December 2016 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the December 2016 issue of the NARSCNews. This December 2016 edition of the newsletter celebrates the winners of the Alonso prize, the Boyce award, the Isard award, and the Hewings award.  In addition there is an announcement for the new president of NARSC: Alessandra Faggian.

Any questions or comments concerning the newsletter can be directed to the editors, Liz Mack or Ran Wei.


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Lindsay E. Relihan of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania to Receive the Seventeenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science

Lindsay E. Relihan, a Ph.D. candidate in applied economics in the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania was selected as the winner of the Seventeenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science. The Fellowship will provide a 2017–2018 Academic Year stipend of $30,000 to support Ms. Relihan in her dissertation research entitled, ‘Is Amazon Killing Starbucks? How Online Retail Affects Local Economies.’

The research will investigate how the purchase of a product online may shift the entire set of goods purchased by a consumer, impacting both retailers who directly compete with online platforms and retailers that benefit from consumer interaction with online establishments. She will use a new dataset containing the purchases of millions of anonymized households to make a more detailed study of the effects of online retail on offline economies than has yet been possible. These results will impact any entity affected by the rise of online retail, including policy makers and urban planners who need to prepare for structural changes in local economies and firms whose success depends on their ability to compete in a world with online retail. The research is supervised by Professor Gilles Duranton, Chair of the Real Estate Department at the University of Pennsylvania.

Chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Elena Irwin of The Ohio State University, summarizes the reasons Ms. Relihan’s proposal stood out among an extremely strong field of entries for the 2017-18 competition:

“Lindsay’s proposal topic is central to local economies and regional economics: the effects of on-line retail on offline bricks-and-mortar stores. Lindsay’s question is novel and important: she focuses not on direct competition between on and offline shopping, a well-studied topic, but rather asks what are the effects of online shopping on services that are complementary to offline shopping, e.g., going to a restaurant.

The most impressive aspects of this work are the data and empirical approach: to identify the patterns of complementarities and substitution between on and offline shopping, one needs highly detailed data. Through her confidential access to such data through a major financial institution, Lindsay has assembled daily data at an individual consumer level on different card purchases, representing millions of observations on hundreds of transactions by each individual.

Another very impressive aspect of the proposed work is her careful attention to establishing causality. She proposes to make use of the expansion of multiple online grocery platforms (including those like Amazon Fresh, Peapod, Fresh Direct, etc.), and takes the short-term location decisions of offline retailers (as with coffee shops like Starbucks) as fixed to identify how online product availability and store accessibility alter individuals’ shopping patterns. Her approach underscores the central role of space in studying these retail consumption patterns.

This work will contribute a new understanding of the substitution and complementarities between on and offline retailing. In addition to being an important and novel scholarly contribution, the research is expected to generate new insights that will be of keen interest to local and state policy makers and development professionals.”

The Fellowship is awarded in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend continues to have a profound impact on the field of regional science. Fundraising efforts to increase the Fellowship’s endowment are ongoing. Donations should be sent to: The Stevens Fellowship Fund, First Financial Bank, 1205 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 USA. Checks should be drawn to The Stevens Fellowship Fund. Donations may also be made by credit card through the NARSC website at

This most recent Stevens Fellowship competition was judged by a Selection Committee composed of: Laurie Schintler, Public Policy, George Mason University; Elena Irwin, Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics, The Ohio State University, Chair; Mario Polèse, Urban and Regional Economics, Université du Québec; Amanda Weinstein, Economics, The University of Akron; and Elizabeth Mack, Geography, Michigan State University. The Stevens Fellowship Committee administrates the Stevens Fellowship Fund on behalf of the North American Regional Science Council; its members are: Tony Smith, Chair; David Plane, Secretary; Michael Lahr, Treasurer; Janet Kohlhase; and Neil Reid, Executive Director of NARSC.

