Paper Submission Deadline for Santa Barbara Extended!

In light of ongoing demand, the deadline for paper submissions for the 2013 annual meeting in Santa Barbara is extended until Friday, November 16.  After that date, we will no longer accept papers.

On the fence about attending the meeting?  Check out preliminary meeting details under the “Annual Meeting” tab.  Along with the usual 45-minute paper slots, receptions, plenaries, and luncheon, we’re pleased to announce the inaugural Getis-Ord Lecture in Spatial Analysis, to be given by Keith Ord.  Come help us celebrate the birth of a new WRSA tradition!

Fall 2012 Newsletter Now Posted!

WRSA’s Fall Newsletter shipped last week and should now be arriving in members’ mailboxes!  An electronic version is also posted under the “Newsletter” tab…check it out for the latest scoop on the 2013 annual meeting in Santa Barbara.  And don’t forget: the deadline for paper submissions for the 2013 meeting is October 15!

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! – Spring/Summer 2012 Newsletter Now Available!

WRSA’s Spring/Summer 2012 Newsletter is chock full of preliminary information for the 2013 annual meeting and also includes updates and photos from our 51st meeting, held in February on Kauai, Hawaii.  In addition, this issue of the Newsletter features articles memorializing Charlie Leven.

Current WRSA members should already have received their paper copies of the Newsletter and a digital file is available under the “Newsletters” tab of the WRSA website.  Contributions for the Fall Newsletter should be sent to the attention of Rachel Franklin, WRSA Executive Director.

Time to start thinking about WRSA 2013!

WRSA’s 52nd Annual Meeting will be held at Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort in Santa Barbara, California, from February 24 – 27, 2013. Santa Barbara lies about ninety miles north of Los Angeles and is perfectly situated for visiting wine country, relaxing along the beach, history-related sightseeing…and, of course, academic discourse. For this meeting, we have negotiated a really excellent room rate of $185 (single or double, plus applicable taxes) per night.

Mark the dates on your calendar and remember WRSA’s traditional October 15 paper submission deadline. Note that next year’s meeting will be on a “Sunday – Wednesday” schedule, with the 3rd Annual Jay James Gibson Opening Plenary and a welcoming reception scheduled for Sunday afternoon, and three full days of sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Further details will be forthcoming over the next several months – stay tuned! We hope to see you there!

Andrew Cassey Wins Springer Prize!

At the recent WRSA annual meeting in Kauai, Hawaii, Andrew Cassey of Washington State University was awarded the Springer Prize for his paper (coauthored with Katherine Schmeiser), The Agglomeration of Exporters by Destination.

Winner of the 26th Annual Tiebout Prize is Carlianne Patrick!

Carlianne Patrick was awarded the 26th Annual Tiebout Prize at this year’s WRSA meeting in Hawaii. The title of her paper is, Do More Economic Development Incentives Result in More Jobs? An Examination of the Influence of the Economic Development Incentives Environment on County Jobs in the U.S., 1970-2000.
The Reading Committee also awarded a Second and Third Prize this year. Second Prize went to Viktor Venhorst of the University of Groningen for his paper, Human Capital Spillovers in Dutch Cities: Consumption or Productivity? Third Prize was awarded to Alexandra Tsvetkova of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte for her paper, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Regional Economic Outcomes: Empirical Test of Recent Theoretical Propositions.Tiebout Prize Reading Committee was composed of the following members: David Holland (Chair), Geoff Hewings, T. John Kim, and Bob Stimson.

Photos Posted from WRSA 2012 Annual Meeting

A gallery of photos taken during WRSA’s recent meeting in Kauai, Hawaii is now posted. The pictures can be found under the Annual Meeting tab or here. Take nice photos at the meeting? Feel free to send them along and I’ll be happy to post them!

Hawaii 2012 – Preliminary Program Posted!

The preliminary program has been posted for the 51st annual meeting of the WRSA, to be held February 8-11, 2012 – just click the tab for “Annual Meeting” above and look for the link on the left.

Program Participants: Please check your session assignments and let me know if you spot any errors. Due to the fullness of the Program we consider the Program final with respect to the scheduling of assignments. The Program Committee attempted to honor all scheduling requests received.

For those still undecided about attending the conference: There’s still time to make your plans (and even find a place on the program as a chair or discussant)!

If you’ve not already done so, now is the time to preregister for the meeting – rates go up after January 6! Please book your room at the Sheraton Kauai as soon as possible, as well. As you’ll see from the program, we’re expecting a pretty full house!

Absolute Last Call for Papers for WRSA 2012 Meeting

November 14 is the final date for submitting papers for the 51st annual meeting of the WRSA, to be held February 8-11, 2012 in Kauai, Hawaii. To be considered for the meeting program, simply email your paper submission (draft format is OK, as long as final version of paper is received by December 31) to Questions? Contact WRSA Executive Director, Rachel Franklin, at

PENULTIMATE CALL FOR PAPERS! – WRSA 51st Annual Meeting in Hawaii

We are now less than two weeks away from the traditional October 15 deadline for paper submissions for the WRSA annual meeting. Now’s the time to get your papers submitted! If you plan to attend the meeting but won’t be presenting a paper, the program committee will be happy to assign you paper discussant and/or chair duties – just drop a line letting us know you’d like to be included in the program.

The deadline is also fast approaching for the Tiebout Prize – we’ve had several submissions but would definitely like to see a few more! 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 may be published 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

Finally, if you’ve recently completed your PhD studies (within the past five years), consider submitting your WRSA conference paper for the Springer Prize. This 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 may be published in The Annals of Regional Science and announced on the Springer Website. To have a paper considered for the Springer Prize simply inform me of this wish at the time of paper submittal for the conference (or no later than January 1).

Further details on paper submission and meeting logistics are available on the WRSA website: