ETSG conferences are open to any researcher with an interest in international trade issues. Everyone can submit a paper for presentation.


21st Annual Conference
12-14 September 2019
University of Bern,
                                                         World Trade Institute


This is the twenty-first conference in what is now the largest (and friendliest) annual conference on international trade in the world.

ETSG 2019 is being hosted by the University of Bern, World Trade Institute in Bern (Switzerland). Information about exact location (i.e. Eventfabrik Bern, FabrikHalle 12, Fabrikstrasse 12, 3012 Bern) and hotels is available here.

 Prize for young economists awarded by RoWE
We are very pleased to announce that the Review of World Economics (ROWE) will award the fourth annual prize for young economists at the ETSG Conference 2019 in Bern. The selected paper will receive €1,000 and the possibility to be published in ROWE. Only papers presented at the ETSG 2019 Conference (co-)authored by young economists (i.e. within 2 years of PhD completion) will be eligible. Authors of accepted papers will be informed of the procedure to submit their paper for consideration. Previous winners are listed in the Award Winners page.

Prize awarded by the WTO
We are very pleased to announce that the WTO will award the eleventh annual WTO Essay Award for Young Economists at the ETSG 2019 in Bern. The deadline for submission (through the WTO website) is May 31, 2019; more details are available on the WTO website. Prevoius winners are listed in the Award Winners page.

Presentation facilities
All of the rooms being used for sessions are equipped with overhead projectors and data projectors connected to personal computers. Powerpoint and Acrobat software will be installed on all machines. If you wish to use a data projector, please bring your presentation on a USB memory stick. Files can be loaded onto the computers during the breaks. Due to time pressure within sessions, it will not be possible to connect your own laptop to the projectors.

Conference schedule
Please note that this year’s conference will begin just after lunchtime on Thursday 12 September and will end late in the afternoon of Saturday 14 September. Please plan on attending the entire conference.

Please remember that all participants, regardless of whether they present papers, will be required to pay a fee for attending the conference. This has been set at €70. Notice that this is only a fraction of the per capita cost, but will help in keeping ETSG conferences viable.

Local Organizers:
Joseph Francois and Margrit Vetter.


3 May 2019:
conference submissions due.

21 June 2019:
successful authors will be notified (list accepted papers).

31 July 2019:
deadline for conference registration and submission of full paper; REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED