Scottish Economic Society 2020

Call for Papers

Deadline for submission of papers and organised sessions:

Monday 27 January 2020

Sir Alec Cairncross Prize
The Scottish Economic Society will award a prize of £1000 for the best paper presented at its annual conference by an economist currently registered for a PhD or who has successfully completed a PhD within the last five years. Consideration for the prize presupposes conference attendance and society membership. To be considered for the prize authors must upload a full paper with their abstract at submission stage.

Submission of Papers and Proposals for Organised Sessions
The Society welcomes papers and proposals for organised sessions from all areas of Economics, Economic Policy and Econometrics from academics and practitioners regardless of sector. All abstracts should be submitted via our online submission system.

  • Submission of Paper Proposals
    Paper proposals should take the form of an extended abstract (500 words max including indicative bibliography, clearly stating purpose, methodology and findings) and an extended abstract (2 pages plus an indicative bibliography, clearly stating purpose, methodology and findings) or full manuscript, in PDF format.Cairncross Prize applicants should submit their paper as above and indicate that they wish to be considered for the prize. The competition winner will be announced during the conference at the Sir Alec Cairncross Memorial Dinner.
  • Submission of Proposal for Organised Sessions
    Proposals for organised sessions should be emailed to and must include the title of the proposed session, the name of the chair and the titles of the papers to be included in the session. These papers should also be submitted seperately through the online submission system.

Support for PhD students
The Scottish Economic Society wishes to encourage PhD students to attend its annual conference and to submit papers. Registered PhD students will qualify for a discounted conference rate.

Session Format and Presentation of Papers

Sessions are either 90 or 120 minutes in length. 90-minute sessions will typically include up to four papers, 120-minute sessions typically up to five. Papers should be presented within a maximum of 15 to 18 minutes so that there is sufficient time available for discussion. Session Chairs are asked to enforce this limit with gusto!

By default, each paper should be followed by separate discussion unless agreed differently between presenters and session Chair. Where there are fewer papers in a session Chairs may relax the time limit in consultation with presenters. Should a listed session Chair turn out to be unavailable at the start of the session, the presenter of the last paper should act as default session Chair unless agreed otherwise between presenters.

Each room comes equipped with a MS Windows Laptop and display equipment (projector / plasma screen). Please bring your presentation on a USB memory stick in a format that can be read from a standard MS Windows installation (i.e. Powerpoint, Acrobat or MS Word file format). We regret that we will not have any adaptor cables or connectors available and actively discourage you from seeking to connect your own laptop.

The Twitter hashtag of the conference is #SES2020 and we encourage you to live tweet from sessions and the conference overall.