CALL FOR PAPERS: Joint NBU-NBP 2021 Annual Research Conference

February 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).

Please see the full call for papers for more information.


January 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 Fellowship

January 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 journals

January 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

Professor Noam Yuchtman, London School of Economics and Incoming President of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies, will give the first set of lectures on January 6, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm EST, and will meet participants during six breakout sessions.

Professor Georgy Egorov, Northwestern University, and Professor Konstantin Sonin, University of Chicago, will give the first set of lectures on January 7, 2021, 10 am – 4 pm EST, and will meet with participants during four breakout sessions.

The sessions are free and open to the public, though registration is required. To register, please contact Brian Deutsch, Membership Director of the ACES to specify which dates you wish to attend:

For the details of the lectures, see the attached schedule.


December 3, 2020

ACES members voted overwhelmingly in November to confirm Noam Yuchtman as the new President-Elect and Ruixue Jia as the newest Board Member. Both will begin their terms in January 2021.

International conference on gender economics "Rethinking gender: Economic and social costs of gender inequality”

December 4, 2020

International conference on gender economics "Rethinking gender: Economic and social costs of gender inequality

The FREE Network - the Forum for Research On Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies and Kyiv School of Economics are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the international conference on gender economics "Rethinking gender: Economic and social costs of gender inequality" that will be held online in late March-mid April, 2021 (the exact date will be announced upon keynote speaker’s confirmation). Papers presented at the conference will be eligible for consideration for a special issue of Comparative Economic Studies. Submissions must be original and should not have been published previously or be under consideration for publication while being evaluated for this conference.

Papers should explicitly relate to the economic and social costs of gender inequality. Topics of interest for submission include, but are not limited to:

· COVID-19 and gender equality

· Gender and labor market outcomes

· Gender and political empowerment

· Gender aspects of financial inclusion

· Intra-household choices

We particularly seek participants who do research on gender issues at the institutions based in Eastern Europe or conduct research on gender issues related to populations in Eastern Europe. Important Dates: Conference dates: Late March-Mid April Deadline for extended abstract submissions: January 5, 2021. Notification of acceptance: February 1,2021. Full-paper submission deadline, for accepted abstracts: March 1,2021



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 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.

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.