Individuals are welcome to submit an abstract for possible presentation on the program in a volunteer session. Papers will be blind reviewed by a screening committee member and decision emails will be sent in early November. Each paper presenter will be expected to serve as a discussant for another volunteer paper in order to ensure that everyone receives comments on their research.

Present a Volunteer Paper | Deadline October 15 20, 2019

Step 1: Register to attend and pay Volunteer Abstract Submission fee -- start now! 

Step 2: Submit an abstract  (only registrants who've paid a conference paper submission fee may access the submission portal) -- submit now!

Information needed for abstract review committee:

  • Paper presenter's name, professional affiliation, e-mail address, academic degrees held; same information for all 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) and registration fees are required prior to submission of your abstract (see Registration tab for applicable fee). Limit two papers per submitter; two papers require two submission fees. 

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.

Your complete paper will not be submitted to WEAI, but will be circulated to your assigned discussant one month prior to the conference. Conference proceedings are not published.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

Discuss a Paper or Chair a Session

Discuss a paper and give others the benefit 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 November 15, 2019

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. Paper submission fees are waived for all papers in organized sessions, however participants are required to register for the conference. WEAI members affiliated with a WEAI Institutional Member, and who organize a session, 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. 

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 to attend by February 1.
  • Make sure your session participants circulate completed papers by March 1.
  • 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, with at least one discussant assigned to comment on each paper (paper presenters may serve as discussants on each others' papers). Other formats, such as panels or roundtables, may also be used. Must include at least three registered participants.

Session Scheduling Requests

If extenuating circumstances allow a participant to attend only part of the conference, please include a scheduling request with your preliminary session information.

Information Needed

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

  • Session title.
  • 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).

Program space is limited; please submit materials early. Please submit revised information with “track changes” turned on so that each revision is clearly marked. 

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 during each time period. 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, including WEAI Officers and Board Members, are asked to pay the conference registration fee to help defray the sizable cost of organizing the conference. 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 receive complimentary conference registration if (i) they are employed by an Institutional Member, (ii) they organize a session in which at least three participants pay the usual registration fee, and (iii) everyone in the session registers by the deadline.

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.

Dates to Remember

  • November 15: Session information is due to WEAI.
  • January 1: Deadline for program participants to register.
  • February 1: Deadline to take advantage of early registration discount.
  • March 1: Verify that all session participants have received copies of all papers.


Conference Schedule*

Registration and all conference sessions are being hosted at Fudan University, School of Economics.

Thursday, March 19
12:00 – 6:30 pm  Registration Open
1:00 – 2:30 pm  Welcome Comments followed by Keynote Address by Alan Auerbach "U.S. Inequality and Fiscal Progressivity -- An Intragenerational Accounting"
2:30 – 3:00 pm  Coffee/tea break
3:00 – 4:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
5:00 – 6:45 pm  Concurrent Sessions
6:45 – 8:00 pm  Welcome Reception

Friday, March 20
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 Philippe Aghion "Explaining the Productivity Growth Decline in the U.S."
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 21
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 "Household Behaviour and the Dynamics of Inequality"
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 to be announced

Sunday, March 22
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 "Policies to Address Inequality"
12:30 pm – 8:00 pm Bund tour and dinner cruise

Conference Close

* Schedule is tentative and subject to change. Please check back regularly!

Registration Fees

Registration fees below apply to everyone attending the conference:

  • US$300 for members (increases to $350 after February 1, 2020)
  • US$380 for non-members (increases to $430 after February 1, 2020)
  • US$135 for students (increases to $185 after February 1, 2020)
  • US$100 for non-economist guests over 18 years of age


  • Participants whose primary affiliation is located in China receive a $50 discount on registration. 
  • 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 1-714-965-8800 or [email protected].
  • Early registration closes on February 1, after which fees increase $50. 


  • Conference program and complimentary conference bag.
  • Admittance to all general and concurrent sessions; coffee breaks; lunches (March 20 and 21) and Welcome Reception.
  • Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current WEAI members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by September 30, 2020.


  • Program participants must register by January 1 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, lunches, receptions, and special activities. 


Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport/Station are the closest international airports to Fudan University and surrounding hotels (approximately 50 minutes by taxi). 

Passport and Visa

To visit China, you must have a valid passport. Visa requirements differ depending on your country of permanent residence. For general visa application information and requirements visit the Chinese consulate in your area (for US residents, visit Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the USA). 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.

Audio-Visual Equipment

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

Important Dates

October 15: Volunteer abstract submission deadline. 
November 15: Organized session submission deadline
December 15: Registration cancellation deadline to receive 50% refund (afterwhich entire fee is non-refundable)
February 1: Program participants registration deadline
February 1: Last day to pre-register at reduced rates
March 1: Deadline to purchase special activity tickets
March 1: Paper presenters circulate complete papers to all session participants

Cancellation and Refund Policies

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

  • Volunteer abstract submission fees are non-refundable after October 15.

  • 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.

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

  • Membership dues are non-refundable.

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


Headquarters Hotel:
Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan
199 Handan Rd, Wu Jiao Chang 
Yangpu, Shanghai, China, 200433
Phone: +86 21 5552 9999

Make a Reservation Online

The Crowne Plaza Shanghai Fudan is located across the street from the School of Economics, Fudan University (600 Guoquan Rd, Wu Jiao Chang, Yangpu, Shanghai, China). 

Featured Speakers

Philippe Aghion
Philippe Aghion
Alan Auerbach
Alan Auerbach
Richard Blundell
Richard Blundell
Guanghua Wan
Guanghua Wan
Jun Zhang
Jun Zhang

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.