Featured Speakers

Maurice Obstfeld
Maurice Obstfeld
John Shoven
John Shoven
  • As we enter our third week of 'stay-at-home' here in California we are seeing the reports from around the world as to the impact of COVID-19 on people's lives and the economy. The United States has just passed China with the most confirmed cases. 

    With approximately three months to go before the planned 95th Annual Conference in Denver, we continue to hope for improvement in the situation. However, we will not let hope drive our decision making, we will rely on the facts and the medical evidence to inform our decisions regarding the conference.

    We are continuing to move forward with the development of the program for Denver which will allow all participants to have documentation of their conference acceptance, and provide potential contacts for future research partnerships. In addition, we will be prepared should we chose an alternative time or delivery method for the conference or for particular sessions. The preliminary program will be posted early next week. 

    Again, our goal is to meet WEAI's mission of 'sharing economic insights and research findings throughout the profession', and doing so in a way that considers everyone's health and safety. We are considering all feasible options for delivering the program, and will continue to update everyone as we gather more information and evaluate the ever-changing scientific information on the spread and impact of COVID-19. 

    Wade Martin, PhD
    Executive Director

  • Preliminary Program

    We invite you to browse the preliminary program as of April 2, 2020. Updates will be posted regularly, so check back often.

    Program Timeline

    • March 30 (week of): first draft of program will be posted online
    • March 30 (week of): formal invitation letters will be emailed to participants
    • April 20 (week of): second draft of the program will be posted online
    • May 15: early bird discount ends, registration fees go up $45
    • May 18 (week of): third/final draft of the program will be posted online
    • May 22: group emails will be sent to each session to facilitate circulation of completed papers
    • June 1: deadline for presenters to circulate completed papers to fellow session participants

    Conference Schedule

    Friday, June 26
    12:00 pm-8:00 pm -- Registration Open
    12:30 pm-2:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:30 pm-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 pm-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    6:30 pm-8:00 pm -- Welcome Reception

    Saturday, June 27
    7:30 am-6:30 pm -- Registration Open
    8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am-12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions
    12:30 pm-2:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:30 pm-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 pm-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Sunday, June 28
    8:00 am-6:30 pm -- Registration Open
    8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am-12:00 n -- Keynote Address by Maurice Obstfeld, University of California, Berkeley
    12:15 pm-2:15 pm -- Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting, John Shoven, Stanford University
    2:30 pm-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 pm-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Monday, June 29
    8:00 am-6:30 pm -- Registration Open
    8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am-12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions
    12:30 pm-2:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    2:30 pm-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 pm-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Tuesday, June 30
    8:00 am-12:00 pm -- Registration Open
    8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am-12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions

    Conference Close

  • Session Information & Instructions for Program Participants

    Audio-Visual Equipment:
    Projectors and screens will be provided in each meeting room. COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED. Please coordinate with your fellow session participants to ensure that a computer will be available if you do not plan to bring your own. Remember to bring any adapters you may need to connect your computer to the projectors.

    Session Structure & Procedures:
    Discussants are assigned first paper to first discussant, second paper to second discussant, etc. However all session participants are expected to be familiar with all the papers in the session and to contribute to the discussion.

    By June 1, paper presenters must send their paper to all session participants. If you are unable to circulate your paper by June 1, contact your session chair and assigned discussant immediately to keep them apprised of your progress. 

    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.

    Session Chairs:
    Your involvement in the weeks prior to the conference is essential to the session’s success.

    Before the conference, facilitate communication amongst session participants. Follow up with your session participants to ensure papers are distributed to everyone in your session by June 1. Discus­sants have no obligation to discuss a late paper.

    During the conference, arrive in your assigned meeting room a few minutes early to check on the projector. Watch the clock and ensure that presenters and discussants stay within their allotted timeframes.

    After the session, complete the chair questionnaire you will receive by email after your session. Your feedback such as approximate session attendance helps us improve future conferences.

    Paper Presenters:
    By June 1, send your paper to each participant in the session. Limit your paper to 15 to 25 double-spaced pages in order to not overburden your discussant and fellow participants. 

    During your session, stay within the allotted time (usually 15 minutes). Summarize the paper’s objective, methods, main points, and conclusions. Do not read your paper.

    Tips on being an effective presenter from former Economic Inquiry Editor Bill Neilson:

    • Do not go long. Going long means less time for feedback. It is much better to present only a small portion of your paper well than to go long and try to present the entire thing. Also, audience members punish presenters who go long by withdrawing their attention, and you do not want this. So, if anything, make your presentation shorter than 15 minutes and restrict attention to only things people absolutely have to know. The introduction should be short, and the literature review shorter, perhaps non-existent.

    Before the conference, if you cannot meet your commitment, please locate a substitute and contact both WEAI and the session chair immediately.

    During your session, be prepared to offer comments and constructive criticism. Plan your remarks to stay within the allotted time (usually 5 to 8 minutes). In the chair’s absence, the first discussant listed is assigned as an alternate chair. Each paper has a primary discussant, but everyone is urged to contribute to the discussion of all papers.

    Tips on being an effective discussant from former Economic Inquiry Editor Bill Neilson:

    1. Summarize the paper very quickly. This does two things: (1) it helps audience members who were not paying attention catch up with what you are about to say.  (2) it shows the author what you got out of the paper. Most referee reports begin with summaries of the paper, and these are valuable to the author because they show what points were most salient. 
    2. Talk about how you would have approached the problem. This is great for sessions where participants all come from different specializations and so the different approaches would be interesting to hear.
    3. Talk about strengths of the author’s approach. It is always nice for the author to hear something positive, but it is also good for the audience to learn what was especially good about the paper they just heard.
    4. Talk about any strategies for improvement you can think of.
    5. The key thing to remember in discussing a paper is that you are talking to the audience, not the author. The author is only one member of the audience, but you want to impress everyone. Serving as a discussant is a marketing opportunity for you, and you should use it to show any possible recruiter in the audience what a fantastic colleague you would be. So, your discussion should be a self-contained talk that everyone in the audience will understand, not just the author.

