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11 July 2022

Young Economist Prize Competition 2022 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Young Economist Prize Competition hosted by the Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance.


The  Qatar Centre for Global Banking and Finance hosted its second annual Young Economist Prize competition open to PhD students of all nationalities enrolled on a programme in economics or finance. Entrants were asked to submit a research paper on the Centre's 2022 Conference theme: The Role of Central Banks in a Transforming World.

Seven finalists were shortlisted for 2022 and were provided with the opportunity to attend the Center's annual conference in London, where they presented their papers in poster format. Finalists also attended the pre-conference economics careers workshop hosted by the Centre for final-year PhD students.

The winners of the competition were announced during the prize ceremony on 5 July 2022 by Dr Francesca Monti (Qatar Centre for Global & Finance), Professor David Aikman (Director, Qatar Centre for Global & Finance) and Dr Rhys Bidder (Deputy Director, Qatar Centre for Global & Finance). The winning paper received a £5000 cash prize, and the two runner-up papers were awarded a prize of £1000 each.

The Selection Committee for 2022 was comprised of Professor Franck Portier (University College London), Dr Misa Tanaka (Bank of England) and Professor Martin Weale (King’s College London).

2022 Young Economist Prize finalists with David Aikman, Rhys Bidder and Francesca Monti.

Congratulations to the winner and finalists of the 2022 competition


Niklas Schmitz, University of Cambridge: The Downside Risk Channel of Monetary Policy

Runners Up

Ghassane Benmir, London School of Economics: Policy Interaction and the Transition to Clean Technology

Fabricius Somogyi, University of St. Gallen: Dollar Dominance in FX Trading


David Xiaoyu Xu, University of Texas at Austin: Financial Market Structure and the Supply of Safe Assets: An Analysis of the Leveraged Loan Market

Fabian Seyrich, DIW Berlin School of Economics: A Behavioral Heterogeneous Agent New Keynesian Model

Elizaveta Sizova, KU Leuven: Banks' Next Top Model

Hillary Stein, Harvard University: Got Milk? The Effect of Export Price Shocks on Exchange Rates

The next Young Economist Prize competition will take place in Spring 2023.

In this story

David Aikman

Director of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance

Francesca Monti

Advisor, Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance

Rhys Michael Bidder

Deputy Director of the Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance