Best Paper Competition

This competition is on hold until further notice.

Through the generous contributions of supporters, foundations and alumni the Department of Economics is able to offer the following competition and scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. In all cases, students must be officially declared economics majors and in good standing.

The Department of Economics currently runs two research competitions for students. Papers must be developed under the guidance of an SJSU Economics faculty member, and must be examples of academic economics research.

Student Research

This competition is on hold until further notice.

At the end of each semester, students may submit an original scholarly paper they have produced. A committee of current economics faculty will judge the submissions. Each semester we make several awards, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in undergraduate and graduate categories. 

Winners will be invited to present their research at the Annual Economics Award Ceremony during the Spring semester, and are invited to present their work at the annual meetings of the Association for Private Enterprise Education in either the undergraduate poster competition or in a graduate student session. Winners will be awarded scholarships to help defray the cost of attending. Past meetings have been held in Las Vegas, Maui, Bahamas, Cancun, among others. Students must be 21 years of age by the start of the conference to attend. 

See past Best Paper Competition Winners.

How to Apply

This competition is on hold until further notice.

Complete the Best Paper Competition Application via Google Docs, you will upload your paper to the application form. If you are unable to upload the file, please email it to with the subject "Best Paper Competition."

Submissions are due on the dates listed in the table below.

Competition Deadline Anticipated Award
Fall Competition December 18th First Prize $1,500
Second Prize $1,000
Third Prize $500
Spring Competition May 17th First Prize $1,500
Second Prize $1,000
Third Prize $500

For Questions

Dr. Matthew HolianDr. Matthew Holian
Department Chair and Professor
Director, Research and Proposal Competitions
DMH 131