Young economists’ competition 2019

The finalists from the 2018 young economists'
competition with ECB President Mario Draghi

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.

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 the challenges of today.

What will the finalists do at the Forum?

The competition finalists will have the unique opportunity to travel to the ECB Forum on Central Banking which takes place from 17-19 June in Sintra, Portugal.

Over the three days, they will present a poster, detailing their research, to senior policymakers and top academics from around the world. The winner will be announced by ECB President Mario Draghi during the conference.

“There is still a lot to learn beyond my poster and there will be a big step between academic economics, academic thinking, and real life policies that are way more complicated than solving a model.”

Mishel Ghassibe, one of the winners of the 2018 young economists’ competition

What is the theme of this year’s competition?

This year’s conference focuses on 20 years of European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). PhD students were invited to submit papers on the future of EMU, addressing subjects such as:

  • economic growth within EMU in the context of globalisation and digitalisation
  • the impact of demographic changes and migration on economic growth within EMU
  • macroeconomic convergence within EMU

Papers on other topics relevant for central banking (including sustainable finance, financial stability, banking regulation and supervision, and how climate change could impact central bank decision-making) could also be submitted.

How are the finalists selected?

The application phase for this year’s competition is over. We are currently assessing the submitted papers against the following two criteria:

  1. innovative thinking and scientific merit
  2. European policy relevance

If you are a successful candidate you will be notified around the end of April 2019 and will receive further information about the ECB Forum in Sintra thereafter. The ECB will cover the selected finalists’ travel and accommodation expenses incurred as a result of attending the ECB Forum.

Impressions from the 2018 competition