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For a complete listing of Economics-related conferences by JEL code, please go to Resources for Economists (RFE): Conference Listings

2016 NASI Paid Summer Internship Programs: The National Academy of Social Insurance (www.nasi.org) is now accepting applications for our paid internships for students studying for or interested in careers in social insurance policy. Our internship programs cover a wide array of policy areas including Health and Income Security Policy (Washington Internship), Aging and Long-term Care Policy (Somers Internship), Disability Policy (Eileen Sweeney Internship), and Non-profit Management (Nathan J. Stark Internship).

The programs consist of a 12-week summer semester internship that usually spans May to August, depending on the student’s college schedule. Students receive a $3,500 honorarium for their internship experience and academic credit may be arranged through the intern’s college or university. International Students with valid student visas are encouraged to apply and can be placed with non-governmental organizations, if placement projects match their skills and interests.

Deadline to Apply: March 1, 2016. For more information, visit our Internship Opportunities page or contact us at internships@nasi.org.

Registration is Open for the
2016 42nd Annual Conference Roundtable of the
East Coast Colleges Social Science Association
 and the

ROUND 3 DUE: February 29, 2016
We invite you to join us in dialogue at the 2016 42nd Annual Conference of ECCSSA.
This year’s Conference is cross-disciplinary.
To register, visit our website at: www.eccssa.org.

Funding Available for Health Economics Research
The Becker Friedman Institute's new health economics research initiative is accepting applications for predoctoral fellowships and research grants for postdoctoral scholars. These fellowships are meant to encourage original inquiry that will deepen our understanding of health and health care markets and how they relate to the overall economy.

Fellows awarded funding will conduct and collaborate in research on the economics of health and health care and interact with a large network of other economics scholars at the institute and throughout the University of Chicago. 

Awardees from organizations other than The University of Chicago will be based at their home institution but will likely visit The Becker Friedman Institute during the course of the grant period.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowships
The program will offer dissertation fellowships for PhD students in the amount of $25,000 per yearly fellowship.

Post-Doctoral Research Grants
Research grants of $25,000 each will be awarded to researchers who have completed their PhD less than five years ago. 

We welcome applications from students and researchers at institutions both within and outside the US.
Applications are due by March 15, 2016; awards will be announced April 15, 2016. For details and an online application, see https://bfi.uchicago.edu/content/health-economics-fellowship-application-form.
For more information about the Becker Friedman Institute’s Health Economics Initiative, visit https://bfi.uchicago.edu/initiative/health-economics.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites proposals for conferences in education research. AERA supports research conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry, stimulate new lines of study on issues that have been largely unexplored, or develop innovative research methods or techniques that can contribute more generally to education research. Conferences may focus on conceptual, empirical, or methodological issues important to understanding the state of the knowledge and charting directions for future research. It is anticipated that research conferences will draw upon diverse disciplines and fields of inquiry where there is relevant scientific and scholarly expertise. The purpose of this program is to foster the accumulation of knowledge, to enhance dissemination, to encourage innovation, and to advance studies of the highest quality in education research. AERA’s Research Conferences Program awards grants of up to $35,000.
The deadline for submissions for Spring 2016 is March 1, 2016. For more information or to submit a proposal, please see the Call and Guidelines for Proposals or email EdResearchConference@aera.net. Please visit the AERA website for information about previous awards.

The Future of Europe – Central and Eastern Europe in a Comparative Perspective
CASE – Center for Social and Economic Research Anniversary Conference
17-18 November 2016
Warsaw, POLAND
Introduction and Objectives
Over the past 25 years, the European project has seen many substantial changes and reforms: the transition process in Central and Eastern Europe resulted in the accession to the EU of ten new Member States that were formerly communist, while the physical introduction of the Euro in 2002 presented the EU with a host of new macroeconomic challenges. As of 2016, the EU faces some of its most daunting challenges, with questions of governance and rule of law within the EU itself and within its Member States, a festering refugee crisis tied to the European identity, uncertainty about the EU’s role in the world, and the ongoing challenges associated with the Eurozone crisis and Greece. Given the obstacles and uncertainties facing the EU, are there lesson to be learned from Central and Eastern Europe and its experience post-socialism? Where can the policy lessons learned since the fall of the Berlin Wall come into play in the new European landscape?

For its 25th anniversary, the Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE) in Poland invites international researchers to discuss lessons learned over the past quarter-century and how to bring them to bear on the future challenges of Europe. Taking a comparative perspective, the purpose of this conference will not only be to survey the landscape and how dramatically it has changed over CASE’s lifespan (and with CASE’s assistance), but to derive practical, action-oriented, and tangible policy lessons for Europe. Based on CASE’s vast experience in research and technical assistance projects, the conference offers a chance to survey the events of the past with an eye to the future. Bringing together scholars, policymakers, and the business community, this conference will offer something for all.

