Essay Award for Young Economists

The WTO established the annual WTO Essay Award for Young Economists in 2009. The award, which carries a prize of CHF 5,000, aims to promote high-quality economic research on the WTO and WTO-related issues and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.

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Winners of the Essay Award

  • 2022: Mathilde Mu˝oz (James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Center on Wealth and Income Inequality, University of California, Berkeley)
  • 2021: Tomas Dominguez-Iino (New York University) and Swapnika Rachapalli (University of Toronto)
  • 2020: Xiang Ding (Harvard University)
  • 2019: Jan Bakker (Oxford University) and Federico Huneeus (Princeton University)
  • 2018: Alonso de Gortari (Harvard University)
  • 2017: Meredith Startz (Princeton University)
  • 2016: Matthieu Bellon (Columbia University)
  • 2015: Christoph Boehm (University of Michigan), Aaron Flaaen (Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington D.C.) and Nitya Pandalai-Nayar (University of Michigan)
  • 2014: Jonathan Dingel (Columbia University) and Claudia Steinwender (LSE)
  • 2013: Felix Tintelnot (Princeton University)
  • 2012: Treb Allen (Yale University)
  • 2011: Rafael Dix-Carneiro (University of Maryland) and Kyle Handley (Stanford University)
  • 2010: Dave Donaldson (MIT) and Olena Ivus (Queen's University)
  • 2009: Ralph Ossa (University of Chicago). The runner-up was Mostafa Beshkar (University of New Hampshire)



The paper must address issues related to trade policy and international trade co-operation. The author(s) of the paper must possess or be engaged in the completion of a PhD degree and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a PhD defence. In the case of co-authored papers, this requirement shall apply to all authors. In addition, to be considered for the Award, essays cannot exceed 15,000 words.

“I think it's incredibly useful for economists and young researchers to meet policymakers and to talk about these very important issues, to connect research to people who try to implement trade policy and understand what are the actual problems and what the negotiations are about. I would encourage all young economists, in particular women and people from underdeveloped countries, to apply to this award”.

Mathilde Muñoz, Winner, WTO Essay Award for Young Economists (2022)