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Prizes to be given at WRSA’s 51st Annual Meeting in Hawaii

26th Annual Charles M. Tiebout Prize: 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 2010–2011). 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.  The winning author will receive $1,000 to help defray the costs of attending the Meeting. The paper will be printed in The Annals of Regional Science (published by Springer) following standard review/revision procedures.  Deadline for submissions is October 15, 2011.  For further details, see the WRSA website at

16th Annual Springer Award: The prize is awarded annually at the WRSA Annual Meeting for the best paper presented by an early career scholar (doctoral studies completed within the past five years) on a regional science topic. The prize consists of a certificate and selection of Springer books as chosen by the winner, worth $300.  Following standard review/revision procedures, the paper will be published in The Annals of Regional Science, official journal of the WRSA, and announced on the Springer Website.  To have a paper considered for the Springer Prize the author should inform Rachel Franklin, WRSA Executive Director, at the time of submittal for the conference (or no later than January 1) that he or she meets the eligibility criterion and would like to have the paper entered into the competition.

First Call for Tiebout Prize Submissions

The Tiebout Prize is presented annually to recognize the best paper presented at the conference by a graduate student (currently enrolled or having completed graduate studies during the 2010-2011 academic year).  Full entry details can be found on the WRSA site under the Tiebout tab.

Spring-Summer Newsletter Now Posted

The Spring-Summer WRSA Newsletter is now posted, under the Newsletter tab on this site.  Take a look – the Newsletter is chock full of preliminary information regarding next year’s meeting in Kauai, Hawaii, as well as a round-up of the 50th anniversary meeting earlier this year in Monterey.  A hearty thank you to outgoing WRSA Executive Secretary, Dave Plane, for this valedictory issue of the Newsletter (and twenty years of wonderful service to the Association)!

Call for Papers: Special Sessions on Casinos, Gambling, and Development at WRSA 2012 Meeting

Michael Wenz is organizing special sessions on casinos, gambling, and development at WRSA’s 2012 annual meeting in Kauai, Hawaii.  See below for further information.




Casinos, Gambling and Economic Development

We invite submissions of papers on the topic of Casinos, Gambling and Economic Development in conjunction with a special issue of Growth and Change and special paper sessions at the 2012 Western Regional Science Association meetings and the 2012 Southern Regional Science Association meetings.

The gambling industry in the United States and the world has undergone a significant transformation over the past two decades, and gambling policy remains a controversial topic in both the popular and academic press.  We invite submissions on topics in all areas broadly related to casinos, gambling and economic development.  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Gambling and local quality of life
  • Market structures in the gambling industry
  • The economic impacts of video lottery terminals and other gaming devices
  • Tribal casinos and reservation shopping
  • Gambling and community health outcomes
  • On- and off-reservation impacts of tribal gambling
  • Gambling and local fiscal policy
  • Measuring the social costs of gambling
  • Gambling and crime
  • Gambling law and its spatial impacts
  • More


Please direct submissions or questions for the special issue and/or special sessions to:

Dr. Michael Wenz, Special Issue Editor

Assistant Professor, Economics

Northeastern Illinois University

5500 N. St. Louis Avenue

Chicago, IL 60625


We encourage papers presented in the special sessions at the 2012 WRSA or 2012 SRSA to be submitted for consideration in a special issue of Growth and Change after undergoing the standard peer review process.  Authors who wish to submit papers for the special issue but do not wish to present at the conferences may do so as well.

The 2012 Western Regional Science Association annual meetings will be held February 8-11 in Kauai, Hawaii.  Please send your submission to Dr. Wenz  by October 15, 2011 if you wish to present.

The 2012 Southern Regional Science Association annual meetings will be held March 22-24 in Charlotte, NC.  Please send your submission to Dr. Wenz by December 15, 2011 if you wish to present.

Completed submissions for the special issue of Growth and Change will be due in late Spring 2012.

Growth and Change is a broadly based forum for scholarly research on all aspects of urban and regional development and policy-making. Interdisciplinary in scope, the journal publishes both empirical and theoretical contributions from economics, geography, public finance, urban and regional planning, agricultural economics, public policy, and related fields. Growth and Change is edited by Dan Rickman and Barney Warf.

The Call for Papers is available for download (here).

Pengyu Zhu Awarded the 25th Annual Tiebout Prize

Pengyu Zhu, of the University of Southern California, was awarded the 25th Annual Charles M. Tiebout Prize at WRSA’s 50th anniversary meeting in Monterey, California. Pengyu is a PhD student in USC’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development, studying with Peter Gordon. His paper is titled, “Are Telecommuting and Personal Travel Complements or Substitutes?” Congratulations Pengyu! We look forward to hearing more on your research over the coming years!

The pool of applicants for this year’s Prize was a terrific one – more details and pictures from the luncheon awards ceremony to follow soon.

Something Old, Something New

Welcome to WRSA’s new website.  Here you’ll find all the previous information from the old site, plus – over the next few months – a few new additions, as we take advantage of new posting options for photo galleries and video.

Watch this space for upcoming Newsletters, which will cover both the successful 50th Anniversary meeting in Monterey, as well as the upcoming 51st Annual Meeting – at which we will once again meet at the Sheraton Kauai in Poipu, Hawaii.  Save the date: February 8-11, 2012.

Some meeting information is already available, such as the Call for Papers and information related to Tiebout Prize submissions.

In the meantime, should you catch any omissions or errors in the new site, please feel free to pass along that information (