Contact and Key Dates
·         Submission of papers: case25conference@case-research.eu
Deadline for submission of extended abstracts:      March 31, 2016
Notification of acceptance:                                 April 22, 2016
Deadline for submission of full papers:                 October 31, 2016
·         Conference logistics and organization: agata.kwiek@case-research.eu
Registration Fee
·         Speakers: 25 EUR
·         Other participants: free of charge

MFM Summer Camp for Young Scholars
June 12–15, 2016
Wequassett Resort, Harwich, Massachusetts, USA

The Macro Financial Modeling Initiative is offering a four-day summer session for early-career professionals and doctoral students in economics and related fields who are interested in developing enhanced macroeconomic models with linkages to the financial sector. The program provides an opportunity to learn about, discuss, and advance work on macro models with financial sector linkages and related topics.
Our objective is to develop enhanced macroeconomic models that can be used to help guide and shape effective economic policy and regulation. To do so, this project assembles a working group of macro and financial economists with complementary interests and skills who meet to discuss and critique current and proposed models. It provides research assistance and data sets necessary for developing new models. The group will work toward developing software for solving and evaluating these models, and provide guidance for young scholars.

Application Materials
To apply to be a participant in the MFM Summer Camp, applicants must submit the following materials by February 28, 2016:
·         Online application form
·         Short essay (no more than 250 words): Please provide an explanation for your interest in participating in this summer camp focused on macro-financial modeling.
·         Two (2) letters of recommendation
·         Unofficial transcript(s) from undergraduate and graduate programs
·         Resumé
All materials should be submitted electronically. Please have your recommenders email their recommendation letters to Amy Boonstra at aboonstra@uchicago.edu.
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February 28, 2016 (Midnight CDT)—Application deadline
April 10, 2016—Decisions released


The American Institute of Indian Studies invites applications from scholars from all disciplines who wish to conduct their research in India. Junior fellowships are given to doctoral candidates to conduct research for their dissertations in India for up to eleven months. Senior long-term (six to nine months) and short-term (four months or less) fellowships are available for scholars who hold the Ph.D. degree.

Scholarly/Professional development fellowships are available to scholars and professionals who have not previously worked in India. Eligible applicants include 1) U.S. citizens; and 2) citizens of other countries who are students or faculty members at U.S. colleges and universities (this rule does not apply to U.S. citizens). Applications can be downloaded from the web site www.indiastudies.org. Inquiries should be directed to  (773) 702-8638. Email: aiis@uchicago.edu.  Application deadline is July 1, 2016.
Special Issue of Catalyst, Volume 7, Issue 2
Remaking Social Sciences:
Rebuilding the Core Disciplines to Discover what is Humanly Possible and How to Achieve It
Catalyst:  A Social Justice Forum, will turn its attention in a forthcoming special issue to articles that offer critiques of any one of the five core social science disciplines combined with proposals for catalyzing reform of that discipline.  The journal seeks articles offering specific measures and proposals for rebuilding each of the five core social science disciplines to focus on discovering the “scientific” theories and “laws” of human group and individual behaviors as a basis for designing technologies for social justice and social betterment.
Authors ready to use the basic assumption of this issue as a starting point are welcome to submit pieces for the issue with a deadline of May 1, 2016.  Articles for the issue may be of any length, form and methodology.  While longer, substantive pieces with critique and proposals are preferred, there may be room for short commentaries or reviews, as well as historic overview and review pieces (including a comparison of changes in Psychology as a discipline compared to the other social sciences).  Overflow for the issue could appear in subsequent issues of Catalyst and authors are also welcome to consider submitting pieces for future issues of the journal.
Authors may discuss submissions with the special issue editor, Dr. David Lempert, at:  superlemp@yahoo.com before submitting articles on the Catalyst website:  http://trace.tennessee.edu/catalyst/
Call for Papers: CHINESE ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION (Europe/UK) The 27th CEA (UK) and 8th CEA (Europe) ANNUAL CONFERENCE

In recent years, China has quickly developed into a new engine for global economic growth and has become a new ascendant power in the international system. In search of well-founded answers to the micro and macro issues concerning the economics, finance, and politics of China’s development, and especially the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative, the main theme of the 27th Annual Conference of CEA (UK) and the 8th CEA (Europe) Conference concerns China’s new way of integration with the world whilst exploring the opportunities of the “One Belt, One Road” Initiative for the global economic system.

