will be taught by  Professor  Francis X. Diebold (University of Pennsylvania) at the University of Minho, School of Economics and Management, Braga, Portugal, between June 15th and June 18th 2015.

The course shall cover the following topics:

More details about the course outline will be provided soon.

Applications should arrive no later than May 2nd, 2015.

On the last day of the Summer School, June 18th, Professor Francis X. Diebold will be presenting a seminar.

After the Summer School, on June 19th, there will be a one day PhD Workshop in Economics, open to PhD students from Portuguese and foreign universities.  

For more information about the Summer School 2015, please follow the link:


University of Split
The Eleventh International Conference
Challenges of Europe: Growth, competetiveness and inequality

Croatia, Split-Hvar
May 27-29, 2015

Call for Papers

We are proud to present our distinguished keynote Speakers:
Joseph E. Stiglitz Peter Nijkamp

It is our pleasure to invite you to the XI International conference “Challenges of Europe” organized by the Faculty of Economics, University of Split, under the auspices of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr Ivo Josipović.

Over the last two decades, this biennial conference has become an important place of encounter between scholars and practitioners from different countries, cultures and backgrounds discussing contemporary economic issues regarding Europe as an important global player as well as the issues within the European economic system itself, facing various changes in a dynamic environment.

Serving as a platform for an economic dialogue, the Conference has gathered more than 1,400 authors with over 1,100 papers from more than 55 countries all over the world.

The aim of the International conference “Challenges of Europe” continues to be putting the European economy and its role into focus especially now when global economy is troubled and recovery slow and weak. Sustained structural reforms aimed at enhancing competitiveness will be necessary for countries to stabilize economic growth and ensure the rising prosperity of their populations going into the future. The mission of this XI. International Conference “Challenges of Europe: Growth, Competitiveness and Inequality is to foster knowledge transfer and benchmark the factors underpinning new competitiveness and growth in the modern challenging economic environment. At same time we believe that the idea of inequality is complex phenomena that is far from exhausted. In fact, it is main challenge, not only because it represent social challenge but also because it could be recognized as important issue for overcoming the obstacles hampering local, national and global economies.

Plenary sessions, attractive guest speakers, presentations of papers and working papers, panels etc. will be organized in order to ensure that the most novel and cutting edge research findings receive the greatest exposure and to provide maximum opportunity for presentation  by young researchers.

Apart from generating new scientific and practitioner collaborations and bringing into focus some “old” ones, the XI. International Conference: “Challenges of Europe” will surely be both intellectually and culturally satisfying, especially having in mind that the Conference “Challenges of Europe” is proud to be recognized as a distinguished “Conference of Soul” by a large number of participants who repeatedly attend it due to the fact that the participants are considered above all as friends and colleagues.

For more information, go to http://www.efst.hr/eitconf/.

Durham University Business School
Phd Scholarship

Apply for a fully-funded scholarship for your PhD studies at Durham University Business School, United Kingdom as part of the NEDTC’s 2015/16 Studentships Competition. Starting in the academic year 2015/16, areas include Management, Business Studies, Finance or Economics. The deadline for submitting your application and supporting documentation is 5:00pm, Monday 16 February 2015. You should apply as soon as possible as holding an offer is a condition of being considered for a scholarship.

The North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC) is a joint venture between the universities of Durham and Newcastle and is one of the largest and most innovative of the European and Social Research Council’s national network of doctoral training centres.

See the NEDTC website for more information including eligibility.

Become a recognised expert in your chosen field on the Durham PhD. The highest academic qualification, our doctoral programme will let you take advantage of your intellectual and investigative skills and your ability to conduct rigorous research.

Choose one of two routes – the integrated four-year route for recently qualified undergraduates or the three-year route for postgraduates. Whichever route you follow, Durham University Business School is the ideal place for you to gain your research qualification.

To apply please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/business/programmes/phd/applying/

HOBA 2015
International Conference
7-8 March 2015

The Hellenic Open Business Administration International Conference (HOBA) seeks to bring together scholar students and researchers from both academia and industry with an interest in the fields of Business Administration and Economics. The HOBA Conference will provide a unique opportunity to discuss both theoretical and practical challenges and to exchange and share experiences and research results about all aspects of these fields.

The HOBA is a virtual web-based conference. The participants will be able to present their articles, and the attendees have the possibility to attend all conference sections from a distant location. This means that participation in the conference does not require any traveling; attendees and authors can participate in all conference works from their location. The system is user-friendly and no previous experience or expertise is needed from participants or attendees.

The Conference organizers for 2015 encourage the submissions of articles dealing with any aspect of business, economic or relevant social issues in the times of debt-economic crisis of our days (Greek, European or Global).

The HOBA and the HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY Business Administration Undergraduate Program establish a new forum for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Business Administration and Economics. The conference will bring together leading researchers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world, while the graduate students will also have the opportunity to present the results of their research work in a special section.

Abstracts are invited for virtual and poster presentations and must be submitted by e-mail to:HOBA.eap@gmail.com
Abstracts can be submitted in either English or Greek.
The abstract will be the sole criterion for reviewers to decide the acceptance (or not) of an article for either virtual or poster presentation. Thus the abstract should clearly communicate the objective(s) of the work, the results and their significance, and the advancement over previous work(s). Original and significant work is a prerequisite for article acceptance.

Submitted abstracts should be between 200 and 250 words and may only be submitted by e-mail (HOBA.eap@gmail.com), no later than 20 December 2014. Authors of virtually presented articles will have the opportunity to receive and respond to comments and questions that will be submitted by attendees or other authors.

Call for Papers
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Conference:
Research on Consumer Finance
May 7-8th, 2015

Next spring, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau will host its first Research on Consumer Finance (RCF) conference at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C. We encourage submission of research that sheds light on: the ways consumers and households make decisions about borrowing, saving, and financial risk-taking; how various forms of credit (mortgage, student loans, credit cards, installment loans etc.) affect household well-being; the structure and functioning of consumer financial markets; distinct and underserved populations; and relevant innovations in modeling or data. (Authors may submit complete papers or detailed abstracts that include preliminary results.)

A deliberate aim of the conference is to connect the core community of consumer finance researchers and policymakers with the best research being conducted across the wide range of disciplines and approaches that can inform the topic. Disciplines from which we hope to receive submissions include, but are not limited to, economics, the behavioral sciences, cognitive science, and psychology.

The conference’s scientific committee includes:
• Adair Morse (University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business)
• Amir Sufi (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
• Annette Vissing-Jorgensen (University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business)
• Caroline Hoxby (Stanford University)
• Colin Camerer (California Institute of Technology)
• Eric Johnson (Columbia University, Columbia Business School)
• George Loewenstein (Carnegie Mellon University)
• Jonathan Levin (Stanford University)
• Jonathan Parker (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management)
• Judy Chevalier (Yale School of Management)
• Matthew Rabin (Harvard University)
• Miles Kimball (University of Michigan)
• Robert Shiller (Yale University)
• Steve Davis (University of Chicago, Booth School of Business)
• Victor Rios (University of Minnesota)

All submissions should please be made in electronic PDF format to CFPB_ResearchConference@cfpb.gov by Friday, January 16th, 2015. Please remember to include contact information on the cover page for the corresponding author. Please submit questions or concerns to Cheryl.Cooper@cfpb.gov. consumerfinance.gov

Call for Poster, Paper, Organized Session and Workshop Abstracts for GMCC-15

The Seventh International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains

Theme: «Coexistence in International Trade»

17-20 November, 2015, Amsterdam

Conference website: www.wageningenur.nl/gmcc2015

The International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains (GMCC) is a biennial international event focused on coexistence of biotechnology, conventional and organic food in international supply chains and trade. Leading experts from various academic disciplines and industry, regulators, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities in managing different types of foods in global markets. GMCC provides an important stage for active debate on policy, legal, economic and technical solutions that seek to facilitate coexistence in order to satisfy the demands of stakeholders such as industry, governments or different consumer segments.

The conference organizers invite abstracts for posters, contributed papers, organized sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops for GMCC-15. Submissions may address any aspect of coexistence in international supply chains (economics, law, technical aspects, industry, crop cultivation). Proposals for posters, papers and organized sessions are to be submitted via the online submission system available on www.wageningenur.nl/gmcc2015. Proposals for pre- and post-conference workshops can be submitted via email to secretariat.gmcc2015@wur.nl. A selection of presented papers will be published in a book with Springer Press.


The deadline for submission of abstracts for any of the four possible conference contributions (posters, papers, sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops) is April 30, 2015. Authors of selected paper abstracts will be invited by June 30, 2015, to submit a full paper for oral presentation by September 15, 2015.

Cornell in Washington Summer Program, June 8–July 31, offers internship opportunities and 6–8 college credits

Open to undergraduates, including economics majors, who have completed at least their freshman year, the Cornell in Washington Summer Program offers an intensive, multifaceted experience designed to give participants a greater understanding of the workings of government and the processes by which public policy is developed.

