Featured Speakers

David Card
David Card
Cecilia Rouse
Cecilia Rouse
Richard Blundell
Richard Blundell
  • 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 of three to four papers each 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 April 11 via Zoom, with the in-person program beginning April 12. All days/times are listed in Melbourne's Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10). Virtual program participants will also be able to view keynote addresses April 12, 13, and 14, and closing roundtable panel April 15 via Zoom.

    The only hybrid sessions will be keynotes and the closing roundtable panel.  There is no hybrid option for concurrent sessions -- all concurrent sessions are either virtual (April 11 on Zoom) or in-person (April 12-15 in Melbourne).

    Tentative Schedule

    Tuesday, April 11 | VIRTUAL SESSIONS ONLY IN AEST (GMT +10)
    8:30 – 10:15 am  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    10:30 – 12:15 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    12:45 – 2:30 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    2:45 – 4:30 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions
    4:45 – 6:30 pm  Concurrent Virtual Sessions

    Wednesday, April 12
    12:00 – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
    1:00 – 2:15 pm  Welcome and Opening Address by David Card, University of California, Berkeley
    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

    Thursday, April 13
    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 Cecilia Rouse, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers
    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

    Friday, April 14
    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 Richard Blundell, University College London
    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 

    Saturday, April 15
    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 with Card, Rouse, Blundell, and others
    12:30 pm – 8:00 pm Half-day Special Activity (to be determined)

    Conference Close

     

  • Present a Volunteer Paper | October 15, 2022

    We will have an in-person track as well as a virtual track (April 11 only) for volunteer sessions. You will select in-person versus virtual at the time of registration and abstract submission. 

    Individuals are invited to submit their latest research for possible placement in a volunteer session. Abstracts will be blind reviewed by a screening committee member and decision emails will be sent in early December. All paper presenters will be expected to provide comments on the other papers in their session to ensure that everyone receives constructive feedback on their research. 

    Information needed for abstract review committee:

    • Paper presenter's name, professional affiliation, title, and e-mail address; same information for coauthors.
    • Paper title and paper topic area (three appropriate codes from the JEL Classification System).
    • 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

    Payment of paper submission ($80 for WEAI members, $110 for non-members) and registration fees are required before your abstract will be sent for review by the Program Committee (see Registration tab for applicable fees). 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! 

    Only research at the graduate level and above will be considered for volunteer sessions. Alternatively, undergraduates are welcome to coordinate with an advisor to organize a session featuring undergrad research papers.

    Upload of your complete paper will be required by March 15 for circulation to your fellow session participants prior to the conference. Just before the conference, presenters will be invited to upload presentation slides for sharing on the conference platform.

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

    SUBMIT ABSTRACT NOW 

    Questions? Contact [email protected]

    Discuss a Paper or Chair a Session | Deadline January 1, 2023

    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 | Deadline December 15, 2022

    We will have a fully virtual track for organized sessions on April 11 only. All in-person sessions will be held April 12-15.  

    Organize your own session and take charge of all the details! Sessions in all areas of economics are welcome. Paper submission fees are waived for all papers in organized sessions, however participants are required to register for the conference. WEAI members who organize a session and are affiliated with a WEAI Institutional Member receive complimentary conference registration.  

    Organized sessions must include papers from various institutions. No more than 50% of the papers may be from the same institution. Each participant may author (or co-author) no more than two papers in the session. Proposals for workshops or roundtables should also include individuals from multiple institutions. Sessions are subject to review by a screening committee. 

    Please notify us of your intent to organize a session as soon as possible! Email [email protected].

    Overall Responsibility

    As the organizer, you have the following responsibilities:

    • Maintain liaison between your participants and WEAI.
    • Ensure that your session participants are well prepared and registered for the conference. 
    • Make sure your session participants upload completed papers by March 15.
    • Keep the WEAI informed of changes to your session.

    Typical Session Format

    The session time allocation is one hour and 45 minutes. A typical session includes a chairperson, three to four papers, and discussants (paper presenters may serve as discussants on each others' papers). Organizers decide if discussants are assigned to specific papers or if comments will be part of the general group discussion. Other formats, such as panels or roundtables, may also be used. 

    Information Needed by December 15

    After receiving commitments from session participants, send the following information to WEAI:

    • Session title.
    • Session format -- in-person versus fully virtual.
    • One JEL topic area code.
    • Professional affiliations and e-mail addresses for all participants (including coauthors). Please indicate paper presenter with an asterisk (*).
    • Paper titles (if applicable).

    A fill-in session template is available, or if you have a format used for previous WEAI conferences, that is also acceptable as long as the information outlined above is included.

    Please submit your session details early. Submit revised information with revisions clearly marked. All session communication is done via email to [email protected].


    NEW THIS YEAR! Once you receive notification of acceptance by the Program Committee, invite your session participants to submit their abstracts and register for the conference before January 15. Papers will be added to your session as they are received into the conference system and passed by the Program Committee. This is a new step for presenters, so they may need encouragement from you to comply. We've instituted this process in an effort to avoid last minute withdrawals causing gaps in your sessions.

    Visit Registration + Submission Instructions for Organized Session Paper Presenters for more info.


    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. Your session can benefit by inviting experts besides those on the program to attend.

    Registration Fees

    All attendees are asked to pay the conference registration fee. Papers will only be released to be added to your organized session after the primary presenter is registered to attend. Please inform prospective participants that they are responsible for their own expenses. Organized session participants may register at the member rate even if they are nonmembers, but are cordially invited to join the Association. 

