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Do Government Economists Value AAEA Conferences?

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  • Joseph Cooper
  • Daniel Hellerstein

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This article examines the importance and value of attending the annual summer conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) by U.S. Federal government economists. A choice-based conjoint analysis of government funding of five research-facilitating resources, including travel and nontravel resources, shows that respondents have a clear preference for their government agency funding the travel-related resources over the other resources. Furthermore, using the contingent valuation method, we find that these economists would have been willing to pay $195 to $620 to have attended their last AAEA conference, with the bounds on this range depending on modeling assumptions. Copyright 2009 Agricultural and Applied Economics Association

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal Review of Agricultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 31 (2009)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 914-930

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Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:914-930

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