2020 Montias Prize announced

October 12, 2020

ACES is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Montias Prize, given bianually to the best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Economics over the past two years. This year two papers received this honor: "Testing Legal Origins Theory with France: Customary Laws versus Roman Code” by David le Bris and "The Great Divergence in South Africa: Population and Wealth Dynamics over Two Centuries” by Dieter von Fintel and Johan Fourie. The papers were selected unanimously by the ACES review committee and approved, again unanimously, by the ACES Board. We heartily congratulate the winners!

Call for Papers: Asia Economic Community Forum 2020

As in past years, the Association for Comparative Economic Studies is organizing a panel of research papers on the theme of the Forum. This year's forum will be held virtually, via Zoom, from Incheon, South Korea, with the theme "Asia and the Asian Economic Community in the Age of Hyper-Uncertainty." Please review the Call for Papers and, if interested, submit your proposal to Josef Brada by October 15, 2020.

announcing stipends for 2021 sioe conference

July 7, 2020

The ACES is pleased to announce a stipend for ACES members to attend the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics annual conference, tentatively scheduled for Summer 2021 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. These stipends will be awarded in honor of Josef Brada for his many decades of service to the field as a scholar, editor and Executive Secretary of the ACES.

The SIOE conference deals with themes at the core of the ACES mission including culture, history, institutions, political economy and transition. Thus, the ACES will provide a $1,200 conference stipend payable after the conference to fifteen members who present a paper. If the constraint of fifteen is binding, we will give priority to younger ACES members. Please check our page and our mailing list later for details about the 2021 conference and a Call for Papers.

2020-2021 fellowship announcement

May 29, 2020

ACES is pleased to announce Brian Wheaton, PhD candidate at Harvard University, as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Gerard Roland Pre-Dissertation Fellowship. Lydia Assouad, of the Paris School of Economics, was named this year's runner-up. On behalf of the Association and the review committee (Yuri Gorodnichenko, chair; Betsy Brainerd; Georgy Egorov; Scott Rozelle; and, Noam Yutchtman), a sincere congratulations to Brian and Lydia.

Brian Wheaton is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at Harvard University. Brian grew up in Northern California, first attending community college at College of Marin and then transferring to UC Berkeley, where he received his B.A. and wrote his senior thesis on the importance of structural change as a necessary condition for growth in the Soviet economy, advised by Gerard Roland. His research focuses on political economy, cultural economics, transition economies, and empirical macroeconomics. In particular, some of Brian's current projects empirically explore the effects of laws on cultural beliefs/attitudes and the phenomenon of backlash against laws, the effects of corporal punishment in schools on later-life social and economic outcomes, the macroeconomic effects of the flat tax reforms passed in various transition economies from the 1990s through the 2010s, and the implications of price controls/minimum wages for the functioning of monetary policy.

Lydia Assouad is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Paris School of Economics and a Visiting Student at the Economics Department at Harvard University. She studied mathematics and humanities, including economics, history and sociology at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay in France and earned her M.Sc. in economic policy analysis at the Paris School of Economics, where she wrote her thesis on income and wealth inequality in the Middle East under the supervision of Thomas Piketty. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, economic history, development economics and cultural economics. In her current work, she empirically studies the effects of the nation-building policies implemented in Turkey in the 1920s on development. She is interested in understanding the determinants of a successful transition from a fragmented society to a nation-state, the relative importance of different tools used by a state to spread a common identity, and the conditions under which they succeed or unravel.

Comparative Economics Webinar (CEW) series

May 7, 2020

The Comparative Economic Studies journal is pleased to announce the launch of a new online seminar series: the Comparative Economics Webinar (CEW).

Organised by Nauro Campos (UCL and Editor in Chief, Comparative Economic Studies) and Michael Ganslmeier (Oxford University), CEW features recent research from outstanding scholars in the field of comparative economics (many of whom are members of CES Editorial Board). CEW is a weekly series of academic presentations that takes place on Wednesdays, starting May 6 2020 at 4.30 PM London (11.30 AM New York) via Zoom.

