for Young Scholars


Francesco Pastore Young Economist Award

AISSEC announces the first edition of the young economist award in memory of Francesco Pastore, who passed away prematurely on July 13th, 2022, at the age of 56. Former Professor of Economics at Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, he was also the country lead for Italy of the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and a member of the executive board of the European Association of Comparative Economic Studies (EACES) and of the Italian Association for the Study of Comparative Economic Systems (AISSEC).

Francesco Pastore was a devoted teacher and a passionate scholar. His research interests covered a variety of topics and policy issues, related in particular to the young generations. The idea is thus to commemorate his contribution by supporting young researchers and give them an opportunity to make their studies more visible.

Established in 2024, the Award is meant for the best paper presented at the AISSEC biannual conference by scholars up to 40 years of age. In the case of a jointly written paper, all authors must comply with the age requirement at the deadline for submission. Each author may submit only one paper. The prize amounts to €500.

Innovative and methodologically rigorous papers adopting a comparative perspective (especially pertaining to the research fields Francesco Pastore was mainly interested in: Education, Labour, Development and Transition economics) will be subject to evaluation by a Commission comprising members of the AISSEC Executive Board and one external expert. To be considered, the authors should manifest their intention to participate in selection procedure at the stage of submission through the conference webpage and include a declaration that (each of) the author(s) is under the age of forty. The deadline for submission of the full paper is May 12th, 2024.

The prize will be announced and awarded during the Conference, to be held in Vicenza on 13-14th June 2024. Updated information about the conference can be found at:

Past Awards

During the Biennial Scientific Conference, the Association assigned awards to the best doctoral or degree dissertations in the fields of comparative economics.

The AISSEC doctoral prize for 2016 was awarded during the 57th Annual Conference of the Italian Economic Association held in Milano (University "L. Bocconi") on 20-22 October 2016. The Committee’s final decision was to award the prize ex-aequo to Andrea Albanese (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy), for his dissertation entitled Employment of young and older workers: three policy evaluations, and to Chiara Assunta Ricci (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy), for her dissertation entitled Essays on the middle class.

During the AISSEC 2014 conference the prize was awarded to Irene Monasterolo (University of Bologna, Italy), for a doctoral dissertation entitled: Analysing convergence of agricultural and rural areas in the enlarged EU: the case of Hungary.