Featured Speakers

Dora Costa
Dora Costa
Caroline Hoxby
Caroline Hoxby
  • Online program platform

    Visit the conference platform to browse the sessions and start planning your agenda. We will be updating the program continuously so check back often. Use the filtering options to narrow your search of the 324 sessions on the program. 

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    Session Instructions for Program Participants

    Please read in its entirety the Session Instructions and Information for Program Participants

    Presenters mark your calendars to upload your complete papers by June 1 to give your fellow session participants adequate time to prepare a fruitful discussion of your research. Login to the conference platform, visit MY ACCOUNT > ALL where you can access your submission(s) in round "Accepted Papers for Program Placement" and upload your complete paper and slides. 

    Session time allocations (based on four papers): 105 minutes total. 15 minutes per paper presentation plus 5 minutes for the paper’s primary discussant, then time for all other participants’ discussion. The session chair may alter time allocations if appropriate.

    Email addresses for participants are not posted on the online program for privacy reasons. Session organizers will facilitate the discussion amongst their participants. WEAI will coordinate communications for volunteer session participants.

    Paper Presenters in Organized Sessions

    If your paper is not appearing on the program as expected, chances are good that either your abstract or registration has not been completed. Paper abstracts in organized sessions need to be submitted by presenters through the conference portal, and will only be available for placement on the program after the presenter is registered for the conference. If your records indicate both steps have been completed but your paper is not appearing as expected, please let us know.

    Zoom Links for Virtual Sessions

    Links to Zoom meetings for virtual sessions will appear on the PROGRAM SCHEDULE in late June. Make sure that you are able to login on the conference platform prior to your session (more info on login). Use the same login that was used when you registered for the conference -- test your login here. If you need assistance, please let us know.

    Dates to Remember

    • May 15: Deadline to take advantage of early registration discount.
    • June 1: Last chance for program changes to be included in printed program.
    • June 1: Complete papers due for upload by presenters.
  • Conference Format

    The format is intended to promote active involvement by all attendees — most of the economists attending will be on the program. In addition to the keynote sessions, the program consists of small discussion groups meeting concurrently. Including program participants, session attendance may range from 6 to 60, depending on the time of day and the topic’s popularity, etc. However, the most fruitful discussions often occur among small groups of interested individuals.

    A full day of virtual sessions will be held July 1 via Zoom, with the in-person program beginning July 2. All days/times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7). Virtual program participants will also be able to view keynote address and Presidential Address July 4 via Zoom.

    The only hybrid sessions will be the keynote and Presidential Address.  There is no hybrid option for concurrent sessions -- all concurrent sessions are either virtual (July 1 on Zoom) or in-person (July 2-6 in San Diego).

    Tentative Schedule

    Saturday, July 1 | VIRTUAL SESSIONS ONLY IN PDT (GMT -7)
    8:15 – 10:00 am  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    10:15 – 12:00 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    12:30 – 2:15 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    2:30 – 4:15 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    4:30 – 6:15 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions

    Sunday, July 2
    1:30–8:00 pm  On-site Registration
    2:30–4:15 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    4:30–6:15 pm  Concurrent Sessions
    6:30–8:00 pm  Welcome Reception

    Monday, July 3
    7:30 am–6:30 pm -- On-site Registration 
    8:15–10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am–12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions
    12:30–2:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:30–4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30–6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Tuesday, July 4
    7:30 am–6:30 pm -- On-site Registration 
    8:15–10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am–12:00 n -- Keynote Address by Caroline Hoxby, Stanford University 
    12:15–2:15 pm -- Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting, Dora Costa, University of California, Los Angeles
    2:30–4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30–6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:30–9:30 pm -- BBQ and fireworks (tickets on sale now!)

    Wednesday, July 5
    7:30 am–6:30 pm -- On-site Registration 
    8:15–10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am–12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions
    12:30–2:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:30–4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30–6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    5:40–9:00 pm -- Angels vs. Padres baseball game (tickets on sale now!)

    Thursday, July 6
    7:30 am–12:00 n -- On-site Registration 
    8:15–10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am–12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions

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  • Registration 

    • US$195 for members (increases to $240 after May 15, 2023)
    • US$275 for non-members (increases to $320 after May 15, 2023)
    • US$95 for student members (increases to $140 after May 15, 2023)
    • US$130 for student non-members (increases to $175 after May 15, 2023)
    • US$50 for non-economist guests over 18 years of age

    Rates are the same whether participating in in-person or virtual sessions.

