Graduate Student Workshop

Graduate Student Workshop

Program Overview

WEAI’s 2019 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 2020. The workshop will be held in conjunction with WEAI’s 94th Annual Conference, June 28 to July 2, 2019, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square.

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 27, 6:00 p.m., Poached (Urban Tavern Private Dining Room). 
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 28, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Union Square 8, 9, 10, 11
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.

Group 1 - Maureen Pirog - Union Square 8
Group 2 - Jane Ruseski - Union Square 9
Group 3 - Jason Shogren - Union Square 10
Group 4 - Scott Schuh - Union Square 11

8:00 a.m. | Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast, Union Square 7
8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. | Workshop Groups, Union Square 8, 9, 10, 11
12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. | Luncheon with WEAI Executive Board, Continental Ballroom 5
2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. | Workshop Groups, Union Square 8, 9, 10, 11

WEAI Welcome Reception | June 28, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Continental Ballroom 5

Mock Interview Panels  | June 29, 12:30 p.m. to 4:25 p.m., Check in Union Square 19/20.  Interviews in Union Square 15, 16, 17, 18. 
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 #151 | June 29, 4:30 to 6:15 p.m., Continental Ballroom 5
"Replication and Reproducibility in Social Sciences and Statistics: Context, Concerns, and Concrete Measures" with Lars Vilhuber, Cornell University, and American Economic Association - Data Editor, as Facilitator.

Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting | June 30, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Continental Ballroom 5
WEAI President Daniel McFadden, University of California, Berkeley, 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 27. 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 $700
  • Four-night’s stay at the conference hotel
  • Recognition in Association publications 

Hotel and Travel Information

Students will be reimbursed up to $700 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 Hilton San Francisco Union Square.  Please visit to make your reservation or call 1-800-HILTONS and reference group code WEA. You will need to provide a credit card at check-in for incidentals. Upon check out, the room and tax charges for June 27, June 28, June 29 and June 30 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, 2019. Reimbursement for receipts received after the deadline will be processed after the conference.

2019 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 |  Social Welfare Outcomes of Federal and State Policies
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University 

  • David Arnold, Princeton University - Industrial Relations Section
    The Impact of Mergers and Acquisitions on Labor
  • Zachary Bleemer, University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics
    Affirmative Action, Percent Plans, and the Return to Postsecondary Selectivity
  • Amrita Kulka, University of Wisconsin, Madison - Department of Economics
    Sorting into Neighborhoods and Schools: The Role of Minimum Lot Sizes
  • Cody Tuttle, University of Maryland, College Park - Department of Economics
    Racial Discrimination in Federal Sentencing: Evidence from Drug Mandatory Minimums 

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

  • Will Davis, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
    Should Kids Have Their School Lunch and Eat It Too? Estimating the Effect of Universal Free School Meals on Child Health
  • Angela Denis, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    Health Depreciation Uncertainty and Working Decisions of Older Individuals
  • Krisztina Horvath, Boston College - Department of Economics
    Adverse Selection and Switching Costs in Health Insurance Marketplaces: Using Nudges to Fight the Death Spiral
  • Shuqiao Sun, University of Michigan - Department of Economics
    Family Size, Early Childhood Environment, and Lifetime Human Capital

Group #3 | Applied Micro
Advisor: Jason Shogren, University of Wyoming 

  • Matthew Gammans, University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    Information and Adaptation: Time Use Response to Weather Forecasts
  • Alohi Nakachi, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management
    Indigenous Knowledge and the Tragedy of the Commons
  • Cory Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Economics
    Land Concentration and Long-run Development: Evidence from the Frontier United States
  • Jason Somerville, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Choice-Set-Dependent Preferences and Salience: An Experimental Test

Group #4 | Domestic and International Macro
Advisor: Scott Schuh, West Virginia University 

  • Sylverie Herbert, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Strategic Communication with Heterogeneous Beliefs
  • Karam Jo, University of Maryland, College Park - Department of Economics 
    Defensive Innovation and Firm Growth in the U.S.: Impact of International Trade
  • Yang Li, Simon Fraser University - Department of Economics
    Time-Varying Fear, Trading Volume, and The Great Recession
  • Jiannan Zhou, University of Colorado Boulder - Department of Economics
    Survey Evidence on Habit Formation

History of Selected Graduate Student Workshop Participants