Call for Papers

Deadline for paper submissions: March 31, 2021

Location: University of Tartu, Delta Centre

To submit your paper:

We are pleased to invite paper submissions for the 3rd Baltic Economic Conference that will take place on June 7 – 8, 2021 at the University of Tartu in Estonia (social program is planned on June 6). The Baltic Economic Conference is organized by the Baltic Economic Association. The association was founded by the leading economists from the Baltic States to contribute to the development and application of economics across the Baltic region and Scandinavia, and to promote joint scholarly research and intellectual exchange between economists. The conference welcomes economists from all over the world.

Keynote Speaker: Roberto Rigobon (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT Sloan School of Management)

Prof. Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management and Professor of Applied Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a leading expert in international economics, monetary economics, and development economics. Roberto Rigobon is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project (, and a co- founder of PriceStats ( His research has been cited more than 19000 times according to Google Scholar.


The conference will cover a broad range of topics in theoretical and empirical economics, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, financial economics, labour economics, international trade, innovation economics, political economy, and econometrics. Special sessions on “big data” and associated methods (machine learning, social network analysis etc.) in economics are planned. The organizers also welcome proposals for other special sessions. We especially welcome economics community of the Baltic States: faculty members, postgraduate students, independent experts and government officials. The conference is also open to researchers who do not plan to present a paper subject to space restrictions.


The regular conference fee is 75 EUR. There is no conference fee for the members of the Baltic Economic Association, as well as master and PhD students of higher education institutions from the Baltic States. There will be no fee for those participating online. The participants are responsible for their travel and accommodation expenses. The working language of the conference is English.


Please submit complete papers on the submission platform. Papers in all fields of economics and finance are welcome. Each paper will be assigned a discussant. The deadline for paper submissions is 31 March 2021. The submitting authors will be notified by 16 April 2021. Registration deadline 30 April 2021. Any inquiries to the organizers can be sent via e-mail to Proposals for special sessions can be sent to the organizers via e-mail.

Award for the best paper presented by a PhD student

There will be an award in the sum of EUR 500 for the best paper presented by a PhD student. The candidates for the award are not limited to the Baltic region (neither in terms of institution nor nationality), but the following rules apply:

  • paper is presented at the conference

  • all authors of the paper are doctoral students or researchers having defended their thesis in 2021.


In connection with the conference, we are preparing to organize a mini-course on machine learning. The course is going to be taught by Anthony Strittmatter (CREST) and will tentatively include such topics as the LASSO regressions, decision trees, neural networks, introduction to unsupervised learning for text and other unstructured data. The time, place and format of the mini-course are going to be announced separately in spring 2021.

Conference Venue and Mode

The conference is currently planned to take place in the hybrid mode, under the assumption that participants from the Baltic States will be able to travel to Tartu if desired, and everyone else will participate online. In case the pandemic restrictions will not allow any physical meetings in Tartu in June, the conference will switch to the fully online mode. The authors of all accepted papers will be notified about the conference mode in April at the latest. In case the hybrid meeting is possible, the physical conference part will take place in Delta Centre, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Tartu, Narva mnt 18, Tartu, Estonia.

Scientific committee

Konstantins Benkovskis (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga and Bank of Latvia), Valdonė Darškuvienė (ISM University of Management and Economics), Nicolas Gavoille (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga), Boris Ginzburg (Charles III University of Madrid ), Mihails Hazans (University of Latvia), Justina Klimavičiūtė (Vilnius University), Merike Kukk (Tallinn University of Technology), Dmitry Kulikov (Bank of Estonia), Povilas Lastauskas (Bank of Lithuania), Jaan Masso (University of Tartu), Kadri Männasoo (Tallinn University of Technology), Anders Paalzow (Stockholm School of Economics in Riga), Tiiu Paas (University of Tartu), Alari Paulus (Bank of Estonia), Talis Putnins (Sydney University of Technology, Stockholm School of Economics Riga), Kaire Põder (Estonian Business School), Tairi Rõõm (Bank of Estonia), Karsten Staehr (Tallinn Universityof Technology and Eesti Pank), Alminas Zaldokas (The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Linas Tarasonis (Vilnius University and Bank of Lithuania), Lenno Uusküla (University of Tartu and Foresight Centre of the Estonian Parliament), Priit Vahter (University of Tartu), Matthias Weber (University of St.Gallen), Ants-Hannes Viira (Estonian University of Life Sciences), Jaanika Meriküll (Bank of Estonia and University of Tartu)

Local organizers

Jaan Masso (University of Tartu), Lenno Uusküla (University of Tartu, Foresight Centre at the Estonian Parliament), Dmitry Kulikov (Bank of Estonia), Katrin Tamm (University of Tartu), Luca Alfieri (University of Tartu)