AERE-Sponsored Sessions at the 2009 WEAI Annual Meetings
- DATES: AERE will sponsor eleven sessions over a two-day period (Tuesday and Wednesday) within the upcoming WEAI Meetings which run June 29 - July 3, 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- SCHEDULING: These AERE-sponsored sessions will take place on June 30 and July 1 only, with two sessions running concurrently in most time-slots. The details of each session can be accessed via the links on the right-hand side of this page.
- VALID PASSPORTS REQUIRED: Note that U.S. citizens traveling into Canada now need a valid passport, even if you are entering by car. This is relatively new rule.
- PROGRAM: This year's ad hoc WEAI/AERE program committee consisted of Trudy Ann Cameron (University of Oregon, chair), Noelwah Netusil (Reed College), and Sumeet Gulati (University of British Columbia). (Please bring errors and omissions in the current version of the program to the attention of Trudy Cameron.)
- AERE RECEPTION: Please plan to attend the AERE Reception immediately following our afternoon session on Tuesday, June 30. There will be some light snacks to hold you over until dinner, and a cash bar. Please be warned that you will need Canadian cash to pay for your drinks. The prices are also in Canadian dollars (where one Canadian dollar is currently about US$0.87). The hotel will not accept credit cards or U.S. currency. While it would be nice to wait until after all of the papers have been presented, Wednesday is a national holiday in Canada and the cost of a reception for that day was prohibitive. As with the AERE reception at the AAEA meetings, we hope to give AERE participants a chance to make new acquaintances and catch up with old friends. This reception will be sponsored in part by the Raymond F. Mikesell Foundation at the University of Oregon.
- MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION: You must be a current 2009 AERE member to appear on the program for an AERE-sponsored session at the WEAI meetings. You need not join WEAI to be able to participate in a WEAI/AERE session. However, as an AERE member, you are eligible for WEAI-member registration discounts (i.e. you pay only $145) at the conference. (Students, your rate is only $85.) If your university is an institutional member of the WEAI, you may be entitled to an additional discount. Please register early. Housing information is also available via the WEAI site. You must make hotel reservations directly with the Sheraton by June 3 or you risk paying a higher rate and/or not being accommodated at the conference hotel. Conference rates (excluding taxes) are CAD$219 for single or double rooms.
- WEAI events: Your registration entitles you to attend the WEAI Presidential Luncheon and Business Meeting on Tuesday, but space is limited. If you wish to attend that function, you need to reserve a seat by checking the appropriate box on your registration form. You are also entitled to attend the WEAI Welcome Reception on Monday evening, June 29, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Complimentary coffee breaks are also included. Some AERE participates may also be interested in the organized excursion to the Vancouver Aquarium and Lookout on Wednesday at 4:30 pm, after AERE's last session.
- EXPECTATIONS FOR PRESENTERS: Nominally, authors should plan to provide at least a draft of a full paper to their discussant about one month in advance of the meetings. If this is not possible, the author(s) should negotiate a mutually agreeable plan of action with the discussant, to ensure that the discussant can contribute substantively in the session. We invite interested current or prospective AERE members to volunteer prior to April 1, 2009 to serve as discussants, to be assigned at the discretion of the selection committee. Default discussant assignments within each session have been made for the time being, but these may change prior to May 30.
- AERE DOES NOT PAY TRAVEL OR HONORARIA: AERE does not provide reimbursements for travel or honoraria for presenters, discussants or session chairs. The organization relies upon volunteers to assemble and coordinate these events. The WEAI-AERE sessions, like the SEA-AERE sessions, receive the endorsement of AERE upon approval of the proposed program.
- FIRST-TIME PRESENTER? If you are a first-time participant in an AERE-sponsored conference session (and especially if this is your first time to present at any scholarly conference), here are some hastily assembled guidelines that may help you feel less like a fish-out-of-water (or deer-in-the-headlights, or any other type of wildlife) at the event itself
- The 85th Annual WEAI Conference, June 29-July 3, 2010, Portland, Oregon. These meetings conflict with the 4th WORLD CONGRESS OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND RESOURCE ECONOMISTS June 28th - July 2nd, 2010, to be held in Montreal, Canada. It is expected that most environmental economists will plan to attend the World Congress, so WEAI/AERE sessions are unlikely in 2010.
- The 86th Annual WEAI Conference, June 29-July 3, 2011, San Diego, California. WEAI/AERE sessions are likely.
- The 87th Annual WEAI Conference, June 29-July 3, 2012, San Francisco, California. AERE is still considering whether to launch a quadrennial all-AERE conference at the half-way point between each World Congress year, as an opportunity for environmental economists across North America to convene independently from any other meetings. If an all-AERE conference takes place in 2012, AERE may consolidate its regional meetings with this event, but plans have not yet been finalized.