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You may register for a pre- or post-conference workshop while registering for the annual meeting or by calling the AAEA Business Office at (414) 918-3190. The last day to register for ALL workshops is July 5, 2017. If you are registering only for a pre- or post-conference workshop or would like to add a workshop or luncheon after you register, please download the registration form and submit with payment to or fax the form to the AAEA Business Office (414) 276-3349.

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Pre-conference Workshops

Post-conference Workshops

Applied Computational Economics

Pre-conference Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
7:30 am Registration
Cost: $78

Description of Workshop: The workshop will provide an overview of the rapidly developing field of computational economics. The workshop will focus on practical applications of numerical methods to the formulation, solution, and analysis of stochastic dynamic models in economics and finance, with emphasis on nonlinear dynamic optimization models.

It will be based on the award-winning graduate course currently taught by Professor Miranda at The Ohio State University and will cover material presented in his textbook with Paul W. Fackler, “Applied Computational Economics and Finance”, MIT Press, 2002


Attendees will be required to bring their own laptop AND will need MATLAB on their laptops.  A 30-day full feature trial version is available upon request.

(Subject to change)
7:30 am Registration
8:00 am Session 1
Linear and nonlinear equations, numerical integration and simulation
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Session 2
Function approximation methods and intro to collocation
12:00 pm Lunch (On your own)
1:00 pm Session 3
Dynamic programming theory, economic applications 1 (practical session)
3:00 pm Break
3:15 pm Session 4
Economic applications 2 (practical session)

Econometric Methods for High-Dimensional Data

Introduction to Model Selection, Regularization, and Post-Model Selection Inference
Pre-conference Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Networking Reception at 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Registration: 7:30 am
Student Cost: $15
Professional Cost: $40

Description of Workshop: As in many other fields, economists are increasingly making use of high-dimensional models – models with many unknown parameters that need to be inferred from the data.  Such models arise naturally in modern data sets that include rich information for each unit of observation (a type of “big data”) and in nonparametric applications where researchers wish to learn, rather than impose, functional forms.  High-dimensional models provide a vehicle for modeling and analyzing complex phenomena and for incorporating rich sources of confounding information into economic models. 



  1. Lecture 1:  Selection and Penalized Estimation Methods
  2. Lunch on your own
  3. Lecture 2:  Inference after Model Selection or Regularization

Grant Writing by Early Career Professionals

"Money Talks"
Hear first-hand what donors think is most important in proposal preparation

Pre-conference Workshop
Saturday, July 29, 2017
7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Registration opens at 7:00 am
Cost: $66
Thanks to the AAEA Trust we were able to provide the first 20 registered graduate students or early career professionals with $150 travel grant!

Travel grant limit reached and not available to new registrations.

Description of Workshop:

This workshop aims to strengthen the core grant writing skills of early career professionals, offering them the opportunity to learn more about the differentiated perspectives of several major funding organizations by engaging directly with donor representatives. The event will provide a hands-on learning experience and also facilitate networking among Early Career Professionals.


Intended Audience: Early career AAEA members, including students and recent graduates (within 4 years of PhD completion).

This workshop is co-sponsored by the International, Senior and Africa Sections of AAEA and C-FARE, with generous support from the AAEA trust. Attendees should bring a laptop. Grants available for first 20 participants through funding from the AAEA Trust.

(Subject to change)
7:30 am Continental Breakfast and Welcome Remarks
8:00 am Presentation and panel discussion followed by Q & A
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:15 am Breakout sessions
11:30 am Prepare small group reports
12:00 pm Discussion on reports
1:00 pm Lunch and networking with grant writers and young professionals

NIFA Agricultural Economics and Rural Communities Project Directors Workshop

Post-conference Workshop
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration: 7:30 am
Student Cost: $25
Professional Cost: $55

Description of Workshop: The workshop will involve presentations of completed work and work in process on projects funded by NIFA’s Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive research programs in agricultural and resource economics.  The three AFRI economics programs include:

  1. The Economics, Markets, and Trade (EMT)
  2. The Environmental & Natural Resource Economics (ENRE)
  3. Innovations for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities (IREC)

The workshop will consist of presented paper sessions, a session of 3-minute flash talks, and poster presentations (in conjunction with the AAEA poster sessions).  Project directors will present papers outlining their research endeavors and findings.  Projects that are in early stages may present a flash talk or posters outlining their project objectives, methods and anticipated results.