The Committee thanks the 29 students who entered the competition in 2017, as well as their dissertation supervisors. Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs related to the interdisciplinary field of Regional Science are urged to encourage their best students to apply for the Eighteenth Annual Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship. The winning student’s dissertation research in the field of Regional Science will be supported during the 2018–2019 year with a one-year stipend of $30,000. The application deadline is February 15, 2018. Full submission guidelines will be posted at


June 2017


Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are encouraged to apply for the Eighteenth Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, administered by the North American Regional Science Council of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC-RSAI). This Fellowship, in support of dissertation research in Regional Science, is awarded annually in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend had a profound impact on the field. Regional Science is a multidisciplinary field concerned with the theory and method of urban and regional phenomena. Regional Scientists apply theoretical and empirical frameworks and methods of the social and other sciences, as well as develop new ones specifically for regional analysis and policy.

Eligible students should have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation by the time the Fellowship commences. A requirement of the Fellowship is that the recipient has no duties other than dissertation research during the Fellowship, although the recipient may hold other fellowships concurrently. Applications from students working in any area or any Ph.D. program are welcome as long as their dissertation research addresses a research question in Regional Science.

The Fellowship consists of a stipend in the amount of $30,000 (U.S.), paid over a twelve-month period. Applications for the 2018–2019 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection Committee Chair, Professor Mario Polèse, by the deadline of February 15, 2018.

An application consists of the following materials:

1. A curriculum vita of no more than two (2) pages in length.

2. A statement in ten (10) pages or less explaining the questions and issues to be addressed, the approach to be used, and the product expected from the dissertation research, preceded by a summary (1-page maximum) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research, and the broader impacts that may result. The 10-page limit is inclusive of references, but exclusive of tables and figures. This text should be in 12-point or larger font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins; references may be single-spaced.

3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

In addition, the dissertation supervisor shall provide a confidential letter sent separately as an attachment from her/his email account with the student’s name in the subject line to Professor Mario Polèse. In the letter the supervisor should assess the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research, specify the current state of progress toward the candidate’s degree and provide a commitment by the dissertation supervisor to obtain a tuition waiver for the candidate for the year of the Fellowship. A condition of the Fellowship is the granting of a tuition waiver for the year of the Fellowship by the university, or equivalent payment of the student’s tuition.

Applications should be emailed to Professor Mario Polèse at Questions may also be sent to him at For information about the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC), go to For information about the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), go to

May 13, 2015
Last revised, June 15, 2017

In Memory of Martin Beckman

born in Ratingen, Germany died Tuesday in Providence at the age of 92. His youth was marred by war, when he was drafted into the German army. It was a traumatic experience that he refused to discuss. After the war, Martin studied mathematics and economics at Goettingen and Freiburg Universities, did postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, and took an assistant professorship at Yale University, where he met and married Gloria Rice. Martin became an acclaimed and beloved scholar, who won numerous awards and several honorary degrees for his groundbreaking work in transportation theory and location theory. He held simultaneous professorships in economics at Brown University and the Universitaet of Bonn, and later in applied mathematics at the Technische Universitat in Munich. Martin and Gloria were married for 58 years, had 4 children, and spent each year in 2 households, one in Providence and one in Germany. They shared a passion for music (he listened, she played), but only Martin was an avid collector of books. He overfilled both houses with many thousands of books, to Gloria’s chagrin. Martin had an unparalleled zest for life. He lived life to the fullest and took every opportunity, especially for travel. “See the world before you leave it” he said, and he did. Martin is survived by his 4 children, 8 grandchildren, 2 siblings, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visiting hours Saturday 3-6 pm, 77 Arlington Avenue, Providence.

Published in The Providence Journal from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2017

Martin Beckmann Obituary from Brown U

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association- Call for Editors

