Featured Speakers

Emi Nakamura
Emi Nakamura
Alan Auerbach
Alan Auerbach
John Shoven
John Shoven
  • Program

    The final program update will remain available in perpetuity for archival purposes.

    Conference Schedule

    Sunday, June 27

    6:00 am-7:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    8:00 am-9:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:00 am-11:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    12:00 pm-1:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:00 pm-3:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 pm-5:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:00 pm-7:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Monday, June 28

    6:00 am-7:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    8:00 am-9:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:00 am-11:45 am -- 2020 Presidential Address by John Shoven "Is Automatic Enrollment Consistent with a Life Cycle Model?"
    12:00 pm-1:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:00 pm-3:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 pm-5:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:00 pm-7:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Tuesday, June 29

    6:00 am-7:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    8:00 am-9:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:00 am-11:45 am -- Keynote Address by Emi Nakamura "The Slope of the Phillips Curve: Evidence from U.S. States"
    12:00 pm-1:45 pm -- 2021 Presidential Address by Alan Auerbach "Tax Policy with Low Interest Rates"
    2:00 pm-3:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 pm-5:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:00 pm-7:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Wednesday, June 30

    12:00 am-1:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:00 am-3:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 am-5:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:00 am-7:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    8:00 am-9:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:00 am-11:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    12:00 pm-1:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:00 pm-3:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:00 pm-5:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:00 pm-7:45 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Thursday, July 1

    6:00 am-7:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    8:00 am-9:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:00 am-11:45 am -- Concurrent Sessions

    Conference Close

  • Conference Registration

    Fees below reflect virtual conference discount of 30% and apply to everyone participating in the conference whether on the program or not (after May 15, rates increase $45):

    • US$185 $129.50 for members
    • US$265 $185.50 for non-members
    • US$95 $66.50 for student members
    • US$135 $94.50 for student non-members


    • 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 WEAI at [email protected].
    • Early registration closes on May 15, after which fees increase $45. 


    • Access to all general and concurrent sessions.
    • Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current WEAI members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by December 31, 2021.

    Cancellation & 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:
      Volunteer abstract submission fees are non-refundable upon accept/reject decision. If a volunteer paper abstract is not accepted for the program, the full registration fee is refundable. For cancellation by a participant on or before March 1, fifty percent (50%) of registration fee is refundable. After March 1, the registration 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 June 1, the full registration fee is refundable, less $25 handling fee. After June 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.

    Important Dates

    March 1: Volunteer program participants' cancellation deadline with 50% refund.
    May 1: Registration deadline for program participants.
    May 15: $45 early registration discount ends.
    June 1: Paper presenters circulate papers to all session participants.
    June 1: Cancellation and refund deadline (for all except volunteer program participants, see March 1 above).

  • Designed to help students prepare for the highly-competitive job market, this program offers selected Ph.D. candidates hands-on experience in job-market paper presentation skills and interview techniques. Since 2009, the workshop has been held in conjunction with WEAI’s Annual Conference. 

    2021 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

    Group #1 |  Education, Health, and Labor
    Advisor: Francisca M. Antman, University of Colorado, Boulder

    • Fernanda Rojas-Ampuero, University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Economics
      Sent Away: Long-term Effects of Forced Displacements
    • Ilaria D'Angelis, Boston College - Department of Economics
      Are We There? The Search for Amenities and the Early Career Gender Wage Gap among Highly Educated Workers
    • Kaitlyn Sims, University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics
      Seeking Safe Harbors: Emergency Domestic Violence Shelters and Family Violence
    • Luis Armona, Stanford University - Department of Economics
      Redesigning Federal Student Aid in Higher Education

    Group #2 | Economics of Education, Health, and the Household
    Advisor: Jane Ruseski, West Virginia University 

