The 57th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society

2020 Public Choice Society Annual Meetings, March 12-14, Newport Beach California

UPDATE 02/01/2020: Revised Conference Program is now live.

Dear Friends and Members of the Public Choice Society:

We invite papers for the 57th Annual Meetings of the Public Choice Society, March 12-14, 2020 at the Marriott Beach Resort & Spa in Newport Beach, California. 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 12, 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 Marriott Newport Beach is the ideal location from which to enjoy the exciting and unique Southern California scene.

The paper submission deadline has been extended to November 15 at 11:59p.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 2020 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)

Important Dates

09/18/2019 UPDATE: Website open for paper proposals and early registration
09/01/2019 Website open for paper proposals and early registration
11/01/2019 Submission Deadline
11/15/2019 Extended Submission Deadline
12/01/2019 Authors informed of status of their proposals
01/06/2020 Preliminary conference program is published online
01/13/2010 Revised target date for publishing preliminary conference program
01/20/2020 Graduate student deadline to upload paper for Ostrom Prize
02/06/2020 Regular registration deadline
02/26/2020 Deadline for authors to upload complete papers (two weeks before conference)
2/18/2020 Deadline for hotel reservations
03/12/2020 Conference Begins

Conference Agenda

March 12

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

2:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting

4:00 pm - Plenary Session 1: Ami Glazer, University of California - Irvine, "How commitment problems affect policy"

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

7:30 pm - Dinner on Own

March 13

7:00 - 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 6:00 pm Academic Sessions

10:00 am - Plenary Session 2: Andrew T. Young, Texas Tech, "The Political Economy of Feudalism in Medieval Europe"

Claudia Williamson, Mississippi State University, "Culture, Regulation and Development"

6:00 pm - Dinner on Own

March 14

7:00 - 8:00 am - Continental Breakfast

8:00 am - 6:00 pm Academic Sessions

10:00 am - Plenary Session 3: Susan Rose-Ackerman, Yale University, "Corruption as a Topic in Public Choice"

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

General Information

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 two weeks prior to the start of the conference. 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 two weeks prior to the conference. Session Chairs are also responsible for establishing and enforcing time allocations. With four (five) papers per 90 (110) 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 starting two weeks prior to the conference start date. 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 may be limited WiFi connections available depending on the number of PCS attendees in a meeting room.

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

Marriott Newport Beach Resort & Spa
900 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

You can reserve your room online with PCS's dedicated reservations page, or you can call (877)622-3056 to speak directly to Marriott reservations.

The PCS Conference rate is $199 plus tax for single/double occupancy. The deadline is February 18, 2020, 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 John Wayne Santa Ana International Airport (SNA). Additional airport options include LAX (45 miles) and ONT (50 miles).

The hotel is adjacent to Fashion Island, an outdoor shopping mall with many dining and entertainment options.

Nearby is the unique Balboa Island, Catalina Island, and many more exciting sightseeing options. For more, point your browser to https://www.visitnewportbeach..... As usual, we will post a dining guide here to the website soon.

Sponsors for the 2020 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.