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association
The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy
Call for Editors
Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy
The Executive Committee of the Mid-Continent Regional Science Association (MCRSA) is accepting applications for Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy. The Journal is the scholarly publication of the MCRSA and is a web-based open-access journal at
The official term for the new Editor-in-Chief (EIC) (or co-editors) will commence in January 2018 (the editorial transition actually will start in summer/fall 2017) and is for five years (until December 2023) with a possible reappointment of up to an additional five years.
The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy (JRAP) publishes high quality regional science manuscripts that are theory-based, empirically sound, and policy-relevant. The Journal’s primary audience is regional scientists from economics, geography, political science, planning, sociology, and related disciplines that merit the attention of regional scientists. The Journal publishes two issues per year, but will occasionally publish a special issue or themed issue. JRAP currently ranks in approximately the 72nd percentile among journals listed in Research Papers in Economics (RePec) and aspires to a continued trajectory of higher impact.
The EIC/Co-Editors are responsible for running JRAP as a double-blinded, high quality research outlet in the broad field of Regional Economics (broadly defined). The EIC will acknowledge all submissions and assign a submission number to each submission. Subsequently, the EIC will read each submission to ensure that the submission is appropriate in terms of subject matter for JRAP and to assess whether that the paper is of sufficient general quality to warrant processing through refereeing. Papers unsuitable for JRAP will be subject to a diplomatic “desk rejection.” Papers potentially suitable for JRAP will be sent to two or three referees at the discretion of the EIC. The Editorial Board of the Journal shall be a source of referees, but referees need not be Editorial Board members. Referees ordinarily are requested to render a recommendation within eight weeks in any of the following forms: Accept as is, Accept with minor revision, Revise and Resubmit (minor), Revise and Resubmit (major), or Reject. (The EIC will send reminder e-mails to overdue reports). Based on these reports, as well as the professional assessment of the EIC, the EIC responds to the corresponding author of each submission. The EIC oversees revisions according to her/his professional judgment. Authors of Accepted articles are expected to format their papers to conform to JRAP style and then send it to the Production Editor. The EIC occasionally will edit papers at this stage, seeking to clarify written exposition and/or shorten papers where appropriate.

Candidates must hold a tenured position or equivalent in an academic or non-academic setting. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged.
In accordance with MCRSA’s mission to publish high quality scholarship and policy relevant work, the following criteria are considered in selecting editors:
(1) An established record of scholarship;
(2) Evidence of understanding the mission of the journal and its operation, indicated by
experience with the journal/series across any of a wide variety of activities (submission,
reviewing, editorial board experience);
(3) Assessment of the present state of the journal/series, its strengths and challenges, and a
vision for the journal/series’ future;
(4) Openness to the different methods, theories, and approaches to regional science; and
(5) A record of responsible service to scholarly publishing and evidence of organizational skill
and intellectual leadership.
The time demands associated with these responsibilities vary from week to week, but in general, require one full day per week.
The MCRSA encourages applications for both sole editorship and co-editorships.
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by the Executive Committee. It is possible that prospective editors will be contacted to clarify any issues raised in the deliberations. The application packet should include:
(1) Vision Statement: Set forth your goals and plans for the content of the journal. This may include an assessment of the current strengths, weaknesses, or gaps that you plan to address and how you will operationalize your plan.
(2) Editor/Co-Editor Background Information: The name, affiliation, and other important information about the potential editor and, if applicable, co-editors is required. Name only those individuals who will serve as editor/co-editor. Please do not include names of individuals that you would like/plan to include on the larger editorial board. Contacting potential editorial board members can be a time-consuming task that should be done only after an editor is selected.
(3) Institutional Support: It is important for candidates to consider and address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the resources MCRSA can provide and those likely to be available to the candidate. The MCRSA does not pay for office space or release time, but provides basic financial support for office resources as necessary to journal editors. This support may include funds for clerical assistance, office supplies, postage, and telephone beyond what will be provided by the editor’s home institution.
Application packets (as described above) should be no more than three pages (excluding vitae) and should be sent via email by June 1, 2017 to: Steve Deller, Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Email: Questions may be directed to Deller at 608-263-6251.

The University of Western Australia- PhD Scholarship

The University of Western Australia
Faculty of Science
School of Agriculture and Environment, Centre of Regional Development
3 years
PhD Scholarship from the Australian Research Council and stipend from the University of Western Australia to cover living in Perth, international tuition fees and international student health cover expenses

