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Nordic Conference in Development Economics, NCDE 2023

Welcome to the 21st Nordic Conference in Development Economics which will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden on June 13-15, 2023.

This yearly conference serves as a meeting point for development economists active in the Nordic countries, but is also targeted more generally to academic researchers in Europe and beyond with a special aim to provide an arena for junior scholars to present their work.

Below you find contact information and important dates to keep track of. More information on program, keynote speakers, venue, registration and other practicalities will follow in due course.

Call for papers

The conference is open for submissions within any sub-field of development economics. PhD students are encouraged to submit papers and to participate in the conference. This will be an excellent opportunity for economists working on development issues to share their ongoing research with a wide range of colleagues from all Nordic countries as well as participants from other countries.


Submission deadline: 15 February, 2023 (Submission Form )
Decisions on submissions: 5 March, 2023
Registration closes: 15 May, 2023
Conference: 13-15 June, 2023

Keynote speakers

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Chris Blattman

Keynote address on the 13th of June (via video link).

Chris Blattman is an economist and political scientist who uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political engagement, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. He is a professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Martina Björkman Nyqvist

Keynote address on the 14th of June.

Martina Björkman Nyqvist is an economist whose interests include development economics, health economics, public service delivery, and the economics of education. She has done research projects in Uganda, Nigeria, Lesotho, India, and Sweden. Martina is the Carl Bennet & Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Professor in Economics at Stockholm School of Economics.

E. Somanathan

Keynote address on the 15th of June.

E. Somanathan is a professor in the Economics and Planning unit, Indian Statistical Institute (ISI), Delhi and the Program Director of the Centre for research on the Economics of Climate, Food, Energy and Environment (CECFEE). His research is in the economics of environment and development and microeconomic theory.


The program will be updated with more details closer to the conference.

June 13

Afternoon parallel sessions and plenary session on conflict. Evening reception.

June 14

Full day with morning plenary session and parallel sessions. Conference dinner.

June 15

Full day with morning plenary session on climate & development, and parallel sessions. 

Registration & Practicalities

Conference participants are expected to finance travel and accommodation by their own means or by support from their home universities. There is no conference fee. The conference will take place in Gothenburg. More info coming soon.

Contact information

For all questions regarding the conference please contact the organising committee at