The WTO established the annual WTO Essay Award for Young Economists in 2009.The award, which carries a prize of CHF 5,000, aims to promote high-quality economic research on the WTO and WTO-related issues and to reinforce the relationship between the WTO and the academic community.
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, the largest conference specializing in international trade, which will take place in September 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.
The winning author will receive funding to attend the meeting.
An Academic Selection Panel is responsible for the selection of the winning paper.
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. Submissions should include as separate attachments in PDF format: 1. the CV of the author(s), specifying (i) current affiliation(s), (ii) the academic institution awarding the Ph D, (iii) the year (or the expected year) of the Ph D, (iv) the date of birth of the author(s).
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 Ph D and, if over 30 years of age, be no more than two years past a Ph D defence.
The paper considers various approaches to handling the regulatory inefficiencies that arise when there is a lack of coherence in policy making, and identifies conditions where the national treatment rule (the principle of giving others the same treatment as one's own nationals) can achieve efficiency in regulations and where it cannot.
The paper shows that while the gains from national treatment are relatively small, the potential gains from international cooperation in standards regulation can be very large. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2018.