AERE Annual Summer Conference
Excellence in Academic Programming -- Collegiality in Destinations Worth Visiting

May 31 – June 2, 2017
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

 AERE’s signature Summer Conference gathers the world’s leading environmental and natural resource economists for two days of outstanding academic programming in a collegial atmosphere. 

Conference Organizing Committee
Randall Walsh, Co-Chair, University of Pittsburgh
Karen Clay, Co-Chair, Carnegie Mellon University
Jeremy Weber, University of Pittsburgh
Edson Severnini, Carnegie Mellon University

The call for papers is now closed.
More information on sessions and abstract evaluation may be found here >>



Summer 2017 Keynote Address

Professor Janet Currie
Henry Putnam Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University


Pre-conference Workshop
New Opportunities for Environmental Measurement

Wednesday, May 31, 2017



Daniel J. Phaneuf
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Catherine L. Kling
Iowa State University

This workshop will emphasize the use of remote sensing and related technologies for attaching air, water, and land pollution outcomes to economic models.  Speakers from the relevant disciplines will instruct participants on the latest developments, current and future capabilities, and practical use of available data sources.


 Sponsored Sessions 

The 2017 sponsored sessions will feature papers on three themes: 

Emerging Data Opportunities in Environmental and Resource Economics
Shale Oil and Gas 
Sustainability, Renewables, and the Grid

  Presenters for papers in the sponsored sessions receive partial funding for conference-related travel expenses.  
For more information, and how to submit to sponsored, general or poster sesssions, visit the abstract submission page below.



AERE is grateful to the following funders for making this year's sponsored sessions possible:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Economic Research Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Microsoft Corporation


About Pittsburgh


Located at the confluence of three beautiful rivers, Pittsburgh has received numerous accolades as a city whose “transformation over the past quarter century qualifies as revolutionary” (National Geographic; Best Trips 2012). Pittsburgh is recognized as a foodie’s heaven (Bon Appetit magazine), and with three rivers coalescing in a vital, bustling downtown, there is plenty to do after hours!  Join us in this first-class destination!


Submit Abstracts

See details on session types, submission requirements, and submit your abstract >>


Registration opens March 15, 2017.


 Contact Us

For more information about the conference, contact the Program Committee Chair.  >>

 Hotel Information

The summer conference will be held at the historic Omni William Penn Hotel. Registration information will be made available in spring 2017.

AERE Calender

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Call for Expressions of Interest:  2019 AERE Summer Conference

Consider organizing the 2019 AERE Summer Conference!

AERE provides significant support so organizers can focus on academic content and programming!
Learn more and see how to submit your expression of interest >>



About Past AERE Conferences & Workshops

AERE has hosted a summer meeting or conference for over 30 years.  Learn more about our past workshops and conferences below.

Past Summer Conferences

Beginning in 2011, AERE began hosting an annual summer conference.  Conferences are held each year, not including years in which AERE is sponsoring the World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists.  Below you will find links to the programs of past conferences.

2016: Breckenridge, Colorado


AERE Summer Workshop Series  

Prior to beginning the Summer Conference series in 2011, AERE hosted an annual Summer Workshop that focused on a specific topic in a small-meeting atmosphere.  The first AERE Summer Workshop was held in 1985 in Boulder, Colorado.  The last Summer Workshop was fittingly held at Resources for the Future in June 2009—the organization that helped launch AERE thirty years earlier in 1979.

Topics of the final seven workshops are listed below, along with a copy of the papers presented in the workshops since 2004.

2009: Energy and the Environment
2008: Health and the Environment
2007: Valuation and Incentives for Ecosystem Services
2005: Natural Resources at Risk

2004: Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy
2003: Spatial Theory, Modeling, and Econometrics in Environmental and Resource Economics
2001: Assessing and Managing Environmental and Public Health Risks