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Graduate Student Workshop

Program Overview for Faculty Advisors and Students

WEAI’s 2017 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 2018. The workshop will be held in conjunction with WEAI’s 92nd Annual Conference, June 25 to June 29, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego.

 

Schedule of Activities

By accepting the invitation to participate in the WEAI Graduate Student Workshop you are expected to attend the following events that begin June 24 at 6:00 p.m. and conclude June 27 at 2:15 p.m.

  • Meet and Greet Dinner | June 24, 6:00 p.m., location to be determined
    Advisors and students get together for an orientation and to finalize planning for the workshop groups during an informal dinner. Advisors are in charge of orientation during the dinner.
     
  • Seminar Presentation Workshop Groups | June 25, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Marrriott Marquis & Marina, rooms to be determined
    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. 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. Students may be assigned by Advisors to help critique other student presentations, both on substance and style. Students should send a rough draft of their job market paper by April 15 to their faculty advisor and the other three students in their workshop group. By June 1, students should circulate their final revisions of papers to their faculty advisor, workshop group students, and Andra Johnson at andra@weai.org. Members of WEAI’s Executive Board are invited to drop in during the morning workshops.

    8:00 a.m. -- Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast
    8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. -- Workshop Groups
    12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. -- Luncheon with WEAI Executive Board, Marriott Marquis & Marina, room to be determined
    2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- Workshop Groups
     
  • WEAI Welcome Reception | June 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Marriott Marquis & Marina, room to be determined
     
  • Mock Interviewers' Orientation | June 26, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (morning coffee and munchies provided), Marriott Marquis & Marina, room to be determined
    Faculty members of the Interview Panels meet and discuss procedures. Chairs of Interview Panels enforce time limits: 25 minutes for interview, 5 minutes discussion without student, 25 minutes debriefing.
     
  • Mock Interview Panels  | June 26, 8:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Marriott Marquis & Marina, rooms to be determined
    Students are scheduled for individual mock interviews that resemble a 25 minute ASSA job interview (25 minutes of interview plus 25 minutes of feedback). Interview panels include graduate student advisors and other volunteers. Students will be asked about their research, how they might be a good fit for the position, as well as other questions that might reveal characteristics and qualities of relevance to a hiring decision. Students will receive a mock job announcement written by one of the interviewers. By June 1, students email their current job market paper to andra@weai.org. Interviews are done individually to most closely simulate what occurs during an ASSA interview.
     
  • Professional Development Session 
    JOB MARKET PAPER PRESENTATION AND INTERVIEW SKILLS: INSIGHT FROM WEAI'S 2017 GRADUATE STUDENT WORKSHOP ADVISORS
     | Date and time to be determined
    Workshop advisors and students are asked to share their experiences and what they have learned from participation in the GSW. The objective is to give other students in attendance at the conference the benefit of some of the best of "what to do" and "what not to do" in a job market presentation and ASSA interview. Mock interview panelists are invited to attend as well and share their observations.
     
  • Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting | June 27, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Marriott Marquis & Marina, room to be determined
    Faculty advisors and graduate students are recognized at the Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting. WEAI President Peter Diamond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give this year’s Presidential Address.

 

Workshop Program Timeline

  • December-February| WEAI Contacts Faculty Advisors
    WEAI Executive Director Darwin Hall 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 | Advisors and Students Make Travel Reservations
    Please make your airline reservations, and plan to arrive at the conference hotel by the afternoon of June 24. See further info below.
     
  • April | Rough Draft of Papers
    By April 15, students should send a rough draft of papers to their faculty advisors and the three other students in their workshop group. You will receive information for the Mock Interview Panels with participant information and scheduling.
     
  • May and June | Stay in Touch and Circulate Papers
    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 send the final job market paper to Andra Johnson at andra@weai.org

 

Program Benefits for Selected Students

  • Complimentary WEAI green 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 and at the Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting

 

Program Benefits for Faculty Advisors

  • Complimentary WEAI green 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 and at the Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting
  • $500 stipend to defray additional travel expense

 

Hotel and Travel Information

  • Transportation
    Students and faculty advisors 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 Andra Johnson at andra@weai.org
  • Hotel Reservation
    Students and faculty advisors will receive four complimentary standard room nights at the Marriott Marquis & Marina in San Diego.  Please visit www.weai.org and use the link provided to make your reservation or call 619-234-1500. You will need to provide a credit card at check-in for incidentals. Upon check out, the room and tax charges for June 24, June 25, June 26 and June 27 will be paid by WEAI.

 

Reimbursement Policy

Students and faculty advisors will receive reimbursement checks for transportation expenses at the conference in Portland.  Please submit receipts to Andra Johnson (andra@weai.org) no later than June 1, 2017. Reimbursement for receipts received after the deadline will be processed after the conference.

 

2017 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 |  Credit, Debt Collection, Public Health, Local Impacts

Advisor: John Cawley, Cornell University 

  • Janjala (Pom) Chirakijja, Northwestern University - Department of Economics
    The Local Economic Impacts of Prisons
  • Julia Fonseca, Princeton University - Department of Economics
    Access to Credit and Financial Health: Evaluating the Impact of Debt Collection
  • Lauren Hoehn Velasco, Boston College - Department of Economics
    Human Capital Formation and the Childhood Disease Environment: Evidence from a Rural Public Health Investment in the US
  • Yi Xin, Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    Dynamic Contract Pricing with Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard: A Structural Analysis of Online Credit Markets

 

Group #2 | Networks, Reputation, Media Personality & Political Premium

Advisor: Tim Brennan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • Thomas Cornwall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Economics
    Estimating the Diffusion of Extremism through Networks
  • Vesall Nourani, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Social Network Effects of Technology Adoption: Investing with Family, Learning from Friends & Reacting to Acquaintances
  • Harry Di Pei, Massachusetts Institute of Technology -  Department of Economics
    Reputation Effects under Interdependent Values
  • Heyu Xiong, Northwestern University - Department of Economics
    Media Personality and Its Political Premium

 

Group #3 | Immigration, Migration, Crime & Minimum Wage

Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University

  • Christine Braun, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    Crime and the Minimum Wage
  • Oleg Firsin, Cornell University, School of Applied Economics and Management
    Immigration and Offshoring Effects on U.S. Labor Market
  • Chen Liu, University of California, San Diego - Department of Economics
    Quantifying the Impacts of a Skill-based US Immigration System Reform
  • Ruben Rojas Valdes, University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    Strategic Interactions and Dynamic Behavior in Migration in Rural Mexico

 

Group #4 | Inequality, ACA & Risky Sex, SNAP & Obesity

Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University

  • Diego Daruich, New York University - Department of Economics
    From Childhood to Adult Inequality: Parental Investments and Early Childhood Development
  • Augustine Denteh, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
    The Effect of SNAP on Obesity in the Presence of Endogenous Misreporting
  • Nick Tsivanidis, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
    Commuting Technologies, City Structure and Urban Inequality: Evidence from Bogota's TransMilenio
  • Barton Willage, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    Ex-ante and Ex Post Moral Hazard: Lessons from the ACA and Risky Sex

 

Resources for Student Participants