SEA2021 in Tokyo

Jean Paelinck Prize

The Jean Paelinck Prize for Young Researcher is established to recognize and honour the outstanding career and contributions of Professor Jean Paelinck, an internationally recognized spatial econometrician of outstanding merit, who is viewed as one of the fathers of the field of spatial econometrics.

The winner of the Jean Paelinck Prize for Young Researcher: 

Dr. Xieer Dai (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
"The Geographic Origins of Productivity Granularity"

The Jean Paelinck Prize for Young Researcher aims to recognize the research of junior scientists in Spatial Econometrics through paper presentation and in-depth discussion, organized at the World Congress of the Spatial Econometrics Association. Upon acceptance, competing papers will be presented in the Jean Paelinck Sessions, where the young researchers will be given extra time for presentation and receiving feedback. Every paper will be assigned to a discussant, and the sessions will be chaired by senior scientists.
  • Applicant(s) should have received their Ph.D. less than five years ago (by December 31, 2020). In the case of multiple authors this rule applies to all of the authors.
  • All submission items have to be written and presented in English.
  • The paper should be submitted through the submission page of this website.
  • The author(s) have to clearly indicate that the submission is for the Jean Paelinck Prize consideration.
  • Moreover, the applicant(s) should submit proof of the Ph.D. defense year of the Ph.D. certificate via e-mail (
  • A paper selected for the prize must demonstrate innovation excellence in research in Spatial Econometrics. The prize winner will be announced in the closing session.
  • The jury comprising the President of the Spatial Econometrics Association and senior scholars will appraise and rank the papers.