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

    Benefits: 1) Conference program. 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 December 31, 2023.

    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. 

    Special Activities

    Welcome Reception | Sunday, July 2, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    Take time to relax, renew old acquaintances, and make new friends at the WEAI Welcome Reception. There will be a cash bar.

    Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting | Tuesday, July 4, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.
    Features an address by WEAI President Dora Costa, University of California, Los Angeles.
    Seating will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 250 arrivals. WEAI badges required for entry. Registered, badge-wearing guests are welcome to attend the luncheon as well.  

    July 4th BBQ and Fireworks | Tuesday, July 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Come and soak up some sun, enjoy some music, play some games, and relax with friends old and new. WEAI invites you to take a front row seat to California’s largest fireworks show with viewing from a terrace at the Marriott Marquis! Join us for a July 4th BBQ including grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, pulled pork, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, and dessert. Ticket includes lemonade, iced tea, and two drink tickets for domestic beer or wine (plus a cash bar). At 9:00pm, the Big Bay Boom fireworks show consists of some of the most technically advanced fireworks launched from four barges in San Diego Bay. Tickets are $125 for adults. Kids three to 10 are half-priced (no drink tickets included). Two and under are free.

    Angels vs. Padres Baseball at Petco Park | Wednesday, July 5, 5:40 to 9:00 p.m.
    Enjoy America's Favorite Pastime for an evening of Major League Baseball watching the Los Angeles Angels take on the San Diego Padres! Our private party location on the “Pacifico Porch” is located behind Section 124 with open seating for 82 people in a shaded area and a spectacular view down the third base line. The buffet will be served from 90 minutes before the first pitch to one hour after the first pitch. There will be pulled chicken and pulled pork sliders, hot dogs, three cheese mac and cheese, chipotle potato salad, kettle chips, and roasted peanuts. Beverages will be served 90 minutes prior to the first pitch through the bottom of the 7th inning and will include Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Budweiser, Bud Light, Swingin’ Friar Ale, Karl Straus Aurora Hoppyalis, and Ballast Point Sculpin. Tickets are $142 per person.

    To reserve your tickets:

    1. Login to your profile 
    2. Click Details on your 2023 registration purchase
    3. Click Add Guest/Session+ (on the top right side under Order Details) and continue through with your ticket purchase. 

    General Ticket Information

    • Children (of all ages) must have a ticket for all special activities.
    • Any 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 June 1.
    • Cancellations for special activities must be made in writing by June 1 to receive a refund. We are unable to give refunds for late cancellations.
  • Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

    333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California 92101 USA
    Tel: 1-619-234-1500 | Fax: 1-619-234-8678

    Online Reservations

    Phone Reservations: 1-877-622-3056 

    Conference Group Rate:

    • $235 per night single or double, plus applicable taxes. 
    • Taxes and fees are currently 12.50% Hotel per room per night and $0.77 California fee per room per night (subject to change without notice).
    • Group rates apply June 29 through July 9, 2023, based on availability in contracted block.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • To avoid a one night's room and tax penalty, reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours before scheduled check-in.

    General Information:

    • If making a reservation by phone, be sure to identify yourself as part of the WEAI conference to receive the reduced group rates.
    • Reservations must be made directly with the Marriott online or by phone.
    • Make your hotel reservations by June 8. The group rate will be available until June 8 or until the WEAI room block is full, whichever comes first. The conference room rates are available to registered participants for a limited time only.
    • Check-in is 4:00 p.m. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
  • Child Care 

    KiddieCorp has been contracted to provide child care during the conference onsite at the Marriott. For complete information and to sign up, visit KiddieCorp.

    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 April 15, fifty percent (50%) of registration fee is refundable. After April 15, 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.

    Audio-Visual Equipment

    • LCD projectors and screens will be provided in each meeting room.
    • LAPTOP COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, so coordinate with your fellow session participants if you need one available.
    • Mac users be sure to bring your Mini Display Port to HDMI and/or VGA adapter for connectivity to the projector.
    • There will be VGA and HDMI connections and there will be adapters available. 
    • If you have a newer computer we strongly encourage you to bring your own adapters as there are a limited amount of USB-C and thunderbolt adapters on-site.
    • If other equipment is required please call 714-965-8800 for prices and availability. Additional equipment is at your own expense.

