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How are Policy Changes Guiding the Future of Applied Economics?

Politico reporter and four AAEA members speak at 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting

Policymakers require objective information to design evidence-based policies. There is worldwide concern over the lack of appreciation for objective scientific facts and analysis. In turn, this has led to portions of our citizenry losing trust in our government and research institutions and concern about threats to our democracy. What do these developments imply for Applied Economics analysis and the concomitant development of statistical evidence?  While there are implications at the individual economist level, it is an especially critical time for institutions to consider their role in promoting fact-based information, and for the discipline, at large, to consider the issues.

In the track session “The Future of Institutional Organization and Support of Applied Economics,” sponsored by AAEAs Senior Section and the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators, four presentations will explore how the major institutions whose missions align with agriculture, food, rural development, and environmental issues can address the challenges of the future.

Helena Bottemiller Evich, Senior Food and Agriculture Reporter from Politico will be moderating the session on Monday, July 22 at 10:00 am at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

If you are interested in attending the session at the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA please send a completed complimentary Media Registration form to Allison Scheetz in the AAEA Business Office. You can also learn more on our Annual Meeting Media Kit page.

About 1,400 participants are expected to attend the 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting, which will takes place on July 21-23 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, GA.

ABOUT AAEA: Established in 1910, the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the leading professional association for agricultural and applied economists, with 2,500 members in more than 60 countries. Members of the AAEA work in academic or government institutions as well as in industry and not-for-profit organizations, and engage in a variety of research, teaching, and outreach activities in the areas of agriculture, the environment, food, health, and international development. The AAEA publishes two journals, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, as well as the online magazine Choices and the online open access publication series Applied Economics Teaching Resources. To learn more, visit

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