Remembering Dr. Oleh Havrylyshyn
The Association for Comparative Economic Studies was saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Oleh Havrylyshyn, an especially active member of the field and the association. To supplement the many wonderful tributes online, ACES is sharing memories from its members.
To add your remembrances, please email Brian Deutsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Papers: Asia Economic Community Forum, Nov. 4 - 5September 3, 2021
The Asia Economic Community Forum will be held in hybrid form, in person and via Zoom, this year. The Forum brings together academics and policymakers to discuss themes relevant to Asian cooperation and integration in a global context. The theme of the Forum this year is Escaping from the Age of Hyper-Uncertainty.
Keynote speakers will be Professor Christian Dreger (Europa-Universität Viadrina) and Professor Arvind Panagariya (Columbia University).
As in past years, the Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) will organize a panel at the Forum (via Zoom) dealing with the Asian economic integration, the role of Asia in the global economy, and emerging trends in Asian economic development. We invite interested authors to submit their papers for consideration for inclusion in the ACES panel. Authors of papers selected for the ACES panel will receive an honorarium of $1000 if they subsequently submit their papers for publication in the Forum’s journal, Asia and the Global Economy and the Forum will cover their publication costs.
Interested authors should submit either a complete paper or an extended abstract to Professor Josef Brada at Josef.Brada@asu.edu. Decisions will be made on a first-come-first-served basis until the panel is full.
Statement of ACES Leadership on 2022 ASSA Conference Sessions July 13, 2021
2021-2022 Roland Fellowship winners announcedJune 23, 2021
The selection committee (Elizabeth Brainerd, Georgy Egorov, Scott Rozelle, Noam Yuchtman, and Yuriy Gorodnichenko) for the Gerard Roland fellowship generously funded by the ACES received and reviewed a strong pool of applications. With the approval of the ACES Executive Committee, two fellowships are awarded to recognize the unique circumstances and hardships this year due to the COVID19 crisis. The committee is delighted to announce two winners: Lydia Assouad (PSE) and Lukas Leucht (Berkeley). The committee also recognizes Awa Ambra Seck (Harvard) with an honorable mention and provides her with a research fund. Congratulations!
Lukas Leucht is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Business & Public Policy group of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to Berkeley, Lukas earned undergraduate degrees in economics and philosophy from the University of Munich and a master’s degree in economics from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He also spent a year at Harvard University as a visiting undergraduate student and worked as a research assistant at the University of Zurich. His research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, economic history, development, and labor economics. His current work focuses on the historical development of the United States. He is collecting novel archival data to study when individuals transition from relying on informal institutions like the family or immigrant networks to formal government programs. His research aims to shed light on how this transition interacts with economic development, the organization of electoral politics, the distribution of public goods, and social mobility.
Lydia Assouad is a Ph.D. candidate at the Paris School of Economics and was 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 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 with a regional focus on the Middle East. In her current work, she studies the effects of the nation-building policies implemented in Turkey in the 1920s on economic and political 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.
Awa Ambra Seck is a fifth year PhD student in Political Economy. She received her master in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University and, prior to that, she received her Bachelor from the University of Turin. She’s a Collegio Carlo Alberto Alumna and a Marco Fanno Foundation Alumna.
Her research focuses on the interdependence of culture and economic incentives. On the one hand, she is interested on how the different cultural characteristics of ethnic group in Sub-Saharan Africa persist and shape economic decisions. On the other hand, she is trying to understand what are the historical determinants of international outmigration and its economic impact in francophone North and West Africa.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Joint NBU-NBP 2021 Annual Research ConferenceFebruary 9, 2021
A call for papers has gone out for the Joint National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and Narodowy Bank Polski (NBP) 2021 Annual Research Conference. "The Policy Toolkit for a World in Flux" will be held on June 10 and 11, 2021, in a hybrid format. The submission deadline is March 14, 2021.
Today’s increasing complex economic and social challenges are reflected in the delicate balancing acts required to tackle structural issues of national scope against pressures from global factors. The 6th annual research conference jointly organized by the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) and Narodowy Bank Polski (NBP) will focus on reviewing the effectiveness of traditional policy making strategies and tools and evaluation of possible alternatives in both monetary and fiscal areas.
