Call for Papers

The Call for Papers can be downloaded here as a plaintext version (PDF).

Submissions of abstracts or full papers consistent with one of the conference topics, or their interaction, or with related issues such as corruption, social benefit fraud, etc. are welcome. Papers may be theoretical, empirical, experimental, agent-based, etc. Submissions can be made at any time, but should be made no later than April 15, 2009, to:

Acceptance for presentation will be communicated no later than May 15, 2009.

Keynote Speakers
Keynote speakers will give talks on specific topics of interest. They include James Alm (Georgia State University, USA), Axel Dreher (University of Göttingen and KOF/ETH Zürich, Switzerland), John Duffy (University of Pittsburgh, USA) and Friedrich Schneider (University of Linz, Austria).

Papers presented at the conference may be submitted to the organizers in due course after the conference for possible inclusion into a conference volume, which will be published by a well known international publisher. The volume by Pickhardt and Shinnick (2008),  The Shadow Economy, Corruption and Governance may serve as an example.

The conference will take place at the University of Muenster (Münster), Germany. Münster is located in the northwest of Germany, near Dortmund and Bremen and fairly close to the Netherlands. Münster was founded in the year 805 and became well known when the Thirty Years War ended in 1648 as a result of a peace treaty signed in Münster`s town hall. Today, the restored city center with its arcades, churches, narrow alleys, lively squares, pubs and street cafes is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Münster can be reached via its international airport Münster/Osnabrück or, alternatively, via the airports of Bremen, Dortmund, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt. Münster is also well connected with the German high speed train system.

The conference is organized by Michael Pickhardt and Aloys Prinz, Institute of Public Economics, Münster School of Business and Economics, University of Muenster, Germany.

Please look at this conference homepage for further information, or contact the conference coordinators at