    • Nikolai Boboshko, Cornell University - Department of Economics
      The Effect of Tenure Laws on Students: Evidence from the Implementation of Tenure Systems in the 20th Century
    • Arian Seifoddini, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
      How Does the Earned Income Tax Credit Affect Household Expenditures for Single Female Heads of Households?
    • Sachintha Mendis, Colorado State University, Fort Collins - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics 
      Food Acquisition and Time Use: A Demand System Approach
    • Ernest Dorillas, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
      Distance and Quality Tradeoff: The Tale of US Rural Mothers

    Group #3 | Applied Micro for Policy
    Advisor: Jason Shogren, University of Wyoming 

    • Karen Ortiz-Becerra, University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
      Land Concentration and Rural Labor Markets: Theory and Evidence from Colombia
    • Eleanor Wiseman, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
      Trade, Informality and Corruption: evidence from small-scale traders in Kenya
    • John Moorehouse, University of Oregon - Department of Economics
      Carbon Taxes in Spatial Equilibrium
    • Alexander Cardazzi, West Virginia University - Department of Economics
      Nudging and Driving: An Analysis of Dynamic Message Signs in Virginia

    Group #4 | Dan's Applied Micro Group
    Advisor: Daniel I. Rees, University of Colorado, Denver

    • Maggie Shi, Columbia University - Department of Economics
      The Costs and Benefits of Monitoring: Evidence from Medicare Audits
    • Arkadev Ghosh, University of British Columbia - Department of Economics 
      Religious Divisions, Production Technology and Firm Productivity: Experimental Evidence from India
    • Robel Alemu, Tufts University - Department of Economics
      Long-term Impacts of Micronutrient Deprivation on Education Attainment: Evidence from Wartime Disruption of Iodized Salt in Ethiopia
    • Julieth Santamaria, University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics
      When a Stranger Shall Sojourn with Thee: The Impact of the Venezuelan Exodus on Colombian Labor Markets
  • Program Chairs

    • Christina Romer, University of California, Berkeley
    • Wade Martin, California State University, Long Beach, and Western Economic Association International

    Contemporary Economic Policy Session Chair

    • Jack W. Hou, California State University, Long Beach, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology

