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 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 application period for the 2021-2022 fellowship runs through May 7. 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

lukas leucht

2021-2022 Fellow

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

2021-2022 Fellow

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

2021-2022 Runner-up

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.


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