Photo Attribution 56th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society

2019 Public Choice Society, March 14-16, Louisville Kentucky

Dear Friends and Members of the Public Choice Society

We invite papers for the 56th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society, March 14-16, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Paper and session submissions will be open from September 1 to November 1.

Society President Roger Congleton will be organizing the academic program. With over 70 planned concurrent sessions and three plenary sessions, the conference will bring together cutting edge research across all fields of public choice. The conference will open at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday March 14, and conclude with a closing reception on Saturday evening.

Socializing and sustenance will be abundant, as the conference will feature continental breakfast each day, coffee breaks between academic sessions, and cocktail receptions on Thursday and Saturday nights. A common luncheon on Saturday will announce Society awards, including the Duncan Black Prize, the Gordon Tullock Prize, and the fifth annual Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Prize. A number of organizations will exhibit books and journals, with special discounts available to conference attendees. Finally, the Hyatt Regency is the ideal location from which to enjoy the food and drink scene as well as live music and tourism in Louisville.

The paper submission deadline is extended to November 16 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Online registration opens September 1. Persons interested in organizing a four-paper session are asked to send their proposal to President Roger Congleton at the Contact Form. Please visit the conference website for up-to-date information about important dates, conference procedures, hotel & conference registration, and travel logistics. In the coming months we will announce further details about plenary speakers, booking your room, and applying for graduate student financial assistance.

Thanks to your participation, the 2019 conference is shaping up to be a wonderful event. So come discover new lines of research, catch up with old friends, and have a good time. We especially encourage you to share this with your graduate students, who will benefit from an invigorating atmosphere, rigorous discussion of their papers, optional research workshops, and the chance to compete for the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Prize for best combined paper & presentation.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, we look forward to seeing you next March, and we thank you for participating in The Public Choice Society.

Sincerely yours,

Roger Congleton, President, 2018-2020


Edward J. Lopez

Executive Director and Past President (2012-14)

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Important Dates

09/01/2018 Website open for paper proposals and early registration
11/01/2018 Submission Deadline
11/16/2018 Submission Deadline Extended
12/01/2018 Authors informed of status of their proposals
01/06/2019 Preliminary conference program is published online
01/20/2019 Graduate student deadline to upload paper for Ostrom Prize
02/06/2019 Regular registration deadline
02/28/2019 Deadline for authors to upload complete papers (two weeks before conference)
2/20/2019 Deadline for hotel reservations
03/14/2019 Conference Begins

Conference Agenda

March 14

1:00 p.m. - On Site Conference Registration Opens

2:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting

4:00 pm - Plenary Session 1: Thomas Stratmann, George Mason University, "Campaign Contributions: Do They Matter for Policy Outcomes?"

6:00 pm - Opening Reception (all registered attendees are invited)

7:30 pm - Dinner on Own

March 15

7:00 - 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 6:00 pm Academic Sessions

10:00 am - Plenary Session 2: Bernanrd Grofman, PCS Past President (2000-02), University of California - Irvine, "Creating Congressional Districts: A Public Choice Perspective"

6:00 pm - Dinner on Own

6:00 - 9:00 pm - Research Impact Workshop (By Invitation) Sponsored by Public Choice Society and Institute for Humane Studies

March 16

7:00 - 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 6:00 pm Academic Sessions

10:00 am - Plenary Session 3: Martin Paldam, University of Aarhus, and Chris Doucouliagos, Deakin University, "Economic Researchers are Human! Evidence from Meta Studies"

1:00 pm - Awards Luncheon (Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Prize, Gordon Tullock Prize, Duncan Black Prize, Presidential Address)

6:00 pm Closing Reception (all registered attendees are invited)

7:30 pm - Dinner on Own

Archived Information for the 2019 Conference

Conference Procedures

SUBMIT PROPOSALS: To propose your paper for the conference, please visit the Submit Paper tab here on the PCS website starting September 1. Presenting authors will initially submit just the title and abstract of their papers. The regular (non-extended) submission deadline is November 1. The conference selection committee will review proposals and notify authors by December 1. If your paper is selected for the program, you are asked to upload the complete draft of your paper no later than February 28. Following Public Choice Society tradition, all presenting authors also serve as Discussant on another paper presented during the same session.

