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We invite you to submit a paper proposal or express interest in attending the 2021 CEPR Public Economics Symposium which will be held online on 23-24 June 2021.

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, the theme of the symposium is "Health Meets Public Economics". We are therefore particularly (but not exclusively) interested in papers related to health inequality, the impact of public policies on health, the design of optimal health care and health insurance policies, models of health capital development, the integration of epidemiology into optimal policy models in the context of the current covid crisis, etc.

Our keynote speaker for the symposium will be Heidi Williams (Stanford).

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 symposium will bring together around 40 economists online for a period of two days. To foster the desired interaction we ask that participants attend for the entire duration of the symposium. Note that we are particularly interested in submissions by junior scholars, and are committed to having active involvement and presentations by juniors. Furthermore, to support the great research done by junior scholars, this year, the symposium will also be the opportunity to hold the ceremony to hand the first Unicredit Prize for the best CEPR working paper in public economics by a young researcher.

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 Lydia Willams in the CEPR events team, at [email protected] with the subject header "3602-PE Annual Symposium 2021".

If you wish to attend please do ensure that your application and paper reach CEPR by April 20, 2021. 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 April 2021.


Gabriella Conti, UCL and CEPR
Camille Landais, LES and CEPR