Best Undergraduate Paper Award

To encourage undergraduate interest in economic issues, IAES President Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, World Bank, and Vice President Charles Calomiris, Columbia Business School, cordially invite students to compete in the IAES 10th annual undergraduate paper competition in Savannah, U.S., October 2014.

Winners of the Best Under Graduate Paper Award receive

  1. A $500 check;
  2. A handsome commemorative plaque recognizing their accomplishment; and
  3. Complimentary publication of the paper in the Atlantic Economic Journal.
Submissions for the 2014 BUPA will open in Spring of 2014 and close June 15, 2014. The winner will be selected at the 78th International Atlantic Economic Conference in Savannah, U.S., 12-15 October 2014.


Guidelines for submission

To be considered for the Best Undergraduate Paper competition, all entries must follow the guidelines below:

    1. The paper must conform to AEJ manuscript style instructions, be 10 – 20 pages in length including tables, and be submitted in MS Word format. Papers not following these guidelines will be rejected. AEJ instructions can be found at:
    2. Submit the paper to by June 15 with the subject line: “Best Undergraduate Paper Competition – Last Name of Student”. Please send the paper in a Microsoft Word document. PDF files are NOT acceptable. Title page must include: (a) full name of student; (b) affiliation; (c) e-mail address; and (d) phone number.
    3. Include an e-mail from the Department Chair certifying: (a) that the paper was written while the author was an undergraduate; (b) that the paper has not been submitted for publication elsewhere; and (c) that the department will sponsor the student’s hotel and travel if the student is selected as a finalist.

Regarding item 3 above, if the Department Chair is unable to sponsor student travel occurring after graduation, provide a separate letter from an alternative sponsor (Department Chair of the graduate program in which the student will be enrolled at the time of the conference or employer after graduation) specifying that the department or employer will sponsor the student’s hotel and travel if the student is selected as a finalist.

  1. Up to four finalists will be notified of their selection by August 15. Finalists will be required to make a formal presentation at the Savannah conference. Conference fees for all finalists will be waived.
  2. Finalists will be judged on both presentation and content. A panel of judges will announce the winning paper after the presentations.


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