Call for Papers

CfP: Young Economists Conference 2020 Inequalities in space and time

/ 17. April 2020

Following the rapid spread of the Corona virus, the world is currently in a severe social and conomic crisis. The disruption of global value chains, a sharp decline in economic activity and rising unemployment pose major challenges for our societies. Moreover, this crisis and countermeasures for coping with it, reveal and highlight the presence of social inequalities and unequal opportunities. In order to develop policies for a just transition to a more resilient and sustainable future, it is of utmost importance to understand the origins and consequences of inequalities in space and time.

We are convinced that the collaboration of different disciplines and research fields is the most promising approach for both, the identification of the causes and consequences of inequalities, and the development of policies for its remedies. As Thomas Piketty argues in his new book “Capital and Ideology”, inequalities are not an inevitable fate, rather are they rooted in ideology and politics. We invite young scholars from all subfields of the social sciences, for instance economic geography, economics of distribution, health economics, and political sociology, to present their research on the spatial and temporal evolution of multidimensional inequality.


The Chamber of Labour Vienna and the Society for Pluralism in Economics Vienna host he Ninth Young Economists Conference on 1st and 2nd of October 2020, and invite researchers at the beginning of their career (Master, prae- or post-doc) to submit their work.


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Austrian Chamber of Labour, we are particularly looking forward to submissions on the dimensions and perceptions of social justice and fairness. Female contributors and researchers of color are especially encouraged to present and participate in the conference.


This year’s keynote speakers are:

Isabel Z. Martinez, Economist at the KOF Swiss Economic Institute at the ETH Zürich and
fellow at the World Inequality Database (
Miriam Rehm, Junior Professor of Socio-Economics at the Institute for Socioeconomics (IfSO) of the University of Duisburg-Essen.
Mathias Moser, Assistant Professor at the Institute for Economic Geography and GIScience
and at the Research Institute INEQ of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.


The deadline for abstracts (max. 1 page) is the 31st of May 2020. The workshop language is English. Participants will be notified of acceptance by mid-June. The deadline for the submission of (working) papers is the 1st of September 2020. The conference is free of charge.

Presenting participants will be reimbursed for train travel cost within Austria, and may apply for accommodation subsidies. An outstanding contribution will be awarded the Eduard März Prize of €1,000.

Submission of abstracts and further information:
Download Call for Paper.