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89th Annual Conference

Friday-Tuesday, June 27-July 1, 2014 | Grand Hyatt Denver, Colorado

Thank you to all of the program participants, session organizers, allied societies, etc. for making this year's conference a success. If you have any feedback you would like to share with us, please let us know. We are always looking for ways in which to improve the conference, so if the conference and/or hotel in any way didn't meet your expectations, we want to hear about it. 


Keynote Addresses

  • Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University, "Evaluating the Economic Effects of Prohibition"

  • George Kaufman, Loyola University Chicago, and Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Presidential Address tentatively titled "Public Policy and Banking")


President-Elect Featured Sessions

  • "Aspects of the Economics of Schooling" including Eric A. Hanushek, Stanford University, Soohyung Lee, University of Maryland, and Lars Lefgren, Brigham Young University.

  • "Health in Poorer Economies" including Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University, Tania Barham, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Jon Robinson, University of California at Santa Cruz.


Participating Allied Societies

WEAI Annual Conferences regularly include participation by several 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 simply 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 for more information.

2014 Allied Societies include the following:


Volunteer Program Participation

Present a Paper | Deadline December 15, 2013

Send the following to WEAI or submit online: Volunteer paper submissions are no longer being accepted. Sorry!

  • Cover sheet with paper presenter's name, professional affiliation, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, e-mail address, academic degrees held; same information for coauthors; paper title (limit 60 characters and spaces); and paper topic area (three appropriate codes from the JEL Classification System for Journal Articles).
  • Abstract of 350 words or less.
  • Submission and registration are included in a single participation fee -- $220 for WEAI members, $290 for non-members, $125 for member students, and $160 for non-member students. Non-members are invited to join now and take advantage of the member savings! 50% of the participation fee is refundable before March 1. After March 1, the participation fee is non-refundable due to the high administrative cost of reorganizing the affected sessions and participants. WEAI Institutional Member affiliates receive a 20 percent discount on conference participation fees.

Discuss a Paper or Chair a Session | Deadline March 1, 2014

Discuss a paper and give others the benefits of your expertise. Discussants are needed in all topic areas. Chair a session and foster the exchange of ideas. Volunteer online today.


Organized Session Participation

Organize a Session | Deadline February 1, 2014

Members may organize their own sessions. Participation fees are lower for all papers in organized sessions (no paper submission fee applies). WEAI members who are affiliated with a WEAI Institutional Member, and who organize a session, receive complimentary conference registration. For more information, read the Guidelines for Conference Session Organizers. For more information or to submit a session, contact




A Special Thank You...

to this year's session consultants for their hard work assembling sessions from the over 300 volunteer individual papers accepted for the program. From the California State University, Long Beach, economics department:

  • Puspa Amri
  • Elaine Frey
  • Lisa Grobar
  • Arzu Aysin Tekindor