X Summer School in Development Economics

June 18-20  2019, Prato - Italy

Deadline for Applications April 29, 2019



General Description

The workshop is intended for PhD students, post‐docs and junior faculty members. The aim is to provide young researchers with mentoring as well as with exposure to cutting‐edge empirical and theoretical research in development economics. Participants will have the opportunity to present their own research projects and to discuss them with leading researchers in a relaxed and constructive atmosphere.


The workshop will include presentations of both completed research papers and work‐in‐progress, both empirical and theoretical. The number of participants will be limited to about 60. About 15 will be selected for a forty-five minutes presentation, thus allowing for in‐depth discussion of each contribution. About 15-20 papers will be selected for a poster session that will be in place for the whole duration of the conference. Presentations by graduate students, post‐docs and other junior researchers who have recently acquired their PhD will be key components of the workshop. Applicants can submit either a complete paper or a detailed and well‐developed research proposal. We particularly welcome the submission of work‐in‐progress proposals that describe on‐going and promising research, likely to benefit from an open discussion about the main conceptual and methodological problems related to the project. Participants who do not wish to present a paper are also welcome.

Invited Lecturers

Dilip MOOKHERJEE (Boston University), Andrew F. NEWMAN (Boston University), Rohini SOMANATHAN (Delhi School of Economics), Martina BJIORKMAN (Stocholm School of Economics), Erwin BULTE (Wageningen University), Rajesh RAMACHANDRAN (Goethe University)

Organizing Board

Adalgiso AMENDOLA (University of Salerno, CELPE), Ian COXHEAD (University of Wisconsin, Madison), Salvatore CAPASSO (Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Societies, ISSM-CNR), Marcello D’AMATO (University of Salerno, CELPE), Giuseppe FOLLONI (University of Trento), Sisira JAYASURIYA (Monash University), Martina MENON (University of Verona), Dilip MOOKHERJEE (Boston University), Federico PERALI (University of Verona, ICID), Alessandro TAROZZI (Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE), Denni TOMMASI (Monash University).

2019, 01 February Starting for application
2019, 29 April Deadline for application
2019, May Notification of acceptance
2019, 28 May Deadline for pay the fee
2019, 18 - 28 June Summer school in Prato



Graduate students and post‐docs will be asked to pay a registration fee of €500, while faculty will be asked to pay a fee of €650. The fee will cover the costs of meals and lodging in double or triple room for the duration of the workshop (arrive 17th June 2019 - departure 21st June 2019), but participants have to cover their travel expenses.
Participants  are asked to stay for the entire duration of the summer school. If it not feasible, please specify the duration of the stay in the “note” field in the application form. We will give priority to participants who stay for the entire duration. 

Participants who wish to present a paper should

a) Complete the application form on the conference web site

b) Submit a short CV (pdf file)

c) Upload, no later than April 29, 2019 the complete paper or a detailed and well‐developed research proposal (pdf file).

Other prospective participants who are interested in attending the workshop but do not intend to present a paper are required to fill in the application form only.

The application should be submitted not later than April 29, 2019 (Italian time).

Admissions decision will be announced by May 7, 2019. All applicants will be informed by email about the selection results.

You are asked to pay the fee no later than May 28, 2019.


20% DISCOUNT for groups, where a group is formed by at least two people (either junior or senior) belonging to the same university. To receive the discount please contact us at



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Go to application form and please execute point b) following the instructions.


Where does it take place?

The Summer School takes place at Monastero San Leonardo - Villa del Palco in smiling Prato, Tuscany

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How to get here

By Air

Florence Airport (Peretola) is approximately 25 minutes by car or 40 minutes by bus to Prato. Taxis and regular bus services run between Prato and Florence airport. A one-way taxi fare from Florence airport to the Monash Centre can cost 40-50 euro. Alternatively, there is a bus service operated by CAP bus company, which departs every 15 minutes, located just outside the airport area on the main street. Tickets can be purchased either from a newsagent (Tabacchi) or on board the bus. Major airlines operate out of Florence airport including Alitalia, British Airways, Air France, and Lufthansa.

Pisa Airport is approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes to Prato by train, or 70 minutes by Terravision bus to Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station, Florence. Note that you need to change train twice when arriving from Pisa airport to Prato. Low cost airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet operate from Pisa airport.

Bologna Airport is a 30 minute bus or taxi ride to Bologna train station. From there, it's a 50 minute journey on a regional train to Prato.

Rome Airport (Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino) is 45 minute train journey to Rome Termini train station and 3 hours by train to Prato (involves three train changes).

By Train

Prato is a 25 minute train ride from Florence, approximately 50 minutes from Bologna and 1.5 hours from Pisa. There are two train stations operating in Prato, Prato Centrale and Prato Porta al Serraglio. The train station closest to the Monastero San Leonardo - Villa del Palco is Prato Centrale and is a 30 minute walk or 10 minute by bus. Train timetables are available online on the Trenitalia website

By Bus

Prato can also be reached from Florence by bus, the CAP bus company operates the Prato-Florence line and departs from outside the main Florence train station. If arriving at Prato Centrale railway station, you can take the Linea 11 bus 'Direzione Ciardi', bus stop 'San Bernardino', located 150 metres from the Monastero San Leonardo - Villa del Palco. Bus information is available on the CAP website.