October 2021 (Volume 15 Number 1)

After a forced break of a year due to the pandemic, this year's conference in Ghent took place in hybrid format, with some participants taking part (i.e., presenting and attending) online. This set-up was dictated by the circumstances but it worked quite well. We are all very grateful to Bruno, Glenn, and the team of local organisers for delivering at the highest level in such difficult conditions. Thanks to all of them and the University of Ghent for their organisation effort and hospitality.

ETSG and the WTO

The cooperation between the ETSG and the WTO continues. The 13th WTO Essay award has been awarded to Tomas Dominguez-Iino of New York University and Swapnika Rachapalli of the University of Toronto who presented their work during the first plenary session of the conference. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the WTO in the coming years.

ETSG and Review of World Economics

The Review of World Economics (ROWE) awarded its sixtth annual prize for the best paper by young economists presented at ETSG conferences. Haishi Li (University of Chicago) was presented with the award during the ETSG Conference 2021 in Ghent. We hope that this fruitful collaboration with ROWE will continue in the coming years.

Memorial for Peter Neary

The news of Peter Neary’s passing in June 2021 has shocked many colleagues. Peter was a driving force behind the established of the ETSG, an extraordinary academic, a friendly and approachable colleague and mentor, and will be forever missed. It was all too natural to have a memorial to remember him. Chaired by Ron Davies, the memorial included words and memories shared by Ian Wooton, Mathieu Parenti, Carsten Eckel, Alireza Naghavi, and Zuzanna Studnicka.



ETSG 2022 Groningen

Next year's conference will be held in Groningen (Netherlands) at the University of Groningen from the afternoon of Thursday, 8 September to the evening of Saturday, 10 September. This conference will be organised by Steven Brakman and Tristan Kohl. A Call for Papers will be issued early in 2022 and details will be posted on the ETSG website in due course.

ETSG 2023 and beyond

We would like to thank all the people that expressed an interest in hosting a future ETSG conference. At the moment, we are in active negotiations for ETSG2023. The Scientific Committee met in Bern to discuss future locations and plans will be announced as soon as they will be finalized. In case you are interested, we invite you to contact us to discuss the possibility of holding the conference at your Institution. Our basic requirements are that the host institution be able to:

  • provide at least seven rooms for parallel sessions

  • provide one large room for plenary sessions (capacity of >300)

  • each room must be equipped with an overhead projector, a PC, and a data projector

  • provide catering for coffee breaks and lunches

  • provide drinks and snacks for a reception on (at least) one evening

  • coordinate accommodations for participants (generally working with the local tourist board or convention agency)

If you are interested in hosting the conference please contact Ian Wooton in the first instance.