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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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 (


2017 ACS Data Users Conference

The 2017 ACS Data Users Conference will be held May 11-12 in Alexandria, VA.  See flier for details:

Flier for 2017 ACS Data Users Conference

Remembering Raymond Florax

It is with great sadness that we learned of the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Raymond Florax. The Free University of Amsterdam has published the memoriam in honor of Raymond. Raymond will be sorely missed but fondly remembered by the entire regional science community.

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association 48th Annual Conference

Mid-Continent Regional Science Association
48th Annual Conference
~ June 7-9, 2017 ~ Toledo, Ohio ~
Call for Papers
Please join us for the 48th annual conference of the Mid-Continent Regional Science to be held at the Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel in Toledo, Ohio. The program committee welcomes papers on a wide range of topics relating to applied economics, planning, geography, business, public administration sociology, and political science.
The deadline for abstract submission is April 1, 2017.
Hotel Information: The Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel is undergoing a complete renovation. Everything will be new. The Renaissance is downtown near the river walk, and many restaurants and cultural attractions. The conference-lodging rate is $149/night single and double. To receive this rate, reservations must be made by May 6, 2017.
2017 M. Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition
The deadline for submission is April 1, 2017
The Mid-Continent Regional Science Association announces the Student Paper Competition for our 2017 conference (June 7-9) in Toledo, Ohio. All students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of January 1, 2017 are eligible. Student papers dealing with all aspects of regional development, including cultural, physical and economic processes, are welcome. The first place winner will receive $1,000 and the M. Jarvin Emerson Award. The winning entry will also be published in the Association’s journal, The Journal of Regional Analysis & PolicyOnly papers authored solely by students (i.e., no faculty co-authored papers) will be eligible for the competition and resulting publication.
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development 
Graduate Student Travel Grants
to the
MCRSA Conference in Toledo, OH – June 7-9, 2017
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University is partnering with the MCRSA to strengthen research capacity in the North Central Region. We’re doing so by offering a limited number of MCRSA conference travel grants to graduate students from NCRCRD member institutions. Students can request up to $500 to pay eligible travel-related expenses. Only M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students from NCRCRD-member institutions are eligible for these awards.
Information about the MCRSA annual conference is at:

Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist (Full-Time)

Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist (Full-Time)


Company Overview

IMPLAN Group LLC is the provider of the IMPLAN software and data system for economic impact analysis.  We provide economic analysis solutions to clients across the U.S. and in some international markets.  With client types ranging from private firms to government organizations and universities, we assist and support a broad spectrum of customer needs and interests in the area of economic planning, development, and education.

Position Summary

IMPLAN Group is seeking a Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist to ideally begin in August 2017.  Under the direction of the Chief Economist, the Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist plays a critical role in the process of generating IMPLAN’s annual domestic datasets and performing quality control checks on those data.  In addition to this primary role, the Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist assists in the process of researching and developing new data sources and procedures, and documenting such advances.

The Regional Economist/Data Development Specialist also provides some client support (e.g., assisting customers with advanced analysis set-up, interpretation of analysis results, understanding IMPLAN data sources and methodologies) and performs ad hoc data fulfillment requests and other tasks as necessary.  Once these primary responsibilities are being successfully performed, there may be opportunities to conduct internal training, present at conferences, develop new data or analysis products, and more.

Desired Skills and Experience

Generating the annual domestic IMPLAN data sets involves many raw data sources and the use Microsoft Word, Excel, SQL Server, and Visual Studio (using the .NET framework).  Current data production processes follow a detailed set of documented procedures; however, data sources, formats, and processing methodologies can vary somewhat from year to year, as dictated by the raw data sources, as directed by the Chief Economist, or as decided upon by the team.  Development of new data products may make use of any of the above-listed programs or may require others.

Candidates for this position must be able to fully follow detailed and sometimes complicated instructions, while still being able to think critically and creatively about the data production process.  Candidates must be self-motivated, detail- and deadline-orientated, with good verbal and written communication skills, active listening skills, and fluency in English.  The ability to work well in a group setting is essential – members of the Data and Economics Team will interact on a regular basis, with one another and with individuals from other departments at IMPLAN.  At the same time, the ability to independently research problems and find solutions is also important for this position.  As part of a small, fast-moving company, a high degree of adaptability and ability to learn new software systems will be essential.  Experience meeting tight deadlines with overlapping priorities will be an advantage.

