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European Economic Association Newsletter
An Update
As President of the European Economic Association (EEA), I am writing to update you about developments within the Association that have taken place since my last newsletter earlier this year.
Officer Election Results
The EEA 2019 officer elections closed at midnight on Sunday, October 8. I am pleased to announce that Silvana Tenreyro, London School of Economics, has been elected Vice-President for a term of office starting on January 1, 2019. Nava Ashraf, Martina Bjorkman Nyqvist, Maria Petrova, Dina Pomeranz, Ricardo Reis and Fabian Waldinger have been elected to the EEA Council and will sit here for a term of five years, starting on January 1, 2019.

The EEA is grateful to and publicly thanks all the economists who accepted to stand for election. It is in the interest of the EEA that its membership has a choice between good candidates.

I’d also like to inform our members that the EEA Council is represented on the EEA Executive Committee by 3 members. At the end of September, the Council elected Kalina Manova to represent them and she will join Nezih Guner and Andrea Weber as “At-Large Council member” on Executive Committee, serving for a term of 3 years. I take the occasion to thank Marco Ottaviani, whose term will end, for his excellent work and for his service to the EEA EX COMM.
Inaugural Job Market, Naples, December 6 and December 7, 2018
As has been announced to EEA members in previous newsletters, the EEA will launch a European Job Market in Naples on December 6 and December 7, immediately after the Econometric Society Winter Meetings (ESWM). This year's edition is organized in collaboration with the Centre for studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF) and the University of Naples Federico II.

The event aims at facilitating the match between employers and PhD candidates. It provides a forum for preliminary interviews between candidates and employers. With the steady improvement of academic programs in Europe, the supply of high quality PhD’s has reached a level that demands an effort to achieve scale. The new initiative aims at building an integrated market for junior positions in Europe, coordinating the many local recruiting efforts.

At this launch, we have over 105 institutions interviewing, and around 500 candidates attending. As a member of the EEA, you were asked to promote the EEA Job Market to your placement officer / person in charge of recruitment – given the numbers involved, we thank you for doing this so successfully. Now, to ensure the success of the Job Market in 2018, and in future editions, we ask you to promote the Market to graduating students at your institution. If you are a graduating student, please come along. Here are 3 good reasons for Job Market candidates to come:

1. Many European institutions are only going to the European Job Market
2. It is a strong signal that you are serious about jobs in Europe
3. You get interview experience

Full details of the Job Market can be found on the EEA homepage.
JEEA - Journal of the European Economic Association
Now in its 16th year of publication, JEEA’s strength, in terms of its impact factor, profile and the number of submissions received, continues to increase. Its excellent positioning is due to the extremely hard work and dedication of the Editors, to whom we are very grateful.

The editorial team will undergo a change at the end of this year, as the current Managing Editor, Juuso Välimäki (Aalto School of Economics), will step down. The role of Managing Editor will be undertaken by Imran Rasul (UCL), who is a current co-editor of JEEA. Imran will manage a team of five co-Editors: Paola Giuliano (UCLA Anderson School), Bård Harstad (University of Oslo – who replaces Juuso), Nicola Pavoni (Bocconi), Giovanni Peri (UC Davis) and Claudio Michelacci (EIEF – who sits for his second term). We thank them all for their hard work and dedication to JEEA and look forward to even more success for JEEA.

We take the occasion to thank Juuso for the huge amount of work and his commitment to JEEA over the last 4 years.

Additional information on JEEA will be found in the Report of JEEA Editor.
Annual Congress
This year’s congress was held in Cologne, Germany, from August 27 to 31. The scientific programme was put together by Nicola Gennaioli and Marta Reynal-Querol. Nicola and Marta did a great job and around 780 papers were presented in the many parallel contributed sessions. 8 invited sessions were organised and provided the forum for the presentation of lots of ground-breaking research.

For the keynote lectures, Jaume Ventura gave the Schumpeter lecture Sharing a Government, while Susan Athey delivered the Marshall lecture Models of Consumer Choice in Panels with Applications to Mobile Location Data. My own presidential address was entitled Aspirations, Social Norms and Development.

Estelle Cantillon, Chair of the EEA Research Committee organised a very interesting panel on recent developments and innovative mechanisms for researcher access to high quality administrative data in four different institutional contexts, and discussed the role of researchers in fostering improved access and building data-friendly infrastructure for research.