PAPER PRESENTERS: If you are presenting a paper (as opposed to presenting on a panel discussion), please upload a PDF file of your paper no later than February 16. Papers will not be searchable and are viewable only by PCS members while logged into the website. You will have the option of leaving your paper for the conference archives or taking it down at the end of the conference. The Society retains no rights or privileges to work presented or posted here. To upload your paper, simply log in to the site and browse to the My Account section where you will find the paper upload tool.

CHAIR DUTIES: If you are chairing a paper session, please check to see that presenters on your session have uploaded their papers no later than February 16. Session Chairs are also responsible for establishing and enforcing time allocations. With four papers per 90 minute session, chairs should use good judgment to allocate the available time to presenter and discussants while leaving some time for floor discussion. A baseline is 15 minutes per presenter, 5 minutes per discussant, and 10 minutes for floor discussion.

DISCUSSANT DUTIES: In most cases, each presenter is also a discussant on the same session. Please locate the paper you are discussing on the PCS website by February 16. Prepare critical and constructive comments in advance, and aim your remarks so as to promote rigorous yet collegial discussion during the session.

ORGANIZED SESSIONS: If you would like to propose an entire organized session, please contact the Society President who will reply with criteria and instructions. Program space for organized sessions may be limited.

MEETING ROOM SETUP: Each concurrent session will take place in a hotel meeting room, equipped with a podium, screen, and projector for laptop hookup. There is a limited number of WiFi connections available to PCS attendees in the meeting room space.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION: Conference registration is $240 for students and $295 for non-students if received by the regular registration deadline (February 6), after which the rates increase by $75. Individuals who present multiple papers are asked to submit $25 per additional paper. To submit your registration payment, or to confirm that you have paid, simply log in to your account and view the information presented in the My Account area.

STUDENT FELLOWS PROGRAM: Subject to funding, we are able to offer a limited number of graduate students with financial assistance to present a paper at the Annual Meetings. Eligibility requires current standing in a recognized graduate degree program and either: 1) submit a paper proposal through the Society website, in accordance with the procedures and deadlines in the online Call for Papers; or 2) be invited to present a paper on an organized session. After the paper submission deadline, the PCS office will contact eligible recipients to request a short letter from their adviser or chair.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If for some regrettable reason you must cancel then your registration payment will be refunded according to the following schedule: full refund if cancellation notice is received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 20; 50% refund if received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 20; no refund if received by 12:00 a.m. on February 21 or later. Use the Contact Form at the top right of the website to email the PCS office with "Registration Cancellation" in the subject line and a brief explanation in the email body.

EXHIBITORS: Publishers and other organizations are invited to exhibit! Please reach us at the Contact link above. We will reply with information about the exhibit space, shipping, and all other details you will need.

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Downtown Louisville
320 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202

The conference hotel is the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Downtown Louisville, located at 320 West Jefferson Street, Louisville, KY, USA, 40202.

You can reserve your room online with PCS's dedicated reservations page. If you need further reservations assistance, call Hyatt Reservations at 1-800-233-1234.

The PCS Conference rate is $179 plus tax for single/double occupancy. The deadline is February 20, 2019, at 5:00 PM Eastern. While reserving your room, please note the hotel's cancellation and check-in policies.

Space is limited, so please reserve early!

Visitor and Transportation Info

The conference hotel is a 10-minute ride from Louisville International Airport. Located at city center, everything is walkable from the hotel.

Sponsors for the 2019 conference

The Public Choice Society is thankful for the organizational, intellectual, and pecuniary partnership of several sponsoring organizations at the Annual Meetings. Sponsors for the upcoming year's conference will be listed here soon. For previous years' sponsors, click on past conferences above.

Institute for Humane Studies
Sponsor of a Reception & Printed Program

The BB&T Distinguished Professorship of Capitalism at WCU
Sponsor of AV Equipment at General Sessions

The Editors of Public Choice
Sponsor of the Duncan Black Prize through 2017

Sponsor of the Gordon Tullock Prize

Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University
Sponsor of a Session

Duke PPE Program
Sponsor of a Coffee Break & Printed Program

Center for Study of Public Choice at GMU
Sponsor of a Graduate Student

F.A. Hayek Program at Mercatus Center at GMU
Sponsor of a Coffee Break & Printed Program