Participants live and take classes at Cornell University’s Wolpe Center, located near Dupont Circle. They enroll in a morning and evening class and devote most of the rest of the day to individual internships at congressional committee offices, executive branch agencies, interest groups, non-profit institutions, and professional firms and businesses.

Please share this information with students you think might benefit from this program. For more information, visit the Cornell in Washington Summer Program website or contact the program office at 607.255.4090 or cwash@cornell.edu.

Australian & New Zealand Studies Association of North America
2015 Annual Conference

Dallas, Texas
29-31 January

In partnership with the John Goodwin Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University (SMU), ANZSANA will hold its annual conference in Dallas, Texas.  ANZSANA is a multidisciplinary organization and welcomes papers on any aspect of Australian or New Zealand studies as well as comparative studies involving Australia, New Zealand, and North America.  It welcomes proposals for individual papers as well as proposals for panels by groups of scholars.

The DEADLINE for submission of paper and panel proposals is 10 NOVEMBER 2014.  Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 1 December 2014.  Paper proposals must include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, a curriculum vitae (CV), the title, and an abstract of no more than 500 words. Panel proposals must include similar information for each of the proposed papers and authors.  ANZSANA welcomes submissions from graduate students and offers a limited number of travel grants to facilitate their participation.  Graduate students must indicate their status as such in their paper proposals in order to be considered for a grant.  Please send all proposals to ANZSANA President Dave Snow at anzsana2015@gmail.com. Documents must be attached as either a Word or PDF document.

Conference panels will be held Friday and Saturday at the Hotel Lumen near the SMU Campus. The Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies located at the University of Texas at Austin will host a welcome reception for the conference at the Hotel Lumen from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on Thursday, January 29.  A formal banquet dinner will be held on Friday, January 30.  The keynote speaker will be Geoffrey Garrett, the Dean of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The conference registration fee does not include the cost of dinner.  Details about the dinner’s cost and location will soon be provided at www.anzsana.net.

A conference registration fee of USD $180.00 includes a one-year ANZSANA membership as well as breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. The Hotel Lumen, located just across from the SMU campus, will offer conference attendees a special rate of $169/night (plus taxes) for a single room. For more information on the hotel, visit http://www.hotellumen.com/ or call 214-219-2400.  More information on ANZSANA, including conference updates and a conference registration form, will become available at www.anzsana.net.

DOE SCHOLARS PROGRAM – Explore the Possibilities!

The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2015.

Visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars for more information or to apply - deadline is January 15, 2015! 

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
  • Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
  • Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status)
  • Travel arrangements to and from appointment site
  • Veterans are given Veterans preference with the Federal Energy Management Program

Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university.  The program is open to majors in: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas.

Want to learn more about the DOE Scholars program? E-mail doescholars@orise.orau.gov or visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

The Political-Economy of Place-Based Policies with a Focus on Special Economic Zones
April 23-24, 2015 | Warsaw, Poland

The aim of this conference is to encourage contributions on role of place-based policies for regional development towards informing
future policy-makers for better practice in the realm of economic policy and regional development. While locale has always played
a central role in any economic enquiry within an economic development and growth context, the absence of its politicaleconomy
aspects from in particular the economic literature on regions or regional aspects of development is striking. We believe the topic deserves more attention and so this situation should be changed. Consequently, we welcome all manner of submissions
regarding this issue, including but not limited to:

  • SEZs and socio-economic goals at the regional and national level;
  • Evaluation of zones policies in terms of a particular approach to cluster building, examples of good and poor practice;
  • SEZs from a political governance perspective, how did they come into place, how did they evolve over time etc.;
  • Institutional facets of SEZs, including e.g. how do zones interact with national institutions, is it true that zones typically try to alleviate large institutional gaps between the reality of establishing new firms in developing and transition economies and the expectations of foreign investors?
  • Evaluation of zones policies from a social responsibility perspective, e.g. do they help to heighten standards such as social and sustainable practices in particular in developing countries;
  • Evaluation of zones policies from an international business practitioner perspective, e.g. do international investors find them beneficial and why or why not?
  • Comparative studies across geographical regions: developed, transition, and developing economies.

Publication Opportunities
The conference organizers are currently in talks for a special issue of the prestigious journal Regional Studies. We hope to have more information and confirmation of this in the coming months. Additionally, a special issue of the journal Kwartalnik Nauk o Przedsiębiorstwie, published by Warsaw School of Economics, is planned.

