As President of the International Economic Association (IEA) and Program Chair of the 17th World Congress of the IEA, we invite you to submit a paper to the contributed sessions of this congress, jointly organized with The Columbia Global Centers | Middle East (Amman), and in partnership with the Institute for New Economic Thinking (the Institute) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), that will take place on the Dead Sea, Jordan, from Friday June 6 to Tuesday June 10, 2014.

The IEA triennial congress will cover all aspects of economics, with a scientific program reflecting the very best work in the profession. IEA Jordan 2012 will be a unique academic event which, in addition to the daily keynote lectures (including the Presidential Address given by Joseph Stiglitz), over 10 policy sessions and the 20 plus invited sessions, will host the latest and most engaging research in all fields in economics in the many contributed sessions. Many of the most renowned economists and policy makers, including numerous past and present chief-economists, have confirmed their attendance so there will be plenty of opportunities to interact with these.

Submissions of papers are invited from academic, government and business economists in any field of economics and econometrics. There is no fee for submitting, but each paper will go through a review process. Each author may submit only ONE paper to the IEA Congress. However, each person is allowed to be the co-author of several papers submitted to the World Congress. Submission of papers closes at midnight (PST) on October 31 so please visit www.iea-world.com for instructions on how to submit papers. We warmly encourage each of you to submit a paper for the congress!

The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) are doing a great job to ensure that the 2014 IEA World Congress will run smoothly and in the best possible way. The Seventeenth World Congress will be held at the King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Center (KHBTCC), on the Dead Sea, Jordan. The Center nestles on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea at the heart of the Jordan Rift Valley. The Dead Sea is the lowest body of water on earth, the lowest point on earth, and the world's richest source of natural salts. One of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world; the Jordanian east coast of the Dead Sea has evolved into a major hub of both religious, health and wellness tourism in the region. The Dead Sea is 45 minutes away from Amman, the capital city of Jordan and is close to historical tourist attractions such as Petra (one of the Seven Wonders of the World), the Roman ruins in the city of Jerash, and the Baptism Site, to name a few. It is a good idea to stay for an extra few days after the Congress to unwind in this most beautiful unrivalled nature.

Full scientific and logistical details of IEA Jordan 2014 are available at the congress website – www.iea-world.com. Details on travel grants available for young researchers from developing countries can also be found here. 

We look forward to meeting you all in Jordan!

With our best wishes,

Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia University)                                         Timothy Besley (LSE)
President of the International Economic Association               Program Chair, 17th World Congress

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