The Canadian Labour Economics Forum (CLEF) is pleased to announce its annual competition for the best paper written by a Canadian student or recent graduate. The aim of the competition is to recognize and support excellence in early career research and to connect with young labour economists.

Current students or recent graduates (within past two years) from a Canadian university, as well as Canadian students and recent graduates from foreign universities, are eligible to participate.

Submissions must be unpublished, and we ask that the text synthetizing the essence of the research question, the methodology, and the results comprise no more than 15 pages. The rest of the material that supports the analysis (supporting stats, detailed methodology, robustness analysis) can be placed in an appendix. This restriction is intended to highlight the candidate’s ability to communicate with broader audiences. Papers may be written in English or French. Sole-authored papers and papers co-authored with another student or recent graduate (not a supervisor or senior economist) are eligible.

Papers will be reviewed by CLEF’s Scientific Committee. The Committee will select one paper as the winner and two runner-up papers. The winner and runner-ups will receive prizes of $500 and $250, respectively. They will also be expected to present their work in a special CLEF session held during the 2023 Annual Meetings of the Canadian Economic Association in Winnipeg in June. Finally, the winner and runner-ups will be invited to join our 2023 Keynote Speaker for a private dinner during the CEA Meetings.

The submission deadline has been extended to February 24, 2023. Send your paper as an attachment to clef@uwaterloo.ca and include “Prize” in the subject line. You may submit a paper whether or not you have already submitted an abstract to the to the CEA general call for papers (deadline was February 10).