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The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) hosted the 17th Spring Meeting of Young Economists (SMYE). We believe it was a great success and thank everybody who attended or otherwise contributed.

The Spring Meeting of Young Economists is intended to give non-tenured young economists such as PhD students, post-docs, assistant professors, and equivalents a chance to meet, present and discuss their work.

The conference is organised "by young economists for young economists" and covers the whole spectrum of economic endeavour. All participants are given an opportunity to present their research and are encouraged to exchange ideas which are directly or indirectly related to their research and to the work of their fellow economists.

The SMYE is an annually held conference which started out as a small gathering of economists at the University of Essen in 1996. Since then, it has expanded rapidly and received up to 800 applications in the last years. To maintain a relaxed atmosphere and prevent the anonymity large conferences might suffer from, the number of presenters will not exceed 200.

Picture Gallery of the SMYE 2012 Conference