Featured Speakers

Peter Diamond
Peter Diamond
Robert Engle
Robert Engle
John Shoven
John Shoven
Masaaki Shirakawa
Masaaki Shirakawa
Naoyuki Yoshino
Naoyuki Yoshino

Participating Allied Societies

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

Questions? Call 714-965-8800 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

15th International Conference, Keio University, Mita Campus

Conference Information

Present a Volunteer Paper | Deadline passed. Sorry!

Information needed for abstract review committee:

  • 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, 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. Participation fee is US$365 for WEAI members, US$435 for non-members (or join now and save!), and US$210 for students. Participation fee is fully refundable if abstract submission is not accepted for the program.

  • 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. 

Discounts: WEAI Institutional Member affiliates are eligible for a 20% discount on registration fees. For the code to take the discount at checkout, contact your designated representative or contact us at 1-714-965-8800 or [email protected].

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Discuss a Paper or Chair a Session

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. If you are interested in serving as a discussant or chair, but are not presenting a volunteer paper, please email [email protected].

Organize a Session

Sessions in all areas of economics are welcome.

Organize your own session and take charge of all the details including the quality of the papers presented. Scheduling preference given to organized 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 [email protected].

Early Career Researcher Workshop | Deadline passed. Sorry!

21 March 2019 | Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Designed to help early career researchers refine their research and presentation skills.  Each researcher is paired with a mentor for a one-day intensive workshop. Selected participants are expected to also present their research in a volunteer concurrent conference session. Conference participation fees are waived for selected papers. A best paper prize will be awarded.

Workshop Schedule
8:30 am    Welcome coffee and tea service
9:00 am    Researchers and mentors meet one on one to discuss paper in detail
10:00 am  Researcher/mentor pairs regroup into workshop sessions for presentations and comments
11:30 am  Lunch break and Opening Keynote Address
2:15 pm    Refreshment break
2:30 pm    Reconvene for continuation of workshop sessions for presentations and comments
4:30 pm    Recap and debrief
6:30 pm    Welcome Reception

To Submit an Application
Please email your CV and an abstract of no more than 1000 words (please title PDF file “<lastname>-abstract.pdf”) to Andra Johnson at WEAI ([email protected]).  Please, no password protection in your pdf security settings.

Criteria for Selection
Participant selection is based on topic importance, and originality of ideas and techniques.

Program Timeline
Application deadline:  November 1, 2018
Selections announced:  December 1, 2018
Complete paper to mentor (< 6,000 words, excluding appendices):  February 18, 2019

Workshop Chair
Ippei Fujiwara
Professor, Faculty of Economics
Keio University

Questions? Contact [email protected]


Registration fees below apply to everyone except volunteer paper presenters (see participation/registration fee information on Program Participation  tab):

  • US$290 for members (add $50 after February 1, 2019)
  • US$360 for non-members (add $50 after February 1, 2019)
  • US$135 for students (add $50 after February 1, 2019)
  • US$100 for non-economist guests over 18 years of age

Discounts: WEAI Institutional Member affiliates are eligible for a 20% discount on registration fees. For the code to take the discount at checkout, contact your designated representative or call us at 714-965-8800.

Benefits: 1) Conference program and complimentary conference bag. 2) Admittance to all general and concurrent sessions; coffee breaks; and Welcome Reception. 3) Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current WEAI members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by September 30, 2019.

Policies: Program participants must register to remain on the conference program. Everyone over the age of 18 must register, including spouses and adult guests. Badges are required at all conference events, including sessions, coffee breaks, receptions, and special activities. Early registration closes on February 1, after which fees increase $50. 

Special Activities

Participant's Dinner & Keynote Address | Saturday, March 23 -- 6:45-9:00 pm
Featuring keynote address by Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute. Purchase your tickets during the registration process, or log back in and add them to your registration at a later date. Advance ticket purchase required. 

Post-Conference Tour | Sunday, March 24 -- 1:15 pm
Tour to be determined. Details coming soon!

