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The conference is intended to give non-tenured young economists such as PhD students, Post-doctoral Researchers, and Assistant Professors, a chance to meet, present and discuss their work. The conference covers every area of economics and features a rich program for them to get together. The meeting aims to provide a European platform, nonetheless participation from all over the world is invited. Moreover, young economists from Eastern Europe and Baltic States are greatly encouraged to take part at the conference, a number of grants covering transport and accommodation costs are available.

To maintain the relaxed atmosphere, and to prevent the anonymity large conferences might suffer from, the number of presenters will not exceed 200.

The objectives of the SMYE are as follows:

To provide a forum in which economists can meet: In its first years, the conference brought together about 100 young economists. Since the 2000 meeting in Oxford, this number has doubled. Participants come mainly from Europe, although the meeting regularly attracts young economists from other countries, such as the US or Australia. Organizing the conference in Hamburg will provide SMYE with a truly global setting and facilitate contact and vivid exchange with the international community.

To provide the opportunity to present one's work: This is a conference run ‘by young economists for young economists'. All the delegates at the SMYE, selected anonymously in a ‘double blind' process by a programme committee, are given the opportunity to present their research. For many it is one of the first chances to present results of their work at an international level. The number of applicants for the conference has fluctuated between 500 and 800. During the last meetings, there were about 200 young economists invited to present their paper. It guarantees a relaxed and cosy atmosphere as well as very high academic standard of presented papers.

To facilitate the discussion of economics: The Spring Meeting of Young Economists covers the whole spectrum of economic endeavour from Trade Theory to Political Economy, from Game Theory to Finance, from Growth Theory to Business Cycles, and from Development Economics to Econometric Theory. It provides a means for young economists to exchange ideas which are directly and indirectly related to their research and to the work of their fellow economists.


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