ECB Forum on Central Banking
01-03 July 2024

Young economists can play an important role in shaping the future of Europe. Every year the ECB recognise this through the Young Economist Prize, a research competition that offers talented students the chance to share their fresh perspectives on today’s challenges.

Finalists are invited to the annual ECB Forum on Central Banking, and the overall winner is awarded €10,000.

Deadline for application: 12 February 2024 I Webpage I Prize details
What are the topics for 2024 paper submissions?

The theme of the 2024 ECB Forum on Central Banking is “Monetary policy in an era of transformation”. Accordingly, PhD students are invited to submit papers on this theme, including the following topics:

  • the rise and fall of inflation in the euro area – past, present and future
  • monetary policy cycles
  • euro area productivity in the short and long run
  • the economics of biodiversity
  • drivers of equilibrium interest rates
  • geopolitical shocks and inflation

Papers on other topics relevant to euro area central banking (including monetary policy, new means of payment and payments infrastructures, the deepening of Economic and Monetary Union, the functioning of the euro area economy and financial system, financial stability, and banking regulation and supervision) were also considered.

How to apply?

To enter the Young Economist Prize competition, please complete and submit your application – including your research paper and an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) – via the online submission form and ask your supervisor to send a recommendation letter to no later than 23:59 CET on 12 February 2024. Please answer all the questions and provide all of the specified documents to ensure the validity of your application. By submitting your application for the Young Economist Prize, you agree to comply with its rules. If you have any questions or require any further details, please send an email to