Congratulations to Incoming Executive Board Members

Thank you to the WEAI members who cast their ballot last month in the 2015 election. WEAI is pleased to announce the following incoming Executive Board members:

  • Vice President | Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University
  • Academic Director | Ellis Tallman, Oberlin College
  • Non-Academic Director | Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, World Bank


2014 Best Article Award Winners Announced


90th Annual Conference | June 28- July 2, 2015

Hilton Hawaiian Village, Waikiki


5/20/15 UPDATED PRELIMINARY PROGRAM NOW POSTED! Program participants received password to access participants directory via email 5/21/15. 

Keynote addresses include Christian Dustmann, University College London, Director of the Centre for Research and Analysis on Migration, and Scientific Director of the NORFACE Research Programme on Migration, titled “The Economics of Temporary Migrations”; and WEAI President John Pencavel, Stanford University, titled "Supply or Demand?".

Conference Housing Update
A city-wide international conference of the Lions Club is causing a severe shortage of hotel rooms in Waikiki during the conference dates. WEAI has never experienced this kind of shortage of guest rooms at its conference headquarters hotels, and we apologize for the hassle it is causing conference attendees.  We are working closely with the Hilton Hawaiian Village to ensure that only WEAI conference attendees are in the WEAI guest room block. As individuals not affiliated with WEAI or not registered to attend the conference are identified, we hope to recover those rooms for use by registered attendees. In the meantime, we suggest that you make a reservation using the internet to locate the best rate you can at the next closest hotel, checking with the Hilton periodically to see if any rooms have come available. Again, we apologize for the inconvenience.

Preliminary Program (5/20/15) | Participants Directory (5/20/15) | Session Information & Instructions
Volunteer Program Participation
Discuss a Paper | Chair a Session | Register to Attend 
Housing Information | General Information | Participating Allied Societies | Exhibitor Info


Save the Date! 12th International Conference | January 7-10, 2016

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Mark your calendar and plan to join us in Singapore for next year's International Conference! Keynote addresses just announced -- Peter Diamond, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recipient of the 2010 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel; and Sir James Mirrlees, Chinese University of Hong Kong, recipient of the 1996 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

If you are part of a another academic society and would be interested in becoming a Participating Allied Society, please let us know!

Online submission will open shortly. Consider organizing your own session, selecting and inviting papers and discussants of your choice.

Volunteer Program Participation | Session Organizer GuidelinesParticipating Allied Societies


Opportunities for Economists


Economic Inquiry Editors in the News

  • EI Editor, Wes Wilson, received an award as a “Distinguished Member of the Transportation and Public Utilities Group” for significant contributions to the field over his career. Previous award winners have been Nobel Laureates William Vickrey and Daniel McFadden with a host of others over its long history.
  • Tim Brennan (co-editor since 2007) has been appointed Chief Economist for the Federal Communications Commission. He will continue as EI co-editor in a limited capacity during the time period of his appointment. Congratulations, Tim!


2015 Graduate Student Dissertation Workshop Students Selected

WEAI thanks the fifty-two highly-qualified applicants who were reviewed and ranked by this year's selection committee. The top sixteen students who will be participating in the 2015 Graduate Student Dissertation Workshops at the upcoming 90th Annual Conference include:

Group #1 | Economics of Health
Advisor: John Cawley, Cornell University 

  • Diane Alexander, Princeton University, Department of Economics
    Do Doctors Engage in Risk Selection? Unintended Consequences of Paying Doctors to Reduce Costs
  • Benjamin David Ukert, Georgia State University, Department of Economics
    The Effect of Smoking Cessation on Alcohol Consumption: Evidence from a Randomized Trial
  • Ariell Zimran, Northwestern University, Department of Economics
    Does Sample-Selection Bias Explain the Industrialization Puzzle? Evidence from Military Enlistment in the Nineteenth-Century United States
  • Jennifer E. Muz, University of California, Irvine, Department of Economics
    The Impact of the Business Cycle on Fertility Decisions among Dual Earner Couples


Group #2 | Programs and Policies Affecting Education and Fertility
Advisor: Brian Duncan, University of Colorado, Denver

  • Nazmul Ahsan, University of Southern California, Department of Economics
    Do Parents Selectively Time Birth Relative to Ramadan? Evidence from Matlab, Bangladesh
  • Ricardo Espinoza, University of Maryland, Department of Economics
    Quality Information Disclosure and College Choice Decision: Evidence from an Accreditation Program
  • Michel Z. Grosz, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics
    The Returns to Community College Health Programs: Evidence from California
  • Jenna E. Stearns, University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Economics
    The Effects of Paid Maternity Leave: Evidence from Temporary Disability Insurance


Group #3 | Addressing Economic Issues with Data from Diverse Economies
Advisor: Nancy Jianakoplos, Colorado State University

  • Ellen McCullough, Cornell University, School of Applied Economics and Management
    Understanding Agricultural Labor Exits in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Obie C. Porteous, University of California, Berkeley, College of Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics
    High Trade Costs and Their Consequences: An Estimated Model of African Agricultural Storage and Trade
  • Aine Seitz McCarthy, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics
    His and Her Fertility Preferences: An Experimental Evaluation of Differential Information in Family Planning
  • Joseph Briggs, New York University, Department of Economics
    Wealth and Portfolio Risk: Evidence from Swedish Lotteries


Group #4 | Telephones, School Testing, Public Health, and Wages
Advisor: Maureen Pirog, Indiana University

  • Robert M. Gonzalez, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Economics
    Social Monitoring and Electoral Fraud: Evidence from a Spatial Regression Discontinuity Design in Afghanistan
  • Sarah A. G. Komisarow, The University of Chicago, Department of Economics
    Public Health Regulation and Mortality: Evidence from Early 20th Century Milk Laws
  • Na'ama Shenhav, University of California, Davis, Department of Economics
    The Power of the Purse: Linking Changes in the Wage Structure, the Gender Gap and Family Outcomes
  • Michael J. Thacker, University of Oregon, Department of Economics
    A Bayesian Estimator of State-Space Time-Varying-Parameter Logit Models: An Evolutionary Model of Telephony Demand
Welcome to WEAI's Newest Institutional Members!


  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Newcastle (Australia)
  • University of Southern California


  • Cornell University
  • New Zealand Treasury
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand


  • Boston College
  • Massey University
  • University of Maryland at College Park
  • Victoria University of Wellington

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