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The 8th Annual Conference on “Contests: Theory and Evidence”

The Department of Economics and the Centre for Economic Institutions and Business History at the University of Reading are pleased to host the 8th annual conference “Contests: Theory and Evidence” on Monday 20 June and Tuesday 21 June in a hybrid (in-person and online – in the UK time zone) format.

We cordially invite theoretical, experimental, and empirical work on any aspect of contests including but not limited to economics, management, politics, psychology, sports, biology, neuroscience, computer science, etc.

This year the keynote speaker is Prof Debraj Ray, Julius Silver Professor and Professor of Economics, New York University.


Other confirmed speakers include Prof Luis Corchon (UC3 Madrid), Prof Kai Konrad (MPI Tax, Munich), Prof Dan Kovenock (Chapman University), and Prof Aner Sela (Ben Gurion University).


Submission: Please submit your paper or extended abstract here by Friday 22 April, 2022.

Registration: Please register here by 9 May 2022 (Presenters) / 20 May 2022 (Attendees)


Key dates:

Submission deadline: 22 April 2022
Acceptance decision: 30 April 2022
Registration deadline: 9 May 2022 (Presenters) / 20 May 2022 (Attendees)
Conference: 20 – 21 June 2022


Travel, accommodation, and things to do:

The beautiful town of Reading (of Berkshire county) is located very close to London. It takes about 25 minutes by taxi to arrive from London Heathrow airport, and about 50 minutes by bus. There also are frequent direct trains connecting London Gatwick airport that takes about 90 minutes. Arriving from Central London is also easy, since there are direct trains every 15 minutes from London Paddington station to Reading that can take about 25 minutes. Reading station is also connected with fast trains with other big cities of England with airport such as Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester etc.

There are many accommodation options available in Reading. The usual hotel websites would help.

Very many tourist attractions such as the Windsor Castle, Lego Land, Ascot Racecourse, the city of Oxford, Winchester, South Downs National Park, are also within half an hour commute from Reading.

Useful links: Visit University of Reading, University of Reading Map, Taxi company in Reading, Another taxi company in Reading, Great Western Railways, Bus from Heathrow, things to do in Berkshire.


Further information:

In the case of any other questions, please contact Joo Young Jeon (j.jeon@reading.ac.uk) or Subhasish M. Chowdhury (s.m.chowdhury@bath.ac.uk).

The conference organisers are Joo Young Jeon (University of Reading), Subhasish M. Chowdhury (University of Bath), Ted Turocy (University of East Anglia), and Steven Bosworth (University of Reading).



20th June 2022
21st June 2022
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Joo Young Jeon
Subhasish M. Chowdhury
Ted Turocy
Steven Bosworth