The EEA-ECB joint session focused on monetary and macro-prudential policy interactions – it brought together distinguished policy-makers and academics to discuss issues such as the appropriate institutional design of the monetary and macro-prudential policy frameworks, the effectiveness of each policy in curbing financial instability, and the scope for co-ordination of policies both within and across countries.

The programme also included several other sessions including a talk by Guido Tabellini on whether the European Union was an optimal political union, as well as mentoring and training workshops for research grant applications (with one-to-one coaching with current and past ERC grant-holders) and for job market candidates. Thanks go to Nezih Guner for organising the workshop on research grants and to the European Association for Young Economists for organising the session for job market candidates. Moreover, there was also a teaching workshop, organised by the Research Committee, attended by over 200 people, on the basics of web scraping for researchers.

A number of these sessions will be available on the EEA website / YouTube channel over the coming weeks.
EEA-ESEM Congress Manchester 2019
The 2019 EEA-ESEM Congress will take place on the University of Manchester campus, from Monday, August 26, to Friday, August 30, 2019. EEA Programme Chairs, Barbara Petrongolo (Queen Mary University of London) and Ricardo Reis (London School of Economics) are already working on the EEA scientific programme - it certainly promises to be a great congress. The Schumpeter lecture will be given by Veronica Guerrieri, while Raj Chetty will give the Marshall lecture. My thanks extend to the Local Arrangements Committee, who are putting in a lot of effort to ensure that the Congress is highly enjoyable both at an academic and social level. All information about the Congress can be found on the EEA-ESEM website. Please do check it regularly as the EEA will be publishing all information on its special sessions here too. Please follow #EEAESEM19 on Twitter for updates.

My successor, Kjetil Storesletten, is looking forward to welcoming you all there. I encourage all members to submit papers (deadline February 15, 2019) and attend the Congress. Please note that it will also be possible to submit full sessions when submitting a paper for the first time ever. Information on how to do this will be on the Congress website.
2018 Awards
The Young Economist Award, bestowed to the authors under 30 years of age or no more than 3 years past a PhD defence of outstanding papers presented during contributed sessions of the EEA annual congress, were given to Michela Carlana, Sebastian Doerr and Lukas Hensel. Further details of the award, and details of the winners and their papers, can be found here. The EEA is extremely grateful to the UniCredit Foundation for their support of this award.

In April of this year, the EEA announced that Ekaterina Zhuravskaya (Paris School of Economics) had been awarded the 2018 fourth Birgit Grodal award, awarded to a European-based female economist who has made a significant contribution to the Economics profession.

Also in April of this year, the EEA announced that the 2018 Hicks-Tinbergen medal, given to the author(s) of an outstanding article published in JEEA during the two preceding years, had been awarded to Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales for their paper Long-term Persistence (published in JEEA Volume 14 Issue 6).

More details of the awards and their selection procedure can be found here.
2019 Awards
The winner of the 2019 Yrjö Jahnsson Award in Economics, which is bestowed biennially to a European economist no older than 45 years old who has made a contribution in theoretical and applied research that is significant to economics in Europe, will be announced in early March.
The 2019 EEA-FBBVA lecture will be given by Orazio Attanasio on Friday, January 4, during the ASSA Meetings to be held in Atlanta. His lecture will be entitled Consumption Insurance in Networks with Asymmetric Informations. If you are attending the Meetings, please do go to the lecture.

The EEA thanks the Fundación BBVA for its continued support. More details of the lectures can be found here.
EEA Seed Grants
In its efforts to encourage applications for a European Research Council grant (categorized as Starting, Consolidator or Advanced) to the panel SH1 from economists affiliated with institutions in countries and regions in the lower tail of the European income distribution, the EEA will extend its Seed Grants into 2019. Each seed grant offered by the EEA, and given out when a valid application to an ERC grant is submitted, has the value of €1,000 (Euro).

All information on the EEA Seed Grant Initiative, and how to apply for it, can be found here.

I would be very grateful if you could forward this page to your colleagues within your department and to other researchers of economics within your networks who may be eligible. Our aim is reach as many eligible researchers as possible, not only to encourage them to apply for the EEA Seed Grant Initiative but to highlight the uncertain future of EU funding for economists and attempt to reverse this situation.
Women in Economics (WinE)
The WinE Committee co-organised the sixth WinE Mentoring and Networking Retreat, held before EEA-ESEM Cologne 2018. Around 45 female economists within 5 years from their PhD, the majority of whom are based in Europe, participated in the Retreat and were mentored by 10 senior female academics based in Europe. Full information on how the Retreat is organised can be found here. The EEA takes the opportunity of this newsletter to thank the co-Chairs, Emmanuelle Auriol and Paola Manzini (representing the ES), and all the mentors, for the work that they did, and The Review of Economic Studies and ECB for their generous support of the WinE Retreat.

