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Graduate Student Workshop

Program Overview for Faculty Advisors and Students

WEAI’s 2018 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 2019. The workshop will be held in conjunction with WEAI’s 93rd Annual Conference, June 26 to 30, 2018, at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

 

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 25 at 6:00 p.m.

  • Reception and Dinner | June 25, 6:00 p.m., Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Cracked Ice Lounge
    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, 8:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Gulf Islands A, B, C, D
    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 should send a rough draft of their job market paper by April 15 to their faculty advisor, the other three students in their workshop group and Andra Johnson at andra@weai.org. 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

    8:00 a.m. -- Morning Coffee and Continental Breakfast, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Gulf Islands Foyer
    8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- Workshop Groups
    12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. -- Luncheon with WEAI Executive Board, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Port McNeill
    2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. -- Workshop Groups
     
  • WEAI Welcome Reception | June 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Pavilion Ballroom
     
  • Mock Interviewers' Orientation | June 27, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (morning coffee and munchies provided), Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Grand Ballroom C
    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 27, 8:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Grand Ballroom C
    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 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

  • Presidential Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting | June 28, 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Grand Ballroom
    WEAI President Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton 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 | Advisors and Students Make Travel Reservations
    Please make your 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 Andra Johnson at andra@weai.org. 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 copy 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 

 

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 
  • $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 Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.  Please visit www.weai.org and use the link provided to make your reservation or call 800-663-9255. 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 and faculty advisors will receive reimbursement checks for transportation expenses at the conference in Vancouver.  Please submit receipts to Andra Johnson (andra@weai.org) no later than June 1, 2018. Reimbursement for receipts received after the deadline will be processed after the conference.

 

2018 Selected Students and Workshop Groups

Group #1 |  Macroeconomics, Development & International Finance, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Gulf Islands A

Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University 

  • Isha Agarwal, Cornell University - Department of Economics
    The Bank Lending Channel and the Exchange Rate Discount
  • Eugenia Gonzalez-Aguado, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities - Department of Economics
    U.S. Internal Migration Over the Business Cycle
  • Alex Xi He, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Department of Economics
    Rent-Extracting Mergers
  • Jonathan Malacarne, University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
    The Farmer and The Fates: Perceptions of Self-Efficacy, Learning and Investment in a Stochastic Production Process

 

Group #2 | Policy Effectiveness in Education, Energy, Environment & Development, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Gulf Islands B

Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University 

  • Katy Bergstrom, Stanford University - Department of Economics
    The Targeting Benefit of Conditional Cash Transfers
  • Matthew Butner, University of Colorado Boulder - Department of Economics
    It's Gone with the Wind: Consumer Surplus from Renewable Generation
  • Jongwook Lee, University of Minnesota- Department of Applied Economics
    The Impact of Eyeglasses Provision on Childhood Education in Malawi
  • Nicholas Wood, University of Oregon - Department of Economics
    Cash for Clunkers: A Case Study of an Environmental Automobile Policy

 

Group #3 | Applied Micro Analysis: Labor, Environment & Education, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Gulf Islands C

Advisor: Daniel Rees, University of Colorado Denver 

  • Sarah Bana, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics
    Identifying Vulnerable Displaced Workers: The Role of State-Level Occupation Conditions
  • Maulik Jagnani, Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
    Children's Time Use and Human Capital Production in Standard Time
  • Nicholas Wright, Georgia State University - Department of Economics
    Need-Based Financing Policies, College Decision-Making and Labor Market Behavior
  • Karen Ye, University of Chicago - Department of Economics
    Peer Effects in College Application Interventions

 

Group #4 | Labor Market Issues & Behavioral Economics, Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Gulf Islands D

Advisor: Jane Ruseski, West Virginia University 

  • Panka Bencsik, University of Sussex (UK) - Department of Economics
    The Non-Financial Costs of Violent Public Disturbances: Emotional Responses to the 2011 Riots in England
  • Chang Lee, University of California, Santa Barbara - Department of Economics 
    Minimum Wage and Community College Enrollment
  • Ding Ng, Johns Hopkins University - Department of Economics
    Technological Unemployment and Occupational Mobility
  • Siobhan O'Keefe, University of California, Davis - Department of Economics
    The Effects of Increased Sentencing Severity on Family Formation and Fertility
 

 

Resources for Student Participants