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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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


2017 Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis, March 15-17

For information about 2017 Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis see: SBCA17 Conference Overview

Call for Papers for a special issue of The Review of Regional Studies

This special issue seeks to explore the relationship between the use of targeted tax exemptions or breaks and other forms of incentives to attract and retain businesses and ensure a prosperous local economy.  Targeted incentives refer to exemptions in taxes provided to selected firms as opposed to across the board tax cuts.  The special issue seeks to address broad themes like, Do targeted incentives contribute to or reduce economic freedom?  Can targeted incentives generate a prosperous regional economy?  Are targeted incentive deals an example of cronyism?

The special issue is receptive to papers pursuing these themes using a variety of methods, including literature reviews, meta-analyses, and case studies, in addition to theory and empirics, as well as papers addressing a variety of specific topics related to the broad themes.

Papers for the special issue could address topics including:  A review of economists’ analysis and opinions regarding economic development over time; the diffusion of incentive programs across jurisdictions; whether government revenue lost due to incentives leads to increases in tax rates; whether incentive deals approximate incentive-compatible contracts between local governments and businesses; are political connections indispensable to receive targeted incentive deals; whether mobility and interjurisdictional competition increases the ability of less politically connected firms to incentives; whether economic freedom and prosperity is increasing or decreasing in regional economies or states that have most aggressively pursued targeted incentives for business, and whether the welfare effects of targeted tax breaks differ from financial assistance to firms.

Papers must be submitted by May 1, 2017, with the special issue to be published in late 2017.

If you would like to discuss a topic for the special issue prior to submitting an abstract, please contact the editor of the special issue directly (

To prepare papers for submission to the special issue, sessions will be organized at the Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) meetings in Memphis, March 30-April 1, 2017.  The Mercatus Center and Institute for Humane Studies have travel awards available to enable authors from selected papers to attend the meetings and present their papers for feedback prior to submission for the special issue.  Papers can be submitted for the special issue without being presented at the SRSA conference, and papers selected for the sessions are not assured of acceptance in the special issue.

Sessions Information

The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the Institute for Humane Studies, and the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University will organize sessions at the 2017 Southern Regional Science Association meetings in Memphis, March 30 – April 1, to help prepare papers for submission to a special issue of The Review of Regional Studies on the general subject of “Targeted Economic Development Incentives, Economic Freedom, and Prosperity.”  The call for papers for the special issue can be viewed here.  Two sessions will be organized at the SRSA meetings.  Travel support for one author of papers selected for the sessions will be available from the sponsoring organizations, and there will also be a dinner and reception for the contributors to the sessions during the conference.

To be considered for the sessions, authors should submit an abstract of not more than 300 words detailing the topic, methods, and expected contribution of their paper by January 10, 2017 to Scott Eastman (  Authors of papers selected for the sessions will be notified by January 20, 2017, and a completed draft of papers for the conference will be due by March 1, 2017.  In addition to consideration for the special issue of The Review of Regional Studies, papers will be additionally considered for publication as Mercatus Working Papers.

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Call for Papers – 2017 SRSA Meeting — Memphis, TN

Join us for the 56th Annual Meeting of the

Southern Regional Science Association

Memphis, TN

@ the Marriott Memphis East

March 30 – April 1, 2017

Please visit the conference website to submit an abstract, register, and reserve your hotel room –

2017 SRSA Conference Website 

Please spread the word, share this with others who might wish to attend!


Southern Regional Science Association




For the first time, the 2017 conference will include a special undergraduate research poster session.  We will also organize other activities for the undergraduate students to expose them to research and regional science and to make the conference meaningful for participating undergraduates. 

The poster session will include 3 to 5 minute presentations by each student describing the poster and research, followed by informal browsing and discussion about the posters.  To encourage participation, SRSA will waive the registration fee for undergraduate students who participate in this session.  However, to ensure some level of quality, each student will be required to have a faculty sponsor (whether or not the sponsor is able to attend). 

Do not worry if you think the research is not “regional” enough.  Since we hope this session will encourage exploration of regional science and research by undergraduate students, we will accept a relatively broad range of research topics. 

