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Do Government Economists Value AAEA Conferences?


  • Joseph Cooper
  • Daniel Hellerstein


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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  • Joseph Cooper & Daniel Hellerstein, 2009. "Do Government Economists Value AAEA Conferences?," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 31(4), pages 914-930, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:revage:v:31:y:2009:i:4:p:914-930

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    1. Train,Kenneth E., 2009. "Discrete Choice Methods with Simulation," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521747387, March.
    2. Timothy C. Haab & Kenneth E. McConnell, 1998. "Referendum Models and Economic Values: Theoretical, Intuitive, and Practical Bounds on Willingness to Pay," Land Economics, University of Wisconsin Press, vol. 74(2), pages 216-229.
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