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

May 31 – June 2, 2017
Omni William Penn Hotel
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 Updates


To access the complete conference program, please download the AERE 2017 Summer Conference App by following this
link ( or by searching “AERE Summer Conference 2017” in your app store. 

A hardcopy "Program at a Glance" will be available at the registration desk or downloadable here.

A detailed program, including paper titles and presenters (60pp) is available for download 
here  (hardcopies will not be provided).


Ubers, Lyfts, and taxis are  available outside Door 6 of the baggage claim area.   The cheapest way to get from the airport to the Omni Penn William Hotel will be to take the 28X Airport Flyer public bus. The pick-up location is outside Door 6 of the baggage claim area and the closest stop to the hotel is at the corner of Seventh Ave at William Penn Pl., which is a 5-minute to the hotel. The bus leaves approximately every 30 minutes. A one-way trip will cost $2.75 and must be paid in cash at the fare box at the front of the bus. Note that no change will be given. More information about the Airport Flyer can be found at the Pittsburgh Port Authority website


Online registration for the conference and the pre-conference workshop is now closed. 
Registrations will be accepted onsite, space permitting.


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


Summer 2017 Keynote Address

"New Evidence on the Dangers of Low Blood Lead Levels"

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


2017 Pre-Conference Workshop
New Opportunities for Environmental Measurement

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Daniel J. Phaneuf
University of Wisconsin -   
Catherine L. Kling
Iowa State University   
 Yusuke Kuwayama
Resources for the Future   

Learn more >>

Pre-registration for the workshop is now closed. 
Onsite registration will be accepted, space permitting.


 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



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

Abstract submission is closed.  


Online registration is now closed.  Registration will be accepted for the conference onsite, space permitting.


 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.  Learn more and reserve your room. >>

AERE Calender

Check the AERE calendar for upcoming abstract due dates or meeting dates for all conferences and workshops that AERE supports    >>


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