In January, we will post an online application for those students who are interested in attending.  In the meantime, please help us by spreading the word about this unique opportunity! Also, please be on the lookout for potential student participants.  Perhaps a paper or project from one of your classes might be turned into a research poster by a student considering graduate school.  Or, maybe you have an undergraduate student who is working on a thesis and he/she could present those results.



2017 Barry M. Moriarty Graduate Paper Competition

Papers due by February 15, 2017


The Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) awards an annual cash prize to the graduate student submitting the best paper in Regional Science. In 2017, the prize is $1,000.

Papers on any Regional Science topic may be entered into the competition. Papers should represent original research. Maps, illustrations and other audio-visual materials should be designed or constructed by the author.

The following qualifications apply:

•          The student must be enrolled full-time at an accredited academic institution for some or all of the year following March 2017. The graduate student must still be enrolled at the time his or her paper is submitted;

•          The student must be the sole author and must be sponsored by a member of SRSA; and

•          The winning student must present the paper at a session of the 56th Annual Meeting of the SRSA, March 30 – April 1, 2017, in Memphis, TN, using the award to defray costs of attending.

Papers should be double-spaced, no more than 25 pages in length, and written in the style of the SRSA’s Review of Regional Studies. A cover page should include the paper’s title and abstract and, for both the author and the sponsor, full names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses.

A copy of the paper must be submitted via e-mail to Michael Lahr (, 2017 Graduate Paper Honors Chair.

Deadline for submission: February 15, 2017.

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Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)- Postdoc

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has a postdoc position available in ”Network Optimization and Energy Applications ( We are looking for someone with a background in OR/network optimization, that can code, could develop a heuristic or other efficient solutions for network problems, and has a background or interest in energy application such as CO2 capture and storage (CCS). The chosen candidate would be involved in several exciting projects including applications in both in the United States and China. Los Alamos National laboratory (LANL) is a great place to work, the salary is competitive, and New Mexico is a special place to live.

IO – Snap Software available (FREE)

We are still working on tutorials and manuals.  For now, you can go to the website to get your free copy.  Download and install in the usual way, then go to the main menu and explore the menu items under Data -> View, under Analysis -> Regionalize, and under Analysis -> Impacts.


PLEASE NOTE:  The Checkout Page will ask for credit card info, but you DO NOT need to enter it.  Just leave these fields blank.

Please let us know if you find any bugs in the software, and we also welcome suggestions and comments.


We hope you will forward this notice to others who might be interested in our Input-Output State and National Analysis Program!  We also invite you to visit the IO-Snap website for more information and updates on the full version.

We plan to release Version 1.0 this winter. The free Demo version is available now for trial and classroom use.

This software has been a long time in the making, so we’re also validating our list of email addresses. Unless you download the Demo or sign up for IO-Snap news and updates, you won’t receive any future announcements.  Do nothing to be removed from future mailings.



Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are encouraged to apply for the Seventeenth 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 2017-2018 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection Committee Chair, Professor Elena Irwin, and received by February 15, 2017.

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 Elena Irwin. 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 Elena Irwin at Questions may also be sent to her at For information about NARSC, go to For information about RSAI, go to

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Last revised, November 18, 2016

Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas- Tenure Track (2 of 2)

The Department of Economics seeks applications to fill one tenure-track position at its campus in Aguascalientes starting August 2017. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in economics or agricultural and resource economics from an accredited institution by August 2017. Candidates are expected to provide evidence of potential to develop an outstanding record of scholarly research in Environmental Economics. Having the capacity to teach econometrics at the Master level is a plus.

The Department, with its two campuses, is the leading Mexican research institution in applied economics. A Master of Science in Environmental Economics started in Fall 2014. The campus Region Centro, where the position is based, offers excellent collaborative opportunities in research with colleagues in the other CIDE departments. Candidates are expected to provide quality teaching at the undergraduate and Master levels. Expected teaching load is two courses per year.

Knowledge of Spanish is not required, but we expect successful applicants to be able to teach in Spanish within two years following the appointment.

Candidates should include in their cover letter a brief statement of why they are interested in joining the faculty at CIDE. Candidates that do not include this statement will not be considered.

For questions email:

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