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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 online for ALL workshops is July 2, 2019 or until sold out. 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 info@aaea.org or fax the form to the AAEA Business Office (414) 276-3349.

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2019 Pre-conference workshops

2019 Post-conference Workshops


Pre-conference Workshops

PC12: Planning and Creating a Winning Grant Proposal – Do’s and Don’ts of Integrated Approach

Date: July 20, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration Fee: $40
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Attendee Requirements:
Attendees Required to Bring Their Own Laptops.

Brief Description of Topic:

  • To improve our understanding and utilities of working in singular-disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and interdisciplinary setting;
  • To strengthen team building and collaborative attribute;
  • To formulate plan of work and effectively achieve shared tasks and responsibilities; and
  • To embed creativity into proposal framework and contents to gain reviewers’ trust.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
This interactive pre-conference workshop targets on AAEA membership to learn, share, and practice successful grant-writing strategies to integrate agricultural and applied economics into various research, teaching, and outreach subjects. Very often economists have been asked or added to proposals, just because we relate to ‘numbers’. However, most of AAEA members come from traditional economics training that may or may not provide sufficient experiences to act as an integrated component with STEM or other social science subjects. Our speakers have significant experiences in writing successful integrated grant proposals, and we will facilitate discussion and activities to explore and investigate purposes, rationale, significance, and linkages of economics concepts to different funding agencies. Our panelists will highlight processes and challenges to work with interdisciplinary teams. We will use statements in real proposals that have been funded and not been funded by specific agencies to compare/contrast grant-writing strategies. Finally, workshop participants will engage in a simulated grant-writing exercise to design and develop your own grant proposals.

Intended Audience:
The contents and information of this pre-conference workshop would be particularly beneficial to early career professionals and mid-career professionals who are seeking ‘out-of-box’ opportunities and innovative ideas to broaden participation and collaboration in conducting research, teaching, and outreach programs within AAEA and other science disciplines.

Attendee Requirements
Attendees Required to Bring Their Own Laptops.

Agenda to follow

PC13: Best Practices for Addressing the Replicability Crisis in Agricultural and Applied Economics

Saturday, July 20, 2019,   8 am – 3:30 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration: Students $15; Professionals $45
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Attendee Requirements
Attendees Will Be Required to Bring Their Own Laptops and have STATA, R Software

Workshop Objectives:
A growing group of scholars has identified a replicability crisis across all areas of science, but particularly in the social sciences. Although a few recent, coordinated, replication efforts have shown that the conclusions from experimental economic studies from the best journals tend to be more reproducible than studies in other fields, these replications still showed substantial failures to reproduce and evidence of large exaggeration biases in estimated effect sizes. Similar concerns have been raised among empirical economics studies more generally. For example, a recent study of over 6700 empirical economics studies (Ioannidis et al. 2017, The Economic Journal) reported that the median statistical power was 18% and that “nearly 80% of the reported effects…are exaggerated; typically, by a factor of two and with one‐ third inflated by a factor of four or more.” This critique only addresses the pernicious impact of underpowered research designs and publication biases against small effect sizes and null results. Other problems are equally important, including data mining, specification searches, multiple comparison problems, HARKing (Hypothesizing after Results are Known), p-hacking, and fraud.

This AAEA pre-conference workshop will cover a range of these problems and ways to address them. Topics that will be covered include: (i) designing, conducting, and interpreting power analyses and analyses of exaggeration biases; (ii) maintaining the family-wise Type 1 error rate or the false discovery rate across multiple hypothesis tests; (iii) better reporting of statistical results and design features; and (iv) creating pre-analysis plans for experimental and nonexperimental designs.

At the end of the workshop, the audience and invited panel will debate the advantages and disadvantages of these methodological norms.

Intended audience
The workshop is aimed at all empirical economists who wish to stay abreast of the state-of-the art in efforts to improve the quality and credibility of empirical designs. The course covers topics that most economists and PhD students will not have seen in their graduate training, but which are increasingly being embraced across scientific fields. Specific subgroups include (a) applied economists interested in making their grant proposals stand out by applying recommended best practices, providing extra assurance to grantors that the findings produced from the proposed research will be replicable; (b) government economists who are often tasked with evaluating programs that may be ineffective would learn statistical tools that allow inferences regarding both negative and positive findings; and (c) graduate students and early career professionals who may wish to avoid pitfalls experienced by their older colleagues.

