In total 360 young economists are invited to participate in this event. They are outstanding graduate students, post-docs and faculty, under the age of 35, who carry out research in Economics. They have successfully passed an international selection process.
“The field of participants is top notch. Many of the students are really among the best in their field,” says Torsten Persson, Secretary of the Committee for the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel and member of the Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings. Persson is from Stockholm University and has led the selection process together with Klaus Schmidt, professor of economics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, and Martin Hellwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. “The meeting promotes cooperation among young economists worldwide and gives them a unique opportunity to interact with the laureates,” says Torsten Persson.
The Lindau Meeting on Economic Sciences has been held every three years since 2004. The Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings which alternate between physiology/medicine, physics and chemistry – the three natural science Nobel Prize disciplines – have been held since 1951. They are designed as a forum for exchange, networking and inspiration. In Lindau, excellent young researchers coexist for several days with the most acclaimed scientists of their field.
Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the Lindau Meeting on 22 August. The attending 19 laureates include Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström, who received the 2016 prize for their contributions to contract theory. In addition to research on contracts, incentives and organizations, key topics at this year’s meeting will include monetary and fiscal policy as well as the economics of inequality.
The selected young economists may expect a four-day programme with numerous lectures and panel discussions. All thirteen Columbus-nominated participants have been accepted as Young Scholars, having the opportunity to present their own research and discuss it with Nobel Laureates.