World Trade Organization (WTO) 2019 Essay Award for Young Economists (CHF 5,000 prize)

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World Trade Organization (WTO) Essay Award for Young Economists 2019 (CHF 5,000 prize)

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is calling on young economists to submit papers for the 2019 WTO Essay Award. The award aims to promote high-quality research on trade policy and international trade co-operation and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible.


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), which is the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place in September 2019 in Bern, Switzerland. The winning author will receive funding to attend the meeting.

The paper must address issues related to trade policy and international trade co-operation;
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.

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All submissions should be sent to [email protected]. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:

the essay
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).

For more information, visit WTO Essay Award.

Deadline: May 31, 2019

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