    All Program Participants:
    Please review the information in the preliminary program carefully. Email corrections and/or changes to [email protected]. If you are not attending the conference, please advise your session chair or session organizer and WEAI immediately.   

    Conference Dates to Remember:

    • May 15: Early-Bird Registration discount ends.
    • June 1: Last day to reserve special activity tickets.
    • June 1: Deadline for papers to reach fellow session participants.
    • December 31:  Deadline for WEAI members to submit revised conference papers free of charge to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy for possible publication.
  • Registration fees below apply to everyone attending the conference:

    • US$185 for members (increases to $230 after May 15, 2020)
    • US$265 for non-members (increases to $310 after May 15, 2020)
    • US$95 for student members (increases to $140 after May 15, 2020)
    • US$130 for student non-members (increases to $175 after May 15, 2020)
    • US$50 for non-economist guests over 18 years of age


    • 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 May 15, after which fees increase $45. 


    • Conference program and complimentary conference bag.
    • Admittance to all general and concurrent sessions; coffee breaks; and Welcome Reception.
    • Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current WEAI members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by December 31, 2020.


    • Program participants must register by May 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, receptions, and special activities. 
  • 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.

    Audio-Visual Equipment

    • LCD projectors and screens will be provided in each meeting room. Projectors have VGA and HDMI connections. There will be some adapters available, but to be sure, bring your own adapter for connectivity to the projector.

    • LAPTOP COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, so coordinate with your fellow session participants if you need one available.

    • If other equipment is required please call 714-965-8800 for prices and availability. Additional equipment is at your own expense.

    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.
    May 31: Last day to make room reservations at the conference rate, on a space available basis.
    June 1: Deadline to purchase/reserve special activity tickets.
    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).

    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, email [email protected].

  • Grand Hyatt Denver

    1750 Welton Street, Denver, CO 80202 USA
    Tel: 1-303-295-1234 

    Online Reservations:

    Phone Reservations:
    1-877-803-7534 (reference group WEAI 95th Annual Conference)

    Conference Group Rate:

    • $225 per night single or double. 
    • Taxes and fees are currently 15.75% per room per night (subject to change without notice).
    • Group rates apply June 23 through July 3, 2020, based on availability in contracted block.

    Cancellation Policy:

    • To avoid a one night's room and tax penalty, reservations must be cancelled at least 48 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 Hyatt online or by phone.
    • Make your hotel reservations by June 2. The group rate will be available until June 2 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 3:00 p.m. Check-out is 12:00 n.
  • 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 2020 will be June 26th-30th, at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado. 

    2020 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

    Group #1 |  Development & Labor
    Advisor: Francisca M. Antman, University of Colorado, Boulder

    • Maria Caballero, Carnegie Mellon University - Department of Economics
      The Impact of Destination Immigration Policies on Origin-Country Human Capital Investment
    • Eduardo Cenci, University of Wisconsin, Madision - Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics
      Internal Migration and the Spread of Long-Term Impacts of Historical Immigration in Brazil
    • Grant Graziani, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics
      Provider Practice Styles and Patient Race: Evidence from Primary Care
    • Ezra Karger, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
      The Long-Run Effect of Public Libraries on Children: Evidence from the Early 1900s

    Group #2 | Health, Labor and Welfare Economics
    Advisor: Jane Ruseski, West Virginia University 

    • Anne Burton, Cornell University - Department of Economics
      Smoking Bans in Bars and Restaurants, Alcohol Consumption, and Social Welfare
    • Luciana Etcheverry, University of Oregon - Department of Economics
      Effect of Paid Paternity Leave on Paternal Involvement and Labor Market Outcomes
    • Alexa Prettyman, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
      Happy 18th Birthday, Now Leave: The Hardships of Aging Out of Foster Care
    • Siddhartha Sanghi, Washington State University, St. Louis - Department of Economics
      Health Inequality: Role of Insurance and Technological Progress

    Group #3 | Games, Experiments & Rationality
    Advisor: Jason Shogren, University of Wyoming 

    • Jefferson A. Arapoc, University of Newcastle, Australia - Department of Economics
      Impacts of Wealth Distribution Systems on Individual Trust
    • Lasse Mononen, Princeton University - Department of Economics
      The Foundations of Measuring Rationality
    • Chelsea Pardini, Washington State University - Department of Economic Sciences
      Game-Theoretic Analysis of US Settlement Allowing for Coercion and Activism
    • Yuxin Su, Claremont Graduate University - Department of Economics
      How to Improve Motivation Using Pro-social Bonuses: An Experiment

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

    • Nicolas Carollo, University of California, Los Angeles - Department of Economics
      The Effect of Occupational Licensing and Certification Policies on Wage and Employment Dynamics
    • Christina Kent, Stanford University - Department of Economics 
      When A Town Wins the Lottery: Evidence from Spain
    • James Sayre, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
      Make Avocados not Drugs: Export Opportunities, Criminal Organizations, and Rural Development in Mexico
    • Katherine Wen, Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis & Management
      The Effects of Influenza Vaccine Mandates in Nursing Homes

Featured Sessions

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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.