BEST PAPER COMPETITION: International Trade in South Eastern Europe

To celebrate 15 years of the CEFTA agreement, LSEE, the Research Unit on South Eastern Europe at the London School of Economics, and CEFTA are launching a paper competition on the theme “International Trade in Southeastern Europe: Obstacles and Opportunities for CEFTA and the Common Regional Market”.

We invite original scientific papers that address any issues relevant to the theme of the competition. Suggested topics include, but are not limited, to the following:
• Trade liberalisation and economic growth
• Institutional quality and regional trade flows
• Role of CEFTA in creating the Common Regional Market
• Trade in agricultural goods in the CEFTA region
• Trade in services (tourism, postal and financial services)
• Mutual recognition of professional qualifications
• Regional trade, the digital economy and e-commerce
• Trade facilitation and risk management
• Competition, state aid and non-tariff barriers
• The impact of CEFTA on bilateral and regional trade and investment flows
• Regional trade policies and the COVID-19 pandemic
• Bilateral investment flows and regional value chains
• Legal, social and environmental issues of trade in the CEFTA region
• The political economy of CEFTA and the EU integration progress
• Comparisons with FTAs in other regions

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2021 (16:00 GMT)

The competition is open to papers from all fields of the social sciences, including but not restricted to economics, geography, development, political science, public administration, law, management, business studies, environmental studies, industrial relations, and international studies.

The competition is open to researchers holding, or studying towards, a PhD (doctorate) degree who are currently affiliated to an accredited higher education institution, or an equivalent public or private research institution or organisation. Co-authored papers are eligible but, to be considered for the award, the lead author should meet all eligibility criteria. Papers should be of a standard academic format, in line with disciplinary practices, and should not exceed 10,000 words (including tables, footnotes and references).

Further information: see call for papers.