Featured Speakers

Maurice Obstfeld
Maurice Obstfeld
  • We invite you to view the June 28th keynote address by Maurice Obstfeldt


  • 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
    • Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, University of California, Merced
    • Francisca Antman, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Laura H. Baldwin, RAND Corporation
    • Atin Basuchoudhary, Virginia Military Institute
    • Tim A. Bersak, Wofford College
    • Diana Bonfim, Banco de Portugal and Católica Lisbon
    • Trudy Ann Cameron, University of Oregon
    • C. Monica Capra, Claremont Graduate University
    • David S. C. Chu, Institute for Defense Analyses
    • Cynthia Cook, RAND Corporation
    • William D. Craighead, U.S. Air Force Academy
    • Mario J. Crucini, Vanderbilt University
    • Darwyyn Deyo, San Jose State University
    • David S. Dixon, University of New Mexico
    • Hamid Falatoonzadeh, University of Redlands
    • Tom Geraghty, CNA Corporation
    • Yuriy Gorodnichenko, University of California, Berkeley
    • 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
    • Kim Huynh, Bank of Canada
    • David Knapp, RAND Corporation
    • Michael S. Kofoed, United States Military Academy
    • Jordan Lenger, University of Colorado Boulder
    • Lauren Malone, CNA Corporation
    • Molly McIntosh, RAND Corporation
    • Diego Mendez-Carbajo, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
    • Anita Alves Pena, Colorado State University, Fort Collins
    • Ellen M. Pint, RAND Corporation
    • Alicia Morgan Plemmons, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    • Christopher S. Ruebeck, Lafayette College
    • Mohammed Safarzadeh, University of Southern California
    • Joseph S. Shapiro, University of California, Berkeley
    • Yuxin Su, Claremont Graduate University
    • Raul Cruz Tadle, California State University, Sacramento
    • Christina Tapia, Northwest Economics, L.L.C. and University of Washington, Seattle
    • Kashi Nath Tiwari, KNT's Academic Financial Research
    • Walker F. Todd, University of Akron
    • Patrick S. Turner, University of Notre Dame
    • Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University
    • Wesley W. Wilson, University of Oregon
    • John David Winkler, RAND Corporation
    • Danny Yagan, University of California, Berkeley
    • Nicolas L. Ziebarth, Auburn University

    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

Featured Sessions

Professional Development Session
Professional Development Session
Professional Development Session
President-Elect Featured Session
President-Elect Featured Session
President-Elect Featured Session

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.