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Young economists’ competition

Applications for the young economists’ competition 2020 are now closed.

Young economists can play an important role in shaping the future of Europe, and this competition gives them the chance to share their fresh perspectives on today’s challenges.

Every year we invite young economists to enter our research competition. Finalists are invited to the annual ECB Forum on Central Banking, and the overall winner is awarded €10,000.

Who can participate?

Students of any nationality who are currently enrolled in a PhD programme in economics or finance are invited to participate. Applications from female candidates are particularly welcome.

Students currently employed by, or collaborating with, the ECB or a national central bank within the European System of Central Banks are not eligible. Co-authors of eligible papers should either be students or have completed their PhD no more than five years ago.

Young economists’ competition 2020

Applicants to this year’s competition were invited to submit papers addressing this years’ theme: “Central banks in a shifting world”.

The ten selected finalists will present a poster detailing their research to policymakers, top academics and market economists from around the world at the ECB Forum on 11 and 12 November. A panel of senior ECB staff and top academics will assess the posters, taking into account votes cast by Forum participants. The winner will be announced by ECB President Christine Lagarde during the conference and will be awarded a prize of €10,000.

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Watch an interview with 2019 winner Leslie Sheng Shen