Quantitative Spatial Economics Junior Workshop

May 8-9, 2020, Princeton, NJ
organized by
Clare Balboni and Fabian Eckert
sponsored by
The Woodrow Wilson School and the Princeton Economics IES Section

The Quantitative Spatial Economics Junior Workshop aims to bring together early-career researchers interested in quantitative work on the spatial economy.

We welcome submissions on a wide range of topics related to the workshop's theme. Examples of potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • The effects, benefits, and costs of large transportation infrastructure projects in the developed or developing world.
  • Interregional trade and migration and its effects on economic geography, inequality, and the organization of production.
  • The importance of regions for local human capital production and neighborhood effects.
  • The growth and internal structure of cities, the spatial diffusion of ideas.
  • The nature of local agglomeration economies and their importance for macroeconomic outcomes.

The workshop aims to foster a supportive community among young researchers interested in these topics and facilitate the sharing of quantitative approaches and toolkits.

The official workshop program will start at noon on May 8 at 11 AM and end on May 9 at 3 PM. The official workshop program includes a conference dinner on May 8 in Princeton. Attendees are expected to stay for the entire duration of the official workshop program.

The workshop is hosted in the International Economics Section at the Department of Economics of Princeton University. We provide up to two nights of hotel accommodation in Princeton and meals during the official workshop program for all presenters and discussants. We can also cover economy-class flights, train, and taxi tickets of up to a total of $400.

We will consider papers from Assistant Professors and Postdocs up to 4 years after the completion of their PhD and PhD students who are on the academic job market in January 2020, i.e., who will obtain their PhDs in the summer of 2020. Submissions co-authored with more senior colleagues are welcome.

To submit a paper or extended abstract, please send a PDF with the subject line "Quantitative Spatial Economics JW Submission" to qse[at]fpeckert.me. In the email, please also indicate if you are willing to serve as a discussant in the event we are unable to include your paper on the program. Papers should not yet be published. The submission deadline is February 29th, 2020. Authors will be notified of the outcome by March 15th, 2020.

The workshop is organized by Clare Balboni (cbalboni[at]mit.edu) and Fabian Eckert (feckert[at]princeton.edu). We gratefully acknowledge generous support by the spatial economics initiative of the Woodrow Wilson School and the Princeton Economics IES Section.