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European Job Market for Economists

The EEA will launch the first European Job Market, on December 6-7 2018, in Naples, Italy. The Job Market will take place immediately after the Econometric Society Winter Meetings (ESWM). Participating candidates will be interviewed by institutions from all over Europe, including universities, business schools, research centres and central banks.

Please view this video to see what it is about.


What is the Job Market?

The initiative follows the model of the Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) meetings and evolves in four phases:

  1. Employers post job offers on a centralized platform and candidates submit their “packages” (constituted by their research output and reference letters). This occurs in October-early November.
  2. Recruiters review the packages and form shortlists of candidates to be invited for a preliminary screening through face to face interviews.
  3. The interview phase takes place in Naples on December 6-7, 2018. The EEA will facilitate the logistics by renting interview rooms in the conference hotel and setting up interview booths in the venue of the congress.
  4. The candidates who pass the interview stage are invited for “flyouts” where they give seminars in the host institutions and meet with the local faculty. The preferred candidates are offered a job.

While most of the time on December 6 and 7 will be devoted to job interviews, the EEA has organized the following events:

  • Social dinner (joint with ESWM): December 5, 20:00 onwards, Roof Garden, Royal-Continental Hotel, Via Partenope, 38/44, 80121, Naples
  • • Educational session “How to Navigate the Job Market”: December. 6, 12:30-14:00, Centro Congressi Federico II.  Speaker: TBC
  • Invited lecture “Title TBA”: December 7, 11:30-13:00.  Speaker: Jean Tirole

These events are open to all who are registered as candidates and interviewing institutions.


Why a European Job Market?
Under the current system, some European institutions recruit in the US job market, some participate in the local job markets in Spain or in the UK, and many do not participate in any international job market. For the latter group, attending the existing markets is too costly relative to their perceived ability to identify candidates who would realistically accept a job.

A pan-European job market will provide a thicker and better functioning platform that can take advantage of economies of scale, move beyond national borders and make connections that would not otherwise happen.

The advantages will be:

a) Higher quality matches between candidates and European institutions. Employers will be able to interview a larger set of candidates and with a signal that these students are indeed serious applicants interested in working in Europe. A key gain will be to get more universities to hire on the international market.

b) Better placement of PhD students from European universities. While the very best students from the very best institutions would presumably still get offers through the ASSA job market, a large fraction of students would get access to jobs that they would not otherwise know about or be selected for.

We want to strive for the highest quality research we can achieve here in Europe - and one key way to do that is to have better matching of bright young economists with universities and research institutions.  As economists, we spend a lot of time analyzing markets and how to make them work better - now we’re turning our focus on better design for a market that is central to all of our professional lives - the EEA job market will provide a new impetus to the European economic research community, further stimulating cutting edge scientific work with great potential for impact.


Institutions Signed Up So Far....

The following institutions have committed to participate (in alphabetical order):


  • Berlin
  • Bocconi
  • Bonn
  • Düsseldorf (DICE)
  • Frankfurt
  • London School of Economics
  • Mannheim
  • Munich
  • Napoli Federico II
  • Oslo
  • Toulouse School of Economics
  • University College London
  • Vienna
  • Zurich

Central banks

  • Bank of Italy
  • Bank of Spain

Research centres

  • Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF)


How to Sign Up

If you are an INSTITUTION wishing to interview, please fill in the application form here and send it to asap:

If you are a Job Market candidate, please note that you have to be a member of the EEA to take part.
There are 2 ways to register:
(a) For current EEA members: Through your EEA membership profile page. Please log in to your EEA membership page and click on JOB MARKET, which appears in the blue box on the right-hand side of webpage. Please follow the payment instructions
(b) For expired members or new members: Please choose the fee “One year Student membership (JEEA online access only) with JOB MARKET” on the membership category stage (for new members, this is here (LINK).



Hotel Booking

The EEA has booked a number of rooms at the Royal Continental Hotel at a reduced rate. To book the room, please download the booking form here (COMING SOON) and send it directly to the hotel. The hotel will then confirm your booking directly with you.

In the Google map below (COMING SOON), we have marked up other hotels within 15 minutes walking distance of the Job Market locations (Federico II Congress Centre and Royal Continental)


Resources for PhD candidates
Under construction

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