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Call for Papers – The First Annual Amartya Sen Prize Competition

Amartya SenSubmission Deadline: October 5, 2014

The Yale Global Justice Program, Global Financial Integrity, and Academics Stand Against Poverty invite submissions of original essays on illicit financial flows to the first annual Amartya Sen Prize Competition. Prizes are named in honor of Amartya Sen whose work has shown how the rigor of economic thinking can be brought to bear on normative and practical questions of great human significance.

Illicit financial flows are international movements of funds that have been illegally earned or are being illegally transferred or utilized. Such flows may involve proceeds of corruption or other crimes – or be associated with efforts to evade corporate or individual taxation. According to the NGO Global Financial Integrity, developing countries are especially harshly affected by illicit financial outflows, losing some $6 trillion in the decade ending in 2011 and about $1 trillion annually more recently.

The 2014 Amartya Sen Prize Competition is soliciting original essays of ca. 7,000 to 9,000 words on how illicit financial flows are related to global poverty and inequality. Such essays could be empirical, analyzing for instance the distributional impact of illicit financial flows on the evolution of poverty or inequality. They could be normative, reflecting perhaps on who bears what responsibilities for the relevant adverse effects of illicit financial outflows from the developing world. Or they might be practical, defending a feasible and politically realistic reform idea that would help curtail such outflows, for example.

The best entries are to be presented at an international conference, November 7-9, 2014, at Yale University and subsequently to be published as a special issue of a prominent journal. In addition, at least two of the winning essays will be graced with a monetary award: a first prize of $5,000 and a second prize of $3,000. Professor Sen has expressed his readiness to join us for the conference presentations.

Entries should be e-mailed to Rachel Payne at rachel@academicsstand.org and must reach her by October 5, 2014. We ask that entries be anonymized to facilitate blind refereeing. Quality judgments will be made by an expert jury, whose decisions are final.


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