Finance and enterprise affairs: Call for papers

It is easy to say that in policy planning we need to move away from a narrow focus on material growth to a broader notion of well-being and inclusiveness, but how do we go about it?

This call for papers is directed at young researchers and PhD-level students. We are looking for fresh ideas that challenge our thinking on how government policies in the areas of competition,corporate governancecapital markets and financial services,international investment and foreign bribery can have an impact on our well-being as defined by the OECD's Better Life Initiative. 

The call for papers will include a total of five challenges, starting with the Competition Policy Challenge. The other challenges will be rolled out consecutively over the next few months.




CHALLENGE NO.1 Competition policy is about making business more competitive, whether through reforming government policies that restrict competition, or applying competition law against cartels and other abuses. How could competition policy affect the quality of life as measured by the OECD's Better Life Initiative? How can competition policy help make the lives of citizens better?


The prize

The winning paper(s) from each Challenge will be published in an OECD Working Paper series and distributed and promoted on the OECD online platforms. An overall winning paper will be designated by the Jury and the author (or a nominated representative, if a team effort) will be offered an internship of limited duration in the OECD Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs.

How to apply

Send your paper, a short curriculum vitae and contact information by midnight CET on 31 March 2014 to


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