More information and download of Call for Papers here: http://cea2016.org/
Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University
PhD Program
The Gabelli School of Business PhD program offers a unique opportunity to study alongside leading scholars in the heart of Manhattan. The program utilizes a specialized approach to doctoral education to produce graduates with expert knowledge in a variety of fields. On their way toward earning a PhD in Business, students will specialize in a traditional discipline, for example, finance, management, marketing, etc. In order to achieve this goal, students will undergo one of two interdisciplinary curriculum tracks designed to broaden their field of expertise: (1) Capital Markets or (2) Strategy and Decision-Making. The Capital Markets focus combines the traditional aspects of economic theory with the quantitative rigor of finance and accounting. The Strategy and Decision-Making focus encompasses all aspects of the contemporary study of decision-making with theories of management, marketing, information systems, business ethics, business media, and operations. Combined with hands-on mentoring from faculty, a focus on placement, and the New York advantage, this research-intensive program provides graduates with the requisite empirical and theoretical skills to enter academia as professors and researchers.
Applicants should preferably have already earned a graduate degree in business or a related field, such as an MS in economics, finance, mathematics, operations research, psychology, or statistics. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated past success in university programs, as well as to exhibit significant potential as an academic scholar. Transfer students from other PhD programs, particularly in economics, are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants may receive consideration for transferred credits based on previous coursework and degrees.
Complete and partial funding is available to qualified candidates. A typical complete funding package includes tuition remission, a stipend, and healthcare. Funding decisions are competitive and are made as part of the admissions process.
The application period will close on March 1. The program will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis thereafter until all places have been awarded to qualified candidates.
Please email businessphd@fordham.edu with any questions.
To apply, please visit our website at: http://www.fordham.edu/info/25010/phd_program
Call for Papers
2016 Cambridge Business & Economics Conference (CBEC)
Sponsored by: Association for Business & Economics Research (ABER)
Oxford Journal: An International Journal of Business & Economics
July 1 and July 2, 2016
Cambridge University, UK
Submission Deadline: January 30th, 2016
Abstracts are invited in all areas of business, including: Management Information Systems; Global Business; Marketing Theory and Applications; Accounting; Economics; Finance & Investment; General Management; General Business Research; Business & Economics Education; Production/Operations Management; Organizational Behavior & Theory; Strategic Management Policy; Labor Relations & Human Resource Management; Business Law; Public Responsibility and Ethics; Technology & Innovation; Public Administration and Small Business Entrepreneurship. Papers are also invited papers on teaching issues such as: curriculum, ethics in higher education, promotion and tenure, accreditation, teaching methods and styles, administration, technology in the classroom, faculty evaluation, and related topics.
Qualified individuals will referee papers submitted through a process of double blind peer review. Accepted papers will be published in Conference Proceedings.  Selected completed papers will be considered for publication in the Oxford Journal: International Journal of Business & Economics (ISSN 1551-4498) (http://www.ojbe.org). All completed papers will be considered for the Best Paper Award in their respective areas.
Proposals for cases, workshops, symposia, colloquia, panels, tutorials on current topics of interest, and other special sessions are also invited. Manuscript for Submission: Papers must be written in English.

Either Electronic or Hard Copy submissions are acceptable.  The URL for conference is http://www.ojbe.org
Electronic Submissions should be sent in MS Word format to: Gupta@Lynchburg.Edu  
Hard Copy submissions (four (4) copies of your manuscript or abstracts) should be sent to:
Dr. Atul Gupta
School of Business & Economics
Lynchburg College
1501 Lakeside Dr.
Lynchburg, VA 24501, USA
Telephone: (434) 544-8651
Fax: (434) 544-8639
The Economic Policies Research Unit (NIPE) is pleased to announce its 13th Summer School on “An Introduction to High Frequency Financial Econometrics and Trading

The course will be taught by  Professor Yacine Ait-Sahalia (Princeton University) at the University of Minho, School of Economics and Management, Braga, Portugal, between June 13th and June 16th 2016.

The course shall cover the following topics:
·         From Diffusions to Semimartingales
·         High Frequency Volatility and Jump Estimation
·         High Frequency Market Making: Theory and Empirical Evidence
The course will include lectures that develop the relevant theory and practical, laboratory applications.
More details about the course outline will be provided soon.
Applications should arrive no later than May 2nd, 2016.
On the last day of the Summer School, June 16th, Professor Yacine Ait-Sahalia will be presenting a seminar.

