Featured Speakers

Janet Currie
Janet Currie
Nick Bloom
Nick Bloom
  • The preliminary program is now posted and ready for browsing!

    Program participants: To see your personal session schedule, login at weai.slayte.com, select Events > 99th Annual Conference > My Schedule.

    For general program browsing, click below:

    Preliminary Program

    Program stats as of April 16:

    • Registrants = 1274 of your fellow economists from around the world
    • Sessions = 352 on all sorts of tantilizing topics
    • Papers submitted = 1046 so far, with more to come!

    The program is still growing and changing so check back often. 

    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, and click on SUBMISSION where you can access/edit your previous submission(s) and upload or link to 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.

    Instructions for Organized Session Paper Presenters

    Upload/Link to Complete Paper

    By June 1, presenters are expected to upload/link to their final working paper for circulation to their fellow session participants.

    1. Login with your WEAI credentials at weai.slayte.com
    2. Click SUBMISSIONS
    3. Select your submission for the 99th Annual Conference
    4. Click Revise/Edit to edit your paper title or abstract and upload/link to your paper online
    5. Continue through to Review & Submit and after final checking, click Submit to save your new paper details.

    If you need to update the author list on your paper, please send changes to [email protected].

    You can come back and follow the same steps if you need to make further updates leading up to the conference. 

    Zoom Links for Virtual Sessions

    Links to Zoom meetings for virtual sessions will appear on the online program in mid-June. Make sure that you are able to login on the conference platform prior to your session. Use the same login that was used when you registered for the conference. If you need assistance, please let us know.

    Dates to Remember

    • May 15: Deadline to take advantage of last 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.
  • Registration 

    Through April 15, early bird rates apply. Prices increase April 16 and May 16, so register early! Rates are the same whether participating in in-person or virtual sessions.

      Before April 15 April 16 to May 15 After May 15
    Members $195 $225 $275
    Non-members* $275 $305 $355
    Student Members $95 $125 $175
    Student Non-members* $130 $160 $210

    * Hint: Join or renew your WEAI membership now and save -- plus you'll be entitled to a journal submission fee waiver for your conference paper if submitted to EI or CEP within six months after the conference. It's a win-win! 

    For non-economist guests over 18, registration is $50. Guest registration only valid for NON-ECONOMISTS NOT ON THE PROGRAM. Registered guests will be audited regularly and automatically canceled if found to include coauthors and/or professional economists. Questions? [email protected] .

    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, 2024.

    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 | Saturday, June 29, 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 | Monday, July 1, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.
    Features an address by WEAI President Janet Currie, Princeton University. 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. 

    Sunset Dinner Cruise | Monday, July 1, 6:15 to 10:15 p.m.
    Join us for a sunset dinner cruise on Elliott Bay! Includes bus transportation, scrumptious buffet dinner, and views of the Seattle skyline you can only get on the water. Buses board at the Hyatt Regency Seattle beginning at 6:15pm. Guests will board the Spirit of Seattle at Pier 55 to enjoy a 3-hour cruise around Puget Sound, with magnificent views of the Seattle waterfront, world famous Space Needle, and sports stadiums. We will also view Bainbridge Island that sits just west of the city, and if we’re lucky, catch some views of wildlife, Mt. Rainier, and a fantastic summer sunset.

    Dinner buffet selection includes dukkah-crusted wild salmon, braised chicken with tomato confit and oil cured olives, seasonal quinoa vegetable cakes, lemon and parm roasted fingerling potatoes, chilled spring asparagus with watercress and radish, mixed green salad with seasonal berries, and a variety of desserts. Includes soda, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, lemonade, water, and juice. Beer and wine available for purchase at a cashless bar onboard. 

    Tickets available for purchase during registration -- adults (13 and up) $169; children (4 to 12) $85; toddlers (0 to 3) free. If you've already registered, login to your profile, click Details on your 2024 registration purchase, 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.
  • 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.

    The in-person program will be held June 29 to July 3, with a full day of virtual sessions June 27 via Zoom. All days/times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -7). There is no hybrid option for concurrent sessions.

    Tentative Schedule

    Thursday, June 27 -- VIRTUAL DAY!
    8:15–10:00 am -- Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    10:15 am–12:00 n -- 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

    Saturday, June 29
    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

    Sunday, June 30
    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

    Monday, July 1
    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 Nick Bloom, Stanford University
    12:15–2:15 pm -- Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting with Address by WEAI President Janet Currie, Princeton University
    2:30–4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30–6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:15–10:15 pm -- Sunset Dinner Cruise (advance ticket purchase required)

    Tuesday, July 2
    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

    Wednesday, July 3
    7:30 am–12:00 n -- On-site Registration 
    8:15–10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am–12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions

    Conference Close

  • 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 $50 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 $50 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.
    • April 15: $80 early registration discount ends.
    • May 15: Final program changes due in order to appear in printed program.
    • 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 7: Last day to make room reservations at the conference rate, on a space available basis.
    • 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.
  • Hyatt Regency Seattle

    808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101 USA
    Tel: +1 206 973 1234 | Fax: +1 206 859 6519

    Book a Room Online 

    Note: Do not try to book through the Hyatt automated chat system or the regular Hyatt website, as these will not work. Please ignore the message about a destination fee being applied to your reservation. No destination fees apply to rooms within the WEAI room block.

