Featured Speakers

Maurice Obstfeld
Maurice Obstfeld
  • Online Conference Platform << click to access conference
    This is your source for complete session information and links to sessions. Updates will be posted continuously. Maybe bookmark the page so it's easy to find from day to day. All program participants, registrants, and WEAI members have been invited to attend (search your email for CrowdCompass). Not on the program or a current WEAI member? Please complete the Request to Attend.

    Verification Code Trouble 
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    Mountain Time Zone (UTC/GMT -6)
    All times listed on the program are in the Mountain Time zone (UTC/GMT -6). This one is tricky with everyone spread out around the world (but a very cool problem to have). If you need help keeping track, use the above link for reference.

    Zoom Update
    Zoom issued an update a couple days ago, so you might want to get that installed before the conference so that you aren't delayed in getting to your sesion.

    Unsavory Characters 
    If you experience any unprofessional behavior when you are in a virtual session, please let us know right away so that we can block that attendee from the conference platform.

    WEAI staff will be available throughout the conference as if we were awaiting your questions at the registration desk. We will missing seeing all of you in person!

  • Virtual Program 

    We are excited to present WEAI's first ever virtual conference program including over 140 sessions! All are welcome to attend free of charge. Program participants, registrants, and WEAI members will be automatically invited to attend.

    Not on the program or a WEAI member? To receive your invitation to attend the sessions, please complete a short Request to Attend form. When you've been added to the conference platform as an attendee, you will receive an invitation via email to join the conference!

    Conference Schedule

    All times are Mountain Time (UTC-6).

    Friday, June 26
    10:15 am-12:00 pm -- 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

    Saturday, June 27
    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
    8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am-12:00 n -- Keynote Address by Maurice Obstfeld, University of California, Berkeley
    2:30 pm-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
    4:30 pm-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

    Monday, June 29
    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
    8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
    10:15 am-12:00 n -- Concurrent Sessions

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    Pre-cancellation Preliminary Program

    We invite you to browse the original Denver preliminary program as of April 8, 2020. 

  • Platforms being utilized for the virtual conference include Zoom, MS Teams, and WebEx. We are trying to standardize on Zoom to streamline session attendance, so the following terminology applies mainly to Zoom. 

    It's most important that the session host is comfortable setting up and running the session, so we encourage you to use the configuration that will make the running of your session most efficient and familiar. 

    Please submit your meeting link/URL to [email protected] by Friday, June 19. Session URLs will be kept behind a login-protected conference platform, access to which is being screened by WEAI. Program participants and WEAI members will automatically be invited to access the conference platform, but if you would like to invite colleagues to join, please send them this Request to Attend.

    Configuration suggestions:

    • If you are expecting a larger turnout for your session, a Zoom webinar setup may be beneficial for managing presenters and attendees. Session participants are designated as panelists. Session attendees are considered participants. A ZoomPro account is required to utilize the webinar setup.
    • Duration of each session is one hour and 45 minutes, so set your meeting to start a few minutes earlier to allow everyone time to get connected and ready to present. If there are presenters in the session who are not familiar with using Zoom, a practice run might be in order a few days beforehand.
    • Verify the time zone setting for your session. All times listed on the program are Mountain Time (UTC/GMT-6) as if we were still meeting in person in Denver.
    • Registration for your meeting/session should not be required to allow easier access for people who have already logged in through the conference platform.
    • Passwords are optional. If utilized, please be sure to submit info to WEAI so that the password will be visible in the conference platform
    • Allow both phone and computer audio.
    • Use the waiting room functionality to screen people coming into your session. Hosts will need to monitor the waiting room during the session for people who might be joining late.
    • If you would like to share some of the administrative functions of the session host, in your Zoom settings, turn on the option to add co-hosts. After you start the session, assign all session presenters as co-hosts for the meeting to share controls over the administrative side of the session, such as managing participants. (Hover over a user’s video, click the icon with the three dots, and click Make Co-Host.)

    It has been suggested that we have sessions recorded if possible so that people can go back and view sessions they may not have been able to attend live. If all participants in your session are willing to be recorded, turn on record and WEAI will make the session videos available to conference attendees for 30 days.

    Questions or comments? Please let us know.

  • 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:
    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 at your virtual session a few minutes early and assure that your video and audio connections are working properly. 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.

    Session Hosts:
    Before the conference, configure a Zoom meeting/webinar and submit the meeting link/URL to [email protected] by June 19. If any of your session participants are not familiar with participating in a virtual meeting, perhaps host a practice run before the conference so that everyone can figure out screen sharing and such so that the day of the session runs more smoothly.

    During the conference, arrive at your virtual session early and help presenters with video/audio setup if needed. If in use, monitor the virtual waiting room throughout the session to grant access to late arrivals.

    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, thoroughly read the paper you are assigned to discuss, and prepare comments to share with the author(s).

    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). 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.


  • 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 was planned to be held June 26-30, 2020, 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, Madison - 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
      Work Half-Time, Receive Full-Time Pay: Effect of Novel Family Policy on Female 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 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
    • 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
      Influenza Vaccination Requirements in Nursing Homes: Impacts on Elderly Hospital Events and Mortality
  • WEAI members are invited to submit their revised conference papers for possible publication in one of WEAI's two journals, Contemporary Economic Policy (CEP) or Economic Inquiry (EI), published quarterly in partnership with Wiley Publishing. The normal submission fee is waived if the paper is submitted before December 31, 2020. Scheduled paper presenters will receive submission waiver information by email in the coming weeks.

