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 

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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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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.

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Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas- Tenure Track

The Department of Economics seeks applications to fill one tenure-track position at its campus in Mexico City starting August 2017. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in 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 Macroeconomics. We are particularly interested in candidates working in applied macroeconomics (including macroeconometrics).

The Department offers undergraduate and MSc programs in economics. Candidates are expected to provide quality teaching in Macroeconomics at these 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.

Portland State- Two Tenure Track Positions

The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning seeks two tenure-track faculty at the assistant or associate level. We are looking for colleagues who will contribute to PSU’s mission of “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and our School’s mission: “to assist in the development of healthy communities through an interdisciplinary program of teaching, research and public service. Faculty and students engage the intellectual, policy and practice aspects of urban studies and planning from the local to the international levels and actively participate in the analysis, development and dissemination of the innovations for which Portland and the Northwest are known.” We seek colleagues who will engage with communities in scholarship and teaching to effect positive change, including improving social equity and justice, who will enthusiastically contribute to strengthening our academic programs and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Candidates should have expertise in one or more of the following topical areas:

  • Energy & climate change, including behavioral and socio-cultural dimensions
  • Natural disaster and community resilience
  • Environmental justice, including a focus on political organizing and social movements
  • Smart cities, including a focus on behavior, policy, planning, and/or equity
  • Regional land use planning

Reflecting our interdisciplinary school, we welcome scholars studying these issues in urban and rapidly urbanizing contexts, including in Global South and transnational contexts, through a broad range of conceptual frameworks, and using a variety of research methods, including ‘big data’ approaches, ethnography, or community-based participatory research. Candidates should state their substantive areas of expertise along with their disciplinary/interdisciplinary approaches and their primary research methods as they describe their scholarly agenda in the cover letter.

The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning offers five degrees: the B.A./B.S. in Community Development, the Master of Urban and Regional Planning, the Master of Real Estate Development and the Master and Ph.D. in Urban Studies, along with graduate certificates in Energy Policy and Management, Transportation, Real Estate Development, Applied Social Demography, Urban Design, and Sustainable Food Systems.  Portland State University is a nationally acclaimed leader in community-based learning. Faculty work closely with several research and service units in the School and College, including the Center for Urban Studies (including Community Environmental Services and Planning Oregon), the Institute for Portland Metropolitan Studies, the Population Research Center, and the Institute on Aging.

The successful candidate will be prepared to teach conventional, hybrid and online courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, advise graduate students, pursue an active research agenda, and obtain external funding.  Candidates should consider how they could contribute to the growth and continued improvement of our School, especially in the following strategic areas:

  • Community Development undergraduate program
  • Graduate certificates and Masters in Urban Studies
  • Campus-wide efforts related to sustainability, energy, climate change, and smart cities, including proposals for external funding
  • New degree program(s) related to resilience and disasters
  • Planning practice and research in the region and state
  • Research funding for Ph.D. students
  • On-line course offerings

Please note that the School is also conducting a search for a non-tenure track assistant professor. A single search committee will lead the search for all three positions. We will be reviewing candidates for all three positions simultaneously, with the aim of finding three colleagues who collectively will fill current and anticipated gaps. Candidates who want to be considered for the non-tenure track position, must apply to it separately.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in urban studies, urban and regional planning, community development, environmental studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, gender studies, ethnic studies, environmental or social psychology, or another related discipline, or be able to provide assurance of completion of a Ph.D. prior to appointment.  Candidates for associate professor who have tenure at their current institution may be considered for tenure as part of the review and hiring process.

The review of applications will begin December 1, 2016, and the positions will remain open until filled. Inquiries can be directed to Professor Connie Ozawa, Search Committee Chair, at  Applications, consisting of a letter of interest, a c.v., one writing sample, and contact information for three references, should be submitted through the PSU Human Resources website: The letter of interest should cover the applicant’s research and teaching interests, as well as how you will contribute to our School.

The appointment is scheduled to begin September 16, 2017.

Portland State University supports equal opportunity in admissions, education, employment, housing, and use of facilities by prohibiting discrimination in those areas based on age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law. In keeping with the President’s diversity initiative, we encourage applications from a diverse range of candidates especially those who are excellent at working cross-culturally or with diverse groups (students and publics). We recognize that diversity maximizes our potential for creativity, innovation, educational excellence and outstanding service to the community.

Director of Public Policy Program- Position Opening

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications from outstanding senior scholars to serve as Director of the Public Policy Program, and interdisciplinary Ph.D. granting program that draws upon faculty and resources from three colleges.  The term of the position begins on July 1, 2017.  The Program Director reports to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the tenure home for the Director will be in a department in the College that is affiliated with the Public Policy Program.

See attached: DirectorPublicPolicyUNCC

University of North Texas- Faculty Position

University of North Texas

College of Arts and Sciences


Associate Professor/ Professor


JOE ID Number: 2016-02_111457125

Date Posted: 11/15/2016

Position Title/Short Description

Title: Associate Professor/ Professor
Section: US: Full-Time Academic (Permanent, Tenure Track or Tenured)
Location: Denton, Texas, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: R1 — General Regional Economics

applied regional development, regional theory, urban development, transportation, energy economics, spatial modeling or spatial econometrics.

Salary Range: Competitive


Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Department of Economics at the University of North Texas invites applicants for an associate professor/ professor position in Economics beginning in Fall 2017. Desired fields are in applied regional development, regional theory, urban development, transportation, energy economics, spatial modeling or spatial econometrics. Applicants must have a desire for research and a proven funding record. The person hired will be an associate director of the Economic Research Group. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and degree held. Please direct any questions to the search committee chair, Professor Michael Carroll, Department of Economics,, 940-565-4049. The University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas (in the Dallas – Fort Worth area) has an enrollment of over 38,000 students.

Applicants must apply on-line at, and submit the following documents: cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative describing scholarly research, and a list of names and contact Information of three (3) references. (Letters of reference may be requested after initial review of candidates.) Applications will be considered until the position is filled.


Application Requirements

  • Letters of Reference Link
  • External Application Link

Application deadline: 01/31/2017

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