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DC on Demand Issue 3

Mobile App for the Annual Meeting and other Changes to Look for in DC

AAEA has been busy these past few months making changes to the Annual Meeting. Based on the feedback we’ve received, we are continuing to offer the networking lunch on Tuesday, adding posters to the Welcome Reception, creating a mobile app, and working to make the online employment center experience more user-friendly.

In Washington, DC, AAEA will provide a continental breakfast on Monday and Tuesday as well as the networking lunch on Tuesday afternoon. For lunch on Monday, please consider purchasing a ticket to one of the Speaker Series Luncheons or visit one of the restaurants located within the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel. Additional food outlets are located throughout the surrounding area, all in close proximity to the meeting venue.

Another change to the Joint Annual Meeting is the addition of posters to the Sunday night Welcome Reception. We hope this will help facilitate an interactive networking experience for poster authors and attendees. Posters that are on display during the reception will remain setup until early Monday afternoon. A new set of posters will be on display Monday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon. There will not be designated poster presentation sessions this year; instead, two more concurrent session blocks have been added during these time slots. Also, due to the logistics of the meeting space this year and feedback from the surveys we are no longer organizing Poster Tours.

New this year, AAEA is creating a mobile app exclusively for the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting! Some of the great features include a personal scheduling tool, live Twitter feed, speaker and attendee index, and much more. Additional information will be published on the Joint Annual Meeting website as it becomes available.

For 2013, the Employment Services Committee is streamlining the online system used for the Employment Center. The new online system will be integrated with the (soon to be updated) Job Market Candidate and Job Openings websites, which operate year round. This will make it easier for job candidates and employers to manage their respective information before, during, and after the Annual Meeting. In addition to integrating the Employment Center with the year round Employment Services tools, users can expect to find a more visually robust and easy to navigate interface. More information about the Employment Center will be announced this spring.

8 Noteworthy Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops

Consider coming to the meeting a day early or stay an extra day to learn about topics such as the USDA’s new national food study, USDA NIFA projects, the food safety modernization act, and much more. These workshops take place on either Saturday, August 3 or Wednesday, August 7.

More information about each of the workshops is available below. You can register for any of them (for an additional fee) when registering for the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting.

Pre-Conference Tour: Agricultural and Food Industry
This is a ticketed event.
Saturday, August 3, 7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop: The Debut of USDA's New National Food Study to Support Research on Health and Obesity, Hunger, and Nutrition Assistance Policy
This is a ticketed event. This event will take place at the ERS offices.
Saturday, August 3, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

In 2009, the Economic Research Service and the Food and Nutrition Service initiated The National Food Survey to support research on key national priorities, including health and obesity, hunger, and nutrition assistance policy. The day-long workshop will provide insight on:

  • Reason for the new survey
  • Information collected and methodologies used
  • Integration of SNAP administrative records to enhance sampling design
  • Use of proprietary data to add information on food environment of the respondents
  • Quality and completeness of the collected data
  • Data access and use protocols
  • Initial research results on Dietary and Nutrient Knowledge, Food Purchase Patterns, Prices, and Food Access and Security, including users' experience working with the data

Post-Conference Workshop: Best Practices of the USDA NIFA Projects: Food System and Food Security
This is a ticketed event.
Wednesday, August 7, 7:00 am - 12:30 pm

This workshop will showcase best practices in integrated and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach of food system and food security projects that have been funded by USDA NIFA.

There are a limited number of scholarships available for early career professionals and developing country scholars. This scholarship will cover the workshop registration fee. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to attend this workshop, please submit a copy of your CV and 250 word description of what you expect to learn by attending this workshop, and how you expect to use the information received to further develop your own career to Dr. Kathleen Liang at

Post-Conference Workshop: Exploring Federal Alternatives: Tours of USDA and Other Agencies
This is a ticketed event.
Wednesday, August 7, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

This workshop will include a tour of various agencies (with a special emphasis on USDA), and guest speakers from key organizations. The objective of the workshop is to introduce attendees to the variety of opportunities available at agencies in Washington, DC, either for employment or research partners as well as to provide and understand the breadth and depth of information available from key federal agencies.

Post-Conference Workshop: How to Get and Get the Most Out of Federal Statistical Microdata
This is a ticketed event. This event will take place at the ERS offices.
Wednesday, August 7, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


  • Introduce agricultural economists to the vast array of federal statistical surveys and available data bases on general economics, demographics, food, health, agriculture, farming, agricultural programs, natural resources and conservation programs
  • Provide face-to-face, hands-on assistance with the processes required to access various data bases for research purposes
  • Stimulate and facilitate a dialogue between agricultural economists and officials from federal statistical agencies on some of the biggest issues facing those who want to use data for research purposes
  • Describe and discuss cross-cutting issues affecting the accessibility of federal statistics

Post-Conference Workshop: Economic Analysis and Food Safety: The Food Safety Modernization Act
This is a ticketed event. This event will take place at the ERS offices.
Wednesday, August 7, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will provide an update on progress on FSMA implementation and the issues it raises for economists interested in conducting research related to FSMA. It will also provide an overview of economics research relevant to specific areas of FSMA implementation that will be of interest both to economists and food safety policy makers. Most importantly, it will focus on identification of economic research and data needed to help inform implementation and to evaluate performance of FSMA programs.