    Phone Reservations: +1 800 233 1234 or +1 402 501 9864 
    (Provide the full group name or use code G-WEA3 to receive our group rate.)

    Conference Group Rate:

    • $239 per night single or double, plus applicable taxes. 
    • Taxes and fees are currently 15.7% hotel tax plus $4 per room per night surcharge (subject to change without notice).
    • Group rates apply June 27 through July 5, 2024, based on availability in contracted block.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • To avoid a one night's room and tax penalty, reservations must be cancelled by 6:00pm on the scheduled date of arrival.

    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 Hyatt Regency Seattle online or by phone.
    • Make your hotel reservations by June 6. The group rate will be available until June 6 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.
  • 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 2024 will be June 28-July 1, at the Hyattt Regency Seattle, Washington. 

    Learn more...

    2024 GSW Selected Students and Workshop Groups

    Group #1 | Political Economy
    Advisor: Justin Cook, Tulane University

    • Dongkyu Yang, University of Colorado, Boulder - Department of Economics
      "Time to Accumulate: The Great Migration and the Rise of the American South"
    • Pablo A. Valenzuela, University of British Columbia - Department of Economics
      "Displacement and Infrastructure Provision: Evidence from the Interstate Highway System"
    • Toshio Ferrazares, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics 
      "Shift Structure and Cognitive Depletion: Evidence from Police Officers"
    • Victoria Mooers, Columbia University - Department of Economics
      "Social Networks and Electoral Competition"

    Group #2 | Topics in Applied Microeconomics
    Advisor: D. Mark Anderson, Montana State University

    • Anja Gruber, University of Colorado, Boulder - Department of Economics
      "Family Friendly Workplace Policy and Early Career Job Sorting: The Example of Paid Maternity Leave Policy"
    • Huihuang Zhu, University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Economics
      "Evaluating the Achievement and Inequality Effects of Academic Tracking: Lessons from Advanced Placement"
    • Jessica Kiser, Vanderbilt University - Department of Economics
      "Non-nurse Midwives, Home Births, and Health Outcomes"
    • Monique Davis, University of Minnesota - Applied Economics
      "Overpolicing Black Schools: How Law Enforcement Credentials and Inadequate SRO Training Policies Perpetuate Black-White Gaps in School Exclusion"

    Group #3 | Applied Microeconomics: Past & Present
    Advisor: Lawrence J. White, New York University

    • Adam Solomon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Economics
      "Optimal Insurance Scope: Theory and Evidence from US Crop Insurance"
    • Calvin Bryan, Colorado State University - Agricultural and Resource Economics
      "Is that $30,000 Drop Effective?"
    • Ozgen Kiribrahim-Sarikaya, Arizona State University - Department of Economics
      "Place-Based Environmental Regulation and Labor Market Dynamics"
    • Raymond Kim, University of California, Merced - Department of Economics
      "Making a Police Officer: Police Quality After the Spoils System in the Urban U.S."

    Group #4 | Microeconomics and Public Policy
    Advisor: Kathleen McGarry, University of California, Los Angeles

    • Adrian Amaya, University of Hawaii at Mānoa - Department of Economics
      "Medicaid Enrollment Responses to Wildfire Pollution"
    • Christian Saenz, Georgia State University - Department of Economics 
      "Estimating the Long-Run Impact of Alcohol Taxation and Policies on Alcohol-Attributable Mortality"
    • Emily Arnesen, University of Oregon - Department of Economics
      "Teacher Raises, Retention and Education"
    • Kalvin Mudrow, West Virginia University - Department of Economics
      "Schooling Post Pandemic: The Effect of Shutdowns on Students Moving Forward"
  • Undergraduate Student Research Program

    Congratulations to the four finalists in the 2024 Undergraduate Student Research Program! ​ 

    • Timila Kulkarni - University of Washington
    • Yichen Lin - Tufts University
    • Olivia Phillips - Reed College
    • Cara Tan - University of Hawaii, Manoa

    WEAI is offering this exciting new opportunity exclusively to Institutional Member universities!

    To give outstanding undergraduate economists a glimpse into a potential future of graduate studies and a career as an economist, WEAI invites submissions of undergraduate student research proposals for a special session at the 99th Annual Conference, to be held June 29-July 3, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Seattle, Washington.


    Not an Institutional Member? Join or renew today to take advantage of all the benefits Institutional Member has to offer.

