Public economic theory, particularly with the recent intense interest in political economy, tax competition, multi-lateral agreements, and multi-jurisdiction issues, including secession, devolution, and monetary unions, is at the forefront of economic theory. There are few large-scale conferences where researchers from leading research institutions around the world can meet and interact.
One such conference was the 1st APET (Association for Public Economic Theory) conference held at the University of Alabama in 1998. (APET is the non-profit association of researchers connected with the Journal of Public Economic Theory, published by Blackwell.) The 1998 conference, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Mercedes-Benz Corporation and the University of Alabama, attracted approximately 100 researchers from Europe, the US, Canada and Japan.
The second APET conference, PET 2000, is to be held at the University of Warwick July 20-23, 2000. Although the deadline for submissions is not until March 1st, already more than 100 individuals have indicated their intent to participate. In view of this, we expect that there will be approximately 200 to 250 participants in total.
The conference organisers have already obtained significant funding from the British Academy, the ESRC Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, and from the University of Warwick. The purpose of this proposal is to obtain funding for young researchers (35 or under) to participate in the conference.
Broadly, the purposes of the conference are:
a) To stimulate and advance research in public economics
b) To further the interaction between individuals doing research in public economics and other researchers interested in public policy issues and/or the theoretical challenges presented by public economics,
c) To enhance the (well-deserved) reputation of European scholars in public economics,
d) To advance the training of young European researchers in public economics and related areas.