For more information about the Summer School 2016, please follow the link:
A new web site, Microeconomic Insights, is launched at http://microeconomicinsights.org
Microeconomic Insights provides accessible summaries of high quality microeconomic research which informs the public about microeconomic issues that are, or should be, in the public’s eye.  It aims to disseminate the results of published microeconomic research that either improves the foundations for economic policy-making or furthers our understanding of how economics interacts with the environment we live in.  Its goal is to bridge the gap between academic research and the public’s knowledge, thereby informing the public’s conversation on microeconomic issues.
Microeconomic Insights’ intellectual content is determined by an editorial board whose sole goal is to disseminate the insights from the very best research in microeconomics, irrespective of its political or ideological viewpoint. The editors work with the authors of the selected papers – forthcoming or recently published peer-reviewed journal articles – to write short 1,500-2,000 non-technical summaries of the key insights for a public policy audience. The summary is then subcontracted to a team of independent editors with extensive experience of writing for the public to prepare the final text.
Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
Postdoctoral Research Positions in Insurance, Risk Management and Behavioral Decision Making
Academic Year 2016-2017
The Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for two postdoctoral fellowship positions, one on insurance and critical infrastructure resilience and one in social and behavioral decision making.  Priority will be given to applicants with an active interest in applying theories and methods of decision making to problems of interest to the Center, which include environmental sustainability, natural hazards, and protection against human and natural risks. Applicants will work with the Center’s directors (Howard Kunreuther, Robert Meyer and Erwann Michel-Kerjan) as well as faculty in the Wharton School with interests in behavioral decision research on a variety of on-going funded projects in these areas, as well as be expected to undertake original research projects.  Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including economics, environmental science, psychology, and sociology. 
Location: Philadelphia, PA – USA
Starting date: Summer 2016
Length: 1 year (with possibility of renewal)
How to apply: Please email your C.V., 1 or 2 representative publications or working papers and a letter of recommendation to John-Paul Lacovara (johnlaco@wharton.upenn.edu). Applicants must have a Ph.D. (expected completion by the summer of 2016 is acceptable) from an accredited institution.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Deadline: February 29, 2016.
About the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center
For three decades, the Center for Risk Management and Decision Processes at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has been at the forefront of basic and applied research to promote effective corporate and public policies for low probability events with potentially catastrophic consequences.  Building on the disciplines of economics, finance, insurance, marketing, psychology and decision sciences, the Center supports and undertakes field and experimental studies of risk and uncertainty to better understand the linkage between descriptive and prescriptive approaches under various regulatory and market conditions. The Center now includes 70 faculty, research fellows and visiting scholars from all over the world to undertake large-scale initiatives.  Providing expertise and a neutral environment for discussion, the Center team is also concerned with training decision makers and promoting a dialogue among industry, governments, interest groups and academics through its research and policy publications and through sponsored seminars, roundtables and forums.  For more information, visit http://riskcenter.wharton.upenn.edu/.

We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 7th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2016) that will be held at Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey between September 20-23, 2016.

IIBA 2016 aims to bring together researchers, scientists, scholar and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Business and Economics, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted. This conference is organized  by Istanbul University, Turkey and and sponsored by University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Florida, USA.

Please visit the below conference website for detailed information. Abstract submission deadline is July 30, 2016.    
Call For Papers
Applied Business and Entrepreneurship Association International (ABEAI)
Thirteenth Annual Meeting, November 9-11, 2016
Hilton Tropicana
3801 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 US
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2016
Submit papers to:  abeai@up.edu.
Please indicate your topic area and the area number in your email subject line.  Electronic submissions (email attachments in MsWord) of research papers (including detailed abstracts) in all areas of business and economics, as well as the topic areas listed below, are invited for presentation. Proposals for cases, workshops, symposia, colloquia, tutorials on current issues, and other special sessions, are also welcome. 
Submitted papers go through a double blind peer review process.  Authors of accepted papers will be notified by email.  Accepted papers will be published in the peer reviewed Electronic Conference Proceedings. Presenting author(s) are required to register for, attend the conference, and present the paper at the time specified in the conference program. Publication of multiple papers by the same author will be subject to extra charges.
All accepted and presented Conference papers are possibly eligible for publication in the Journal of Business Leadership (JBL), http://www.anbhf.org/jbl.html, or the American Journal of Economics and Business Administration (AJEBA), http://www.scipub.org.  
Organize a Session:
You can organize a session on a topic of interest to you.  Sessions include a chair and two or more paper presenters.   The organizer would need to contact the other participants. Organized sessions should be submitted to abeai@up.edu for approval and scheduling.  If you have any questions please email abeai@up.edu
Organize a Table Discussion:
You can organize a Table Discussion group by inviting researchers in your area of interest.  Authors exchange and prepare to discuss all papers.  The objective is to provide each author detailed and helpful comments that may make their papers publishable in academic journals of their choice.  Organized Table Discussions should be submitted to abeai@up.edu for approval and scheduling.  If you have any questions please email abeai@up.edu.
23rd Annual RAND Summer Institute, July 11-14, 2016, Santa Monica, CA. Two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists; Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging. Interested researchers can apply for financial support covering travel and accommodations. More information and application form: http://www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi.html.
Third African Search and Matching Workshop
Marrakech, Morocco – May 26th and 27th 2016
The Bernoulli Center for Economics (University of Basel) and the INREDD group (Université Cadi Ayyad) invite submissions for the Third African Search and Matching Workshop in Marrakech. The two-day workshop will take place at the Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech - Morocco, on May 26th – 27th 2016.