The two-day event will feature keynotes, policy panels and presentations of research papers in a blended on-line/on-site format. Confirmed keynote speakers are Alan Blinder (Princeton University) and Mikhail Golosov (University of Chicago).
REMARKS FROM GERARD ROLAND AT 2021 ACES PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESSJanuary 6, 2021
Gerard Roland, for whom an annual ACES Dissertation Fellowship is named, spoke at the 2021 ACES Presidential Address on the first fellowship recipient, Brian Wheaton of Harvard University:
Now accepting applications for 2021-2022 Gerard Roland dissertation FellowshipJanuary 4, 2021
ACES is pleased to again offer its Gerard Roland Dissertation Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are now accepting applications through May 7, 2021.
To encourage research on comparative economics and to recognize the fundamental contributions of Gerard Roland to the field, the Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) has established the Gerard Roland Pre-Doctoral Dissertation fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded for a one-year period. The selection panel consists of Yuriy Gorodnichenko (University of California, Berkeley; chair), Elizabeth Brainerd (Brandeis University), Georgy Egorov (Northwestern University), Scott Rozelle (Stanford University) and Noam Yuchtman (London School of Economics). The panel will assess each applicant’s potential to make an important contribution to key questions in comparative economics. The panel will also strive to recruit a diverse group of award recipients, including, to the extent possible, individuals from under-represented minority groups and from a variety of academic institutions.
Fellowship recipients are expected to pursue academic research that is primarily related to:
i) development/transition economics; ii) comparative institutions; iii) political economy; and
iv) economics of culture. Other topics emphasizing theory, methods or implications of comparative economics are accepted too. Students working in related fields are encouraged to apply.
One fellowship will be awarded for the academic year 2021-2022. The fellowship will provide a stipend of $35,000 and, $5,000 to support the costs of data acquisition and travel to research meetings, and will cover the fellow’s tuition at his or her home institution, up to a limit of $14,000 for the academic year. Fellows may choose to reduce their stipend to fund a larger data purchase or other research support. Awards will be announced by the end of June 15, 2021. Fellows will be expected, to the extent possible, to make data collected for their research publicly available.
To be eligible for fellowship support, an applicant must be enrolled as a full-time Ph.D. student at an accredited college or university, and must have advanced to dissertation candidacy status by the start of the fellowship period. The ACES strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans.
For more information, and instructions on how to apply, please see the Call for Applications.
ACES announces end to submission fees for its two journalsJanuary 4, 2021
Effective 2021, ACES has ended the submission fee system for its two journals, Comparative Economic Studies and Journal for Comparative Economic Studies. From summer 2019 through December 2020, ACES required authors to either pay a submission fee or become an ACES member. However, starting January 2021, authors are no longer required to join the Association or pay a submission fee to the publishers. We anticipate this will encourage more engagement and greater participation. Please contact the ACES Coordinator of Membership Services, Brian Deutsch, with any questions or concerns.
Online teaching series “Empirical and Theoretical Directions in Comparative Economics, Development and Institutions,” January 6 and 7, 2021.December 8, 2020
International conference on gender economics "Rethinking gender: Economic and social costs of gender inequality” December 4, 2020
call for papers: "The State of black america"November 10, 2020
The Center for Urban Renewal and Education shares a Call for Papers on "The State of Black America," particularly with relevance to comparative economics.
In the projected “State of Black America” report these organizations aim to explore the latest scholarship into the character, shape, and tendencies of life in the United States for black Americans. The report will be truly comprehensive in scope, covering economics, history, culture, legal contexts, education, health care, religion, and political efficacy. It will highlight the interaction between public policies and community development, and it welcomes research at the micro and macro levels of analysis, quantitative and qualitative. The target audience is scholars, as well as policy-makers and practitioners, including clergy leaders on the front lines of black communities.
Please refer to the full Call for Papers for more information. The deadline is December 20, 2020.
2020 Montias Prize announcedOctober 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 conferenceJuly 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
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
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: https://comparative-economics-webinar.netlify.app/
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
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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)
2019 BERGSON PRIZE ANNOUNCED
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. PryorSeptember 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.
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.
THANK YOU FOR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE
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.