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Reforming the Global Institutions: The case of WTO

Friday 9 October 2020
13:00 – 14:30 (BST, London), 14:00 – 15:30 (CEST)

The ongoing selection process for the new Director General of the WTO has prompted renewed focus on reforming that institution and also provides an opportunity to rethink the reform of global institutions more broadly. This panel of policy makers, academics and practitioners will discuss the key directions for change to make the WTO and other global institutions more fit for purpose.


Jonathan Fried, former Canadian Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Hector Torres, former Executive Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Piroska Nagy Mohacsi, Interim Director, Institute of Global Affairs at the LSE School of Public Policy.


Erik Berglof, Chief Economist, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB); Professor (on leave), LSE School of Public Policy and Fellow, CEPR.

Link to the Event

Pre-call announcement: Centres Competition 2020

In April 2020 the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is planning to announce an open competition for Research Centres. The competition will be open to applications of excellent quality in any area of social science within the ESRC remit. The call will also include a highlight notice in the area of demographic change, in particular ‘connecting generations’.

Research Centres are major ESRC strategic investments. In addition to taking forward an ambitious research agenda and making significant economic and/or societal impact, they add value by increasing research infrastructure, building capacity, encouraging interdisciplinary working in social science and beyond, and enabling research collaboration in the UK and internationally.

Research Centre funding is aimed at experienced research leaders who require longer-term or extended support for research groups, inter-institutional research networks, programmes of research, medium to large surveys, other infrastructure or methodological developments, or any related larger-scale projects. Research Centres also have a distinct role in supporting the development of early career researchers and building new research capacity. They are expected to be high-impact investments over the longer term.

The ESRC will be investing up to £45m 100% full economic cost (fEC) over five years through the open element of this Centres Competition, with up to a further £10m 100% fEC for the highlight notice. The competition is for proposals ranging from £2.5 million to £10 million 100% fEC with a term of up to five years. ESRC will meet 80% of the full economic costs on proposals submitted. It is anticipated that ESRC will fund up to five Centres under the open call and a further Centre under the highlight notice. All proposals to this call must be led by a researcher at an eligible UK Research Organisation (RO) and will need to be submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.

We anticipate considerable interest in this competition which will be run as a two-stage application process and, as in previous competitions, we will ask ROs to limit the number of applications to support the most competitive bids. We will be looking for evidence of long term institutional commitment, including additional financial resources from the RO to extend the work programme beyond the 100% fEC funding requested.

Highlight notice

Dedicated funds will be available to support a Centre in the area of demographic change, in particular ‘connecting generations’. It is our expectation that the successful Centre will seek to address aims set out under the Changing Populations priority area of the ESRC 2019 Delivery Plan ( Specifically, the Centre will fulfil our commitment to a Connecting Generations programme that expands research on demographic change and its consequences for transfers between generations.

We are currently working to finalise the scope for the highlight notice and this will be made available alongside the full call when it is published.

Provisional timetable

Full guidance on eligibility, closing dates, how to apply to the call and assessment criteria will be published on the ESRC website in April 2020. A provisional timetable is shown below.

  • Call published – April 2020
  • Deadline for submitting outline proposals – June 2020
  • Deadline for submitting full proposals – January 2021
  • Award start date –  October 2021

Further information

Enquiries about this announcement can be sent to . However, please note we will not be able to provide additional information about the call in advance of its publication.

Call for Paper ITSG (Italian Trade Study Group) – Ancona June 29-30, 2020

The next meeting of the “ITSG – Italian Trade Study Group” will be organised by the Department of Economics and Social Sciences of the Università Politecnica delle Marche and Fondazione Manlio Masi on June 29-30, 2020.

The Scientific Committee of this meeting includes: Alessia Lo Turco (Università Politecnica delle Marche), Giulia Bettin (Università Politecnica delle Marche), Roberto Esposti (Università Politecnica delle Marche), Giulia Felice (Politecnico di Milano), Giorgia Giovannetti (Università di Firenze), Daniela Maggioni (Università Cà Foscari di Venezia), Gianluca Santoni (CEPII), Lucia Tajoli (Politecnico di Milano).

Complete paper (or advanced drafts) should be submitted to the Segreteria Fondazione Masi –  by April, 30, 2020. The acceptance of the papers will be notified no later than May 15, 2020.

For logistic information about the meetin will be posted in due time on the following website:

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Environment, Energy or Development Economics (tenure track) Tufts University

The Department of Economics invites applications to fill a full-time faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting September 1, 2020.  Candidates for this position should have research and teaching interests related to Environment, Energy or Development Economics and will be expected to teach and advise doctoral students in the economics and public policy Ph.D. program offered jointly by the Economics Department and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Candidates should possess potential for significant research accomplishment and excellence in teaching. They should have a Ph.D. or expect to receive their Ph.D. prior to the start of the appointment.

To apply, all candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a job market paper via Interfolio, at Candidates should have three writers of reference letters submit their letters directly to Interfolio.

Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position may be directed to Debra Knox, Department Administrator at .

EEO/AA Policy
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Call for Papers: Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)

The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank’s Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world’s best-known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners.

The next conference will take place on June 22, 2020 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “Global Unrest”.

Social unrest across regions is intensifying, from East Asia to Latin America, even as much of this unrest stems from frustrations experienced more locally — within regions and specific country contexts. The forms, sources and intensity of this unrest vary considerably: in some places it is long-simmering concerns over rising economic inequality and opportunity, in others it is more recent populist mobilization around the basis on which particular social identities (e.g., immigrants) confer political rights, while in still others it is the performance and legitimacy of government itself. Perhaps paradoxically, this domestic discontent is occurring at a time when most national and global development indicators continue to show steady (if uneven) improvement.

The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for innovative papers that examine the drivers of this global dissatisfaction, its similarities and differences with previous episodes of widespread civic unrest, whether and how such discontent can be addressed, and whether there may be common threads connecting these developments. Of interest are papers which explore these issues with respect one or more of the following sub-themes:

  • Rising Inequality
  • Rising Aspirations
  • Unmet Expectations
  • Resistance to Authoritarianism
  • The Role of Social Media
  • The Use and Abuse of Evidence

Papers that do not fit into these sub-themes, but are related to the main conference theme, are also welcome. The selected papers will be presented in the main sessions of the conference.

Those interested should submit a complete paper (proposals will not be accepted) by Monday, March 16, 2020, 11:59 pm EST through the ABCDE website.

The Organizing Committee will evaluate all papers in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance. Authors of accepted proposals will be informed by email by Monday, April 6, 2020. A final draft paper will be required by Monday, May 25, 2020.

For external authors of selected papers, travel and accommodation expenses for the conference will be covered. Additional information on the overall conference program will be posted on the ABCDE website in the coming days. The ABCDE secretariat can be contacted via email at .

Call for Applications: For the Max Planck Summer School on the Political Economy of Conflict and Redistribution

Taking place in Berlin, Germany
August 3-7, 2020

The Political Economy of Conflict and Redistribution (PECR) Summer School is aimed at young researchers in the early stage of their careers as PhD students and Postdocs, notably in the fields of Economics and Political Science. The School provides research-oriented lectures by senior experts in the field of the Political Economy of Conflict and Redistribution.
Methodologically it will cover theory and experiments in the field and in the laboratory. In addition to these lectures, participants will have the opportunity to present and discuss their own research and their research papers to the whole group. There will also be a panel discussion by the Summer School lecturers. Opportunities will also be available for work and discussion in informal groups that might lead to collaborative research efforts among the participants.
The working language of the Summer School is English.

Scientific Organizers:
Kai A. Konrad, Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance
Dan Kovenock, Economic Science Institute, Chapman University, USA


  • Jana Cahlikova, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance
  • Subhasish M. Chowdhury, University of Bath
  • Kai A. Konrad, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance
  • Dan Kovenock, Chapman University
  • Marco Serena, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance
  • Branislav Slantchev, University of California, San Diego

Local organizer: Sandra Sundt-Johannesen, MPI for Tax Law and Public Finance

Location: The PECR Summer School will take place at the historical Harnack House of the Max Planck Society in Berlin, Germany.

Dates: The Summer School runs from August 3-7, 2020. Participants are expected to stay for the full duration of the meeting.

Funding and Fees: The event is generously supported by the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance There is no participation fee for the Summer School. However, participants have to cover their own cost of travel and accommodation. Room capacity is reserved at the event location, but independent booking is also feasible. More information will be provided to the participants who are admitted.

Application: Your application file should include:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae in pdf format
  • A short outline of your research interests and why they might fit with the topic of the Summer School
  • Optional – a research paper you might want to present/discuss at the meeting
  • Optional – Letter(s) of recommendation.

Only electronic submission will be accepted until March 31, 2020. The application should be sent to .

Tentative Timeline: Applicants will be notified about the admission decision by April 20, 2020. Admitted students will be asked to inform the organizers whether they would like to present a paper or a research draft. We plan to announce the program for the Summer School in early June 2020 and will also update the conference homepage continuously.

Questions: If you have questions regarding admissions or any other academic matters, please contact with “PECR2020” in the subject line. If you have questions about lodging, travel arrangement or other logistic matters, please contact with “PECR2020” in the subject line.

Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance | Marstallplatz 1 | 80539 Munich |

Nottingham-RIDGE Doctoral Scholarship

The University of Nottingham and the Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE) invites Latin American students with a master’s degree in economics to submit their application to do a PhD in Economics at the University of Nottingham with full funding (fees + annual stipend of (approx. £ 17,000) in exchange for a relatively low time consuming teaching or research assistance.