Topics are welcome from all areas of economics, as long as the focus is on search, matching or information frictions. However, preference is given to researchers in the fields of macroeconomics, monetary economics and labor economics.
Submission of Papers
The deadline for full-paper submissions is February 29th 2016. Interested authors should submit their papers in electronic form (PDF) to Joachim Setlik (sam-africa@benomics.org). Authors of submitted papers will be contacted shortly thereafter. Applications by ambitious Ph.D. students will also be considered.
Registration Details
There is no registration fee and we provide accommodation for three nights. A limited number of travel grants are available. If your participation is conditional on receiving such a support, please provide an estimate of the required financial aid upon submission of your paper. The local organizers provide help with getting around in Marrakech if needed.
Professor Aleksander Berentsen (University of Basel, Switzerland)
Professor Mustapha Ziky (Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco)
For updates and further information, please visit http://wwz.unibas.ch/berentsen.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Marrakech!
Call for Papers:
2nd IWH-FIN-FIRE Workshop on “Challenges to Financial Stability”
The Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) – Member of the Leibniz Association and the FIRE research centre at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management are organizing a joint Workshop on “Challenges to Financial Stability” on September 8th and 9th, 2016, to be held in Halle (Saale).
The workshop provides a platform to discuss changes in the regulatory framework of the financial sector, their impact on financial stability, and consequences for the real sector.
We invite theoretical and empirical contributions on topics including:
·         systemic risk measurement
·         regulation, firms and financial intermediation
·         law, politics and finance
·         incentives and leverage of firms and households
·        unconventional monetary policy and bank behaviour
·         consequences of crisis in transition economies
·        coordination of supervision and regulation
Keynote speakers:
·         Ross Levine, University of California, Berkeley
·         Jean-Charles Rochet, University of Zurich
Submission and registration:
Please submit your paper to: finconf@iwh-halle.de The submission deadline is April 29th, 2016.
Acceptance decisions will be made by May 27th, 2016.
There is no registration fee. However, participants are expected to pay their expenses for travel and accommodation. Further information will be provided on the website: http://www.iwh-halle.de/rd/finfire/

