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.

aces dissertation fellows

brian wheaton

2020-2021 FELLOW

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

2020-2021 RUNNER-UP

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.