Young Economists Symposium 2017

Friday and Saturday, August 11 - 12, 2017

Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT [Map]

Organisers: Conor Walsh, Fabian Schrey, Ian Ball, Lucas Zavala, Paula Calvo

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 11-12 2017 at Yale 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.

What is the cost of the event ?

Submission, registration and attendance is free for presenters and non-presenting graduate students. All meals and social events are provided free of charge as well. We are, however, unable to provide financial support for accommodation or travel expenses. We will try to negotiate a conference rate with a local hotel, but in the meantime we encourage attendees to apply for funding from their own departments.  Any questions, please email

Who can attend?

We welcome and encourage submissions from economics PhD candidates at all schools, and in all fields. We will ensure that all fields are represented at the conference.

What is the presentation format?

Each presentation will last 45 minutes with 15 minutes time for discussants. At each time slot we will have three simultaneous presentations, divided by sub-field.

What social events will be provided?

In additional to the coffee breaks and lunch, we cordially invite all participants to attend a Happy Hour, followed by a tasting of New Haven’s world famous pizza at BAR on Friday night, Aug 11. 

Who to contact if you have any questions

Please email us at


Our submission period is now closed

To register for the event please click here

Join us for the conference! Registration is free of charge for all and all economics graduate students are invited - even ones who will not be presenting. Please use the form to let us know that you are coming.

The conference is being sponsored by the Economics Departments of Columbia University, NYU, Princeton University, U-Penn and Yale University. 

We will release more information about the conference, such as the official schedule by Mid July.