(Subject to change)
8:45 am - 9:00 am Welcome
Robbin Shoemaker, NIFA
9:00 am - 10:30 am Economics, Markets, and Trade
Presiding – Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
  • Alfonso Morales, University of Wisconsin–Madison
    "Indicators for Impact"
  • Jeff Luckstead, University of Arkansas
    "Impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on Processed Food Trade under Monopolistic Competition and Firm Heterogeneity"
  • Giancarlo Moschini, Iowa State University
    "Imperfect competition in the agrochemical & seed industries: Innovation, pricing of inputs and welfare in the U.S. maize and soybean markets"
10:30 am - 10:45 am Break
10:45 am -12:00 pm Innovation for Rural Entrepreneurs and Communities
Presiding – Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
  • Kathleen Liang, North Carolina A&T State University
    "Opportunities and challenges to explore, examine, and analyze implications of regional food networks from social, economic, and ecological aspects"
  • Timothy Mulrooney, North Carolina Central University
    "A Comprehensive Assessment of the Geospatial Data Used in the Study of Food Deserts"
  • Philip Watson, University of Idaho
    "Measuring Community Economic Resilience"
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Flash talks- all programs
(3-5 minute talks)
Presiding – Robbin Shoemaker, NIFA
  • Julia Haggerty and Roger Coupal, University of Wyoming
    "Escaping the Resource Curse: Findings from Comparative Research on Oil and Gas Impacts in Four Rural Counties"
  • Timothy Richards, Arizona State University
    "Retail Intermediation and Local Foods"
  • Norbert Wilson, Tufts University
    "Food Waste and Risk"
  • Neal Hooker, The Ohio State University
    "It’s OK – It’s Organic! A Hedonic Analysis"
  • Mary Marchant, Virginia Tech
    "Expanding U.S. Market Access in China’s Evolving Agricultural & Trade Policy Environment"
  • Nathan Hendricks, Kansas State University
    "Preliminary Estimates of Global Supply Response in the Long Run"
  • Brian Roe, The Ohio State University
    "The Role of Local Food in Parent and Child Decisions about School Lunch"
  • Jean-Paul Chavas, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    "Biotechnology and Farm Input Demand"
  • Rachael Goodhue, University of California, Davis
    "Mandatory Agricultural Marketing Organizations"
  • Dan Sumner and Hyunok Lee, University of California, Davis
    "Crops insurance for specialty crops"
  • Simanti Banerjee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    "Conservation Auctions Performance: Laboratory Experimental Evidence"
  • Lyubov Kurkalova, North Carolina A&T State University
    "Modeling the dynamics of tillage choices"
  • William Stewart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    "Building community resiliency in context of grassland protection - Update"
  • Dawn Thilmany, Colorado State University
    "Agritourism in the West"
  • Rebekka Dudensing and James Mjelde, Texas A&M
    "Economics of Rural Transportation for Elderly and Disadvantaged Populations"
  • Chian Jones Ritten, University of Wyoming
    "Overcoming Honeybee Pollination Market Deficiencies for Almond Pollination"
  • Jane Kolodinsky, University of Vermont
    "Farm Fresh Food Boxes fill an empty space in the direct to consumer marketplace"
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Presiding – William Stewart, University of Illinois
  • Seong-Hoon Cho, University of Tennessee
    "Optimal Provision of Forest-Based Carbon Storage and Cost Effectiveness of Incentive Payment Approaches"
  • Sandy Dall'erba, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    "The Ricardian model of climate change impact meets the Ricardian model of interregional trade: theory and evidence"
  • Gal Hochman, Rutgers University
    "The Bioeconomy and Decarbonization"
4:45 pm - 5:00 pm Feedback, Discussion, and Closing
Robbin Shoemaker, NIFA

Recent Developments in Experimental Economics

Post-conference Workshop
Cost: $25.00
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Registration: 8:00 am
Cost: $25

Description of Workshop: A roundup of recent developments in experimental economics as it relates to agricultural and applied economics (AAE). The workshop is designed to inform and help researchers understand how to run experiments using the state-of-the-art techniques. This will support researchers conducting experiments on many applied economics topics. The program includes three speakers who are doing cutting-edge research in this area. These speakers will provide insight into recent developments in experimental economics related to AAE. Topics will include price risk experiments in the lab and field as well as how to include fMRI data in economic experiments.

(Subject to change)
8:00am Registration opens
8:30am-9:40am Lessons Learned from Economic Research Using fMRI
Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University
9:45am-10:55am Conducting Lab Experiments in the Field
Marc F. Bellemare, University of Minnesota
11:00am-12:10pm Empirical Strategies for Food and Behavioral Research
David Just, Cornell University
12:10pm-12:30pm Open discussion, networking

Workshop Stipends
Thanks to the AAEA Trust we are able to provide a number of graduate students and young professionals with $200 travel stipends!

To apply, submit one paragraph (no more than 200 words) explaining why you should be considered for the stipend to Carola Grebitus:; Subject: “EXECON 2017 Post-Conference Workshop.” Deadline for submissions is May 30, 2017. Please note: in order to be eligible for a stipend you must be registered for and attend the full workshop. The stipend will be sent after the workshop.

Extension Tour

Post-conference Workshop
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $100

The 2017 AAEA Extension Tour includes boarding a luxury coach bus**

Our entire facility runs on cow & pig manure. We transform our farms' waste into energy by way of our anaerobic digesters, we reduce our dependency upon natural gas and electricity during the milk and manufacturing process. This year the use of CNG will reduce the amount of diesel that our milk tanker/trailers use by 2 million gallons. Our barns and plants are also powered by this cutting edge "poo power".

Fair Oaks Farms are a group of like-minded farmers who want to show and educate the public on modern farming practices.  Our farms include Dairy Adventure, Pig Adventure and the Crop Adventure where guests can learn about our practices in a transparent experience.  We are not only committed to educating the public about modern farming efforts, but also to protecting the environment, caring for our animals and ensuring the highest quality products possible.

All times are approximate depending upon traffic
(Subject to change)
8:00 am - 8:30 am Depart: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
in transit
8:30 am – 10:30 am Wells Fargo Capital Finance
Meet with Wells Fargo and Farm Foundation leaders
at Wells Fargo Chicago headquarters.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Depart: Wells Fargo Capital Finance
in transit
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm Tour: Fair Oaks Farms
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Depart: Fair Oaks Farms
in transit
5:00 pm Arrive: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

**Luxury Motor Coach
Passenger seating with overhead and underbody luggage storage.

Amenities Include:

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