EPAINOS AwardEpainos Award for Young Scientists

  • The prestigious Epainos Award for young scientists is awarded every year to the best paper presented at the ERSA congress by a young researcher.
  • The prize money is € 600 for the first prize and € 300 for the second prize (if any).
  • For a paper to be eligible for the Epainos award
    • All co-authors must be less than 33 years old on 1 September of the year of the congress year;
    • None of the co-authors holds a senior position.
    • Manuscripts under review at the date of the submission of the EPAINOS prize but not accepted before the date of the Congress are eligible for the EPAINOS Prize. Manuscripts under review at the time of the submission but accepted before the date of the Congress are not eligible for the EPAINOS Prize but they still can be included in the EPAINOS Sessions or Young Scientists Sessions if the author(s) agree(s).
  • Download here The T&C to be eligible for the Epainos Award:  Young-Scientists-Sessions-and-Epainos-Award-rules_Update.pdf

Epainos Committee – update 29/01/2024

– Chair (permanent position) – Frank von Oort (4th time)
– Secretary (permanent position) – Sébastien Bourdin (2nd time)
– Editor of Papers in Regional Science (permanent position) – Daniela Constantin (3rd time, no time restrictions) on the behalf of Rosella Nicolini (editor-in-chief)
– Managing Editor of REGION (permanent position) – Francisco Rowe (3rd time, no time restrictions)
– Member (permanent position) – Michiel Gerritse (2nd time)
– Member (permanent position) – Michael Wyrwich (4th term)
– Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (appointed annually) – João Carlos Correia Leitão

Epainos Award Winners

2023 Epainos Winners

Thi Minh Thu Nguyen, Nagoya University, Japan, with her paper on  “Do Special Economic Zones foster structural changes? Evidence from districts in Vietnam”.

2022 Epainos Winners

Maria Kubara, University of Warsaw with her paper on Spatio-temporal localisation pattern of technological startups – RNN in predicting intra-urban startups’ clusters

Niels Kuiper, University of Groningen with his paper on The effectiveness of policy induced gentrification: Evidence from large-scale urban renewal projects in the Netherlands

2021 Epainos Winners

Benoit Dicharry, University of Strassbourg, with his paper on  “Impact of European Cohesion Policy on Regional Growth: When Time isn’t Money”.

Nadiia Matsiuk, University of Padua, with her  paper on  “Thrive, Survive or Perish: The Impact of Regional Autonomy on the Demographic Dynamics of Italian Alpine Territories

Epainos Speech 2021 by Frank van Oort, Chair of the Epainos Committee

2019 Epainos Award Winner:

Eduardo Ibarra-Olivo, London School of Economics,  with his paper on “Outward Foreign Direct Investment and the Skill Composition in Mexican Regions

Epainos Speech 2019 by Katarzyna Kopczewska

2018 Epainos Award Winner:

Daniele Mantegazzi, Università della Svizzera Italiana,  with his paper on The geography of political ideologies in Switzerland

2017 Epainos Award Winner:

Daniel Oto-Peralías, University of St Andrews with his paper on  Medieval Frontier Origins of a Country’s Economic Geography: The Case of Spain

Epainos speech 2017 by Eveline van Leeuwen

2016 Epainos Award Winner – 1st Prize:

Michael Wyrwich, Friedrich Schiller University Jena with his paper on Persistence of spatial differences of female labor force participation

2016 Epainos 2nd Award Winner:

Fabian Dehos, Ruhr Graduate School in Economics, with his paper on Immigration and crime: Evidence from Germany

2015 Epainos Award winner:

Luca Salvadori, Autonomous University of Barcelona, with his paper on “Does tax enforcement counteract the negative effects of terrorism? A case study of the Basque country

2015 Honorable Mention Prize:

Jasper van Dijk, University of Oxford with his paper on Paper on “Investing in lagging regions is efficient: a local multipliers analysis of U.S. cities

2014 Epainos Award winner:

Tobias Ketterer, London School of Economics  – Presented paper  “Institutions vs. geography – What drives economic growth in Europe’s NUTS-2 regions?”

2013 Epainos Award winner:

Daniel Da Mata – from the University of Cambridge with his paper on “Disentangling the Causes of Informal Housing”

2013 Epainos Runners Up:

Mara Giua, from the Rome Tre University , with the paper “Spatial discontinuity for the impact assessment of the EU Regional Policy. The case of Italian Objective 1 regions.”

Stuart McIntyre , from the University of Strathclyde with the paper “Personal indebtedness, community characteristics and theft crime”

2012 Epainos Award winner:

Lionel Védrine – Allocation of European structural funds and strategic interactions: is there a yardstick competition between regions in the public aid for development?