The Nottingham University School of Economics is considered one of the best economics departments in the world. According to the IDEAS-RePEc ranking, Nottingham is 35 in the world, 11 in Europe and 5 in the United Kingdom. Its researchers cover a wide variety of topics and fields of economics and publish in the best international journals. It is particularly strong in the fields of Behavioural Economics (top 2 worldwide), International Economics (top 24 worldwide, top 6 in Europe) and Political Economy (top 24, top 6 in Europe), and more recently in Macroeconomics. More information about the Nottingham School of Economics can be found at and about the doctoral program at

To apply for the scholarship, the following requirements must be met: • Master’s degree. • ELTS of 7.0 (not less than 6.0 for each component) or a score greater than 25 in TOELF. The closing date for applications is January 15, 2020.

Interested applicants must submit their applications via the website including a CV, qualifications obtained in the degree and Master’s degree, Master’s thesis, 2 letters of reference and a cover letter.

The cover letter should include the motivation to do a PhD in Economics and a possible research topic and respective literature. Selected candidates must submit a formal application. For more information on it please visit:

Postdoctoral Scholar-Natural Resource Economics & Political Economy, University of California Berkeley

Recruitment Period
Open September 26th, 2019 through Monday, Dec 2, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for the 20202021 S.V. CiriacyWantrup Postdoctoral Fellowships awarded by the College of Natural Resources.

The S.V. CiriacyWantrup Postdoctoral Fellowships in Natural Resource Economics and Political Economy will be awarded for the 202021 academic year to support advanced research at the University of California, Berkeley. For the purposes of this fellowship, natural resources are defined broadly to include environmental resources. The fellowship encourages, but is not limited to, policyoriented research.

For more information, please visit:

Basic Qualifications (At the time of application):

  • Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of application

Additional Qualifications (By start date):

  • PhD, JD, (or equivalent international degree) required by the appointment start date
  • The candidate may have no more than four years of postdegree research experience by start date

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):

  • Applications are open to scholars from any social science discipline and related professional fields such as law and planning, who will make significant contributions to research on natural resource economics broadly defined. Preference will be given to proposals whose orientation is broadly institutional and/or historical, and which are conceptually and theoretically innovative. Proposals with a primarily statistical or econometric purpose are not eligible for consideration.

The expected start date for the Fellowship is September 1, 2020. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year, with renewal based on performance and funding availability.

Salary and Benefits:
The fellowship is $60,350 annually.
Generous benefits are included: ( UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

To Apply:
Please visit
Specific questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Ruxin Liu at

The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.

Job location Berkeley, CA Learn More More information about this recruitment:

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor University of North Texas

The Department of Economics at the University of North Texas invites applicants for an assistant/ associate professor position in Economics beginning in Fall 2020. Desired fields are in applied regional development, regional theory, urban economics, transportation economics, spatial modeling or spatial econometrics. Applicants must have a strong desire for applied research and a proven funding record. The person hired will be the assistant director of the Economic Research Group. The position carries a reduced teaching load and the salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and degree held. Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Professor Michael Carroll, Department of Economics, , 940-565-4049.

Minimum Qualifications
Ph.D. in economics or related field by August 31, 2020.

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Economics, University of Kentucky

The Department of Economics seeks to fill a position at either the advanced assistant or associate level. The department has six areas of specialization offered in our graduate program: Macroeconomics, International Economics, Public Economics, Labor Economics, Industrial Organization, and Health/Environmental Economics. The successful candidate may be ABD with expected completion of PhD by Fall 2020 or a PhD in economics or related field. While we welcome outstanding applicants from any of these fields, preference will be given to applicants with a focus on Industrial Organization. We seek faculty with an appointment at the associate (with tenure) or advanced assistant professor (tenure track) rank. The successful candidate must have a strong record of scholarly accomplishment and teaching.

Appointee will be an affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise. The mission of the institute is to generate intellectually rigorous, policy-relevant research and open dialogues to understand how free enterprise affects peoples’ lives and the societal well-being. Active participation in the institute’s activities, which include disseminating research to the public and hosting events featuring external speakers, is expected. More information may be found at

Consideration of applications and interviews will occur beginning October 15th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. If the position is not filled prior to the ASSA meetings, interviews may be conducted there.

Applications must include the following: CV, cover letter, and writing sample. Please also provide the names and contact information for at least three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit reference letters from your contacts within the employment system.

For more information about the Economics department visit and visit for the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise or contact Professor Charles Courtemanche ().

Over the last 95 years, UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics has been preparing principled leaders for the global economy, producing high quality, influential research, and supporting economic growth in Kentucky and beyond. Accredited by the AACSB, Gatton proudly offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional business and economics degrees and certificates. We are housed in a recently renovated 220,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility where the college accommodates the fastest growing enrollment on UK’s campus, expected to reach over 4,000 Students by fall of 2019. Through teaching, research, and outreach, the Gatton College has a direct, tangible influence on the lives of Kentucky’s citizens and people around the world.

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