September 2015 (Volume 11 Number 1)

This year's conference in Paris was another great success, thanks to the local organisers and the cooperating weather. We are extremely grateful to the local organisers, Anne-Celia Disdier, Lionel Fontagné, Tonia Lastapis, Sandra Poncet, Agnieszka Rusinowska, Frank van Tongeren and all their colleagues for their efforts in making the conference run so smoothly. The conference team did a superb job and we are grateful to the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.and the local sponsors for their support.

ETSG and the WTO

The cooperation between the ETSG and the WTO continues. The 7th WTO Essay award has been awarded to Christoph Boehm (University of Michigan), Aaron Flaaen (Federal Reserve Board of Governors) and Nitya Pandalai-Nayar (University of Michigan). Aaron Flaaen received the award and presented the paper in a plenary session at the ETSG2015 Conference in Paris. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the WTO in the coming years.

ETSG and Review of World Economics

It is a pleasure to announce that the Review of World Economics (ROWE) has decided to award an annual prize for the best paper by young economists presented at ETSG conferences. The first such prize was awarded to Jens Wrona (Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics) during the ETSG Conference 2015 in Paris. We look forward to continuing this newly established collaboration with ROWE in the coming years.

Late wthdrawals from the conference

We continue to encounter problems with presenters not turning up at the conference, sometimes giving us little or no notice of the changes in their plans. We understand that there can be last-minute professional or personal emergencies that necessitate withdrawing from the conference. However, sometimes registered participants simply do not turn up or withdraw without explanation very close to the conference. In such cases, we are unable to reschedule the programme, denying participants on the waiting list the opportunity to present their work. Rest assured that we are keeping track of such occurrences! As competition for presentation slots is becoming increasingly intense (as the ETSG Conference in Paris clearly demonstrated since we received almost 550 submissions!), in future we may have to take into account these "no shows" in deciding upon which papers to accept.



ETSG 2016 Helsinki

Next year's conference will be held in Helsinki from the afternoon of Thursday, 8 September to the evening of Saturday, 10 September. This conference will be organised by Pertti Haaparanta. A Call for Papers will be issued early in 2016 and details will be posted on the ETSG website.

ETSG 2017 and beyond

We would like to thank all the people that expressed an interest in hosting a future ETSG conference. At the moment, we have confirmed that Florence will host the ETSG conference in 2017 and we are in active negotiations for ETSG2018 and ETSG2019. The Scientific Committee met in Paris 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 six 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.