IRSA-BKF Paper Awards on Economic Disruptions and Government Responses

IRSA would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 2022 IRSA-BKF Paper Awards:

  • Dimas Prasetyo (Nudgeplus), Lury Sofyan (Nudgeplus), Pyan Amin Muchtar (Nudgeplus and ERIA), and Dwiana Piarah (Universitas Hasanuddin) for their paper: “Nudging people to handwash during the pandemic: The use of visual priming and saliency”.
  • Daniel Halim (World Bank), Sean Hambali (World Bank), and Ririn Salwa Purnamasari (World Bank) for their paper: “Faux progress: Narrowing of gender gaps in employment during the onset of COVID-19 in Indonesia”.
  • Militcyano Samuel Sapulette (ERIA), Nury Effendi (CEDS-Universitas Padjadjaran), Vera Intanie Dewi (FE-Universitas Parahyangan), Fitri Hastuti (CEDS-Universitas Padjadjaran), Eva Ervani (CEDS-Universitas Padjadjaran), and Anhar Fauzan Priyono (CEDS-Universitas Padjadjaran) for their paper: “Interregional assessments of MSME credit channeling amid the pandemic: Analyzing the role of the digital business environment”.

Eligible Topics

The special session of IRSA BKF aims to present an innovative and insightful paper on the impacts of economic disruptions on national and regional economic growths. In particular, the special session is allocated for discussing the impact of economic disruptions and challenges to recover from the disruptions. Several topics, but are not limited, are:

  1. Short-run impacts of economic disruptions. These disruption could include movement restrictions, declining productivity, and rising logistic costs.
  2. Medium to long-run impacts of economic disruptions on, among others, education, labor market and changing regional and global trade patterns.
  3. Roles of central and local governments in softening the short-run impacts of economic disruptions. Particular interests are analysing challenges and strategies of central and local governments in tackling medium to the long-run impacts of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Award

The selected papers will receive Rp. 2,000,000.- (Rupiah two million) per paper and an opportunity to present at the IRSA-BKF special session on Economic Disruptions and Government Responses. Further, the authors will be given the option to have their works published in the BKF-MOF accredited journal, Kajian Ekonomi dan Keuangan ( or in the IRSA Book Series on Regional Development.


The world, including Indonesia, has strived to tackle numerous economic disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years. The disruption started with rapid and frequent movement restrictions, global value chain disorder, diminishing productivity, and emerging risks of scarring effects in the labor market. Besides those significant economic disruptions, society should move from pandemic to endemic stages. Transitioning from pandemic to endemic would be a great challenge due to rising uncertainty, especially for the government due to limited fiscal space and limited policy options.

Despite those economic disruptions and uncertainty of transitioning into the endemic stage, there are several opportunities for the government to shape the future path of Indonesia. The policy that is implemented should be constructed based on solid research. Hence, innovations and ideas on the government policy, both at national and local levels, during and post COVID-19 are essential.

The conference offers a venue for deep discussions and disseminating these innovations and ideas to greater audiences. The special session of IRSA and BKF invites scholars to submit their papers on these particular issues, in particular on the economic disruptions and government responses. Hopefully, the session could bring together fresh innovations and ideas on how the government should support society to adopt a new normal post COVID-19 pandemic and transition smoothly from pandemic to endemic stages.

How to Apply?

All papers related to the topics mentioned above submitted for presentation at the 17th IRSA International Conference will be considered for these IRSA-BKF Paper Awards. Three papers will be selected as winners. The papers should be presented at the conference, and all the terms and conditions of the IRSA Conference will apply to all applicants, i.e., paying the registration fee.


  • Deadline for submitting an abstract: 4 April 2022
  • Deadline for submitting the full paper: 15 June 2022
  • Notification of Winners: 13 July 2022


Extended paper abstract of about 500 words should be submitted online via by 4 April 2022. The abstract should include background, data and methodology, potential contributions, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the full paper.