2023 Summer School

We recently completed our second annual 2023 Summer School in Political Economy, "Political Economy for a Changing World."  This year's iteration ran from August 16 through 18, 2023, at University of California, Berkeley, USA.  Please see below for more information about the schedule---more details will be added as we approach the school---and please see this link for schedules, slides, and photos from 2022.  We will have details about the 2024 ACES Summer School available online in January, so please check our website and social media channels (or update your ACES membership in order to get on the mailing list).

Attendees and faculty at the 2023 ACES Summer School at UC Berkeley, August 16 - 18.


Weak state capacity, challenges in nation building, and political polarization hamper the ability of developing and developed economies to adapt and respond to the ever-changing global landscape. These challenges raise questions that political economy scholars are exceptionally well suited to answer. This 2.5-day summer school will expose graduate students to cutting-edge research in political economy, economic history, and development economics, and offer students a unique opportunity to interact with mentors.

Schedule (updated august 16)

The ACES Summer School events will take place in Chou Hall, rooms N340 and N344 (Google map).  August 16 and 17 will be organized in this way:

August 16: Political Economy Meets History

Instructors: Saumitra Jha (Stanford), Ruixue Jia (UCSD), Guo Xu (UC Berkeley)

August 17: Political Economy Meets Development

Instructors: Sara Lowes (UCSD), Jonathan Weigel (UC Berkeley), Mike Callen (LSE)

August 18: Keynote — Political Polarization in a Changing World, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote speaker: Francesco Trebbi (UC Berkeley)

Application Information

ACES is recruiting applications from PhD students interested in political economy, economic history, and development economics. The Association aims to have a 20- student cohort, and encourages those from developing countries to attend in-person or virtually. ACES is pleased to pay for meals and accommodation for students selected to participate. To apply, please submit a one-page research outline to Brian Deutsch, Coordinator of Membership Services, at briandeutsch@pitt.edu. Applications received by April 15, 2023 will receive priority. Those accepted will be responsible for arranging their own visas, if needed, so please be mindful of this when applying.

about ACES

The Association for Comparative Economic Studies (ACES) is the leading scholarly organization for the support of comparative economic studies. Its world-wide membership includes academics, economists and political scientists employed by international agencies, governments and private firms and banks as well as policy makers. The purpose of the Association is to provide scholarly exchange among persons interested in comparative studies of economic systems, institutions, and economic performance and development and to further the growth of research and instruction on these topics.

ACES supports scholars through several initiatives, including this Summer School, the ACES Dissertation Research Fellowship. and support for annual ASSA meeting participation, among other areas.  Consider supporting ACES through an annual membership.