Emmanuelle Auriol, WinE Chair, and her WinE Committee member colleague, Guido Friebel, over the past 12 months have been extremely busy working on a web scraper that tracks the identity of male and female researchers in economics and related fields, across European universities, business schools, and research institutions. Based on the gathered data, information on the job situation of female researchers will be provided to the research community and anybody interested in these data, for instance, the media. We thank Emmanuelle, Guido, and his Research Assistant, Sascha Wilhelm, for the huge amount of work they have done on this.

Emmanuelle will be stepping down from her role and the Committee at the end of this year. She will be replaced by Ingela Alger. I would like to thank Emmanuelle for her superb chairing and her foresight over the past 3 years, and to wish Ingela the best for the upcoming years. I also take the opportunity to thank the Committee for all the work they do throughout the year to support women in the economics profession.

Members of the EEA, be they female or purely interested in gender issues, are encouraged to sign up for the WinE newsletter, through which information on the “WinE Mentoring Retreat”, and other information, is diffused. Please also remember that the EEA publishes the names and research areas of its female WinE members who wish to be included in such a list. The aim of this is to support women in economics by facilitating the formation of networks and by increasing the visibility of female economists. Please do make use of this list, which is here.

For more information on the seventh Retreat, which will be held before EEA-ESEM Manchester 2019, and on the activities of WinE, please visit the dedicated website section here.
Standing Committee on Research
As mentioned in previous newsletters, Estelle Cantillon took over the chairpersonship of the Standing Committee on Research in 2017, and that the agenda of the Committee was twofold:
First, to continue the Association’s effort to encourage and support researchers to apply for an ERC grant. Second, to build on COEURE’s recommendations to work towards making Europe a data research power-house.
To this end, during EEA-ESEM Cologne, the Research Committee organised three sessions 1) Innovative Models of Data Access for Researchers; and 2) a workshop Getting Data from the Web: Scraping for Economists; and 3) the one-to-one mentoring for ERC grants
Standing Committee on Economic Education
Information on upcoming activities will be announced in the 2019 beginning of year newsletter.
Financial Position of the Association
The EEA continues to be highly dependent on the donations received from its institutional members, to whom we are extremely grateful. The role of the EEA individual member too is fundamental to ensuring that the EEA will be able to invest in activities that have not been financially possible before (for example the European Job Market). We are happy to announce that there will be no increase in the cost of individual membership for 2019. Membership fees for regular membership with online only access to JEEA will remain the same for the 11th year running. Maybe now is the perfect opportunity to ask you to check your EEA membership status. Should it have expired over the last few months, please renew it by logging in at the member section on Once logged in, please click on RENEW MEMBERSHIP and follow the instructions. We also ask you to check your personal details on your profile page are up-to-date. Informal efforts to encourage your colleagues to become members of EEA are also appreciated.
Other Useful Information
The EEA website is updated on a daily basis so please check to find out about the latest developments within the EEA. You can follow @EEANews on Twitter too. Please be reminded that the EEA disseminates calls for papers, congresses and research grants on behalf of many European and International bodies under the section "Other Information" so please make use of these pages.

Please also remember that the EEA has been a partner of, a non-profit organization that seeks to reduce the costs of information flow in the economics job market by providing a secure central repository for the files of job-market candidates (including papers, reference letters, and other materials) accessed on line, for a number of years. EconJobMarket will support the EEA at the upcoming European Job Market. Moreover, the EEA website displays all job postings from on its website. We encourage you to use to find out more about EconJobMarket and to register for its services. Full information can be found here.

The EEA values its members’ opinions so if you have any ideas about what the EEA can do or should be doing in building the economics profession, please do not hesitate to get in touch by writing to More detailed reports by EEA officers can be found here.

Lastly, I speak for the whole governing body of the EEA as I thank Antonio Cabrales (UCL) in his role of Executive Vice-President and EEA General Manager, Gemma Prunner-Thomas, for all the work they do throughout the year for the EEA.

It has been a pleasure and an honour to serve you and the Association as President for 2018. I thank the many colleagues who have generously shared their time and ideas to help the EEA serve our profession.

Eliana La Ferrara
EEA President 2018
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