14th International Conference

Thursday-Sunday, January 11-14, 2018
hosted by the Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Australia

Thank you to the following who helped make the conference an overwhelming success!

  • over 350 registrants who attended from 35 countries
  • University of Newcastle, Newcastle Business School, its staff, student volunteers, and Dean, Morris Altman
  • Daniel McFadden, Orley Ashenfelter, Geoffrey Harcourt, and Abigail Payne for enlightening keynote addresses
  • conference sponsor Queensland University of Technology 
  • and 20 mentors generous with their time in the inaugural Early Career Researcher Workshop program

Congratulations to Rebecca Taylor, University of Sydney, who received the Darwin C. Hall Best Paper Award in the Early Career Researcher Workshop. Twenty researchers and mentors were paired up for a day-long workshop designed to help early career researchers refine their research and presentation skills.

Keynote Addresses

  • Daniel McFadden, University of California, Berkeley, recipient of the 2000 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and WEAI President-Elect, "Stated Preferences"
  • Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, and WEAI President, "Comparing Real Wages: The McWage Project"
  • Abigail Payne, University of Melbourne, "Big and Little Issues Affecting Post-Secondary Education Participation"
  • Geoffrey Harcourt, Emeritus Reader in The History of Economic Theory, Cambridge, 1998; Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, 1998; Professor Emeritus, Adelaide, 1988; Visiting Professorial Fellow, UNSW Australia, 2010–2016; Honorary Professor, UNSW Australia, 2016–2019 (participants dinner speaker), "Can Heterodox Approaches and Heterodox Persons Survive in an Environment of Ruthless Mainstream Hegemony?"


Allied Societies

WEAI International Conferences regularly include participation by Allied Societies that organize anywhere from just a few sessions to an entire conference including membership and board meetings. Whether your group is long-established or simply part of an emerging specialty, WEAI can help bring your members together and increase your visibility within the discipline. For more information, contact sessions@weai.org.


Volunteer Program Participation 

Present a Paper | Deadline August 15, 2017 -- Abstract submission is now closed. Sorry!

Submit the following to WEAI:

  • Abstract of 350 words or less including a statement of the research or policy question and the contribution made by the paper; as well as method(s), model(s) and, if applicable, relevant data including time frame and geographical scope; paper title; and paper topic area (three appropriate codes from the JEL Classification System).
  • Paper presenter's name, professional affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, academic degrees held; same information for coauthors.
  • Paper submission and registration are both included in a single participation fee due at the time of submission. Before November 1, discounted early bird participation fee is US$355 for WEAI members, US$425 for non-members (or join now and save!), and US$200 for students. 
  • Paper presenters will be asked to serve as a discussant for another volunteer paper in order to ensure that everyone receives comments on their research. 

Cancellations: Paper submission portion of participation fee (US$75) is non-refundable if paper is accepted. Before October 15, 50% of the registration portion of fee is refundable. After October 15, the entire fee is non-refundable due to the high administrative cost of reorganizing the affected sessions and participants.

Discounts: WEAI Institutional Member affiliates are eligible for a 20% discount on registration fees (discount issued as a credit after all fees have been paid).


Discuss a Paper or Chair a Session | Deadline August 15, 2017

Discuss a paper and give others the benefits of your expertise. Discussants are needed in all topic areas. Chair a session and foster the exchange of ideas. 

Organized Session Participation 

Organize a Session | Review the Session Organizer Guidelines

Sessions in all areas of economics are welcome.

Members may organize their own sessions. Participation fees are lower for all papers in organized sessions (no paper submission fee applies). WEAI members who are affiliated with a WEAI Institutional Member, and who organize a session, receive complimentary conference registration. For more information, read the Guidelines for Conference Session Organizers. For more information or to submit a session, contact sessions@weai.org.



Registration fees for the 2018 Newcastle conference are projected to be as follows (these apply to attendees NOT presenting a volunteer paper):

  • US$280 for members (add $45 after November 1, 2017)
  • US$350 for non-members (add $45 after November 1, 2017)
  • US$125 for students (add $45 after November 1, 2017)

Cancellations: Before October 15, 50% of the registration fee is refundable. After October 15, the entire fee is non-refundable.