The deadline for submission of papers is December 31, 2014. Full papers are preferred, although extended abstracts (5-10 pages) will also be accepted, with the understanding that the full paper is submitted by January 31, 2015. Authors will be notified by February 13. 2015. The papers and abstracts should be submitted to conference.sez@case-researc.eu

22nd Annual RAND Summer Institute, July 6-9, 2015, Santa Monica, CA. Two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists; Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging. Interested researchers can apply for financial support covering travel and accommodations. More information and application form: http://www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi.html.

1st Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award

To develop construction of finance discipline, improve financial research and promote academic progress of finance, Sun Yefang Fiscal Science Foundation established the Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award. The Award, following the principles of openness and fairness, focuses on identifying excellent and innovative works that keep abreast of the times and steer academic development, and contributes to the prosperity and development of the financial discipline in China. The Sun Yefang Financial Innovation Award is set to be allocated every two years, and the first session will begin in May 2014.

Click here for more information and an application form.

The Second Environmental Protection and Sustainability Forum:

Towards Global Agreements on Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Dates: 9-11 April 2015

Location: University of Bath

The Department of Economics and the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath are hosting a three-day international forum to discuss state-of-the-art academic research on international environmental agreements informed by the insights of key policy-makers and practitioners in the field.

The first Forum was hosted by the University of Exeter in 2011. As before, the second forum will not only involve top quality academic presentations (ten academic keynote presentations and 40 academic contributed papers) but ensures engagement with stakeholders through roundtable discussions and public lectures. Thus, the forum is distinct from many other major international conferences in seeking to connect researchers with those who design and implement policy, and those who are affected by such policy.

For more information and papers submission, please visit: http://go.bath.ac.uk/sustainability-forum

CREATE, the Department of Homeland Security sponsored Center of Excellence for Economics and Risk at the University of Southern California, seeks 2-3 page White Papers on multidisciplinary research projects in risk analysis, economics assessment, and operations research. Awards of up to $100,000 per award are possible along with smaller start-up projects. Call only open for 1 month.

Full announcement at http://create.usc.edu/2014/09/create_call_for_white_papers.html

We are happy to announce the International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2015),  which will be held during 28 March – 02 April, 2015 on the 5 star Liberty of the Seas, which is one of the luxury cruise ships of the world. The cruise with its 3600 passengers will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA (30 miles from Miami, Florida) and will stop at Belize City, BELIZE and Cozumel, MEXICO and return to Ft. Lauderdale. There is no need for a visa to visit Belize and Mexico. The conference will take place during the “At Sea” days


IIBA 2015 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, scholar and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Business and Economics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Abstract submissions deadline – December 15, 2014
Abstract acceptance notification – Within two weeks of submitting the abstract
Early registration deadline – December 22, 2014
Full paper submissions deadline – January 02, 2015
Late registration deadline – January 15, 2015
Conference dates – March 28-April 2, 2015

Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have any question regarding abstract/full paper submission. Please forward this announcement to your colleagues and students who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you in FIorida, Mexico and Belize.

10th Annual International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications, 20-23 July 2015, Athens, Greece.

First Call for Papers and Participation

The Economics Research Unit of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), will hold its 10th Annual International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications, 20-23 July 2015, Athens, Greece. The conference website is http://www.atiner.gr/economics.htm. The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of all areas of economics and other related disciplines. Sessions will be organized along the lines of the Journal of Economic Literature Classification Index (Please link to AEA webpage for subtopics):

You may participate as panel organizer, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer.

For programs of previous conferences and other information, please visit the conference website: http://www.atiner.gr/economics.htm

Fee structure information is available on www.atiner.gr/fees.htm.

Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to selected Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. Details of the social program are available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/SOC-ECO.htm.

Please submit an abstract (email only) to: atiner@atiner.gr, using the abstract submission form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/FORM-ECO.doc by the 22 December 2014 to: Dr. John Roufagalas, Professor, Troy University, USA & Head, Economics Research Unit, ATINER, 8 Valaoritou Street, Kolonaki, 10671 Athens, Greece. Tel.: + 30 210 363-4210 Fax: + 30 210 3634209. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2015/FORM-ECO.doc. Decisions are reached within 4 weeks.

If your submission is accepted, you will receive information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. Should you wish to participate in the Conference without presenting a paper, for example, to chair a session, to evaluate papers which are to be included in the conference proceedings or books, to contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (gtp@atiner.gr), President, ATINER.

