The annual WTO Essay Award provides a prize of CHF 5,000 to the author(s) of the winning essay. In the case of a co-authored paper, the prize will be equally divided among the authors. The winning paper will be officially announced at the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group (ETSG), which is the largest conference specializing in international trade. The award ceremony will take place in September 2017 in Florence, Italy. The winning author(s) will receive funding to attend the meeting.
An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper. The panel comprises:
- Professor Avinash Dixit (Princeton University)
- Professor Robert Staiger (Dartmouth College)
- Professor Alberto Trejos (INCAE Business School).
Dr Robert Koopman (Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO Secretariat) is ex officio member of the panel. Dr Roberta Piermartini (Chief, Trade Cost Analysis Section, WTO) coordinates the work of the selection panel.
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.
- 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).
Essays must be submitted by 2 June 2017. The Economic Research and Statistics Division of the WTO Secretariat will shortlist eligible papers by 16 June 2017 and the selection panel will take a final decision by 14 July 2017. Only the author(s) of short-listed essays will be notified.
The winning essay will be published in the WTO Working Paper Series and it is the responsibility of the author(s) to endeavour to secure publication of the contribution in a journal.
All submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format:
1. the essay
2. the CV of the author(s), specifying (i) current affiliation(s), (ii) the academic institution awarding the PhD, (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the PhD, (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).