  • On June 28, 2024, the Institute for Replication is organizing the Seattle Replication Game at Seattle University. This event is co-sponsored by Seattle University and WEAI.
    Participants will be matched with other researchers working in the same field. Each team will work on replicating a recently published study in a leading economics journal. All participants will be given co-authorship to a meta paper aggregating the replications results. This is a hybrid event. In person participation is encouraged but it will also be possible to join virtually. Lunch will be provided.
    To participate, please contact Abel Brodeur. Indicate your field of study and the statistical software you are comfortable working with. The project is led by Abel Brodeur (University of Ottawa) and the local organizer is Scott Desposato. The organization committee includes Abel Brodeur (uOttawa), Anna Dreber (Stockholm School of Economics), Fernando Hoces (UC Berkeley) and Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley).
    This event is part of games organized all over the world (Norway, Canada, Sweden, France, Germany, etc.) by the Institute for Replication. Both PhD Students and Faculty are encouraged to apply!

    Learn more about Replication Games

  • WEAI conferences bring together economists from around the world offering you the opportunity to meet your best prospects for whatever you offer in economics and related fields. Check out the sponsorship and exhibitor options for the 2024 conference! 

    Sponsorship and Exhibitor Contract

  • Program Chairpersons

    • Nancy Rose, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (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
    • Thomas Murray, Fairfield University
    • Yanling Qi, California State University, Long Beach
    • Matthew Webb, Carleton University
    • ​Xin Xie, East Tennessee State University

    CEP Session Coordinator

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

    Session Organizers

    • Farida Akhtar, Macquarie University
    • Shumi Akhtar, The University of Sydney
    • Hannah Altman, Queensland University of Technology
    • Samuel Amponsah, Tokyo International University
    • Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Neepa Gaekwad Babulal, State University of New York at Fredonia
    • Jungho Baek, University of Alaska Fairbanks
    • Brian Beach, Vanderbilt University
    • David Berri, Southern Utah University
    • Jane Binner, University of Birmingham
    • C. Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
    • Ya-Wen Chiueh, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
    • Bongseok Choi, Kookmin University
    • Sanchari Choudhury, Midwestern State University
    • David Chu, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Andrew Clarke, The University of Melbourne
    • Sandra Collins, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    • Michel Constantino, Dom Bosco Catholic University
    • Laura Crispin, Saint Joseph's University, Pennsylvania
    • Darwyyn Deyo, San Jose State University
    • Hamid Falatoonzadeh, University of Redlands
    • Zadia Feliciano, Queens College, CUNY, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and NBER
    • Mahelet Fikru, Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Alfonso Flores-Lagunes, Syracuse University
    • Matheus Britto Froner, Getulio Vargas Foundation
    • Roman Garagulagian, Forensic Economic Services, and Cal Poly Pomona
    • Alfred Guender, University of Canterbury
    • Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University
    • Ethan Hartley, University of Hawaii at Manoa
    • Michael J. Haupert, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse
    • Nathalie Hilmi, Centre Scientifique de Monaco
    • Kung-Cheng Ho, Guangdong University of Finance & Economics
    • Matthew Holian, San Jose State University
    • Jack Hou, California State University, Long Beach
    • Shih-Hsun Hsu, National Taiwan University
    • Timothy Hubbard, Colby College
    • Erin Cottle Hunt, Reed College
    • Jung Hur, Sogang University
    • Selahattin Imrohoroglu, University of Southern California
    • Sarah John, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Ange Kakpo, Seattle Pacific University
    • Logan Kelly, University of Wisconsin -- River Falls
    • Jun Sung Kim, Sungkyunkwan University
    • Tristan Kohl, University of Groningen
    • Subal Kumbhakar, State University of New York at Binghamton
    • Sean Larkin, U.S. Census Bureau
    • Simon Lee, Columbia University
    • Yang Liang, San Diego State University
    • Yir-Hueih Luh, National Taiwan University
    • Lauren Malone, CNA Corporation
    • Jean-Claude Maswana, Ritsumeikan University
    • Aine Seitz McCarthy, Lewis & Clark College
    • Molly McIntosh, RAND Corporation
    • Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Camelia Minoiu, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    • Donald Morgan, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
    • Sheena Murray, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    • Paresh Narayan, Monash University
    • Noelwah Netusil, Reed College
    • Jeffrey Nugent, University of Southern California
    • Jerry Pannullo, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Steven Payson, University of Maryland, College Park
    • Ellen Pint, RAND Corporation
    • M. Melinda Pitts, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
    • Sarah Quincy, Vanderbilt University
    • David Rosenkranz, Fordham University
    • Deockhyun Ryu, Chung-Ang University
    • Mohammed Safarzadeh, University of Southern California
    • Kevin Schnepel, Simon Fraser University
    • Mughees Shaukat, Fingel Global Inc, Canada
    • Wenyi Shen, Oklahoma State University
    • Leslie Stratton, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Yuxin Su, Skema Business School
    • Benjamin M. Tabak, Getulio Vargas Foundation
    • Katya Vasilaky, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    • Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University
    • Tatsuma Wada, Keio University
    • Thomas Wilk, Wayne State University
    • Thomas D. Willett, Claremont Graduate University
    • James Wilson, Russell Sage Foundation
    • Yang Zhou, University of North Texas

Featured Sessions

Professional Development
"FRED®: Active Learning with Economic Data"
Professional Development & President-Elect Featured Session
"Reproducibility from Day 1 to Day T"

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.