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent world association of Academics and Researchers. Its mission is to act as a forum where Academics and Researchers from all over the world can meet in Athens, in order to exchange ideas on their research, and to discuss future developments in their disciplines.

The organizing and hosting of International Conferences and Symposiums, the carrying out of Research, and the production of Publications are the basic activities of ATINER. Since 1995, ATINER has organized more than 350 International Conferences and other events, and has published close to 150 books. In 2012, the Association launched a series of conference paper publications (click here), and at the beginning of 2014, it introduced its own series of Journals (click here).

Academically, the Association is organized into six Research Divisions and thirty Research Units. Each Research Unit organizes at least an Annual International Conference, and may also undertake various small and large research projects.

Academics and Researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. If you would like to become a member, please download the relevant form (membership form). For more information on how to become a member, please send an email to: info@atiner.gr.


The National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) is pleased to announce
competition for its 21st annual award for
an outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field of social insurance

NASI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to furthering knowledge and understanding of social insurance. Social insurance encompasses broad-based systems for insuring workers and their families against economic insecurity caused by loss of income from work and the cost of health care. NASI’s scope covers social insurance such as Social Security, Medicare, workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, related public assistance, and private employee benefits.

The John Heinz Dissertation Award is designed to recognize and promote outstanding research by new scholars addressing social insurance policy questions. John Heinz served in the U.S. Senate from 1977 until his death in 1991. Senator Heinz was a leading expert in Congress on private pension and health care policy, as well as a member of NASI’s Board of Advisors from the organization’s inception in 1986.

The 22nd annual award will be given to the best doctoral dissertation in the social insurance field completed between January 1, 2013 and September 14, 2014. The award will be presented at the annual NASI conference in Washington, D.C. on January 28-29, 2015. The winner will receive a $2,500 honorarium and the opportunity to participate in the conference with expenses paid.


Any dissertation addressing topics relevant to the planning and implementation of social insurance policy is eligible for nomination. For example, this might include analysis of long-term care financing, the labor market effects of Social Security, cross-national comparisons, or family social insurance protections. Nominations are encouraged from many disciplines and professions, including, but not limited to, actuarial science, disability policy, economics, health policy, history, philosophy, political science, social work and sociology.


Nominations for the award can be made by a member of the student’s dissertation committee or by an active member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Applications for the 2014 award must be received no later than September 15, 2014. Complete applications must include: 1) Nominator Form, 2) Nominator Letter, 3) Nominee Form, 4) Hard copy of the full dissertation mailed to: National Academy of Social Insurance, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036, and 5) a PDF of the dissertation emailed to nasi@nasi.org. Application forms can be obtained by visiting the John Heinz Dissertation Award page at www.nasi.org or by calling NASI at (202) 452-8097.                                                                                                                                 


A multidisciplinary award committee will assess each nominated dissertation according to the following criteria: contribution to the body of knowledge on social insurance, policy relevance of the findings, quality of the analysis, and clarity of the exposition. In case of jointly authored components, the committee expects that the related contribution of the coauthors will be explained fully.


Christine Bishop, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Chair
Jason Barabas, Stony Brook University
Courtney Coile, Wellesley College
Madonna Harrington Meyer, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Jeffrey B. Wenger, RAND Corporation

The Association for Social Economics (ASE), one of the founding member organizations of the Allied Social Science Associations, together with the Review of Social Economy invite submissions for the 2015

Warren Samuels Prize

This prize is awarded to a paper, presented at the January ASSA meetings, that best exemplifies scholarly work that:

It is preferable, but not required, that the paper is presented at one of the ASSA sessions sponsored by the Association for Social Economics. Papers will not normally exceed 6,500 words (inclusive of references, notes), and should follow the style guidelines for the Review of Social Economy.

The winner of the prize will be announced during the ASE presidential breakfast, to which the winner is invited. The winning paper may, subject to peer review, be published in a subsequent issue of the Review of Social Economy. The winner of the Warren Samuels Prize receives a $500 stipend.

The selection committee consists of:

            A Past-President of ASE;
            An editor of the Review of Social Economy (Chair);
            A member of the Editorial Board, Review of Social Economy.

This prize is awarded to a paper, being presented at the January, 2015 ASSA meetings in Philadelphia, PA, in sessions not restricted to sessions in the ASE programme. Please send your paper electronically, as a word or pdf attachment, to Wilfred Dolfsma, Editor-in-Chief, Review of Social Economy, before December 5, 2014 to w.a.dolfsma@rug.nl.

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