Call for Tiebout Submissions

37th Annual Competition
The Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science

The Western Regional Science Association is proud to announce the 37th Annual Competition for the Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science.

The Tiebout Prize will be awarded for the best paper submitted by a full-time graduate student enrolled at an accredited academic institution (currently or having completed studies during Academic Year 2022–2023). To be considered, papers should be in the general multidisciplinary realm of regional science: topics in the fields of regional economics, urban economics, urban/regional planning, economic and quantitative geography, and local public finance are especially encouraged. Papers will be judged by a Reading Committee of four former WRSA Presidents, and the decision of the committee—which will be rendered by mid-December—will be final.

The author of the winning paper must present the research at the WRSA’s 62nd Annual Meeting, to be held in Big Island, HI from February 15 to 18, 2023. The winning author will receive $1,000 (which might help defray the costs of attending the future in-person WRSA meeting). The paper may be printed in the international quarterly journal The Annals of Regional Science (published by Springer) following standard review/revision procedures. Authors of all papers judged by the Program Committee to be worthy of a presentation will be invited to deliver them in regular sessions of the Meeting.

Graduate students wishing to submit papers for the competition should upload their papers via the WRSA paper submission console, being sure to check the appropriate box for the “Tiebout Prize” during the paper submission process.

Very important details:

Hard deadline for Submission: October 15, 2022

Papers co-authored with faculty advisors are acceptable, however, the primary author must meet the Tiebout student requirements and the bulk of the substantive work and contribution of the paper must have come from the student. REQUIRED: Submitted pdf of the paper must include a letter from the faculty advisor confirming that these requirements have been met.

Submissions must include a cover page giving the paper’s title, author’s full name, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone number. Please indicate your Department and University affiliation and the name of your primary faculty supervisor.

All text should be double-spaced. Only one submission will be accepted per author.

NOTE: Any paper exceeding 50 pages in length (inclusive of references, tables, and figures) will NOT be sent to the Reading Committee.

Questions may be directed to:
Jaewon Lim, Organizer, 62nd Annual Meeting of the WRSA

(photo of Charles M. Tiebout (circa 1965-66) provided by his son, Bruce Tiebout)

This prize is awarded in honor of the outstanding contributions to regional science made by Charles M. Tiebout before his untimely death in 1968. In addition to his scholarly achievements, “Charlie” Tiebout brought wit, irreverence, and goodwill to everything he did and everyone he knew. He was particularly good in advising, counseling, and encouraging graduate students; thus, it is fitting that the WRSA’s annual prize bearing his name be awarded to the best graduate student paper in regional science.