Attendee Requirements

Attendees Will Be Required to Bring Their Own Laptops and have STATA, R Software

Agenda to follow

PC14: ISESSAH (International Society of Economics and Social Sciences for Animal Health) 2-Day Workshop

Dates: July 20, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm AND Sunday, July 21, 8 am – 12 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration Fee: $80
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Attendee Requirements:
Attendees Required to Bring Their Own Laptops.

Workshop Objectives
Brief Description of Topic:
ISESSAH Meeting and GBAD Workshop.  The ISESSAH is a recently formed international organization of economists, social scientists, and health scientists from around the world (http://www.isessah.com/).   The meeting and workshop will consist of 3 separate paper sessions each with keynote speakers which focus on the economic and social issues surrounding animal health.  Also, the “4th session” will be a workshop on the Global Burden of Animal Disease (GBAD).  Finally, there will be a business meeting and awards recognition.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
Call for Abstracts
The International Society for Economics and Social Sciences of Animal Health (ISESSAH) invites the submission of abstracts for its third conference on the 20th and 21st of July 2019.  Authors should submit abstracts by the 6th of March 2019.   Read more about Abstract Submission Requirements.  Submit abstracts using the following link: ISESSAH 2019 Abstract Submission

The provisional programme includes keynote presentations from leading thinkers in economics and social sciences, namely:

  • Carl Johan Lagerkvist, Department Head and Professor of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Danny Hughes, Professor, Director, Health Economics and Analytics Lab (HEAL), Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Glynn Tonsor, Professor Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University
  • Jonathan Rushton, Professor of Animal Health and Food Systems Economics (N8 Chair), University of Liverpool, UK

There will be sessions with oral presentations (15 min), flash talks (3 min) as well as poster sessions. Oral and poster presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts. Presenters in the early stage of their career can apply to participate in the competition for the best oral presentation and poster. There will be a social function and dinner to provide ample time for the participants to engage in discussion.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
The opportunity of ISESSAH members meeting with AAEA is important because of the economic expertise and diversity of AAEA members.  Also, we are engaging scientists from the US Centers of Disease and Control is then natural and key to this opportunity.  Finally, because the meeting is in Atlanta Georgia, it will be a unique opportunity to collaborate with the Global health program at Emory University, and other institutions and industry stakeholders.

Intended Audience:
Academic economists & social scientists, policymakers, government, and industry

Attendee Requirements:
Attendees Required to Bring Their Own Laptops.

Agenda to follow


Post-conference Workshops

PC52: Challenges, Implications, and the Future of Agricultural Trade between the US and China

Date: July 24, 2019,   8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Registration Fee:  $40
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Workshop Objectives
The US and China, the two largest economies in the world, have engaged in an escalating trade dispute since January 2018.  With the continuous failure in the bilateral trade negotiations between the two countries, additional tariffs could be imposed by the US government again on US imports from China and China responded with equal retaliation.  Agricultural trade between the US and China is facing great challenges, because China is the United States’ top agricultural export market outside of North America and agricultural commodities are on top of China’s list of retaliation.  In 2017, U.S. agricultural exports to China was almost $20 billion (USDA, 2018b) and top commodities included soybeans, cotton, hides and skins for leather products, fish, dairy, sorghum, wheat, nuts and pork (USDA, 2018a). The bilateral trade conflict has a further implication to the world’s multilateral trading system. 

From academic perspective, this workshop will focus on the discussion about the challenges, implications, and the future of agricultural trade between the US and China.  Our keynote talk is entitled, “U.S. economic nationalism and the trade war with China: is it a threat to the WTO?” Discussions will include, but not limited to, the following topics:  the demand and supply situations of some key commodities in China, influences of exchange rate and tariff on the trade flows, impacts from the trade conflict on producers and consumers of some key commodities in both countries, the bilateral trade conflict impact to other countries, as well as some policy suggestions.

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
This topic addresses the hot issues related to agricultural economics and should be of great interest of many AAEA member and attendees of the annual meetings.  The three co-organizers, AAEA China section, one university in the U.S. and another from China, all contribute financially which shows the common interests.

Intended Audience:
We believe this event will not only draw trade economists and government officials from the U.S., but also from China as there are an increasing number of Chinese agricultural economists participating in AAEA conferences and especially China Section events. In addition to trade economists, scholars in Chinese consumption and marketing as well as US production are also our targeted audience

Format of Presentations:
Will have a keynote speech, two sequential paper presentation sessions, and a closing panel discussion.

PC53: Early Career Mentoring 2-Day Workshop

Dates: July 24, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm and July 25, 7:15 am -1:00pm
Registration Fee: $85
Location: Atlanta Marriott Marquis
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019 

*Note: You must apply to participate in this workshop, see details below.

