Inequality was a neglected topic in economic research for decades. The crisis since 2007 has brought the issues of the distribution of wealth, income and work time to the forefront. Established inequality researchers like Piketty, Saez, and Atkinson are now well received by the economics profession and by the public. At the same time, the drastically improved data availability provides new opportunities for cutting-edge research in inequality. This opens up a space for young researchers to address the pressing challenges of our time.

For this reason the Chamber of Labour Vienna hosts a conference from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October 2015, for which researchers at the beginning of their career (Master, pre- or post-doc) are specifically invited to attend.

Keynote speakers are Till van Treeck, professor of Socio-Economics at the University of Duisburg-Essen with research interest in income distribution, economic crises, and post-Keynesian approaches to inequality, and Eva Sierminska, who is an expert on the empirical analysis of wealth and income inequality and works at the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER) and is a Research Affiliate at DIW Berlin and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labour.

We encourage in particular contributions making use of the HFCS data which focus on the distribution of wealth. We also invite analyses of inequality in income and work time as well as contributions on other topics relevant for the challenges of the 21st century. The conference aims for a pluralistic approach to economics – we therefore welcome research in various heterodox schools of thought as well as work in sociology and political science. Women are especially encouraged to submit presentations.

The deadline for abstracts (max. 1 page) is the 15th of May 2015. Workshop language is English. Participants will be notified of acceptance by the end of May. The deadline for the (working) papers is the 30th of August. The conference is free of charge. Presenting participants will be reimbursed for train travel cost within Austria, and may apply for hotel subsidies. An outstanding contribution by presenters in the young economist sessions (age limit: 34 years) will be awarded the Eduard März Prize of 1.000€.

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Opportunity summary

Young Economists Conference 2015
Dates: 30 Sept – 2 Oct 2015
  15 May 2015
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Open to: participants who are interested in economics, business and finance
Venue: Technisch-Gewerbliche Abendschule, Vienna, Austria

Originally posted on Edu-Active.


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