Special Activity General Information:

  • Children (of all ages) must have a ticket for all special activities.
  • Special activity ticket(s), will be included in the registration packet you will receive on-site.
  • Space is limited for special activities.
  • Please purchase or reserve all special activity tickets by March 1.
  • Special acitivity ticket cancellations must be made in writing by March 1 to receive a refund. We are unable to give refunds for late cancellations.

Housing Information and Reservations

Past experience with WEAI international conferences has been that attendees are free spirited in their preferences for housing, and more often than not, the vast majority of contracted rooms go unutilized as the internet serves up such a tempting array of options from a budget Airbnb studio apartment to a luxury suite in a boutique hotel.

Luckily, housing is plentiful in Tokyo and choices depend on your budget and sense of adventure. So whether you wish to experience a Japanese capsule hotel, or the Godzilla-themed Hotel Gracery, it's entirely up to you.

A very small number of rooms have been set aside for WEAI conference attendees at two properties near the Mita campus of Keio University.



The Celestine Tokyo Shiba

3-23-1 Shiba, Minato 105-0014, Tokyo Prefecture

  • 1.3 km from Keio University, Mita campus
  • 10 minutes on foot, 5 minutes by taxi
  • Rates may be lower going directly to the Celestine website, depending on how far out you book your room, so check there first.
  • Rates quoted, including breakfast, are
    Moderate Double 22,800-24,800JPY
    Superior Double 24,800-26,800JPY
    Superior Twin 26,800-29,800JPY
  • To book at the above rates, click here





Sheraton Miyako Hotel Tokyo

1-1-50, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo

  • 1.7 km from Keio University, Mita campus
  • 20 minutes on foot, 6 minutes by taxi
  • Rates quoted are
    Comfort Superior Twin Non-smoking Room
       1 guest/room ー 26,336JPY; w/breakfast 29,068JPY
       2 guests/room ー 29,900JPY; w/breakfast 35,364JPY
    Comfort Deluxe Twin Non-smoking Room
       1 guest/room ー 31,088JPY; w/breakfast 33,820JPY 
       2 guests/room ー 34,652JPY; w/breakfast 40,316JPY
    Executive Floor Superior King Non-smoking Room
       1 guest/room ー 38,216JPY
       2 guests/room ー 44,156JPY
  • To request discount code, email [email protected]


Tentative Schedule

Thursday, March 21 
8:30 am – 6:00 pm Early Career Researcher Workshop
12:00 – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
1:00 – 2:15 pm  Welcome and Opening Address by John Shoven, Stanford University, “Alternative Ways of Measuring Age and Their Consequences”
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, March 22
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 Peter Diamond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "Good Pension Design"
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, March 23
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 Robert Engle, New York University, "A Financial Approach to Climate Risk"
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 Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean, Asian Development Bank Institute

Sunday, March 24
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 Demographics, Aging, and Pensions including Robert EngleDaniel McFaddenJohn Shoven, and Masaaki Shirakawa (former Governor of the Bank of Japan)
12:30 pm  Half-day Tour TBD

Conference Close

Preliminary programs will be posted here beginning in mid-December!

Program Committee

Committee Chairs

  • Ippei Fujiwara, Keio University, and Australian National University
  • Wade Martin, WEAI Executive Director