Discounts: WEAI Institutional Member affiliates are eligible for a 20% discount on registration fees (discount issued as a credit after all fees have been paid).

Special Activities

Participant's Dinner & Keynote Address
Saturday 13 January -- 6:45-9:00pm, Newcastle Civic Center (adjacent to UON NeW Space building)

Featuring Geoffrey Harcourt, University of New South Wales, 2010 Joint Veblen - Commons Awardee of the Association for Evolutionary Economics USA. Tickets must be purchased in advance. US$50 per person includes three course meal, wine, and soft drinks.


Hunter Valley Wineries Tour & Dinner
Sunday 14 January -- 1:15-9:00pm

Visit Australia's Hunter Valley with our private WEAI tour featuring noted UON wine historian Julie McIntyre. Tour includes tasting at McGuigan Wines, and tasting and three course meal at Tulloch Wines. Tickets must be purchased in advance. US$125 per person.


Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 11 

8:30 am – 6:00 pm Early Career Researcher Workshop
12:00 n – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
1:00 – 2:15 pm  Welcome and Opening Address by Morris Altman and Abigail Payne, respectively
2:15 – 2:45 pm  Coffee/tea break
2:45 – 4:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
4:45 – 6:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
6:45 – 8:00 pm  Welcome Reception


Friday, January 12

8:00 am – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
8:30 – 10:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/tea break
10:30 – 12:00 pm  Keynote Address by Daniel McFadden
12:00 – 12:45 pm  Lunch
12:45 – 2:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
2:45 – 4:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 4:45 pm  Coffee/tea break
4:45 – 6:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions


Saturday, January 13

8:00 am – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
8:30– 10:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/tea break
10:30 – 12:00 pm  Keynote Address by Orley Ashenfelter
12:00 – 12:45 pm  Lunch
12:45 – 2:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
2:45 – 4:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
4:30 – 4:45 pm  Coffee/tea break
4:45 – 6:30 pm  Concurrent Sessions
6:45 – 9:00 pm  Participants Dinner with address by Geoffrey Harcourt


Sunday, January 14

8:00 am – 12:30 pm  Registration Open
8:30 – 10:15 am  Concurrent Sessions
10:15 – 10:30 am  Coffee/tea break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm  Roundtable Discussion on Immigration with Orley Ashenfelter, Daniel McFadden, Jason Potts, Abigail Payne, and Bob Gregory
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  Lunch
1:15 pm – 9:00 pm  Half-day Hunter Valley Tour & Dinner

Conference Close


Program Committee


  • Morris Altman, Dean, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle
  • Darwin Hall, California State University, Long Beach, and WEAI Emeritus Executive Director
  • Wade Martin, California State University, Long Beach, and WEAI Executive Director

Local Organizing Committee

  • Frank Agbola, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Newcastle
  • Morris Altman, Dean, Newcastle Business School & Professor of Economics, University of Newcastle
  • Matthew Butlin, President of the Central Council of the ESA
  • David Savage, Lecturer, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle
  • Penny Smith, President of the NSW Branch of the ESA
  • Richard Tooth, Director, Sapere Research Group Limited
  • Clevo Wilson, Professor, Queensland University of Technology

Committee Members

  • Chun-Ping Chang, Shih Chien University at Kaohsiung
  • Jack W. Hou, California State University, Long Beach
  • Jun Sung Kim, Monash Business School
  • Tsai-Ching Liu, National Taipei University
  • David G. Mayes, University of Auckland
  • Jordi McKenzie, Macquarie University
  • Paul Mwebaze, CSIRO, Australia
  • Majah-Leah V. Ravago, University of the Philippines School of Economics
  • Massimiliano Tani, University of New South Wales Canberra
  • Wesley W. Wilson, University of Oregon
  • Valentin Zelenyuk, The University of Queensland
  • Joshua Graff Zivin, University of California, San Diego