You are cordially invited to participate but please note that registration is required (places are limited and allocated on a “first come, first served” basis)

Full program and registration details:


06 May 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"3G Internet and Confidence in Government"

Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po)

13 May 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"Structural Reforms and Elections: Evidence from a World-Wide New Dataset"

Davide Furceri (IMF)

20 May 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

Paper Title TBC

James Robinson (Chicago)

27 May 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"Will the EU survive?"

Enrico Spolaore (Tufts)

03 June 2020 at noon London / 7.00AM New York

"German Division and Reunification and the "Effects" of Communism"

Sascha Becker (Monash)

10 June 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"Measuring Textual Sophistication in Specific Domains Using Machine Learning"

Kenneth Benoit (LSE)

5 June 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"Populism and Economic Decline"

Moritz Schularick (Bonn)

17 June 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"The Brexit Vote and Labour Demand: Evidence from Online Job Postings"

Beata Javorcik (Oxford)

24 June 2020 at 4.30PM London / 11.30AM New York

"The Democratic Scar of Epidemics"

Barry Eichengreen (Berkeley)

L-to-R: Nadia Doytch (CUNY, ACES Board Member), Dan Berkowitz (Pitt, ACES Executive Secretary), Dubravko Mihaljek (BIS, recipient of ACES's 2019 Bergson Prize), Paul Wachtel (NYU, ACES Board Member), and Nauro Campos (UCL, editor in chief of Comparative Economic Studies)


January 7, 2020

ACES is pleased to announce the winner of the Bergson Prize, Dubravko Mihaljek and his paper "Convergence in Central and Eastern Europe: Can All Get to EU Average?" The Bergson Prize is named after Abram Bergson, a pioneer of comparative economics, and is awarded bi-annually to the paper judged by ACES to be the best published in Comparative Economic Studies in the preceding two years.

Passing of dr. Frederick L. Pryor

September 12, 2019

ACES was sad to hear news of Dr. Frederick L. Pryor's passing. Dr. Pryor was a Professor Emeritus of Economics at Swarthmore College and a longtime member of ACES. Please read more of his life and legacy via Swarthmore College, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Introduction of Submission Fees for JCE

June 28, 2019

From July 1, authors who wish to submit to the Journal of Comparative Economics will be required to either join ACES or pay a submission fee. From the publisher:

As of July 1st, 2019, the Journal of Comparative Economics will charge a nonrefundable fee of US $100 for new submissions. Please note that for authors from European countries, the relevant VAT amount will be added to the submission fee. Submission fees will be waived for the members of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies upon presentation of a membership proof. Submission fees will be used to support journal activities.

We continue to encourage authors and economists to take this opportunity to join ACES for the year and connect with our community of scholars.

Find us on Facebook

June 4, 2019

ACES has a new Facebook page: We will be posting news, announcements, and other items here; feel free to join and follow!

montias prizes announced

The winners of the J. Michael Montias Prize were announced at the Annual Members' Meeting on January 5, 2019. The Montias Prize is given to the best paper published in the Journal of Comparative Economics over the past two years, and this year there were two papers receiving this honor: "Design and Evolution in Institutional Development: The Insignificance of English Bill of Rights" by Peter Murrell, and "The clan and the corporation: Sustaining cooperation in China and Europe" by Avner Greif and Guido Tabellini.

Gerard Roland, Josef Brada, Nauro Campos, Robbie Brada, and Daniel Berkowitz at the ACES Annual Members' Meeting on January 5, 2019. The journal editors presented the Bradas with plaques recognizing their ACES careers.


At the ACES Annual Members' Meeting on January 5, 2019, Josef Brada and Robbie Brada officially stepped down as Executive Secretary and Coordinator for Membership Services of the ACES after 22 years (!!!) of stewardship and service. Joe and Robbie set up a governance structure exhibiting transparency and integrity; they left us with nine slots for presentations during the annual ASSA meetings; they worked hard to improve the quality of our journals and, they left us in terrific financial shape. We wish them the best in their well deserved retirement and look forward to seeing them.