Graduate Student Workshop

Graduate Student Workshop

Program Overview

WEAI’s 2020 Graduate Student Workshop offers up to 16 Ph.D. candidates hands-on experience in job-market paper presentation and interviewing skills. The workshop is designed to help students prepare for the highly competitive job market in January 2021. The workshop will be held in conjunction with WEAI’s 95th Annual Conference, June 26th-30th, 2020, at the Grand Hyatt Denver.

Preparation Guide Additional Resources 

Schedule of Activities

By accepting the invitation to participate in the WEAI Graduate Student Workshop, students are expected to attend the following events:

Reception and Dinner | June 25, 6:00 p.m., Location TBD. 
GSW participants get together to meet their advisors and colleagues. The hosted reception will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner with GSW colleagues will follow at 7:00 p.m. 

Seminar Presentation Workshop Groups | June 26, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Location TBD
The selection committee divides students into groups each consisting of four students and one faculty advisor. To simulate the seminar portion of a typical on-site interview experience, students make a 50-minute to one-hour presentation of their job-market paper, followed by 20 to 30 minutes of questions, comments, and discussion (individual advisors may alter this time ratio). Advisors offer candid critiques of presentation style and technique. Time permitting, advisors will give general job market advice, critique CVs, and give specific advice to each student. 

LCD projectors and screens will be provided in each meeting room.  Laptop computers will not be provided so coordinate with your fellow students if you need one available.


8:00 a.m. | Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast, Location TBD
8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Workshop Groups, Location TBD
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. | Luncheon with WEAI Executive Board, Location TBD
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Workshop Groups, Location TBD

WEAI Welcome Reception | June 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Location TBD

Mock Interview Panels  | June 27, Time TBD, Check in Location TBD.  Interviews in Location TBD 
Students are scheduled for individual mock interviews that resemble a 25 minute ASSA job interview (25 minutes of interview plus 20 minutes of feedback). Interview panels include graduate student advisors and other volunteers. Students will receive a mock job announcement written by one of the interviewers. Interviews are done individually to most closely simulate what occurs during an ASSA interview.

Optional Activities

Professional Development Session #TBD 

Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting | June 28, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Location TBD
WEAI President John Shoven, Stanford University, will give this year’s Presidential Address.

Workshop Program Timeline

December-February| WEAI Contacts Faculty Advisors
WEAI Executive Director and faculty advisors participate in email exchanges and a meeting or conference call to select students from the application pool, discuss workshop responsibilities, and answer questions.

February | WEAI and Advisors Contact Students
WEAI announces the selection of students. Advisors contact students to let them know plans for the workshop, what their responsibilities are, and answer any questions.

March | Make Travel Reservations
Please make airline reservations, and plan to arrive at the conference hotel by the afternoon of June 25. See further information below.

April | Rough Draft of Papers
By April 15, students should send a rough draft of papers to their faculty advisors, the three other students in their workshop group and [email protected].

May and June | Stay in Touch and Circulate Papers
Students will receive information for the Mock Interview Panels with participant information and scheduling. Advisors are encouraged to stay in regular contact with students. By June 1, students should circulate their final revisions of papers to their faculty advisor and workshop group students and copy [email protected]

Program Benefits for Selected Students

  • Complimentary one year WEAI online membership and complimentary conference registration
  • Economy class round trip airfare to attend the workshop, up to $800
  • Four-night’s stay at the conference hotel
  • Recognition in Association publications 

Hotel and Travel Information

Students will be reimbursed up to $800 for the best economy airfare available at least 30 days prior to the conference. If traveling other than by air, please contact WEAI for prior approval of expenses. For transportation-related questions, contact at [email protected]

Hotel Reservation
Students will receive four complimentary standard room nights at the Grand Hyatt Denver.  Your hotel reservations will be made by WEAI, so just give them your name at check-in. But, you will need to provide a credit card at check-in for incidentals. Upon check out, the room and tax charges for June 25, June 26, June 27 and June 28 will be paid by WEAI.

Reimbursement Policy

Students will receive reimbursement checks for transportation expenses at the conference. Please submit receipts to [email protected] no later than June 1, 2020. Reimbursement for receipts received after the deadline will be processed after the conference.

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

History of Selected Graduate Student Workshop Participants