Founder of AidGrade Wins New Research Transparency Prize
Economist Eva Vivalt has been named a recipient of the inaugural Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Open Social Science.  The prizes, named after open social science pioneers economist Dr. Edward E. Leamer and psychologist Dr. Robert Rosenthal, are given by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences and supported by the John Templeton Foundation.  They are intended to recognize and reward early-career researchers who adopt transparent research practices or pioneer new methods to increase the rigor of research, and to award the work of professors who incorporate instruction in transparent research practices into their curricula. Dr. Vivalt is a lecturer (assistant professor) at Australian National University and currently visiting assistant professor at Stanford University.  She is founder of AidGrade, a non-profit research institute that conducts open, real-time meta-analyses of economic development program evaluations, and has authored several articles examining external validity and selection bias.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Transformative research on minimum wage policies
ISSUED: November 3, 2015
DUE: March 31, 2016, at 5 p.m. CDT
Many communities across the country have recently passed, or are considering, increases to the minimum wage in an effort to provide greater financial stability for workers. However, the existing research on minimum wage policy does not include a comprehensive evaluation of how the minimum wage impacts workers and communities. As part of its commitment to ensuring that public policies are rooted in data and evidence, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is seeking to fund pioneering research projects that study the effect of state and local minimum wage policy changes on economic opportunity, mobility, and household well-being. Research projects should highlight the impact that minimum wage policy has on individuals, employers, governments, and the economy. They should specifically explain the ways in which employers adapt to minimum wage increases and the implications of those changes for workers. In addition, studies should extend beyond sole assessments of employment outcomes and should illuminate the broader ramifications of minimum wage policy changes.
Applicants should submit a research proposal by March 31, 2016, at 5 p.m. CDT to MinWageRFP@arnoldfoundation.org.
For more information on proposal requirements and key components to a competitive project, please send a message to the above email address or visit http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/Minimum-Wage-RFP.pdf
All submitted research proposals will be evaluated by an Advisory Panel. This panel includes David Autor (MIT), Hilary Hoynes (Berkeley), David Neumark (UC Irvine), and Emmanuel Saez (Berkeley). Selected proposals will be transformative, will fundamentally improve our understanding of key minimum wage policy questions, and will have broad implications for policy across the country. In addition, selected proposals will bring an innovative and fresh approach to the evaluation of minimum wage policies.
Selected projects will be presented and discussed at annual conferences scheduled during the early, mid, and final stages of the work.
About the Laura and John Arnold Foundation
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is working to address our nation’s most pressing and persistent challenges using evidence-based, multi-disciplinary approaches. Its strategic investments are currently focused in criminal justice, education, evidence-based policy and innovation, public accountability, research integrity, and science and technology. LJAF has offices in Houston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. www.arnoldfoundation.org
June 19 to July 1, 2016
Sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation’s Working Group in Biosocial Science
From the evening of Sunday, June 19, to the morning of Friday, July 1, 2016, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) will sponsor a new Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics, to be held at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences.
The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Summer Institute are Daniel Benjamin (University of Southern California) and David Cesarini (NYU), who will be in attendance for the full program. Visiting faculty include Dalton Conley (NYU),, James Lee (University of Minnesota), Michelle Meyer (Union Graduate College), Colter Mitchell (University of Michigan), Tõnu Esko (Harvard-MIT Broad Institute), and Kevin Thom (NYU).
The instructional program will be highly quantitative. Participants will be expected to learn relevant software packages and solve problem sets throughout the workshop. The schedule is designed to provide opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, visiting faculty, and other participants.
Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D. Most participant costs during the workshop, including housing and most meals, will be covered, and a capped travel stipend (covering most, but not all, of anticipated travel costs) will also be provided. No more than thirty applicants will be invited to participate. Participants will be required to complete one problem set in advance, and to fully attend and participate in all sessions of the program.
There is no application form or program information beyond this announcement. To apply, send (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum three pages, single spaced, 11 point font) describing both any current research, and your interest in social-science genomics, especially as it relates to RSF research priorities (e.g., behavioral economics, social inequality, future of work; immigration), (iii) an (unofficial) course/grade transcript for doctoral students, (iv) two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors for Ph.D. student and postdoctoral researcher applicants, and (v) one writing sample of no more than 35 pages. Letters of recommendation should be as informative as possible about your standing in the program (i.e., approximate rank in your doctoral class), general ability, research potential, and (if applicable) special interest in social-science genomics.
All applications must include an e-mail address and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number). Send your curriculum vitae, statement, course/grade transcript, and writing sample (all collapsed into a single pdf file) to RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com. Ask your recommenders to send their letters to the same email address, with the following subject line: RSF recommendation letter for APPLICANT NAME. We anticipate a large pool of highly qualified applicants – applications and letters must be received by the deadline in order to make final decisions quickly. Complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be received by Friday, February 12, 2pm Eastern Standard Time. We will notify applicants solely through email, by Monday March 14, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter. Inquiries can be sent to RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com.
The Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics is an initiative of the Russell Sage Foundation and its Biosocial Science Working Group.
Economics and Human Biology
Tuebingen, October 15-16, 2016
Call for papers
This two-day workshop focuses on Economics and Human Biology. The conference is devoted to the exploration of the interrelationships between socio-economic processes and human beings as biological organisms.
Themes include: Contributions in auxology, anthropometry, biocultural anthropology, demography, development economics, economic history, epidemiology, health economics, human biology, human nutrition, health sciences, medicine, physical anthropology, public health and sociology are welcomed, as long as the contributions advance the study of the relationship between economics and human biology.