Candidates should have experience working with large databases.  Knowledge of economics, input-output analysis, and the IMPLAN data and software system is core to success in this position.  Experience with policy analysis, government data sources, and National I-O accounts is desirable, as is prior experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Visual Studio, and SQL Server.  This position requires an M.S. degree, preferably in applied Economics or other related field.  In lieu of an M.S. degree, a candidate possessing a B.S. in Economics and proficient in SQL and .NET skills would also be considered.  The candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and CV to





Gran Sasso Science Institute – Urban Studies and Regional Science Area

Expression of Interest for Faculty Positions

Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) is a new Center for Advanced Studies and PhD School established in L’Aquila (Italy).   The Urban Studies and Regional Science Area of GSSI invites expressions of interest for permanent positions – at the level of Full or Associate Professor – and for tenure track positions (equivalent to Assistant Professorships) from highly qualified candidates with a background in Urban Studies and/or Regional Science. Preference will be given to candidates in the following areas: migration studies, local and regional development (also in relation to inner areas), resilience & natural disasters, policy evaluation, knowledge economy (including creativity, entrepreneurship, human and social capital, innovation), branding & tourism development, informality and normative, regulatory and institutional matters related to urban issues. Candidates must have a proven record of achievements, a clear potential to promote and lead research activities, and a specific interest in teaching at the graduate and postgraduate level to a group of particularly skilled students selected at international level.


Applicants should submit their expression of interest in the form of: 1. Letter briefly describing the reasons for wanting to join the GSSI Faculty and for which position level they apply 2. Curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications 3. Brief research statement. Applications (and questions regarding the application process) must be submitted in electronic form to the email address:

Please note that this is not a permanent job vacancy advertisement. The expressions of interest received will contribute to the decision of the Gran Sasso Science Institute whether or not to open official calls, their number and the selection procedures.

1- Teaching load One graduate course per year, seminar activity and tutoring of PhD students. All activities (teaching, seminars, tutoring, etc.) are in English.

2- Salary The amount of salary will be determined on a personal basis, according to the Italian Law.  Indicative figures of the gross amount for starting (minimum) salary are:

  • Professor (prima fascia) € 72.431
  • Associate Professor (seconda fascia) € 50.831
  • Assistant Professor, tenure track (ricercatori TD – B) € 34.898 (up to € 40.540)
  • Assistant Professor, no tenure track (ricercatori TD – A) € 34.898

Net income may vary case by case, after income taxes, local taxes, retirement plan, health care deduction and tax exemptions depending on the family structure. In the case of professors tenured abroad since more than three years in the corresponding level it will be possible a partial recognition of past services depending on legal constraints to be satisfied.

RSAI-GSSI Summer School of Advanced Economic Geography


RSAI-GSSI Summer School of Advanced Economic Geography


Gran Sasso Science Institute, Social Sciences Unit

July 2-8, 2017, L’Aquila (Italy)

Next July 2-8 2017, the Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI), Social Sciences Unit, in cooperation with the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), will organize the RSAI-GSSI Summer School of Advanced Economic Geography in L’Aquila.

The event is intended to provide a unique opportunity to investigate leading-edge theoretical and methodological issues and to discuss ongoing research by young promising scholars in the field. Besides a substantive training through advanced classes, the school will also provide the students with the opportunity to present their work to the other participants and instructors to receive feedback to further advance their research. Moreover, the students will have the chance to meet and exchange ideas with the 40 Ph.D. candidates currently enrolled in the “Urban Studies and Regional Science” program at GSSI and 7 postdocs, in a young, international and stimulating environment.

This doctoral program focuses on key topics related to urban and regional systems with seminars run by the members of the international teaching committee (, but also by world-renowned scholars and leading experts visiting the GSSI from all over the world (including the United States, Australia, Italy, Spain, France, UK, Sweden and Israel).

The residential school will offer 10 scholarships to 2nd or 3rd year doctoral students for an intensive, one-week program with in-depth classes in spatial analysis and economic geography complemented by more formal sessions on leading-edge theoretical and methodological issues and research-practice, skills-based sessions on journal publishing and successful grant applications.

The meeting will feature contributions from internationally renowned Professors.

Below a short description of the contents of each class.

Exploratory Spatial Data Analysis of Categorical Data

Antonio Páez – Associate Professor at the School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University (Canada), co-editor of Papers in Regional Science.

The objective of this module is to introduce students to recent developments in the spatial analysis of categorical data. Categorical data is found in many areas of interest to regional scientists: in the study of travel patterns, industrial location, and population segregation for instance. The students will learn to employ an array of techniques to assess spatial patterns of co-location and clustering, to compare categorical maps, and to assess the spatial fit of limited dependent variable models. Software packages will be introduced, along with examples for hands-on practice.

