12-13 August 2021
Berlin, Germany
Europe/Berlin timezone

Dear Colleagues,

The Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance is pleased to announce that they will host the seventh annual conference “Contests: Theory and Evidence”, to be held on Thursday 12 August and Friday 13 August 2021, at the historical Harnack House of the Max-Planck-Society in Berlin, Germany.

We invite theoretical, experimental, and empirical work on any aspect of contests. This year we specifically encourage submissions beyond economics: including but not limited to psychology, neuroscience, management, sports, biology, computer science etc.

The committee of organizers is:


The organizers chair the programme committee.
Other members of the programme committee are:

Dawei Fang, University of Gothenburg
Yiquan Gu, University of Liverpool
Joo Young Jeon, University of Reading
Alex Krumer, Molde University College
Igor Letina, University of Bern
Florian Morath, University of Innsbruck
Anwesha Mukherjee, TUM School of Management
Tuvana Pastine, Maynooth University
Christian Riis, Norwegian Business School
Marco Sahm, University of Bamberg
Christian Seel, Maastricht University
Marco Serena, MPI for Tax Law & Public Finance
Dana Sisak, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Galina Zudenkova, TU Dortmund University

You might have been a participant in, or aware of, the annual conferences on “Contests: Theory and Evidence”, that took place at the University of East Anglia (Please see the conference webpage for further details: https://sites.uea.ac.uk/cbess/events/contests-theory-and-evidence-conference). The conference described here is the continuation of this conference series.


The Keynote Speaker for this event is
Professor (em.) Vicki Bier,
University of Wisconsin-Madison


Key dates:
Call for papers opens: 20 February 2021
Submission deadline: 03 May 2021 (extended to 10 May 2021)
Acceptance decision: 17 May 2021
Registration deadline: 01 June 2021
Conference: 12 - 13 August 2021

Berlin, Germany
Ihnestraße 16-20
  • Subhasish Chowdhury
  • Kai A. Konrad
  • Dan Kovenock

We hope that a format will be possible in which at least some of the participants will physically come to Berlin, but we are also preparing technically so that virtual participation will allow intellectual interaction between the participants.