NET 2015 Call

New Economic Talent 2015 Call

Have you recently written an interesting paper in any area of economics? Do you (or did 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 and tickets to CERGE-EI special events. Get feedback from leading economic scholars and gain ideas and contacts for your future research.

In our second annual New Economic Talent Competition, 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.

The New Economic Talent 2015 contest is under the auspices of the US Embassy in Prague.


The competition is open to current bachelor’s and master’s students (full-time or part-time) or bachelor’s and master’s graduates (up to two years after graduation) in any field, who are interested in contemporary economic issues and wish to better understand the forces and processes that ‘shape the world’. Please read NET conditions for details. 

Participation: international

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

Language: English

Deadline for submission: 28 February, 2015

Number of rounds: 2

First round: electronic submission of a completed paper (10 to 50 pages; 18,000-90,000 characters including spaces) and an extended abstract (1-2 pages; 1,800-3,600 characters including spaces)

First-round results: within 3 weeks after the deadline

Second round: presentation at CERGE-EI, Prague (up to 5 finalists), late May

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

Prize: 1,000 USD and access to an international network of top economists (through attendance at events such as the Global Development Network conference, the Distinguished Speaker Series or the Graduation Gala).

How to Submit Your Paper:

  • Prepare the documents.
    - Format: please submit MS Word or similar text editor files only (not PDFs).
    - Length of the paper must be between 10 and 50 pages (18,000—90,000 characters including spaces) in total, including the text body, footnotes, charts, graphs, and bibliography (charts or graphs included as images count as 900 characters). The length of the abstract must be between 1 and 2 pages (1,800 and 3,600 characters including spaces). The extended abstract does not count toward the page limit of the paper. All texts must be written in English and should not include your personal and contact details.
  • Submit our online registration form.
  • Send the paper and its extended abstract to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please try to limit its size to 3 MB.

Further details: please see NET Conditions

Download: NET 2015 Call for Papers, NET 2015 poster

If you are interested in studying at CERGE-EI, our Master of Arts in 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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