AERE is the primary member organization in the U.S. for environmental and resource economists. Along with hosting the popular Summer Conference (and co-hosting the World Congress every four years), AERE publishes two journals (the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE) and the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP); hosts sessions, a member luncheon and co-hosts an evening reception at the ASSA meetings; supports AERE sessions and social gatherings at regional economics meetings (WEAISEAEEA, and MEA) and at the AAEA; has launched a mentoring program for early career economists; hosts numerous professional development events for graduate students; and runs several award programs (AERE Fellows, Publication of Enduring Quality, JAERE Paper of the year and the Wallace Oates dissertation prize). Membership dues are AERE’s main source of revenue, together with revenue derived from profit-sharing with University of Chicago Press on JAERE and REEP; however, to fully carry out all our activities, and do even more, we need additional sources of funds. As a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution to AERE is fully tax-deductible. View AERE Guidelines for Funding Support>>


In 2015, the AERE Board of Directors moved to recog­nize the many distinguished contributions of Wally Oates by naming the AERE Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award in his honor and initiating a fund-­raising drive to endow the award in perpetuity.

Winners of the Oates Dissertation Award receive a handsome plaque, a $1,500 cash award, and $500 in travel support to attend the annual AERE Luncheon and Business Meeting held each January at the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) annual meeting to receive the award. 

Wally was a seminal figure in the modern field of envi­ronmental economics. His book The Theory of Environmental Policy, coauthored with William Baumol, is a classic in the field and was honored by AERE as a Publication of Enduring Quality in 1993. Wally was also an inaugural AERE Fellow and served on the AERE Board from 1983 – 1986. The Oates Memorial Fund supports the annual Wallace E. Oates Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, given each year to the student whose dissertation exemplifies originality in research, quality of implementation, and whose research findings have intellectual and practical significance. Naming the dissertation award in Wally's honor is a fitting and enduring way to honor his memory.

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