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AERE Summer Conferences

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The fourth annual AERE Summer Conference will be held Wednesday, June 3, to Friday, June 5, at the U.S. Grant Hotel located in the lively and historic Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, California.  An all-day pre-conference workshop, led by Meredith Fowlie (University of California, Berkeley) and Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University), will be held on Wednesday, June 3.  The pre-conference workshop will focus on “Field Experiments: Design, Methods and Applications.”  The conference will begin with an informal reception on Wednesday evening; the academic program will follow on Thursday and Friday.  We encourage participation from academic, public, and private sector environmental and resource economists as well as graduate students, in particular those entering the job market. 


The conference will feature General Sessions, Sponsored Sessions, and a Poster Session.  General Sessions and the Poster Session are open to all topics of interest to environmental and natural resource economists.  Sponsored Sessions will feature papers focusing on one of the following two themes: (1) use of big data or field experiments in environmental and natural resource applications, and (2) and evidence-based ecosystem management: evaluating the effectiveness of resource policies.  Presenters in the Sponsored Sessions must provide full papers to discussants by May 15, 2015.  Registration plus up to $1,000 in travel costs (with original receipts) will be reimbursed for one presenter per paper accepted for a Sponsored Session. Note:  Presenters must be 2015 AERE members. AERE gratefully acknowledges funding provided for the Sponsored Sessions by the Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.


Abstract submission is now open!


Each submission requires an abstract of no more than 1,200 words (including references) that describes the paper. The submitter should plan to attend and pre­sent if his/her abstract is accepted. Each submitter may submit a maximum of two abstracts (though may be a co-author of papers to be presented by others), only one of which will be accepted. If two abstracts are submitted, each abstract must include a ranking to indicate which paper the submitter prefers to present in the event that both are selected (1, 2). We will follow a strict rule of one presentation per presenter. All participants must register for the conference by April 15, 2015 in order to be included in the final program.


The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015 (midnight eastern standard time). Electronic acknowledgement of submissions will be sent to all submitters. We expect to notify authors by February 28, 2015 (for Sponsored Sessions and General Sessions) or by March 15, 2015 (for the Poster Session). All paper and poster presenters must be 2015 AERE members. Accepted papers must not be published before the time of the conference.


To submit an abstract:


To submit an abstract, go to After logging onto Conference Maker (the online abstract submission platform), select “Submit an Abstract” and, when prompted, select the appropriate submission type (i.e., General Sessions, Sponsored Sessions, or Poster Session).  Enter the required information including the “Area” in which your paper best fits.  Hit the “Submit” button.  This will submit your abstract and assign a paper ID number.  While you won’t see a confirmation screen, you’ll receive an email to confirm the successful submission of your abstract.  Note: Conference Maker requires that each co-author have a Conference Maker User ID.  As the submitting author, you’ll be given the opportunity to create a User ID for any co-author who does not yet have one. 


In the event they are not selected, abstracts submitted for the Sponsored Sessions will automatically be considered for inclusion in the General Sessions unless otherwise noted in the abstract. In the event they are not selected, abstracts submitted for the General Sessions will auto­matically be considered for inclusion in the Poster Session unless otherwise noted in the abstract. Abstracts submitted for the Poster Session will be considered exclusively for the Poster Session.


To submit a session:


Proposals for complete sessions as part of the Sponsored Sessions and General Sessions are also encouraged.  All papers submitted as part of a proposed session must first be submitted as single abstracts to the sameArea” using the process described above.  When submitting a session, you’ll be asked to provide the paper ID number (assigned by Conference Maker once you successfully submit an abstract) associated with each paper in your proposed session.  To submit a session, go to After logging onto Conference Maker, select “Submit a Session” and follow the submission instructions that appear.  In the Session Notes field, please indicate whether you are proposing a Sponsored session or a General session.  Note: Conference Maker will give you the opportunity to submit optional information (e.g., names of discussants and session chair, session date and time, etc.) but this information is not required to submit your proposed session.  Conference Maker does not provide confirmation (email or otherwise) when your session is successfully submitted but you can verify the session was submitted by clicking on “List My Sessions” under the Sessions heading on the Main Menu.

Papers submitted as part of a proposed session may be accepted or rejected on an individual basis unless the organizer specifically requests (in the Session Notes field) that the session be considered only in its entirety.


AERE looks forward to welcoming you to San Diego, California, and the U.S. Grant, a historic hotel in the heart of downtown. Conference activities will take place at the U.S. Grant hotel but additional lodging is available in the nearby Westin Hotel. Additional details about the conference will be posted on AERE’s website (


Conference Organizing Committee:

Co-Chair Mary Evans, Claremont McKenna College

Co-Chair Andrew Plantinga, University of California, Santa Barbara

Susan Capalbo, Oregon State University

Junjie Zhang, University of California, San Diego


Questions should be directed to the organizing commit­tee at