Education and Financial Support

The Association for Comparative Economic Studies is pleased to offer opportunities and support to scholars at all points in their academic careers.

The ACES Dissertation Fellowship, launched for the 2020-2021 academic year, supports an emerging scholar in the field with a generous stipend and travel fund as they complete their dissertation. The selection committee consists of Elizabeth Brainerd (Brandeis University), Georgy Egorov (Northwestern University), Scott Rozelle (Stanford University), and Noam Yuchtman (London School of Economics). The application period for the 2022-2023 fellowship runs through April 15, 2022. Please review the Call for Applications for more details.

The ACES is also offers 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.

Additional initiatives to support members and scholars will be posted here and to our member list throughout the year. If you are not yet a member, please complete the membership form and submit your annual dues here.

current aces dissertation fellows

Vitaliia Yaremko

2022-2023 Fellow

Vitaliia Yaremko is a Ph.D. candidate in the Economics Department at the University of California, Berkeley. Before starting her doctoral studies, she received her bachelor’s degree in finance at the National University of Ostroh Academy (Ostroh, Ukraine) and master’s degree in economic analysis at the Kyiv School of Economics (Kyiv, Ukraine). She works on topics of comparative economics, labor and macroeconomics, and economic history with a particular interest in how institutions, policies, past events, and macroeconomic factors shape individual behavior. In her current work, she has digitized novel archival data and uses it to study the effect of repressive collectivist policies during the Holodomor famine of 1932-33 on Ukraine’s economic development in the post-1991 period.

Miguel ortiz

2022 Research Award

Miguel Ortiz is a PhD candidate at Business & Public Policy group of the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, he earned a BA in economics at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia). His research interests lie at the intersection of political economy, development economics and behavioral economics. His main research focus is on conflict, and has done fieldwork on conflicts in the D.R. of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Colombia. His current research explores fear and spite as different drivers of ethnic and religious conflict in Nigeria, and how cultural interventions can correct misperceptions and increase inter-group cooperation.

For profiles of previous ACES Dissertation Fellowship recipients, please see this document.