Session Organizers

  • Hideo Akabayashi, Keio University
  • Robert Z. Aliber, University of Chicago
  • Morris Altman, Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle, Australia
  • Samuel Amponsah, Tokyo International University
  • Eugene Beaulieu, University of Calgary
  • Tibor Besedes, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Syon Bhanot, Swarthmore College
  • Kimberly Burnett, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • C. Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
  • Santiago Carbo-Valverde, CUNEF, Bangor University, Funcas
  • Yee Keong Choy, Keio University
  • Alberto Chong, Georgia State University
  • Hope Corman, Rider University
  • Lawrence Dacuycuy, De La Salle University
  • Takero Doi, Keio University
  • Thomas Durfee, University of Minnesota
  • Zadia Feliciano, Queens College, City University of New York
  • Jack Hou, California State University, Long Beach
  • Tony Shih-Hsun Hsu, National Taiwan University
  • Tokuo Iwaisako, Hitotsubashi University
  • Georgios Karras, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Hyeongwoo Kim, Auburn University
  • Changkeun Lee, Yonsei University
  • Huey-Lin Lee, National Chengchi University
  • Michael A. Leeds, Temple University
  • Chih-Yung Lin, Yuan Ze University
  • Qing Liu, Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • Shunsuke Managi, Kyushu University
  • Pawel Mlodkowski, Miyazaki International College
  • Teresa Molina, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Samuel L. Myers, University of Minnesota
  • John J. Oh, Finance ICT Convergence Association
  • Siqi Pan, University of Melbourne
  • Mitkidis Panagiotis, Aarhus University and Duke University
  • Minsoo Park, Sungkyunkwan University
  • Michael Ransom, Brigham Young University
  • Majah-Leah V. Ravago, Ateneo de Manila and Philippine Economic Society
  • Francisco Rodriguez, United Nations Development Programme
  • James Roumasset, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Miki Seko, Musashino University and Keio University
  • Tommy Tang, Queensland University of Technology
  • Shinji Teraji, Yamaguchi University
  • Clevo Wilson, Queensland University of Technology
  • Masashi Yamamoto, University of Toyama
  • Takashi Yoshida, Kanazawa Seiryo University
  • Naoyuki Yoshino, Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Valentin Zelenyuk, The University of Queensland


Haneda International Airport (officially known as Tokyo International Airport) is the closest international airport to Keio University and surrounding hotels. If flights into Haneda are not available, Narita International Airport is slightly farther away, but still easily accessible.

Passport and Visa

To visit Japan, you must have a valid passport. Visa requirements differ depending on your country of permanent residence. View the visa application requirements for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan fo rmore information. To request an invitation letter for a visa application letter, email [email protected]. Invitation letters will only be issued to people who are registered to attend the conference.

Map of Keio University, Mita Campus

All sessions will be held in the South School Building of Keio University, Mita Campus. Enter the campus through the Main Gate (South Gate), and the South School Building is directly ahead. Visit http://www.keio.ac.jp/en/maps/mita.html for a campus map and information on sub

Audio-Visual Equipment

A computer and LCD projector and screen will be provided in each meeting room for conference presenters. 

Important Dates

December 15: Registration cancellation deadline with 50% refund. After December 15, entire fee is non-refundable
February 1: Last day to pre-register at reduced rates.
March 1: Deadline to purchase/reserve special activity tickets.
March 1: Paper presenters circulate papers to all session participants.

Cancellation and Refund Policies

  • Cancellations must be received in writing. Please e-mail [email protected].

  • Program participants must advise the participants in their session(s) of their cancellation.

  • Refunds for program participants:
    On or before December 15, fifty percent (50%) of participation fee is refundable. After December 15, the participation fee is non-refundable due to the high administrative cost of rearranging the affected sessions and participants.

  • Refunds for all others, not on the program: 
    On or before March 1, the full registration fee is refundable, less $25 handling fee. After March 1, the registration fee is non-refundable.

  • Membership dues are non-refundable.

  • Refunds will be processed after the conference and are subject to a $25 handling fee.

WEAI’s 15th International Conference offers opportunities for you, as an exhibitor, advertiser, or sponsor, to reach hundreds of economists from around the world.  You can meet new prospects through: 

A Table Top Display. 
To maximize exposure to the conference attendees, table top exhibits will be held in the WEAI registration area for the duration of the conference. 

Program Advertising.
WEAI’s international conference program, an 80-page attendees’ guide to the more than 100 conference sessions plus participant contact information, is used as a reference after, as well as during, the conference.  So your program ad continues to work for you long after the conference is over.  

Event Sponsorship. 
Maximize exposure for your organization or company through sponsorship of a refreshment break or evening reception.  Event sponsorship includes signage at the event and acknowledgement throughout the program. 

Your involvement in WEAI conferences provides visibility before, during, and after the event, as your organization will be listed on the conference webpage, in the printed program book, and in the event app!

Please call us at 714-965-8800 or e-mail [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Exhibitor Opportunities and Contract