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Call for Abstracts - AERUS 2020

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host the 13th annual Midwest Graduate Student Summit on Applied Economics, Regional and Urban Studies (AERUS) on April 24th – 26th, 2020.

In addition to giving participants the occasion to present their research and receive feedback, this year’s meeting will feature 2 workshops targeted to graduate students, 2 faculty panels on system dynamics and 2 keynote speakers on regional economic systems. 


  • Machine learning and big data. Prof. Zhenhua Chen (The Ohio State University).
  • Job market season. What to expect? Prof. William Ridley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). 

Keynote speakers:

  • Christa Court,  Assistant Professor and Director of the Economic Impact Analysis Program, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida. Christa specializes in regional economic modeling, the energy-water nexus, applied spatial econometrics, environmental accounting, and connections in human and natural systems.
  • Zhenhua Chen, Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Department, The Ohio State University. His research interests include economic impact assessments of infrastructure investment, disasters and resilience using machine learning, Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models and big data analytics.

Faculty panel:

  • Mark Brown, Statistics, Canada
  • Sandy Dall’erba, Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • Brian Deal, Dept. of Landscape Architecture
  • Monica Haddad, Dept. of Community and Regional Planning (Iowa State University)
  • Maria Chu Librada, Dept. of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bo Li, Dept. of Statistics
  • Nicolas Federico Martin, Dept. of Crop Sciences
  • William Ridley, Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • Yilan Xu, Dept. of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

The summit is designed to initiate intellectual dialogue on wide array of research areas and spur future research collaborations among participating young scholars. Work at any stage will be accepted, including completed research, research in progress, and research idea/proposal.

Conference presentations address a variety of areas of growing importance to regional scientists, economists, planners, and geographers. Participants are encouraged to submit a proposal on subjects related to the conference themes: Regional Science, Urban Economics, Labor Economics, Economic Geography, Environmental Economics, Resource Geography, Energy Economics, Health Economics, Housing and Real Estate, Development Economics, Spatial Econometric, Computable General Equilibrium, Agent-Based Modeling, Input-Output Analysis. 

 Participants have to send their abstracts (300 words max), by March 15th, 2020.

For register and submitting abstracts please visit  http://aerus2020.web.illinois.edu/ 

Registration fee will be $60, includes 2 workshops, 2 breakfast, 2 coffee-breaks, 2 lunches and a dinner Saturday night.

Please direct your questions or concerns to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Looking forward seeing you here!

 Local organizing committee

AERUS 2020

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