Epainos 2012 Runners Up:

Heike Delfmann, from the University of Groningen, with the paper “Population change and new firm formation in urban and rural regions”

Ulrich Zierahn, from the Hamburg Institute of International Economics and University of Kassel with the paper “Monocentric Cities, Endogenous Agglomeration, and Unemployment Disparities”

2011 Epainos Award winner:

Tiago Freire – Skill wage gap in Brazil: 1980-2000

2010 Epainos Award winners:

Wolfgang Dauth – The mysteries of the trade: interindustry spillovers in cities

Michiel Gerritse – Commuting and solvable agglomeration

2009 Epainos Award winners:

Theresa Grafeneder-Weissteiner and Klaus Prettner (1st) – Agglomeration and demographic change

Patricia Melo (2nd) – Agglomeration economics and labour productivity: evidence from longitudinal worker level data for GB Travel-to-Work areas

Guilherme Mendes Resende (2nd) – Multiple dimensions of regional economic growth: the Brazilian case 1991-2000

2008 Epainos Award winners:

Carlo Menon (1st) – The Bright Side of Gerrymandering: an Enquiry on the Determinants of Industrial Agglomeration in the United States

Eveline van Leeuwen (1st) – The Effects of Future Retail Developments on the Local Economy; Combining Micro and Macro Approaches

2007 Epainos Award winners:

Piyapong Jiwattanakulpaisarn (1st) – Granger Causality and Spatial Spillover Effects of Highway Infrastructure on Regional Economic Development: Evidence from an Application of Spatial Filtering in a Panel Vector Autoregressive Framework

Roberto Picchizzolu (1st) – Entrepreneurial Risk and the Geographical Concentration of Industries: Evidence from the UK Manufacturing Sector

2006 Epainos Award winners:

Jens Suedekum (1st) – Human Capital Externalities and Growth of High- and Low-Skilled Jobs

Jörg Heining and Jörg Lingens (2nd) – Social Interaction in Regional Labour Markets

2005 Epainos Award Winners:

Matteo Lanzafame (1st) – Economic Structure, Technology Diffusion and Convergence: The Case of the Italian Regions

Julie Le Gallo and Sandy Dall’erba (2nd) – Spatial and Sectoral Productivity Convergence Between European Regions, 1975-2000

2004 Epainos Award Winners:

Nicola Coniglio (1st) – Migropolis: Migration Networks and Formation of Ethnic Clusters in Cities

Sjoerd Beugelsdijk (2nd) – Entrepreneurial Culture, Regional Innovativeness and Economic Growth

Rachel Guillain Rachel and Julie Le Gallo and Céline Boiteux-Orain (2nd) – The Evolution of The Spatial and Sectoral Patterns in Ile-de-France Over 1978-1997

Stephane Hess (2nd) – An Analysis of Airport-Choice Behaviour Using the Mixed Multinomial Logit Model

2003 Epainos Award Winners:

Jaakko Simonen (1st) – Regional Externalities in the Dynamic System of Three Regions

Jens Suedekum (2nd) – Increasing Returns and Spatial Unemployment Disparities

Nicola Coniglio and Francesco Prota (2nd) – Human Capital Accumulation and Migration in a Peripheral EU Region: the Case of Basilicata

2002 Epainos Award Winners:

Adelheid Holl (1st) – Transport as a Location Factor: New Start-Ups and Relocations in Portugal

Claudia Stirboeck (1st) – Relative Investment Specialisation inside EU: An Econometric Analysis for EU-Regions

Elke Amend and Patrick Herbst (1st) – Human Capital Formation under Product Market Uncertainty

2001 Epainos Award Winners:

Krister Sandberg and Jorgen Johansson (1st) – Estimation of Hedonic Prices for Co-operative Flats in the City of Umeå with Spatial Autoregressive GMM

Mika Haapanen (1st) – Labour Market Performance and Determinants of Migration by Gender and Region of Origin

Eduardo Haddad and Fernando Perobelli (2nd) – Regional Absorption of Terms of Trade Shocks

2000 Epainos Award Winners:

Thomas de Graaff (1st) – Estimating the Effect of Labor Market Absorption of Ethnic Minorities

Sari Pekkala (1st) – Migration in a Core-Periphery Model: Analysis of Agglomeration in Regional Growth Centres

1999 Epainos Award Winner:


1998 Epainos Award Winner:

Aki Kangasharju – Regional Variations in Firm Formation: Panel and Cross-Sectional Data Evidence From Finland

1997 Epainos Award Winners:

Stefano Magrini (1st) – On the Effect of European Integration on Economic Growth and Regional Disparities

Juan José Lucio (2nd) – Urbanization and Growth

1996 Epainos Award Winner:

Erik Verhoef – The Implementation of Marginal External Cost Pricing in Road Transport