AERE - E-News - June/July


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 AERE 2019 Summer Conference Highlights

Conference organizers Max Auffenhammer and Katrina Jessoe delivered AERE's largest conference yet, with almost 450 attendees gathering at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, NV May 29 - 31, 2019 for the AERE 2019 Summer Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop.

In addition to over 80 parallel sessions, the conference included sponsored sessions at the conference focused on fisheries, water resources, CGE models, and marine conservation. Sponsored sessions were supported this year by generous funding from the Office of Response and Restoration (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Economic Research Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and the National Center for Environmental Economics (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency). In addition, funding from Legacy Supporter Giannini Foundation paved the way for two sessions on climate change and agriculture, and both the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE), the official research journal of AERE, and the Review of Environmental Economics and Policy (REEP) organized special sessions around recent articles. Thank you as well to Gold Supporter The Brattle Group and Bronze Supporters Resources for the Future and Industrial Economics. 

Other conference activities included the annual AERE Awards Luncheon, a keynote address by Seema Jayachandran, Professor of Economics at Northwestern University, a robust poster session, and multiple social events where attendees were able to connect with friends and colleagues in more casual settings. 

Around 60 people attended the pre-conference workshop, "Advances in Integrated Assessment Modeling," led by David Anthoff, University of California, Berkeley; Elizabeth Koptis, US Environmental Protection Agency; Frances C. Moore, University of California, Davis; and Nicholas Z. Muller, Carnegie Mellon University. The workshop combined lectures on the role of Integrated Assessment Models in policy, climate economics and local air pollution as well as the relationship between empirical work and IAMs with practical, hands-on sessions.

2020 Conference Organizers David David Kelly and Christopher Parmeter, University of Miami, invite you to make plans now to attend the AERE 2020 Summer Conference and Pre-Conference Workshop June 3-5, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency Miami in Miami, Florida.

Award Winners Announced at AERE 2019 Summer Conference

The following individuals were named 2019 AERE Fellows at the AERE Summer Conference: Wiktor L. Adamowicz (University of Alberta) and Scott Barrett (Columbia University). AERE President Dan Phaneuf shared excerpts from the recommendation letters submitted in support of their nominations:

  • “I believe most economists would credit Nobel laureate Dan McFadden with developing the econometric foundations for the random utility model as a basis of understanding people’s choices among discrete alternatives. In addition, they would likely credit Michael Hanemann with establishing [how] corner solution problems can be reconciled with conventional economic models and linked to the micro theory underlying revealed preference analysis. In my opinion, Vic [Adamowicz] is the one who established all that we now know today about how this framework can be used in stated choice situations involving multiple alternatives with distinctive attributes.”
  • “Scott Barrett is widely acknowledged to be one of the deepest and most original social scientists studying global environmental negotiations.  He is an exceptionally good economist – probing and analytically adept – but what makes him stand out is his choice of environmental problems on which to think and write.  On this this he has identified, initiated, and shaped an entire field of discourse.”

This program recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of environmental and resource economics. The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020 award is October 1, 2019. Membership in AERE is not a prerequisite for receiving the award. Learn more

The 2019 Publication of Enduring Quality Award was presented to Robert Mendelsohn, William D. Nordhaus, and Daigee Shaw for “The Impact of Global Warming on Agriculture: A Ricardian Analysis,” The American Economic Review, Vol. 84, No. 4 (September 1994), pp. 753-771. The authors were unable to accept the award in person, but issued this statement:

"We are most grateful to the AERE for its award for a publication of enduring quality. The research was started at the dawn of analyses of the impacts of climate change, at a time when there was virtually no research designed for climate rather than weather. (This was similar to climate models which were originally just weather models run for a long period.) The inspiration of the article was the observation that all studies for agriculture at the time used high-frequency time-series analysis. These are extremely useful for agricultural experiments and understanding weather shocks, but clearly cannot incorporate longer-term adaptation, such as changing crops, adding irrigation, or (in our whimsy) moving the land to retirement homes. Much to our surprise, the econometric analysis showed just what theory predicted, that impacts after adaptation were much less negative than those without adaptation. The distinction between weather shocks and climate change remains a major confusion even after lo these many years."

The 2019 Publication of Enduring Quality Award was also presented to Robert M. Solow for “The Economics of Resources or the Resources of Economics,” The American Economic Review, Vol. 64, No. 2, Papers and Proceedings of the Eighty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association (May, 1974), pp. 1-14. The author shared these remarks via email to AERE President Dan Phaneuf:

"All of us who think about economics, and write about it, hope to produce something of enduring quality, at least once in a while. I am deeply grateful to AERE for having concluded that my now 45-year-old Ely Lecture belongs in that category. Acceptance by peers in the research community is what counts. I couldn't be more pleased.

That essay was a child of its time. In the early 1970s the Club of Rome was popularizing a running-out-of-resources narrative with dramatic implications. It seemed to me that the underlying arguments were quite inadequate, especially because they paid little or no attention to the price mechanism, which is precisely the mechanism that deals with scarcity in a market economy. So I thought I ought to learn what standard economics had to say about non-renewable resources. I soon found Harold Hotelling's article, and that led to my own train of thought and to what you have been generous enough to call a publication of enduring quality. I then did something else that I want to mention. I organized and taught a course on the economics of natural resources, renewable and non-renewable, environmental amenities included. It was the first such course at MIT, but it has persisted in one form or another. I think the students enjoyed it: at the end they presented me with a catalog of every participant in the wholesale fish market at Boston harbor. There was obviously a research project to be done, but I never followed it up."

This award is presented for publications based on their seminal nature and enduring value.  The deadline for submitting nominations for the 2020 award is December 1, 2019. As with the AERE Fellows Award, membership in AERE is not a prerequisite for receiving the PEQ award. Submit a nomination

The 2018 Ralph C. d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists was presented at the AERE Summer Conference to Brock Smith and Samuel Wills for “Left in the Dark? Oil and Rural Poverty,” Vol. 5, Issue 4 (2018), pp. 865-904. Brock Smith accepted the award on behalf of himself and Samuel Wills. This award recognizes an exemplary research paper published in JAERE during the calendar year.


Upcoming Abstract Submissions/Conferences

Plan now for these upcoming AERE-sponsored events. 

  • AERE sessions will be held at the meeting of the Midwest Economics Association (MEA) in Evanston, Illinois, March 27-29, 2020. The abstract submission period opens on July 15. 
  • AERE sessions will be held at the 2020 Eastern Economic Association (EEA) annual conference (date and location to be announced). Submissions will be accepted beginning October 15. 
  • The 2019 annual meeting of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) will be held November 23-25, 2019, at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 
  • AERE is sponsoring sessions at the 2020 winter meeting of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) to be held January 3-5, 2020 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina. The call for papers is now closed.
  • AERE sessions at the Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference were held June 28 – July 2, 2019, at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Many thanks to Trudy Ann Cameron for organizing not only the sessions but also an informal meet-up!


Please note that all presenters in AERE sessions at regional conferences must be current AERE members.



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