AEDE yet again sent another very strong contingent to the 2014 Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) conference this year, which was held in San Antonio, Texas from March 27-29. The gathering marked the 53rd annual meeting of the SRSA and was attended by more than 100 researchers studying regional economics from across the U.S. The conference featured presentations on theoretical and empirical research related to regional and spatial analysis.
AEDE faculty member Mark Partridge, chair of the C. William Swank Program in Rural-Urban Policy and current SRSA fellow, attended with a group of current and former OSU students. Partridge is also a former president of SRSA.
At the conference, Partridge presented his research " International Trade and Local Labor Markets: Are Foreign and Domestic Shocks Created Differently?" and he participated in a panel discussion focused on publishing in regional science with editors from each of the leading journals in the field. Additionally, AEDE doctoral students Clare Cho (“Examining a Store's Decision to Become Authorized to Receive SNAP Benefits: The Change in Accessibility from 2000 to 2010”), Yue Hua ("Disequilibrium or Agglomeration? New Evidence on Intra-Urban Wage Gradient"), and Michael Farren ("Impact and Response: The Boomtown Effect of Shale Gas and Oil Drilling on Local Housing Markets") presented their research at the conference.
Other AEDE affiliated researchers in attendance included former doctoral students Michael Betz, who is a faculty member for Ohio State’s Department of Human Development and Family Science, Carlianne Patrick, who is an assistant professor at Georgia State University, and Heather Stephens, who is an assistant professor at California State University, Long Beach. Patrick, who studied under Partridge, was also recently admitted as an SRSA council member.
SRSA is devoted to the advancement of regional analysis. The Association’s objectives are to foster the exchange of ideas and to promote studies focused on regional topics and issues. The Association is an interdisciplinary organization located in the southeastern United States with members in approximately 40 U.S. states and 7 countries.
AEDE continues to build a strong base of scholars working in the field of regional economics. Not only has the department received prominent awards in the field, hosted a graduate student conference on regional economics, and had faculty travel extensively for engagement in the subject area, but the two most popular academic journals in the field of regional science – Papers in Regional Science and the Journal of Regional Science – are both co-edited by AEDE faculty members (Alessandra Faggian co-edits Papers in Regional Science and Partridge co-edits the Journal of Regional Science), which is unprecedented.
April 14, 2014