We will have two deadlines, November 15th, 2015 and May 1st, 2016 (one third of the slots will go to early submissions). Papers or abstracts (200 words, noting main data sources and hypotheses) should be send to Joerg.baten@uni-tuebingen.de . All submissions will be acknowledged. An international committee will decide. Notices of acceptance will be sent to corresponding authors by November 30, 2015 and May 15, 2016, respectively.
Separate applications for travel funding and accommodation are welcome until March 1st 2016. The involvement of young scholars is strongly encouraged.
Call for Papers
Special Issue of the Review of Economics of the Household
In Honor of Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton
“Consumption, Poverty and Inequality in the Household”
Climent Quintana-Domeque, Ph.D.
University of Oxford and IZA
This Special Issue in honor of Nobel Laureate Angus Deaton is devoted to the analysis of consumption, poverty and inequality in the household. We encourage submissions of manuscripts focused on the study of the role of household composition on expenditure patterns, the measurement of inequality and poverty within and between households, the assessment of child gender discrimination in the household, the analysis of individual wellbeing within the household, the exploration of economies of scale and their relationship with household size, the demand for food and calories in the developing world, and the quantification of poverty among the elderly, amongst others. Empirical studies, studies combining both theory and data, and theory papers delivering clear-cut testable predictions that can inspire future empirical work are welcome. The impact factor of the Review of Economics of the Household was 1.2 in 2013 and 0.98 in 2014 (JCR, Thomson Reuters).
Papers should be submitted to Review of Economics of the Household’s editorial manager (http://www.editorialmanager.com/reho) under article type “SI: In Honor of Angus Deaton” and to climent.quintana-domeque@economics.ox.ac.uk.
Deadline: April 23, 2016.
SRCD is seeking applications for upcoming Policy Fellowships for 2016-2017. There are two types of Fellowships: Congressional and Executive BranchBoth provide Fellows with exciting opportunities to come to Washington, DC and use their research skills in child development outside of the academic setting to inform public policy. Fellows work as resident scholars within their federal agency or Congressional office placements.
Fellowships are full-time immersion experiences and run from September 1st through August 31st. Following a two-week science policy orientation program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellows receive an SRCD orientation to child development and public policy. The SRCD Office for Policy and Communications in Washington facilitates the Fellows’ experience and is available as a resource throughout the year.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree in any relevant discipline (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D.), must demonstrate exceptional competence in an area of child development research, and must be a member of SRCD. Both early career and advanced professionals are encouraged to apply.
Deadline to apply: December 15, 2015
More information about the Fellowships is available online at http://www.srcd.org/policy-media/policy-fellowships, or email policyfellowships@srcd.org. To apply to the fellowship, click here
Conference on “Financial Stability and Housing in China”
The new campus of the  Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen will host a conference on “Financial Stability and Housing in China” on December 18-19, 2015, in Shenzhen, China. Co-sponsored by Wei Xiong (Princeton University) and Prakash Loungani (IMF), the conference will feature sessions on the following topics: housing; municipal debt; shadow banking; stock markets; monetary policy transmission; RMB internationalization. We welcome papers on any of these topics (or closely related ones) for inclusion on the program. In addition, we are looking for participants for roundtable discussions following each session. The organizers will cover airfare (subject to a cap) and local accommodation and expenses in Shenzhen for paper presenters and roundtable discussants. 
Confirmed participants thus far include: Yongheng Deng, National University of Singapore; Hanming Fan, University of Pennsylvania; Joe Gyourko, University of Pennsylvania; Yiping Huang, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University; Richard Koss, Fannie Mae; Michael Song Zheng, City University of Hong Kong & University of Chicago; Hao Zhou, Tsinghua University; Haibin Zhu, JP Morgan.
Please send your paper, or expression of interest in participating in the roundtable discussions, to Hites Ahir (hahir@imf.org) by October 25, 2015.
Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning is calling for papers for a special issue on “Health and Consumer Finance.” This special issue brings together the state of the art on understanding important socioeconomic issues of health and consumer finance in its micro and macro environments. This special issue welcome research reports on strategies and practices that would promote healthier consumer balance sheets in the coming decades.  Exemplary contributions and breakthroughs that elevate the patients to sovereign consumers are at the heart of managing finances for goals.  Conceptual framework, historical analysis and evidence-based perspectives on the evolution of consumer’s healthcare finance sharpen our understanding of the challenges that consumers face. Contributions to the special issue are also aimed at highlighting paths that would empower patients to become powerful self-enterprising agents in an evolving complex healthcare market. This special issue focuses on health and consumer finance. Conceptual, quantitative and applied research papers contributing to the interplay of health and consumer finance are welcomed.  The general research questions are what financial factors contribute to health, what health factors contribute to financial wellbeing, and what health and financial factors contribute to quality of life. The submission deadline is April 30, 2016. No submission fee is required. No publication fee is required for accepted papers. Please follow the submission guideline to prepare the manuscripts and submit the manuscript online on the category of “SI: health and consumer finance”. The submission guideline and other journal information can be found at: http://www.springerpub.com/journals/journal-of-financial-counseling-and-planning.html. Please submit your manuscript online using Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/jfcp/default.aspx. For more information about the special issue, contact the guest editor, Mitch Mokhtari, at: mokhtari@umd.edu
The 2016 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics
The Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics (ZCCFE) will hold the 2016 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics (ZICE16) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from January 27 to February 4, 2016. ZICE16 will be a program for young scholars interested in applying computational methods to economics.
ZICE16 marks the fifth time that this computational workshop is held at the University of Zurich. ZICE16 has a similar objective and format as ZICE’s 2011 – 2015 and the past ICE (at the University of Chicago) workshops. The aim of ZICE16 is to create a collaborative community of computational scientists and economists by training young scholars (advanced graduate students) in state-of-the-art numerical methods and computer technology, and their application to economic modeling and analysis. The activities will begin with formal lectures on a range of topics – numerical optimization, dynamic programming, solution methods for dynamic economic models, and computationally intensive methods in statistics – followed by tutorials that familiarize participants with computer software applied to economic models. In addition, participants will work on assignments to facilitate the learning of numerical methods and will be able to speak with the lecturers about their own work during “office hours”.
