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91st Annual Conference | June 29- July 3, 2016

Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Oregon

Portland5/24/16 -- The final preliminary program is now available! Participants will receive the password to open to the directory via email on 5/24/16.

The conference room block is now full. There are still rooms available at the Hilton, but not at the WEAI group rate. Rooms come available in the group block as the conference approaches, so check with the Hilton periodically to see if you can move your reservation into the group block. 

Keynote Addresses will be given by Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley, 2009 John Bates Clark Medal and 2010 MacArthur Fellow, on “Income and Wealth Inequality: Evidence and Policy Implications”, and by WEAI President David Card, University of California, Berkeley, 1995 John Bates Clark Medal, on "What Gets In? Editorial Decisions at Top Economics Journals."

Preliminary Program (rev 5/24/16) | Participants Directory (rev 5/24/16)
Housing Information | Register to Attend | Portland Tours
Become an Allied Society | Exhibitor Information | Session Info & Instructions


13th International Conference | January 3-6, 2017

Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Casa Central campus, Santiago


Online volunteer submission is now open. Abstracts covering all areas of economics are welcome (include a statement of the research or policy question addressed and the contribution made by your paper, as well as method(s), model(s), and relevant data, if applicable). Submissions will be reviewed in the fall and participation confirmations sent by email. Discussants and chairs are always needed as well.

Organize your own session on a topic of your choice! Review the Session Organizer Guidelines for more information or email sessions@weai.org with questions.

If you are part of another society that could use greater visibility as well as enjoy the economies of scale meeting with a larger group affords, consider becoming an Allied Society

Keynote Addresses include Robert F. Engle, New York University Stern School of Business, recipient of the 2003 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, and WEAI 2016-17 President-Elect, "Real Wage Rates Across Countries and Over Time," and Ignacio Sánchez Diaz, President, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile.

Participation InformationTentative Schedule | Participating Allied Societies 
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2016 Graduate Student Dissertation Workshop Students Selected

WEAI thanks the fifty-two highly-qualified applicants who were reviewed and ranked by this year's selection committee. The top sixteen students listed below will participate in a two-day workshop, held during the 91st Annual Conference, focused on job market paper presentation and interview skills, followed by a mock interview and coaching with a panel of four interviewers designed to closely resemble a typical ASSA interview experience. The 2016 Graduate Student Workshop groups included the following:

Group #1 | Empirical Investigations in Education and International Trade
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University 

  • Barbara Biasi, Stanford University - Department of Economics
    Unions, Wages and The Composition of the Teaching Body: Evidence from Wisconsin
  • Felix L. Friedt, University of Oregon - Department of Economics
    The Varying Effectiveness of Trade Policy in the Presence of Endogenous Transport Costs: An Empirical Investigation of the Importance of the Backhaul Problem to the Determination of Trade
  • Sharat Ganapati, Yale University - Department of Economics
    The Modern Wholesaler: International Sourcing, Local Market Power, and Gains from Trade
  • Lester R. Lusher, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
    College Better: Parimutuel Betting Markets as a Commitment Device and Monetary Incentive

Group #2 | Education, Labor Markets, Healthcare and Culture
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University

  • Brenda Samaniego de la Parra, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    Choosing Informality? Sorting in Mexico's Labor Market
  • Atul Gupta, Stanford University -  Department of Economics
    Hospital Agency and Quality of Care: Evidence from Medicare Readmissions Reductions
  • Ciprian Domnisoru, Carnegie Mellon University - School of Public Policy and Management
    Overeducation, College Major Choice and Parental Background
  • James V. Marrone, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    Culture as a Habit: Assimilation and Language Learning Over the Lifecycle

Group #3 | Programs and Policies Affecting Human Capital, Child Development, Hospital Stays and Consumer Behavior
Advisor: Brian Duncan, University of Colorado

  • Teresa Molina, University of Southern California - Department of Economics
    The Human Capital and Labor Market Effects of in-Utero Exposure to Pollution
  • Victor A. C. Ronda, Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    Maternal Mental Health and Child Development
  • Liam Rose, University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics
    The Effects of Skilled Nursing Facility Care: Regression Discontinuity Evidence from Medicare
  • Rebecca L. Taylor, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics
    Giving Plastic Bags the Sack: The Effect of Disposable Carryout Bag Policies on Food Purchasing Behavior

Group #4 | Health, Education and Welfare
Advisor: Bruce McGough, University of Oregon

  • Serena Canaan, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    Parental Leave, Intra-Household Specialization and Children's Well-Being
  • Peter Hull, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Economics
    Improving Hospital Quality Estimation with Instruments
  • Lindsey K. Novak, University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics
    Change of Heart: Explaining Shifting Opinions of Female Genital Cutting
  • Evan Riehl, Columbia University - Department of Economics
    The Role of Admission Exams in the Student-College Fit
Attention Singapore Paper Presenters!

The deadline to submit your conference paper for free to EI or CEP is July 30. WEAI members receive complimentary journal submission on papers presented at WEAI conferences if submitted within six months. Non-members are welcome to join at the time of submission to take advantage of this offer.

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Welcome to WEAI's Newest Institutional Members!


  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • University of Southern California


  • Cornell University


  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Pomona College
  • Portland State University
  • Seattle University
  • Soochow University
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Maryland at College Park

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