The University of Western Australia is currently seeking a PhD student in the field of economic geography, broadly defined. Three years of funding are provided, including a stipend to cover the living allowance, full international tuition feels and international student health cover.
The PhD project is tied to an ARC Discovery Grant (DP170104359) regarding the resource economies of Australian cities. It will seek to offer innovative insights into how Australian cities are integrated into the global economy through firm-based linkages. There are two principal components to this research—a macro-scale focus on cities’ situation with in the global economy, and a micro-scale focus on specific industry-based agglomerations within major cities. It will contribute to understanding how Australian cities are situated within overlapping global networks of information, knowledge, resources, human, and capital flows through the lens of multiple industry sectors, and more concretely how the resources sector is organised ‘on the ground’ within Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney vis-à-vis various locational, institutional, and political factors. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are favourable, and the thesis is likely to incorporate a mixed-methods perspective.
The PhD will be positioned at The University of Western Australia in Perth, but will be supervised by an international team of from The University of Western Australia, The University of Queensland and Ghent University. The University of Western Australia and University of Queensland are ranked amongst the top Australian universities and members of the prestigious Group of Eight research-intensive universities. All three universities are ranked among the top 100 universities in the world by ARWU.

Perth is one of Australia’s largest capital cities, and a major destination for international students. With just over 2 million residents, and situated on the Swan River it has been ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world by Economist Intelligence Unit.

For further information, contact Dr Kirsten Martinus at

To be considered for this role, you will demonstrate:
Desire to learn new skills and theoretical models
Ability to successfully manage multiple tasks and data sources
Willingness to accept feedback from multiple perspectives
A background in human geography or related field
Dedication to completing a PhD
Completion of a Master’s Degree or Honours (UWA 1st Class or equivalent)

Full details of the position’s responsibilities and the selection criteria are outlined in the position description and applicants should clearly demonstrate they meet the selection criteria.

UWA has been awarded Top Ten Employer for LGBTI – inclusion the Australian Workplace Equity Index (AWEI -2016).
The University is also a proud member of the Athena SWAN/SAGE Pilot for Gender Equity.

The Stan Czamanski Prize – Applications deadline October 02, 2017

The Stan Czamanski Prize – Applications deadline October 02, 2017

The Stan Czamanski Prize is awarded by the Regional Science Association International in memory of Professor Stan Czamanski, an early recipient of a Ph.D. in regional science (1963), a member of the University of Pennsylvania regional science faculty (1963-1966), a member of the regional science faculty of Cornell University (1966-1988), and a past-president of the Regional Science Association (1975-1976).
The annual prize is awarded to author of the best Ph.D. dissertation proposal judged to exemplify the philosophy and approach of Professor Czamanski, as described below.
The US$1,000 prize is awarded to the student and a plaque to the student’s advisor.
The selection will be made by a panel of three persons: a senior and long-standing member of the regional science community, a representative of the field of Regional Science at Cornell and a member of the RSAI Council.
Students writing dissertations on problems in regional science from around the world are invited to enter the competition, in the spirit of Stan’s all-embracing philosophy.
The award is presented at the North American Regional Science Meetings.
Rules of the competition
Applications are to be submitted by October 02 of 2017 to . To be eligible, the dissertation proposal must have been defended and approved during the past 12 months.
Each applicant will submit the following:
1. A statement in six pages or less that clearly sets out the research question(s) and issues to be addressed, approach to be used, and product expected from the dissertation research. The six-page limit is exclusive of references, tables and figures. This text and references should be in 12 point or larger font and single-spaced. In addition, a summary (maximum one page) describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research and why the proposed approach may be regarded as implementing Professor Czamanski’s philosophy and approach, as described below.
2. A curriculum vita of no more than two pages.
3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.
4. A separate, confidential letter from the dissertation supervisor assessing the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research.

Call for submissions- 2017 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science

Call for submissions
2017 RSAI Best Dissertation in Regional Science
The Regional Science Association International (RSAI) invites submissions for the annual competition for the Best Doctoral Dissertation in Regional Science. Regional science is an interdisciplinary field concerned with theory, method, and application of regional, urban and rural, geographic and spatial investigations and analyses.
The winner will be decided by the Selection Committee and will receive a cash award of 750 Euros. Award announcements will be made at the North American Meetings of the RSAI, where participants in the competition are strongly encouraged to be present. The Selection Committee reserves the right to not make an award. Decisions made by the Selection Committee are final.
1. A dissertation completed in any Ph.D. program in any country is eligible,
2. A dissertation written in English,
3. A dissertation successfully defended, with official graduation date between July 1st 2016 and June 30th 2017,
4. A dissertation on a single or multiple general regional science topics. The Selection Committee reserves the right to determine whether a dissertation is relevant to the field of regional science. 
Application (in either PDF or MS Word format):
1. A two-page curriculum vita;
2. A letter of support and nomination from the major professor (also known as dissertation committee chairperson or supervisor) on stationary paper and with signature. The letter should clearly explain the dissertation’s originality and contributions to the field of regional science;
3. The dissertation.
Applications should be submitted electrically by July 31, 2017 to the Selection Committee Chair, Dr. Laurie A. Schintler ( ). Large submissions can be uploaded to a cloud file-sharing site. Questions regarding the dissertation competition may be sent to her too. 

