The Department of Economics of the University of Bologna is organizing the 47th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE). The EARIE 2020 Bologna conference takes place on August 28-30, 2020. 

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EARIE 2020 will not proceed in its originally envisioned format. We expect to feature a limited number of invited presentations in an online format (information available soon), but we will not be organizing the traditional parallel sessions. We appreciate your interest in and support of the EARIE Conference and sincerely hope that circumstances will allow the conference to return in a face-to-face format in 2021 and that you will join us then.

EARIE annual conference 

The EARIE Annual Conference provides a yearly platform for delegates and members to present and discuss the latest research in Industrial Economics. The conference attracts more than 400 participants each year from Europe and other parts of the world.


Bologna is the capital and largest city of its region, Emilia Romagna. Its foundation dates back to the VI century BC, when it was the Etruscan city of Felsina, to become Bononia in the Roman age. It has a large and very well preserved medieval centre, full of towers and porticoes. It hosts the oldest university in the western world, officially dating back to 1088, and its population is inflated by a large number of students largely contributing to the town’s flavour and lifestyle.

Submission Details

All interested researchers are invited to submit their papers for potential presentation at EARIE 2020, starting from 31 January 2020 until 17 March 2020 (12:00 noon CET). The submission deadline has been extended to March 31 (12:00 noon CET).

Note: EARIE 2020 papers must conform to the submission guidelines posted on the conference website and be uploaded online as PDF (Portable Document Format) files, using the dedicated Conference Maker link only – no other file formats or delivery modes will be considered. You can only submit and present one paper.

Decision notifications of paper acceptances for EARIE 2020 Bologna will be delivered via e-mail by 14 May 2020.


Conference Programme

The EARIE 2020 conference programme will consist of plenary, contributed, and invited sessions. The EARIE 2020 Scientific Committee is chaired by Leslie Marx (Duke University) with vice-chair Simon Loertscher (University of Melbourne).

We are pleased to announce the three keynote speakers for EARIE 2020:

  • John Asker (University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Natalia Fabra (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)
  • John Vickers (University of Oxford | EARIE President)

The EARIE 2020 invited speakers (confirmed to date) are as follows:

  • David Byrne (University of Melbourne)
  • Giacomo Calzolari (University of Bologna and European University Institute)
  • Gregory Crawford (University of Zurich)
  • Laura Doval (California Institute of Technology)
  • Renato Gomes (Toulouse School of Economics)
  • Marc Ivaldi (Toulouse School of Economics)
  • Louis Kaplow (Harvard University)
  • Scott Kominers (Harvard Business School)
  • Jeanine Miklos-Thal (University of Rochester)
  • Shoshana Vasserman (Stanford University)
  • Julian Wright (National University of Singapore)

Young Economists' Essay Awards

The EARIE Young Economists' Essay Awards (YEEAs) are intended to encourage young researchers to participate in the EARIE Conference. The awards are aimed at exceptionally innovative and high-level papers written by researchers who: (a) are under the age of 35 and (b) have completed their PhD less than 5 years ago. For papers with multiple authors, each author should satisfy both criteria (a) and (b). Each year, the YEEA for the paper that makes the most significant policy contribution is dedicated to the late Paul Geroski; this year will be the 15th time that EARIE bestows this award in Paul Geroski’s memory. (As of 2013, Elsevier has kindly sponsored the YEEA monetary prizes, for which EARIE is very grateful.)

Note: If you wish your paper to be considered for a YEEA prize at EARIE 2020, please indicate this in the corresponding checkbox on the paper submission form.


Contact information

For inquiries about EARIE 2020 Bologna, please contact Luca Lambertini () – the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), or the EARIE 2020 Conference Secretariat ().

For inquiries about EARIE 2020 paper submissions and/or the scientific programme, please contact Leslie Marx ( – the Chair of the Scientific Committee (SC).

Note: Kindly pass on this Invitation & Call for Papers to colleagues & contacts.

We are looking forward to seeing you at EARIE 2020 in Bologna this summer!

With best regards,

EARIE 2020 Bologna team:

  • Leslie Marx (Scientific Committee Chair)
  • Luca Lambertini (Local Organizing Committee Chair)
  • Flavio Delbono (EARIE 2020 LOC)
  • Vincenzo Denicolò (EARIE 2020 LOC)
  • Giulio Ecchia (EARIE 2020 LOC)
  • Enrico Santarelli (EARIE 2020 LOC)