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We invite you to submit a paper proposal or express interest in attending the 2020 CEPR Public Economics Symposium. The Symposium will take place on 8-9 June 2020, hosted by the Department of Economics at Stockholm University.

The goal of the symposium is to provide a forum for high-quality work in public economics and to bring together economists in the field from across Europe as well as key researchers from outside the region. Paper proposals are invited in any area of public economics. Both theoretical and empirical work is welcome.

This year, we celebrate the launch of POLECON, our political economy network within the public economics group, led by Helios Herrera and Ronny Razin. To this effect, the symposium will feature a special morning session on June 8 dedicated to Political Economy & Public Finance. This session will be joint with participants from the two-day conference organized by the CEPR Populism Network at Stockholm University.

We encourage submissions in all areas of public finance. We are particularly interested this year in works at the intersection of public and political economy related to our understanding of recent inequality trends, and research analyzing the political economy of public policy design.

Our keynote speakers for the conference will be Emmanuel Saez (UC Berkeley), Alberto Alesina (Harvard University and CEPR) and Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University and CEPR).

The event provides an opportunity for researchers from different universities and countries to discuss their work in a relaxed atmosphere and to develop long-term collaborative relationships. It also provides an opportunity for young researchers to meet and discuss their work with senior economists.

The conference brings together around 40 economists for a period of two days. To foster the desired interaction we ask that participants stay for the entire duration of the symposium.

Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered for all participants according to the CEPR Travel Guidelines. If you could contribute to the costs of your attendance from a research grant at your disposal, however, this would free up funds for other participants. Please indicate in your application whether you will be able to cover your own travel costs, or whether you will require funding from CEPR.

How to apply
For CEPR members and for those with a CEPR profile, please submit your paper via the CEPR online system by visiting If you do not have a personal profile, you can create one here and then click on the registration link above. If you have any difficulty in applying, please email Mariolina Ciccone in the CEPR events team, at [email protected] with the subject header "3580-PE Annual Symposium 2020".

If you wish to attend please do ensure that your application and paper reach CEPR by 18:00 (GMT) January 19, 2020. We cannot accept submissions received after this date. It may not be possible to accept all applications to attend this symposium if demand exceeds the space available. We aim to notify successful applicants by the end of February 2020.

Camille Landais, London School of Economics and CEPR
David Seim, Stockholm University and CEPR