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What is YES? 

The Young Economists Symposium (YES) is an annual student-run conference for Economics PhD students. Known in the past as EconCon, it is sponsored by a group of five East Coast schools – Columbia, NYU, UPenn, Princeton and Yale.  There will be two days of academic talks and discussions as well as several social events. Its purpose is to give students an opportunity to present their work to a diverse and unfamiliar audience of students from other schools and receive feedback. 

This year’s conference will take place on August 9th and 10th at New York University. We hope the conference will be particularly appealing to those looking to go on the job market next year, but we welcome submissions from students at all stages of research who would benefit from presenting their work. Past presenters have gone on to tenure-track economics jobs at Harvard, Chicago, Yale, NYU, Michigan, Duke, Maryland, and many others. Last year we received about 150 submissions, and the best 30 papers were selected for presentation by a panel of PhD students.

Here are links to past conferences: Yale (2017) and Princeton (2016)

What is the cost?

Submission, registration, and attendance are free for presenters and non-presenting graduate students. Everyone will be provided breakfasts and lunches. And presenters are invited to a dinner on Thursday, August 9th.

We are unable to provide financial support for accommodation or travel expenses. Attendees are encouraged to apply for funding from their own departments. However, we may be able to arrange some accommodation with local student hosts. 

Who can attend?

We welcome and encourage submissions from economics PhD candidates at all schools and in all fields. 

What is the presentation format?

Each presenter will have 30 minutes, followed by the discussant for 10 minutes, and 5 minutes for Q&A. At each time slot we will have three simultaneous presentations, divided by sub-field.

Social events

In addition to the coffee breaks and lunches, we cordially invite all participants who present to dinner in Greenwich Village on the night of Thursday, August 9th. There will also be an informal social event for all attendees on Friday, August 10th. 


For information on registering, please go to our “Submissions” tab.


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