    Important Dates

    April 1: Deadline for program participants to register and submit to appear in first program draft.
    April 15: Program participants' cancellation deadline with 50% refund.
    May 15: $45 early registration discount ends.
    May 15: Final program changes due in order to appear in printed program.
    May 31: Last day to make room reservations at the conference rate, on a space available basis.
    June 1: Purchase/reserve special activity tickets to ensure your space.
    June 1: Paper presenters post/circulate papers to all session participants.
    June 1: Cancellation and refund deadline (for attendees NOT participating on the program, see April 15 above).
    June 15: Pre-registration closes. Only on-site registration available for in-person participants beginning June 29.

    Travel Visas

    • Requirements vary depending on your country of citizenship, so please read carefully and apply for your visa allowing ample lead time for processing. 
    • Review the latest visa information from the U.S. Department of State.
    • To request a letter of invitation after you've completed your conference registration, use the link embedded in your registration confirmation email (search [email protected] in your inbox). If you have trouble locating the email, let us know.


  • 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, which in 2023 will be July 2-6, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in California. 

    Learn more...

    2023 GSW Selected Students and Workshop Groups

    Group #1 | Health, Education, and Social Media
    Advisor: Jane Ruseski, West Virginia University 

    • Addison (Spencer) Perry, Arizona State University - Department of Economics
      "Dynamic (In)efficiencies in Public Insurance Provision: Evidence from the Medicaid Expansion"
    • Kairon Garcia, Washington State University - School of Economic Sciences
      "How Did School Closures Affect High School Seniors?"
    • Rachel Nesbit, University of Maryland at College Park - Department of Economics 
      "Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System: The Effect of Mandating Treatment for Convicted Individuals"
    • Xhulio Uruci, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
      "Animus, Beliefs, and Social Media in Uncertain Times"

    Group #2 | Empirical Political Economy
    Advisor: Justin Cook, Tulane University

    • Pierre Biscaye, University of California, Berkeley - Agricultural and Resource Economics
      "Agricultural Shocks and Conflict in the Short- and Long-Term: Evidence from Desert Locust Swarms"
    • Ernesto Tiburcio Manon, Tufts University - Economics Department and The Fletcher School
      "The Local Reaction to Unauthorized Mexican Migration to the US"
    • Reem Zaiour, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
      "Violence in Mexico, Return Intentions and Integration of Mexican Migrants in the US"
    • Sakina Shibuya, University of Wisconsin - Madison - Agricultural and Applied Economics
      "Understanding the Costs of Hiring Women in Pakistan"

    Group #3 | Topics in Applied Microeconomics
    Advisor: D. Mark Anderson, Montana State University

    • Tanner Eastmond, University of California, San Diego - Department of Economics
      "How Does Where You Live Change What You Think? Evidence From Volunteer Missionaries"
    • Eli Kochersperger, West Virginia University - Department of Economics
      "Quantifying the Effects of Fentanyl Exposure Misinformation on Opioid Mortality"
    • Jhih-Yun Liu, University of Minnesota - Department of Applied Economics
      "The Dust Bowl and Occupational Persistence in Agriculture"
    • Fabiola Alba-Vivar, Teachers College, Columbia University - Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis
      "Opportunity Bound: Transport and Access to College in a Megacity"

    Group #4 | Microeconomic Analyses and Public Policy
    Advisor: Lawrence J. White, New York University

    • Pearl Li, Stanford University - Department of Economics
      "Value Pricing or Lexus Lanes? Winners and Losers from Dynamic Toll Pricing"
    • Philip Economides, University of Oregon - Department of Economics 
      "Unconventional Protectionism in Containerized Shipping"
    • C. Adam Pfander, University of Colorado, Boulder - Department of Economics
      "Trade and the Competition for Transport"
    • Nayul Kim, Ohio State University - Department of Economics
      "Dynamic Evaluation of Preference Program in Public Procurement Market"
  • Program Chairpersons

    • Janet Currie, Princeton University (WEAI President-Elect)
    • Wade Martin, California State University, Long Beach (WEAI Executive Director)

    Volunteer Session Field Chairs

    • Yutian Chen, California State University, Long Beach
    • Ana Paula Cusolito, World Bank Group
    • Pascal Ghazalian, University of Lethbridge
    • Kirsten Jaeger, International University
    • Nathalie Janson, NEOMA Business School
    • Yanling Qi, California State University, Long Beach
    • Matthew Webb, Carleton University
    • ​Xin Xie, East Tennessee State University
    • Jeffrey Zax, University of Colorado Boulder

