91st Annual Conference

Wednesday-Sunday, June 29-July 3, 2016 | Hilton Portland & Executive Tower, Oregon

 

Thank you to all of this year's allied societies, session organizers, presenters, discussants, and chairs for making the conference a professionally rewarding experience for all. Please send any feedback or suggestions for improvement to feedback@weai.org

 

Keynote Addresses

  • Emmanuel Saez, University of California, Berkeley, 2009 John Bates Clark Medal, 2010 MacArthur Fellow, “Income and Wealth Inequality: Evidence and Policy Implications”
  • David Card, University of California, Berkeley, 1995 John Bates Clark Medal, Presidential Address on "What Gets In? Editorial Decisions at Top Economics Journals"

     

President-Elect Featured Sessions

  • "Minimum Wage Symposium," organized by David Card, University of California, Berkeley
  • "Extending Retirement Savings Plans to Low-wage Workers," organized by Alicia H. MunnellBoston College

 

Participating Allied Societies

WEAI Annual 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 sessions@weai.org for more information.

 

Volunteer Program Participation

Present a Paper | Deadline December 15, 2015 -- Confirmation/acceptance emails will go out in mid-February.
Paper submission is now closed. Consider being a discussant and/or chair (see below).

Send the following to WEAI:

  • 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 including a statement of the research or policy question and the contribution of the paper to it; as well as method(s), model(s), and relevant data if applicable.
  • 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! WEAI Institutional Member affiliates receive a 20 percent discount on conference participation fees.

Cancellations: On or before March 1, 50% of the participation fee is refundable. After March 1, the participation fee is non-refundable due to the high administrative cost of reorganizing the affected sessions and participants. Cancellations must be in writing and are subject to a $25 handling fee.

 

Discuss a Paper or Chair a Session | Deadline March 1, 2016

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. 

 

Organized Session Participation

Organize a Session | Deadline February 1, 2016 

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 sessions@weai.org.

 

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, June 29
1:00 pm-7:30 pm -- Registration Open
2:30-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
4:30-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
6:30 pm-8:00 pm -- Welcome Reception

Thursday, June 30
8:00 am-6:30 pm -- Registration Open
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

Friday, July 1
8:00 am-6:30 pm -- Registration Open
8:15 am-10:00 am -- Concurrent Sessions
10:15 am-12:00 n -- Keynote Address 
12:15 pm-2:15 pm -- Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting
2:30 pm-4:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions
4:30 pm-6:15 pm -- Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, July 2
8:00 am-6:30 pm -- Registration Open
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, July 3
8:00 am-2:30 pm -- Registration Open
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

Conference Close

 

Special Activities
  • A ticket for the Presidential Luncheon is included in each registration fee; however, space is limited and you must reserve a seat by checking the appropriate box on the registration payment form. 
  • Registered guests are welcome to attend the luncheon as well, provided a seat has been reserved ahead of time.
  • Children (of all ages) must have a ticket for all special activities.
  • Luncheon ticket(s) and any special activity ticket(s), will be included in the registration packet you will receive on-site.
  • Space is limited for special activities.
  • Please purchase or reserve all special activity tickets by June 1.
  • Cancellations must be made in writing by June 1 to receive a refund. We are unable to give refunds for late cancellations.

WEAI Welcome Reception
Wednesday, June 29 | 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Take time to relax, renew old acquaintances, and make new friends at the WEAI Welcome Reception. There will be a cash bar and hearty appetizers.

Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting
Friday, July 1 | 12:15 to 2:15 p.m.

This year’s luncheon features an address by WEAI President David Card, University of California, Berkeley. Tickets are required and seating will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis so make your reservation early. Reservation deadline is June 1. Vegetarian meals are available upon request to your server.

 

Registration Policies

  • Everyone over the age of 18 must register, including spouses and adult guests.
  • Program participants must register for the conference in order to remain on the program.
  • Badges are required at all conference events, including sessions, coffee breaks, receptions, special activities, and the Presidential Luncheon.
  • Early Bird registration discount of $45 applies until May 15.
  • Pre-registration closes on June 15, after which individuals may register onsite at the conference beginning on June 28.

 

Registration Benefits

  • Conference program with all participant email and phone contacts.
  • Admittance to all general and concurrent sessions; coffee breaks; WEAI's Welcome Reception; and Presidential Luncheon, with advance reservation (see below).
  • Waiver of manuscript submission fees for current members submitting their conference paper to Economic Inquiry or Contemporary Economic Policy by December 31, 2016.

 

Cancellation & Refund Policies

  • Cancellations must be received in writing. Please e-mail sessions@weai.org.
  • Program participants must advise the participants in their session(s) of their cancellation.
  • Refunds for volunteer program participants:
    On or before March 1, fifty percent (50%) of participation fee is refundable.
    After March 1, the participation fee is non-refundable due to the high cost of rearranging the affected sessions.
  • Refunds for all others:
    On or before June 1, the full registration fee is refundable, less $25 handling fee.
    After June 1, the registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Membership dues are non-refundable.
  • Refunds will be processed after the conference and are subject to a $25 handling fee.

 

Audio-Visual Equipment

  • LCD projectors and screens will be provided in each meeting room.
  • LAPTOP COMPUTERS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED, so coordinate with your fellow session participants if you need one available.
  • Overhead projectors available by reservation only. Call 714-965-8800 or email WEAI with your session number, day, and time, and we will arrange to have an overhead available for your presentation.
  • Mac users be sure to bring your Mini Display Port to VGA adapter for connectivity to the projector.
  • If other equipment is required please call 714-965-8800 for prices and availability. Additional equipment is at your own expense.

 

Important Dates

  • March 1: Volunteer program participants' cancellation deadline with 50% refund.
  • May 15: Session chairs finalize paper-discussant assignments.
  • May 15: $45 Early Bird registration discount expires.
  • May 27: Last day to make room reservations at the conference rate.
  • June 1: Deadline to purchase/reserve special activity tickets.
  • June 1: Paper presenters circulate papers to all session participants.
  • June 1: Cancellation and refund deadline (for all except volunteer program participants, see March 1 above).
  • June 15: Last day to pre-register.