The AAEA Early Career Professional Mentoring workshop is aimed at professionals in research positions in applied economics in academic and non-academic careers. The workshop will consist of a one and a half day program, beginning directly after the 2019 AAEA meetings in Atlanta, Georgia, starting on July 24 and ending by mid-day on July 25, 2019.

The workshop will provide mentoring on topics critical for professional success in research and teaching careers. These topics include effective strategies for management of research activity, including obtaining funding, timely completion of projects and publications; communicating in the classroom and with external stakeholders; networking; managing time and achieving work-life balance. The workshop will offer opportunities for mentees to interact in small groups with  mentors in their research area of interest and obtain specific feedback on a completed draft of a research paper as well as more general guidance on strategies for success in their career path.

Potential mentees interested in applying to participate in this workshop should provide a 250 word description of their motivations for participating and desired learning outcomes and list two broad research areas that describe the working paper they intend to submit for feedback at this workshop. Examples of research areas include International Trade and Development/Production Agriculture, Prices, Finance, and Farm Management/ Agribusiness/ Environment and Natural Resources/Consumer Choice and Behavioral Economics/Applied Research Methods/Community and Regional Economics/Other.

Applicants with less than five years in their first professional position will be preferred. Attendees must arrange their own travel and lodging and pay a fee of $85. 

A complete draft of a working paper will be required to be submitted by July 1, 2019 to the mentors for review and feedback.

For questions about the program please contact: Madhu Khanna at khanna1@illinois.edu. Applications should be submitted via email to info@aaea.org.

We are excited about the opportunity to offer this workshop to mentor early career professionals. We hope you will apply, and look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

PC54: Public Health and AAEA

Date: July 24, 2019, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Registration Fee: $35
This workshop is held at the CDC Office. You must pre-register to attend this workshop.
Register early. Space is limited and workshops sellout prior to July 2nd deadline.

Workshop Objectives
Many agricultural and applied economists work on issues related to health and many use Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) health data.  The CDC coordinates collection of health data with U.S. states, conducts outbreak investigations, maintains national health statistics, and conducts research, including economic research to support these roles.  This workshop will provide participants with a rare opportunity to physically visit CDC’s “command center” for disease outbreak response, the Emergency Operations Center, to learn more about CDC’s work and data, and to participate in discussions about how Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) economists are using CDC data, as well as to explore new ways CDC data can be utilized in agricultural and applied economics research.

CDC presentations will focus on data collection or health impact estimation, challenges of this work and the implications of those challenges for data use and interpretation.  The focus will be on issues affecting food, health in rural areas, and the ways agricultural activities affect health.

The objectives of the workshop are:

  • To provide AAEA members and meeting attendees a better understanding of how CDC conducts disease surveillance and develops data on health and disease in the United States
  • To help CDC staff better understand how economists with expertise in food, agriculture, natural resources and rural economies use or could use CDC data
  • To provide a forum for discussion of mutual interests, potential collaborations, and data needs

To meet these objectives, the workshop will:

  • Provide the rare opportunity to tour CDC facilities, in particular the Emergency Operations Center, which is where CDC manages public health events.
  • Organize a set of panels designed to
    • Provide AAEA members with a better understanding of the data available from CDC and how data collection varies with types of disease, exposure, health outcome, or event
    • Provide CDC staff with a better understanding of the ways AAEA members use CDC data and how AAEA members work affects public health
    • Provide a forum for discussion of mutual interests, potential collaborations, and data needs

Relevance to AAEA Members/Meeting Attendees:
Many AAEA members are working on research, extension, or policy that involve protection or improvement of human health.  These areas include nutrition, obesity, food safety, agriculture and water quality, rural community water systems, impacts of forest fires, injuries, animal health and its impact on farmers, farm worker safety, rural health services or the impact of rural infrastructure on access to health care, opioid addiction in rural areas and labor market impacts, and rural poverty’s impact on health.  Many AAEA members rely on CDC data or may work with communities impacted by CDC surveillance.  This workshop will provide AAEA members and meeting attendees with a unique opportunity to gain a better understanding of how CDC collects data and conducts research on a wide range of health problems relevant to their work.  It also provides an opportunity for AAEA members and meeting attendees to help CDC staff understand how AAEA members use or could use CDC data.

Intended Audience:
AAEA members and meeting attendees whose work involves human health or who are interested in how the CDC collects and uses data to keep us informed about health and disease in the United States. 

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