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Pennsylvania Economic Association

2015 Conference

May 28 (Thursday) - May 30 (Saturday), 2015

Hosted by

Penn State - Berks

a College of the Pennsylvania State University

CallforPapers Acommodations Program Registrations Proceedings Contact Info

The Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building

(Penn State Berks Campus Map & Directions)

 

The Pennsylvania Economics Association welcomes papers in all areas of economics and business.  While the association is a regional professional organization, papers for presentation at the conference are not limited to regional economic or business issues.  Papers are organized by field of economics for presentation in our concurrent sessions.  Sessions are also organized for papers in related business disciplines – accounting, finance, law, management, and marketing.  The conference opens on Thursday evening with a reception for all conference participants; concurrent sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday of the conference. 

Benefits to participants includes receiving collegial feedback on current research, networking with economists and business faculty interested in research and teaching, the opportunity to publish your paper in the conference Proceedings, and the opportunity to submit your paper for inclusion in the Association’s peer-reviewed, Cabell’s-listed journal – the Pennsylvania Economic Review.

The schedule is highlighted on Friday with a luncheon presentation by a distinguished luncheon speaker and an afternoon roundtable discussion by the Federal Reserve. 


Best Undergraduate Student Paper: The conference is also hosting its
Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Paper Contest, with the winning authors receiving a $200 cash prize (first place), $100 (second place) and $50 (third place), commemorative plaque, among other benefits. For more information, click here.

Registration Fees: Registration deadline is May 15, 2015. 

  • $90 ($120 discussant opt-out)
  • $115 after May 15, 2015 - late registration  ($145 discussant opt-out late registration)
  • $25 student

Lunch Speaker

Thomas Hylton

Thomas Hylton

Thomas Hylton, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is author of a color coffee table book called Save Our Land, Save Our Towns. The book is a plea for comprehensive planning to save our cities, towns, and countryside.  Hylton is also host of an hour-long public television documentary called Save Our Land, Save Our Towns. The program has been broadcast prime time on all Pennsylvania PBS stations and has aired on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide.
As president of Save Our Land, Save Our Towns Inc., a non-profit corporation, Hylton serves as an advocate of traditional towns that house people of all ages, races, and incomes.  Since publication of the book, Hylton has given 450 presentations in Pennsylvania and 34 other states on land use planning and community building.  He has addressed the nation’s governors at the annual conference of the National Governors’ Association in Washington.  He has given talks to legislators sponsored by both the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the Pennsylvania House and Senate.
Hylton is an organizing member of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, a coalition of civic groups dedicated to land use reforms and community building in Pennsylvania.  A three-time winner of the American Planning Association’s annual journalism award, Hylton received a fellowship from the Society of Professional Journalists in 1993 to study state planning issues.
A native of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Hylton has lived all his life in Pennsylvania cities and towns.  Since 1973, Hylton has lived in Pottstown with his wife, Frances, who retired in 2008 after teaching in Pottstown elementary schools for 35 years.  For 22 years, Hylton wrote for Pottstown’s daily newspaper, The Mercury.  His editorials advocating the preservation of farmland and open space in southeastern Pennsylvania won a Pulitzer Prize in 1990.
Hylton conceived and organized Trees Inc., a non-profit corporation that raised nearly $500,000 to plant and maintain street trees in Pottstown.  He co-founded Preservation Pottstown, an organization dedicated to preserving Pottstown’s historic neighborhoods and enhancing the borough’s quality of life.  He helped bring about the integration of Pottstown’s elementary schools through a special edition of The Mercury advocating the cause.
Hylton is a member of the Pottstown School Board.  He previously served 12 years as chairman of the Pottstown Planning Commission and 15 years as chairman of the Pottstown Shade Tree Commission.  In 2003, Pottstown Council adopted an innovative “user-friendly” zoning ordinance Hylton wrote with a grant from the William Penn Foundation.
Hylton provides his services to Save Our Land, Save Our Towns pro bono.

Federal Reserve Lecture

Paul R. Flora & Michael E. Trebing

Paul Flora

Paul R. Flora

Senior Economic Analyst and Research and Policy Support Manager Research Department Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Mike Trebing

Michael E. Trebing

Michael E. Trebing is a senior economic analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, specializing in analysis of the region. He is the administrator of several regional surveys, including the Manufacturing Business Outlook Survey, which is often used to gauge the strength of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

 

Please join us for collegial discussion of your current research and contemporary economic and business issues.

 

 


 

Special Information for International Participants

The Pennsylvania Economic Association (PEA) is pleased to welcome participants from around the world to its annual conference.  Each year representatives from various countries present at the conference and enjoy the company of fellow economists. 

It is important to note that the PEA will notify you via email or surface mail that your paper has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  However, the PEA is unable to provide any additional supporting materials to potential international participants for purposes of visa acquisition or for making other travel arrangements.  The PEA will not provide additional letters, telephone calls, faxes, or telegrams in support of visa applications.  Your written notification of the acceptance of your paper for presentation at the conference is the limit to the association's ability to provide you with supporting documentation for travel purposes.

Unfortunately, due to a very high cancellation rate from international applicants in recent years, the association will provide only provisional acceptance of conference papers until receipt of the individual's registration fee; these fees must be paid in U.S. funds.  This prepayment requirement will be waived for any international applicant that had previously attended a PEA conference.  All conference participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference site.

 


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