Post-Conference Workshop: How Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Affect Agricultural Trade?
This is a ticketed event.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a regional trade agreement that is currently being negotiated, considered the most significant trade initiative of the century. Unlike past agreements where the participating countries are already determined, TPP is structured such that any country willing to agree to the established rules can become a member in the future. As part of the agreement, countries are committed to a broad range of reforms that cover trade in goods, rules of origin, trade remedies, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade, trade in services, intellectual property, government procurement, competition policy, and labor and environmental standards. In November 2011, the leaders of the nine TPP countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States) agreed upon the broad outlines of the agreement, and Canada, Japan, and Mexico announced their intentions to join the negotiations. In June 2012, Canada and Mexico were officially invited to join the TPP negotiations; Japan has yet to formally request to join the negotiations.

Although the 15th round of TPP negotiations took place on December 3-12 in New Zealand, little is known about the agreement and it potential effects on global agricultural trade. The primary objective of this workshop is to provide a forum where researchers, industry experts, market participants, and policy makers can increase their knowledge of TPP and its importance in eliminating barriers in agricultural trade.

The workshop will include two sessions consisting of general and technical presentations. One session will provide a general overview of TPP and its importance to agricultural trade addressing such topics as: What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? How does TPP stand out among past trade agreements? What is the status of the TPP negotiations and Japan’s inclusion? The other will highlight analysis of how TPP will affect specific agricultural sectors.

Post-Conference Workshop: From Policy Research to National Policy Action: How You Can Make a Difference
This is a ticketed event.
Wednesday, August 7, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This post-conference brings pundits, pols and policy practitioners together with participants to examine how economists have and can actually influence policy through insights from the field of economics. We’ll look at specific products from economists that made a difference historically. Contemporary policy makers’ advisors, lobbyists and congressional staff will talk and answer questions about what they have seen that has made a difference, how and why. AAEA members who have spent a career aiming to inform national policy will talk about their greatest successes and how they knew they made a difference. Not only will experts expound, workshop participants will also get real feedback on the expected efficacy of sample, one-page policy briefs they submit ahead of the conference (with anonymity maintained).

The objective is to provide a toolbox for economic policy researchers and analysts to use in not only effectively getting across the importance of their findings for policy, but doing it in a way that “makes a difference” in the outcome of policy decision making. The workshop will focus on national policy in order to take good advantage of the Washington, DC setting, but should have direct applicability to state and local policy as well.

Reserve Early to Guarantee Your Room and Rate!

All 2013 Joint Annual Meeting attendees have access to discounted room rates at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park hotel.

  • Single/Double: $199
  • Triple: $219
  • Quad: $239
  • Government Rate: $169

The above rates are available until Thursday, July 11. Reserve your room for the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting now!

AAEA Trust Announces LI-LMI Travel Grant Winners

The winners of the 2013 travel grant for economists from less developed countries will have the opportunity to present their research at the 2013 AAEA & CAES Joint Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

The 2013 LI-LMI Travel Grants have been awarded to:

Dileni Gunewardena, from the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka will be presenting her paper “Child Nutrition and Child Growth in Sri Lanka”

Ezrah Rwakinanga, from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED) in Uganda will be presenting his paper “Export-Led-Growth under Structural Changes in Uganda”

Vincent Ngeno, from Moi University in Kenya will be presenting his paper “Agricultural and Economic Growth in Kenya: A Kaldorian Approach”

Ismat Ara Begum, from Bangladesh Agricultural University will be presenting her paper “Contract Framing System in Improving Market Access for Smallholder Poultry farmers in Bangladesh: An Assessment”

Epo Boniface Ngah, from the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon will be presenting his paper “Implications of Farm-Nonfarm Population Shifts for Household Poverty Changes in Cameroon”

Eugenie Maïga, from the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in Ghana will be presenting her paperGauging Countries Commitment to Skills Development for Economic Transformation.”

Call for Hosts
To encourage networking, communication, and collaboration among a more diverse pool of professionals, AAEA would like to pair each of the grant recipients with a host who will be attending the 2013 Joint Annual Meeting. If you are interested in participating or would like to nominate someone, please contact Kristin Ouweneel ( at the AAEA Business Office.

Early Career Mentorship Workshop

Mentors and mentees will complete this one-day training workshop to prepare for a year long mentoring experience. The workshop will be held on, Saturday, August 3, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm

The workshop helps participants identify their work and leadership styles, set their professional and personal goals, construct a mentoring plan, and share professional advice. Please see for more information.