New Economic Talent 2014: CERGE-EI Competition for University Students

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Did you recently write an interesting paper in any area of economics? Do you study math, physics or engineering, but your work has implications for economics? Submit your paper to our competition and present your ideas. Win $1,000 USD, a trip to the GDN meeting, and tickets to CERGE-EI special events. Get feedback from leading economic scholars and gain ideas and contacts for your future research.

The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) and the Nadace CERGE-EI foundation invite university students to submit their papers to the  New Economic Talent competition. The competition is open to Bachelor's and Master's students (full-time or part-time) in any field, who are interested in contemporary economic issues and wish to understand better the forces and processes that ‘shape the world’.

Please note that only students who are currently studying in a Bachelor or Master program are eligible to participate. 


Participation: international

Topic: any sub-field of economics (such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, monetary policy, public finance, theoretical economics, econometrics, behavioral economics etc.)

Number of rounds: 2

Language: English

Deadline for submission: April 15, 2014

First round: electronic submission of a completed paper (10 to 50 pages) and an extended abstract (1-2 pages)

First-round results: within 3 weeks after the deadline

Second round: presentation at CERGE-EI, Prague (3-5 finalists), the second-half of May

Criteria of evaluation: originality, substance, analytical nature, clarity of writing

Prize: $1,000 USD, a trip to one of the next Global Development Network conferences to present the winning paper (travel costs and accommodation covered), and VIP tickets to the next CERGE-EI special events, such as the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Graduation Gala


How to Submit Your Paper:

-       Prepare the documents: length of the paper must be between 10 and 50 pages (18,000-90,000 characters) in total, including the text body, footnotes, charts, graphs, and bibliography (charts or graphs included as images count for 900 characters). The length of the abstract must be between 1 and 2 pages (1,800 and 3,600 characters). The extended abstract does not count toward the page limit of the paper. Both must be written in English and should not contain your personal and contact details.

-       Submit our online registration form

-       Send the paper and its extended abstract to Please try to limit its size to 3 MB.


Further details: please see NET Conditions

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If you are interested in studying at CERGE-EI, our Masters of Applied Economics and PhD in Economics Admissions Committees generally see participation in competitions like this as reflecting positively on the applicant, no matter how the applicant performs in the competition.



New Economic Talent
P.O. Box 882
Politických vězňů 7
111 21 Prague 1
Czech Republic


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