  1. Spatial Analysis and Visualization for Economic Geography

Rachel Franklin – Associate Director of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences initiative, Brown University (USA).

This module introduces students to fundamental aspects of spatial data, analysis, and visualization within the subfield of economic geography. Students will learn the basics of working with Geographic Information System (GIS) software to visualize information and to calculate measures such as distance or density. The second portion of the module will cover measures of spatial clustering, visualization of clusters, and exploratory spatial statistics. Hands-on tutorial exercises will accompany all lecture materials.

  1. Discrete Choice Modeling in Regional Science (using STATA)

Alessandra Faggian – Professor of Applied Economics, Director of Social Sciences, Gran Sasso Science Institute, NARSC President, Co-Editor Papers in Regional Science.

The objective of this module is to introduce students to the use and recent developments in discrete choice modeling with a focus on applications in the regional science field. Discrete choice modeling is widely used especially when dealing with individual microdata (and micro- econometric techniques). The module has a very practical, hands-on approach and Stata labs will be an integral part of the course.

  1. Academic Writing and Publishing

Giulia Urso – Post-Doctoral Researcher, Social Sciences, Gran Sasso Science Institute

This course introduces how to approach academic writing, exploring the differences among styles and practices required from scientific papers (also in the light of the international journal ranking systems), books, book chapters, working papers, and conference papers. After providing tips on how to frame the most effective publication strategy, choosing among these publication options along the research path, the course will enter the details on how to structure and write these formats.


The Residential School format is a 6-day meeting. It includes time for research and discussion – combining conventional classes, “practicals” and seminars where the participants can present their current research projects. “Off-program” conversations, favoring informal knowledge exchange (during lunch, social events and the field trip), will also be an integral part of the event.

More specifically, the program of activities includes:

  • five mornings (Mon-Fri), devoted to classes from each of the featured contributors;
  • five afternoons (Mon-Fri), focused on labs and two student’s presentation. Large time for deliberation, reflection, sustained discussion and feedback will be foreseen;
  • one social dinner;
  • one half-day visit of the city of L’Aquila.

Participants will be offered:

  • free participation (no fees);
  • shared accommodation and meals;
  • travel reimbursement up to:

€200 for Italian students

€300 for European students

€500 for students coming from the rest of the world

How to apply

The deadline for applications is March 27, 2017.

Complete application should include:

  1. CV
  2. Title of the research project and an extended abstract (1500 words including contribution, theoretical framework, empirical approach and/or first results)
  3. One reference letter from Ph.D. thesis advisors/supervisors

Applications must be sent to with the following email subject: “Application RSAI-GSSI Summer School

Applications that are not complete will not be considered.

Selected candidates will be notified by April 7, 2017. Final ranking will be also published on GSSI website.



The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Sam Ratulangi University invites scholars, practitioners and graduate students to submit papers to be presented in the 6th IRSA International Institute. The theme of the conference is Maritime Infrastructure and Regional Development, and it will be held in Manado, North Sulawesi on July 17-18, 2017.

Potential topics to be discussed in this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • Eastern Indonesia Regional Development
  • Infrastructure Development and Financing Infrastructure Development
  • Logistic and Transportation
  • National and Regional Competitiveness
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Village Fund for Infrastructure
  • Political Economy and Governance of Regional Development
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Regional/International Trade, Public Finance, Investment and Inflation
  • Rural Development, Agriculture, Urban Issues, Rural-Urban Migration
  • Other Topics Related to Regional Science or Regional Development

Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via by April 14, 2017.

Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contribution to knowledge, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the full paper.

Paper sessions are seminar-style for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.

Important Dates

Dec 30, 2016 : Abstract Submission Open
April 14, 2017 : Abstract Submission Deadline
May 1, 2017 : Early Bird Registration Open
May 19, 2017 : Notification of Abstract Acceptance
June 2, 2017 : Early Bird Registration End
June 23, 2017 : Full Paper Submission Deadline
July 5, 2017 : Paper Presenter Registration Deadline
July 5, 2017 : Non Presenter Registration Deadline
July 17-18, 2017 : Conference Date

Call for Papers- 20th Uddevalla Symposium 2017

Call for Papers

20th Uddevalla Symposium 2017 on:

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Industrial Dynamics in Internationalized Regional Economies

June 15-17, 2017

Venue: University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 28th, 2017

See attachment: CFP_20th Anniversary Uddevalla Symposium 2017_1


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