    Session Organizers

    • James H. Alleman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Morris Altman, University of Dundee
    • Noriko Amano-Patino, University of Cambridge
    • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, University of California, Merced
    • Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Djeto Assane, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    • Dina Azhgaliyeva, Asian Development Bank Institute
    • Laura H. Baldwin, RAND Corporation
    • Sarah H. Bana, Stanford Digital Economy Lab
    • Tatiana Baron, Ben-Gurion University
    • Atin Basuchoudhary, Virginia Military Institute
    • Jane M. Binner, University of Birmingham
    • German Blanco, Illinois State University
    • Luisa Blanco, Pepperdine University
    • Nathan E. Blascak, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
    • Severin Borenstein, University of California, Berkeley
    • Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon
    • C. Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
    • Daniel N. Carvell, CNA Corporation
    • Brachel Champion, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Areendam Chanda, Louisiana State University Baton Rouge
    • Stephanie Chang, The University of British Columbia
    • David S. C. Chu, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Chanjin Chung, Oklahoma State University
    • Elizabeth B. Clelan, Center for Naval Analyses
    • James Cloyne, University of California-Davis
    • Kevin Cooksey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Kalena E. Cortes, Texas A&M University, College Station
    • Anca D. Cristea, University of Oregon
    • Lewis S. Davis, Smith College
    • Tommaso Denti, Cornell University
    • Ivan Deseatnicov, Higher School of Economics
    • Darwyyn Deyo, San Jose State University
    • David S. Dixon, University of New Mexico
    • Takero Doi, Keio University
    • Jacqueline Doremus, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    • Christian Edlagan, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
    • Hamid Falatoonzadeh, University of Redlands
    • Zadia M. Feliciano, Queens College, CUNY, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and NBER
    • Mahelet G. Fikru, Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Luca Fumarco, Tulane University
    • Michael Garvey, Washington Center for Equitable Growth
    • Thomas (Tim) H. Gindling, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    • Mario Gonzalez, Central Bank of Chile
    • Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University
    • Michael J. Haupert, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse
    • Catherine Hausman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    • Jennifer Helgeson, National Institute of Standards and Technology
    • Erik Hembre, University of Illinois at Chicago
    • Brad J. Hershbein, W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
    • Jack W. Hou, California State University, Long Beach, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    • Jonathan Hughes, University of Colorado Boulder
    • John Ifcher, Santa Clara University
    • Selahattin Imrohoroglu, University of Southern California
    • Christine Jachetta, CNA Corporation
    • Andrew Jalil, Occidental College
    • Jacklyn Kambic, CNA Corporation
    • Hyeongwoo Kim, Auburn University
    • Raymond Kim, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff
    • Olga Klochko, Higher School of Economics
    • Michael S. Kofoed, United States Military Academy
    • Denise Eby Konan, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
    • Jinhyung Lee, Sungkyunkwan University
    • Zhiyun Li, Cornell University
    • Chengfang Liu, Peking University
    • Adriana Lleras-Muney, University of California, Los Angeles
    • Teresa Lloyd-Braga, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
    • Julie A. Lockwood (formerly Pechacek), Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Trevon D. Logan, Ohio State University
    • Chang Ma, Fudan University
    • Sakib Mahmud, University of Wisconsin -- Superior
    • Lauren Malone, CNA Corporation
    • Molly McIntosh, RAND Corporation
    • Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Leonor Modesto, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa
    • John Mondragon, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
    • Nobuko Nagase, Ochanomizu University
    • Abdoulaye Ndiaye, New York University Stern School of Business
    • Christopher Neilson, Princeton University
    • Kristoffer Nimark, Cornell University
    • Jeffrey B. Nugent, University of Southern California
    • Noelia R. Paez, Hawaii Pacific University
    • Bibhudutta Panda, University of Minnesota Morris
    • Jerry Pannullo, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Aaron Robert Phipps, United States Military Academy
    • Ellen M. Pint, RAND Corporation
    • Alexa Prettyman, Georgia State University
    • Manu Raghav, DePauw University
    • Michael R Ransom, Brigham Young University
    • Steven Raphael, University of California, Berkeley
    • Badri Narayan Rath, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
    • Stephanie L. Rizzardi, Rizzardi Economic Associates, and NAFE Western Regional Vice President
    • Christopher S. Ruebeck, Lafayette College
    • Mohammed R. Safarzadeh, University of Southern California
    • Vania Bitia Salas García, Universidad de Piura
    • Kristina A. Sargent, Middlebury College
    • Rahel Schomaker, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, and German Research Institute for Public Admin. Speyer
    • Mikhail Smirnov, CNA Corporation
    • Jialu Liu Streeter, Stanford University
    • Yuxin Su, Claremont Graduate University
    • Justin Svec, College of the Holy Cross
    • Raul Cruz Tadle, California State University, Sacramento
    • Massimiliano Tani, University of New South Wales, Canberra
    • Mathieu Taschereau-Dumouchel, Cornell University
    • Kashi Nath Tiwari, KNT's Academic Financial Research
    • Marie Valentova, Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)
    • Maarten van Oordt, Bank of Canada
    • Tatsuma Wada, Keio University
    • Travis Williams, University of Iowa
    • Claudia Williamson, Mississippi State University
    • Wesley W. Wilson, University of Oregon
    • John David Winkler, RAND Corporation
    • Erin L Wolcott, Middlebury College
    • Corey Woodruff, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Pengpeng Xiao, Duke University

    Volunteer Session Consultants

    • Yutian Chen, California State University, Long Beach
    • Yanling Qi, California State University, Long Beach

Featured Sessions

June 28 @ 8:00 AM
June 28 @ 12:00 PM
June 29 @ 2:00 PM
June 30 @ 10:00 AM
June 30 @ 12:00 PM
June 30 @ 2:00 PM

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.