The presenters will provide the participants with computer implementations of their solution methods for economic models. Most of these computer programs will be in the Matlab language. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that participants bring a laptop with a working version of Matlab to ZICE16 and have a solid knowledge of programming in Matlab.
Graduate students from all universities are encouraged to apply to ZICE16. All applications will be considered equally; neither the citizenship of an applicant nor his or her current place of study will be a consideration in acceptance decisions. However, note that the workshop is for current PhD students only, ideally students in the 3rd year of their doctoral studies.
There will be no fee for participating in ZICE16. We will provide housing for participants at no charge (double rooms at Zurich Youth Hostel). Participants are responsible for transportation costs and for their meals. ZICE16 is funded by the University of Zurich.
For more information on topics, speakers, life in Zurich, and application procedures, see www.zccfe.uzh.ch. Application forms will be available at this website starting mid-August, 2015.
E-mail inquiries should be directed to Ruth Häfliger at ruth.haefliger@bf.uzh.ch.
Third Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration
Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q) is pleased to announce that the Third Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration will be held in Doha, Qatar, on January 5-9, 2016.
The School will be led by Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University, Professor at the Universities of Bonn, Tuebingen, Warsaw, and the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.
The main purpose of the School is to induce the participants to think rigorously, creatively, and in non-conventional ways on various approaches to the modeling of migration choices and consequences, and to demonstrate to the participants how such a thinking process could enrich the spectrum of informed migration policies. Participants will be exposed to the art of economic modeling in general, and to the workings of applied microeconomic theory in particular. Following the School, the participants are expected to be more at ease with deciphering theoretical research on migration, and at engaging in such research themselves.
School participants should be holders of Ph.D. in Economics earned during 2011-2015, or Economics Ph.D. students in advanced stages of their dissertation work.
The cost of participation in the School, including return air travel via a direct route, accommodation, and meals, will be covered by the School. The School will be held in the campus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Doha. Participants will be expected to arrive on Monday, January 4, 2016, and to depart on Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Applicants are asked to submit, in a pdf format, their C.V. along with a sample article or a chapter in their Ph.D. dissertation to Dr. Ewa Kepinska, Coordinator of the Winter School, e-mail: SFSQWinterSchool@georgetown.edu. The application deadline is October 15, 2015. Responses to the applications will be provided by October 31, 2015.
Additional information is at:
Call for Papers
Risk Theory Society Annual Seminar
April 1 – 3, 2016
St. John’s University
New York, New York
Submissions due December 15, 2015
The Risk Theory Society is a group of economists, financial economists, and actuaries who undertake theoretical and applied research in the areas of insurance economics, financial economics related to insurance markets, actuarial science, and more generally in the economic analysis of risk and uncertainty. Membership in the society is earned by presenting a paper at the annual seminar and forfeited by missing two consecutive meetings.
The society invites interested parties to submit papers for the 2016 meeting. Each paper accepted for the meeting is given one hour and fifteen minutes for presentation and defense by the authors. The first twenty minutes of that time are reserved to be free of interruption other than for questions of clarification. After the grace period, discussion is typically vigorous.
Over the past 10 years, the number of submissions ranged from 42 to 69 with an average of 51. Ten papers were selected each year. Although we accept submission of a five-page abstract, most submissions and most accepted papers were in full draft or essentially completed form.
Submissions are due on December 15, 2015. The program committee will notify authors of accepted papers by end of January 2016, or soon thereafter. Accepted papers must be completed and sent for posting on the Risk Theory Society web page by March 1, 2016.
Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments in the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) by December 15, 2015, to:
Professor Greg Niehaus
Secretary of the Risk Theory Society
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
E-mail: gregn@moore.sc.edu
For more information, contact Greg Niehaus or visit the Risk Theory web site at http://aria.org/rts. For details regarding local arrangements for the 2016 Seminar, please visit the web site or contact Professor Mark Browne at brownem1@stjohns.edu.
Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science
To encourage openness in research and the teaching of best practices in social science, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) has established the Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science. BITSS is an initiative of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley.
The competition consists of two categories.  The Emerging Leaders in Open Social Science Research Prize will award cash prizes of up to $15,000 to early-career researchers (including graduate students and post-docs) who adopt transparent research practices or pioneer new methods to increase the rigor of research. The Leaders in Open Social Science Education Prize will award the work of faculty leaders who teach best practices in social science research with prizes of up to $10,000. Entries will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of leading scholars.  
The deadline to enter is September 13.
Go to www.BITSS.org/prizes/ for information on entry rules.
The National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and the Council on Economic Education (CEE) will conduct three sessions at the January 2016 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) and American Economic Association (AEA) annual meeting in San Francisco  January 3-5, 2016 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).
New research papers on any relevant topic in economic education will be considered. Those interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract or complete paper, no later than June 8, 2015 to:

Helen Roberts
NAEE Research Committee
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Economics
601 S. Morgan St. #721 (mc 144)
Chicago, IL 60607

Alternatively, papers and/or expression of interest in serving as a discussant may be sent via email to: hroberts@uic.edu
    The 80th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association will be held April 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton Orrington, Evanston, IL.  The MEA invites papers and organized sessions in all areas of economics — theoretical, quantitative, institutional, or policy oriented.  If you would like to submit a paper for consideration, please complete the paper submission form located on the MEA website at http://web.grinnell.edu/mea. No participant may present more than one research paper, whether a paper submitted to the MEA or as part of a session organized by another member.  You may be a co-author on another paper but can only be the presenter of one paper.
    If you would like to organize a session please send an e-mail to MEA president, Professor Alan Deardorff at mea@grinnell.edu with the topic and proposed participants. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes long and must include four papers and a chair.  Discussants are optional but encouraged.
    The deadline for abstract submissions is October 5, 2015.

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