    CEP Session Coordinator

    • Jack W. Hou, California State University, Long Beach

    Session Organizers

    • Samuel Amponsah, Tokyo International University
    • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, University of California, Merced
    • Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Gaurab Aryal, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Luisa Blanco, Pepperdine University
    • Nathan E. Blascak, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
    • Richard Charles Keighley Burdekin, Claremont McKenna College
    • Jaewook Byeon, Sungkyunkwan University
    • C. Mónica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
    • Kong-Pin Chen, Academia Sinica
    • James Ming Chen, Michigan State University
    • David S. C. Chu, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Sandra K. Collins, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    • Angela Cools, Davidson College
    • Karla Cordova, Pomona College
    • Darwyyn Deyo, San Jose State University
    • Takero Doi, Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research
    • Balazs Egert, OECD
    • Ronel Elul, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
    • Carlos Esparza, Saint Louis University
    • Zadia M. Feliciano, Queens College, CUNY, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and NBER
    • Vasco J. Gabriel, University of Victoria
    • Soro Garbobiya, Central Bank of Nigeria
    • Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University
    • Benjamin Hansen, University of Oregon
    • Jorgen Michael Harris, Occidental College
    • Michael J. Haupert, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse
    • Carina Ines Hausladen, California Institute of Technology
    • Kung-Cheng Ho, Guangdong University of Finance & Economics
    • Yangguang Huang, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • Timothy P. Hubbard, Colby College
    • Jonathan Hughes, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Brad R. Humphreys, West Virginia University
    • Jung Hur, Sogang University
    • Clemence Idoux, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
    • John Ifcher, Santa Clara University
    • Selahattin Imrohoroglu, University of Southern California
    • Akshaya Jha, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Bing Jiang, Virginia Military Institute
    • Sarah K. John, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Charlene M. Kalenkoski, James Madison University
    • Logan J. Kelly, University of Wisconsin -- River Falls
    • Iljoong Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
    • Hyunseok Kim, Korea Development Institute
    • Chong-Uk Kim, Sonoma State University
    • So Young Kim, University of Rochester
    • Michael Stephens Kofoed, United States Military Academy
    • Ann Geraldine Largey, Dublin City University
    • Mariana Laverde, Boston College
    • Jinhyung Lee, Sungkyunkwan University
    • Mihye Lee, Kangwon National University
    • Yanshu Lin, National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan
    • Yatang Lin, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
    • Qing Liu, Tsinghua University
    • Kang Ernest Liu, National Taiwan University
    • W. Bentley MacLeod, Princeton University
    • Lauren Malone, CNA Corporation
    • Xi Mao, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    • Molly McIntosh, RAND Corporation
    • Jordi McKenzie, Macquarie University
    • Craig Bernhard McLaren, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
    • Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Sujin Min, Sungkyunkwan University
    • Paresh Kumar Narayan, Monash University
    • Noelwah R. Netusil, Reed College
    • Jeffrey B. Nugent, University of Southern California
    • Jide Oladipo, Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja
    • Alberto Ortega, Indiana University Bloomington
    • Jiwon Park, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    • Yuvraj Pathak, University of Chicago
    • Ellen M. Pint, RAND Corporation
    • M. Melinda Pitts, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    • Stephanie L. Rizzardi, Rizzardi Economic Associates, and NAFE Vice President West
    • Christopher S. Ruebeck, Lafayette College
    • Jane E. Ruseski, West Virginia University
    • Joseph J. Sabia, San Diego State University and IZA
    • Kevin T. Schnepel, Simon Fraser University
    • Rahel Schomaker, WSB University Dabrowa Gornicza
    • Yezhou Sha, Capital University of Economics and Business
    • Yongseok Shin, Washington University in St. Louis
    • John B. Shoven, Stanford University
    • Austin C. Smith, Bates College
    • Yuxin Su, SKEMA Business School
    • Kinga Tchórzewska, Kozminski University
    • Kashi Nath Tiwari, KNT's Academic Financial Research
    • Filip-Mihai Toma, California Institute of Technology
    • Tatsuma Wada, Keio University
    • Marc A. Weinstein, National Association of Forensic Economics
    • Thomas D. Willett, Claremont Graduate University
    • Jonathan Williams, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • James A. Wilson, Russell Sage Foundation
    • Jennifer Pedussel Wu, Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
    • Steven Yamarik, California State University, Long Beach

Featured Sessions

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.