CORRECTED DATES! Summer Spatial Econometrics Workshop at RRI



The objective of the course is to provide a (not so short) introduction to spatial econometrics. Students will learn how to model and incorporate spatial dependencies into their empirical analyses. The course will cover basic as well as more advanced concepts ranging from the different typologies of spatial data, through the definition of connectivity in space (spatial weights matrices), to a comprehensive treatment of various spatial econometric models both cross- sectional as well as panel. Estimation methods presented will include MLE (maximum likelihood), GMM (generalized method of moments), GLS (generalized least squares), and GS2SLS (generalized spatial two stage least squares). The latter part of the course will deal with special topics such as panel data models, and various testing procedure.


Gianfranco Piras


The course is organized into a format that includes morning (theoretical) lectures and afternoon computing lab and applications sessions. A reading list will be provided for each of the topics covered. Additional course materials will be provided.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a brief statement of interest to Applicants will be screened for suitable levels of preparation and background, and placed into the course on a first come, first served basis.

Important Dates:

Applications period opens: March 13, 2017
Extended Application Deadline: July 1, 2017
Acceptance Notification: Two days after application is received. Confirm Participation by July 8, 2017

We will be able to admit a limited number of participants based on applications received by the deadline. Participation must be confirmed through the payment of course fees on or before July 8, 2017.


The course fees are $3,000. Fees cover course tuition, lunches and course materials. Submitted fees will be non- refundable. Accommodation and other living expenses are not included. A block of rooms will be reserved at nearby hotels at a discounted rate.

Additional information and a link for registration will be available soon on the RRI website at:

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.
West Virginia University is governed by the West Virginia University Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. E. Gordon Gee is the 24th president of West Virginia University.

Assistantships Available for a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Assistantships Available for a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

This is an alert that we have some remaining assistantships to fund Ph.D. students for study to begin in Fall 2017.

Our program provides interdisciplinary training in a variety of public policies, focusing on urban policy. Our program features a strong training in policy analysis, advanced statistical methods, and substantive policy areas. Students also have the opportunity to learn methodology for big data analytics.

If you have some training in Economics and hold a Masters degree (Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Geography, or Sociology), apply today for a position in our Fall 2017 cohort.

For information, please contact Dr. Martha Kropf, Interim Director of the Public Policy Ph.D. program at 704-687-7332 or

Journal of Housing Economics: Revised deadline

Journal of Housing Economics

Revised deadline for the Special Issue on research related to ‘Race and the City’

The submission deadline has been extended from the original deadline of January 31st, 2017 to June 1, 2017.

This special issue will feature research that sheds light on the experiences of minorities in U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.  Given the long history of racial segregation and discrimination that African-Americans have faced in the U.S., we expect that many of the submissions will focus on the experiences of African-Americans in U.S. cities. However, we are also very interested in submissions that examine Latino and Asian populations, especially given the increasing urbanization of Latinos within the U.S. in recent decades. While our own research focuses on contemporary issues, we are open to historical analyses, especially ones that shed light on contemporary discussions and debates. Finally, we also welcome studies that examine the experiences of minority groups in cities and metropolitan areas in other developed, higher income countries around the world.

Papers must be of sufficient analytical rigor to meet the customary standards of the journal. Timeliness is very important, as the editors and the journal seek to limit delays between the acceptance of manuscripts and eventual publication.

To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, authors must select the name of the special issue “SI: Race and the City” when they upload their manuscripts. Early submissions will be dealt with promptly.

Special editors are Ingrid Gould Ellen ( and Steve Ross (


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