    Contemporary Economic Policy

    First published in 1982 as Contemporary Policy Issues, CEP strives to communicate results of high-quality economic analysis to policymakers; to focus high-quality research and analysis on current policy issues of widespread concern; to increase awareness among economists of aspects of the economy key to understanding the impact of policy; and to advance policy analysis methodology. CEP welcomes three categories of articles: 1) essays analyzing specific policy issues; 2) surveys of important general subject areas; and 3) research articles devoted to developing new methods for policy analysis

    Economic Inquiry

    EI (formerly Western Economic Journal), is widely regarded as one of the top scholarly journals in its field. Besides containing research on all economics topic areas, a principal objective is to make each article understandable to economists who are not necessarily specialists in the article's topic area. More than 20 Nobel Laureates are among EI's long list of prestigious authors.

    Review the manuscript submission guidelines for more information about submitting your manuscript. Questions? contact [email protected]


  • Program Chairs

    • Alan Auerbach, University of California, Berkeley
    • Wade Martin, California State University, Long Beach, and Western Economic Association International

    Contemporary Economic Policy Session Chair

    • Jack W. Hou, California State University, Long Beach, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology

    Session Organizers

    • James H. Alleman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Hannah Altman, Queensland University of Technology
    • Morris Altman, University of Dundee
    • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, University of California, Merced
    • Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Rojhat Avsar, Columbia College
    • Laura H. Baldwin, RAND Corporation
    • Atin Basuchoudhary, Virginia Military Institute
    • Tim A. Bersak, Wofford College
    • Jane M. Binner, University of Birmingham
    • Diana Bonfim, Banco de Portugal and Católica Lisbon
    • Metin Cakir, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    • Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon
    • C. Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
    • Beryl Y. Chang, New York University
    • David S. C. Chu, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Lucas Coffman, Boston College
    • Cynthia Cook, RAND Corporation
    • Kevin Cooksey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
    • Kalena Cortes, IZA
    • William D. Craighead, U.S. Air Force Academy
    • Laura Crispin, Saint Joseph's University, Pennsylavnia
    • Mario J. Crucini, Vanderbilt University
    • Darwyyn Deyo, San Jose State University
    • David S. Dixon, University of New Mexico
    • Takero Doi, Keio University
    • Zadia M. Feliciano, Queen's College, CUNY, The Graduate Center, CUNY, and NBER
    • Tom Geraghty, CNA Corporation
    • Jacob Goldin, Stanford Law School
    • Yuriy Gorodnichenko, University of California, Berkeley
    • Alfred V. Guender, University of Canterbury
    • Shawkat Hammoudeh, Drexel University
    • Michael J. Haupert, University of Wisconsin -- La Crosse
    • Suzanne Helburn, University of Colorado Denver
    • Fernando Hoces de la Guardia, Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences
    • Brady P. Horn, University of New Mexico
    • Jonathan Hughes, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Brad R. Humphreys, West Virginia University
    • Kim Huynh, Bank of Canada
    • John Ifcher, Santa Clara University
    • Sarah K. John, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Gisella Kagy, Vassar College
    • Chong-Uk Kim, Sonoma State University
    • Jaebeom Kim, Oklahoma State University
    • David Knapp, RAND Corporation
    • Michael S. Kofoed, United States Military Academy
    • Jonathan Kolstad, University of California, Berkeley
    • Jordan Lenger, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Tsai-Ching Liu, National Taipei University
    • Sakib Mahmud, University of Wisconsin -- Superior
    • Lauren Malone, CNA Corporation
    • Kara Mandell, CNA Corporation
    • Paul Mark Mason, McMurry University
    • Molly McIntosh, RAND Corporation
    • Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • John D. Merrifield, University of Texas at San Antonio
    • Kyle Neering, CNA Corporation
    • Jeffrey B. Nugent, University of Southern California
    • Eugene B. Nyantakyi, Oklahoma State University
    • Kelsey J. O'Connor, STATEC Luxembourg
    • Jerry Pannullo, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Jungsoo Park, Sogang University
    • Anita Alves Pena, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
    • Ellen M. Pint, RAND Corporation
    • Alicia Morgan Plemmons, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • Timothy J. Richards, Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus
    • Christopher S. Ruebeck, Lafayette College
    • Jane E. Ruseski, West Virginia University
    • Francesco Sarracino, STATEC Luxembourg
    • Rahel Schomaker, Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, and German Research Institute for Public Admin. Speyer
    • Scott Schuh, West Virginia University
    • Joseph S. Shapiro, University of California, Berkeley
    • Steven M Smith, Colorado School of Mines
    • Chi-Young Song, Kookmin University
    • Sue K. Stockly, Eastern New Mexico University
    • Christine Strong, Old Dominion University
    • Yuxin Su, Claremont Graduate University
    • Malgorzata Switek, University of Southern California
    • Raul Cruz Tadle, California State University, Sacramento
    • Wei-Hua Tian, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
    • Kashi Nath Tiwari, KNT's Academic Financial Research
    • Walker F. Todd, University of Akron
    • Patrick S. Turner, University of Notre Dame
    • Nacasius U. Ujah, South Dakota State University
    • Diego E. Vacaflores, Texas State University
    • Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University
    • Tatsuma Wada, Keio University
    • Gary A. Wagner, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
    • Jessie Wang, Furman University
    • Jeffrey B. Wenger, RAND Corporation
    • Thomas D. Willett, Claremont Graduate University
    • James A. Wilson, Russell Sage Foundation
    • Wesley W. Wilson, University of Oregon
    • John David Winkler, RAND Corporation
    • Danny Yagan, University of California, Berkeley
    • Mustafa Z. Younis, Jackson State University
    • Nicolas L. Ziebarth, Auburn University
    • Sarah Zubairy, Texas A&M University, College Station

    Coordinators for Volunteer Sessions

    • Yutian Chen, California State University, Long Beach
    • Jinwon Kim, California State University, Long Beach
    • Yanling Qi, California State University, Long Beach

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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.