    WEAI members who organize a session and are affiliated with a WEAI Institutional Member receive complimentary conference registration. 

    Invite Your Presenters to Get Started

    INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRESENTERSREGISTER TODAY | SUBMIT TODAY 
    Papers submitted for organized sessions will only be available for placement on the program after receipt of registration payment. 

    Dates to Remember

    • December 15: Session information is due to WEAI.
    • January 15: Deadline for organized session participants to register/submit in order to be included in first program draft.
    • February 15: Deadline to take advantage of early registration discount.
    • March 1: Last chance for program changes to be included in printed program.
    • March 15: Verify that complete papers have been uploaded by presenters.

    Waiver of Journal Manuscript Submission Fees

    WEAI members can submit their conference papers to either Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy without paying the usual manuscript submission fee provided the manuscripts reach the editors within six months after the conference.

  • In-person Conference Registration

    All prices increase $50 after February 15, 2023.

    • US$290 for members
    • US$360 for non-members
    • US$135 for students, includes a one-year membership
    • US$100 for non-economist guests over 18 years of age

    Virtual Conference Registration

    All prices increase $50 after February 15, 2023.

    • US$130 for members 
    • US$190 for non-members 
    • US$75 for students, includes a one-year membership 

    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.

    In-person Registration Benefits: 1) Conference program and complimentary conference bag. 2) Admittance to all featured keynote, roundtable, and concurrent sessions (virtual and in-person); 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 October 31, 2023.

    Virtual Registration Benefits: 1) Admittance to featured keynote, roundtable, and concurrent virtual sessions; 2) Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current WEAI members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by October 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. Early registration closes on February 15, after which fees increase $50. 

    Special Activities

    Participant's Dinner  | Friday, April 14 -- 6:45-9:00 pm
    Dinner speaker to be determined.

    Half-Day Special Activity  | Saturday, April 15 -- 12:30-8:00 pm
    Activity to be determined.

    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 April 1.
    • Special acitivity ticket cancellations must be made in writing by April 1 to receive a refund. We are unable to give refunds for late cancellations.
  • Travel Visas

    Unless you are an Australian citizen, you will need a valid Australian visa to enter the country. New Zealand passport holders can apply for a visa upon arrival in the country. All other passport holders, regardless of age, must apply for a visa before leaving home. 

    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 and investigate which visa option is best for your situation with the Australia Government Department of Home Affairs.

    To request a letter of invitation after you've completed your conference registration, email [email protected].
     

    Weather

    Autumn in Melbourne (March to May) sees cooler weather with average temperatures ranging from 10.9 – 20.3°C (51.6 - 68.5°F). Morning fog usually clears to welcome fine, sunny days, however toward the end of the season there can be extended periods of light winds.
     

    Important Dates

    October 15, 2022: Volunteer paper abstract submission deadline.
    December 15, 2022: Organized session submission deadline.
    January 15, 2023: Deadline for program participants to register/submit to appear in first program draft.
    February 15, 2023: Program participants' cancellation deadline with 50% refund.
    February 15, 2023: Registration fees increase $50.
    March 1, 2023: Final program changes due in order to appear in printed program.
    March 15, 2023: Paper presenters upload/circulate papers to all session participants.
    March 15, 2023: Cancellation and refund deadline for attendees NOT participating on the program.
    April 1, 2023: Purchase/reserve special activity tickets to ensure your space.
     

    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 February 15, fifty percent (50%) of registration fee is refundable. After February 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 March 15, the full registration fee is refundable, less $25 handling fee. After March 15, 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.
       
  • Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research

    University of Melbourne Business School

    University of Melbourne Department of Economics

  • Housing options are plentiful in Melbourne, so a quick search on your favorite travel site will provide a good starting point from which you can sort and filter your way to the best property in your travel budget. These are some of the hotels within the downtown area that are either a short walk from the conference venue or near the city tram routes:

    Five-star options

    Four-star options

     

    Getting Around in Melbourne

    Take advantage of the Free Tram Zone that operates in Melbourne city center. To use public transport outside of the free tram zone, you need to purchase a myki card, available from retail outlets displaying the myki sign, visitor centers and at train stations.

    The City Circle Tram (number 35) is a great introduction to Melbourne with city loop services running every 12 minutes. The entire circuit takes about 48 minutes and provides historical commentary if you listen carefully. This hop on/hop off service links with other bus and train routes, and passes major attractions stopping on Flinders Street, at Federation Square, the Harbour Esplanade, Docklands and Queen Victoria Market. And best of all, it doesn't cost a cent.

    To/from the Airport

    You can use public transport, taxis or rideshare to get to and from Melbourne airport. For a convenient option, catch the SkyBus express service that runs 24 hours a day. Airport service stops at Southern Cross Station on Spencer Street in the city. Note that the SkyBus services do not accept myki cards, and tickets are purchased either online or at the airport.

    You can access taxis and rideshare services when you arrive, and the journey from the airport to the city centre takes around 25 to 30 minutes (or 50 minutes from Avalon Airport). You'll find taxi ranks at the front of all terminals - simply follow the signs to the nearest ranks. Omnicar car service is another option said to be very reliable and only slightly more than a taxi (reserve ahead online). Uber operates in Melbourne, but not Lyft. Find out more on rideshare services and hire car options.

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.