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AEDE to Have a Strong Presence at the Western Regional Science Association’s 2013 Annual Meeting

Feb. 22, 2013

AEDE will send a delegation of regional economists to the Western Regional Science Association’s (WRSA) 2013 Annual Meeting, which will be held from February 24-27, 2013 in Santa Barbara, CA. The department has an increasingly strong and growing presence in the field of regional and urban economics and has a number of faculty and graduate students dedicated to work in this arena.

AEDE Associate Professor Alessandra Faggian currently serves on the WRSA Board of Directors. Additionally, AEDE researchers will make the following contributions to the meeting:

  • Time is Money: An Empirical Examination of the Dynamic Effects of Regulatory Uncertainty on Residential Subdivision Development” by Douglas Wrenn, Postdoctoral Researcher, will be presented at a session focused on land markets and development.
  • “Human Capital Interstate Migration in the USA: Evidence from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System” by Alessandra Faggian and Brown University’s Rachel S. Franklin will be presented at a session focused on human capital. Additionally, during this session Faggian will serve as discussant for “Regional Clustering of Human Capital: School Grades and the Migration of University Graduates” by Sofia Tano from Umea University.
  • When Spatial Equilibrium Fails: Is Place-Based Policy Second Best?” by Mark Partridge, Professor and Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy, Dan S. Rickman from Oklahoma State University, Rose Olfert from the University of Saskatchewan, and Ying Tan from Oklahoma State University will be presented at a session focused on trends and interactions in regional economies.
  • Douglas Wrenn will serve as discussant for “Scientific Reasoning and Methods in Urban Planning” by Tschangho John Kim from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign at a session on planning, land use and transportation.
  • Mark Partridge will serve as discussant for “Multi-Dimensional Variety and the Effects on Regional Growth” by Martin Andersson from Lund University and Sofia Wixe from the Jönköping International Business School at a session on industry and firm localization and interdependence.

Founded in 1961, WRSA is an international multidisciplinary group of university scholars, government and private-sector practitioners dedicated to the scientific analysis of regions. WRSA is known around the world for the quality of its signature seminar-style invited paper sessions at the organization’s annual gathering. Each year, the meeting brings together close to 200 scholars working in regional science.

Photo credit: WRSA

February 22, 2013