Call for Papers – “The Economics of Commodity Markets”

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) will host the first of two meetings on “The Economics of Commodity Markets” to discuss emerging issues in commodity markets and their implications for finance, monetary economics, and macroeconomics.

The first workshop is scheduled for October 27, 2012 at Stanford University to discuss the role of commodities in global economic activity. It will be structured to promote discussions and debates on the strength and limitations of the extant literature, and the pressing issues for future research. Researchers are invited to submit proposals to present research at any stage of completion, and volunteers are welcome to indicate that they would be prepared to participate on panels that will critically address the current state of our understanding of the issues under the workshop themes. Submissions from researchers early in their careers, and from researchers who are not NBER affiliates, are encouraged.

The workshop themes include:

  • The “financialization” of commodity futures markets
  • The informational role of commodity prices
  • The global impact of commodity prices on inflation and economic growth
  • Emerging economies and commodities

Deadline for Submission of Papers or Proposals

The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2012, and papers or proposals should be sent by email to and under the title “submission to NBER Commodity Workshop”. Only those chosen as presenters or panelists will be notified.

Click Commodities Meeting Call for Papers for details. For further enquiry, contact the organizers: Ken Singleton ( and Wei Xiong (