Monday, October 10, 2016

Member in the News: J. Edward Taylor

Research: Refugees Can Bolster a Region’s Economy

The world’s refugee population has increased sharply in recent years, leading governments to argue over which countries should take in people displaced by war or other calamities. At the core of this debate is cost: refugees are usually considered an economic burden for the countries that take them in. Thus the argument usually comes down to one side arguing that the cost is too great, and the other side arguing that humanitarian need outweighs the cost.

But research I’ve conducted, as well as studies done by others, shows this central assumption may be wrong: helping refugees doesn’t cost as much as we think it does. In fact, when refugee camps are managed well, helping refugees can help both displaced people and local economies. In one of the camps we studied, the economic activity associated with the refugee camp increased per-capita income for the host community by as much as a third.

UC Davis teamed up with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assess the economic costs and benefits of three Congolese refugee camps in Rwanda operated by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNCHR). The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used econometric analysis with data from local surveys and local economy-wide modeling to simulate the impact of refugees on the host-country economy within a 10-km radius of each camp.
We found that Congolese refugees in Rwanda generate considerably more income than the WFP aid they receive. Moreover, we found two factors that can considerably help both refugees and the communities hosting them.

Lesson 1: Give cash, not food

In two of the camps we studied, refugees receive WFP food aid in the form of cash, while in the third camp the refugees receive the same value of aid but in donated food. At all three camps, refugees are allowed to leave and re-enter their camps at will, transact with host-country businesses, run their own businesses, and perform wage work inside or outside the camps. The camps we studied range in size from 14,774 to 18,614 inhabitants, in districts with populations ranging from around 126,000 to 183,000.
We find greater economic benefits for the host country when refugee food aid is in the form of cash rather than food. The benefits are greatest around a cash camp located in a relatively good agricultural area with ample food supplies and jobs that match the skill set most refugees have.

Read J. Edward Taylors entire article in the Harvard Business Review HERE:

2016 Grano Award Testimonial

"I cannot thank AAEA or the Grano Board enough for the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. this fall. Having never traveled to D.C. before, the trip presented many unique professional and personal opportunities. In many graduate programs, my own included, classes or subject content is rarely focused on policy or its implications in the real world. The wide array of high level meetings I was able to attend through this scholarship program allowed me to see both the big picture and finer nuances of agricultural policy and its application to the study of economics. Through this program I was able to network and expose myself to a multitude of policy applications including congressional work, lobbying, market analysis, trade, and marketing. I strongly recommend this program to all graduate students considering a career in policy work and hope the program continues long into the future. " - Candace  Wilson

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

AAEA Trust Call for Scholarships and Fellowship Applications

AAEA Trust Deadlines: October 17, 2016

The AAEA Trust Committee invites nominations and applications for Special Purpose Fund scholarships. October 17, 2016 marks the due date for many of these Calls. Selected participants will be picked early 2017.
AAEA Trust Call for Proposals
The AAEA Trust Committee and Executive Board are seeking proposals for programs or projects that:
  • Support development of graduate students and early career professionals
  • Deepen participation in AAEA or reach out to new groups
  • Enhance the AAEA Annual Meeting
Special Purpose Fund Scholarships
Special Purpose Funds allow donors to support a particular award/scholarship each year in the name of a prominent agricultural or applied economist. Unlike Appreciation Clubs, Special Purpose Funds are restricted use funds, meaning that any donations they receive can only be used by that fund, and will not be included with the general funds of the Trust.
The following funds currently have open calls:
For any questions, direct your emails to or simply reply to this email.

These scholarships are made possible with your donations the AAEA Trust. The AAEA Trust is the non-profit fundraising arm of AAEA.
Please consider donating today to provide these programs with support in the coming years.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Open Hearing to Receive Stakeholder Input

WASHINGTON – The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking (CEP) will hold a public hearing on October 21, 2016 in Washington, DC. The public hearing will provide an opportunity for any interested stakeholder to present their views on issues relevant to the Commission’s charge established in Public Law 114-140. This will be one of three such hearings, with others planned for the Midwest and West Coast regions in early 2017.

The October 21 public hearing will provide participants the opportunity to submit a written statement for the record, as well as make brief oral statements to members of the Commission. Oral statements will be limited to 5 minutes, and should highlight key aspects of the written submission. A limited number of speaking slots are allotted for the day, and will be filled on a first come, first served basis until all slots are full.

Parties wishing to participate should follow the below guidance:
  • Submit your request to participate to no later than October 16, 2016.
  • Your request should include the following information:
    • Name
    • Professional Affiliation (if applicable)
    • 2-3 Sentence Abstract
    • Written Statement (preferably in .pdf format)
  • Commission staff will inform you of your assigned speaking time and additional logistical details no later than October 19, 2016. We cannot accommodate requests for specific timeslots.
Please note, any party may submit a written statement without requesting a speaking slot by following the above guidance, but clearly indicating you are not requesting a speaking slot.

All submitted statements will become part of the Commission record, and will be included in publically available records.

Stakeholders are also encouraged to review and respond to the current Request for Comments, which is open through November 14, 2016.
What: Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking – Public Hearing
When: Friday, October 21, 2016; 9:00am – 5:00pm
Where: Rayburn House Office Building
Room Number TBD
For more information about CEP, please visit:
Upcoming Meetings & Hearings:
Note: Dates and topics are subject to change, locations are to be determined
  • November 4, Washington, DC – Program Evaluation
  • December 12, Washington, DC – Data Management & Infrastructure

Friday, September 30, 2016

Member in the News: Michael McCullough

Craft beer brings diversification as mergers gulp down the market

The state of the industry is one of both rapid growth and consolidation
The global beer landscape faced an announcement Wednesday that would forever change the industry: the merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, the world’s two leading beer producers, received final approval from both companies’ shareholders. With this deal now officially moving forward, the combined company will sell about a third of the beer in the world.

But while consolidation is happening at the top, there is an explosion of small and independent craft breweries, which reached a record number at the end of last year. Major manufacturers may be merging and acquiring high-performing brands, but the U.S. beer industry is more diversified than ever.

Craft beer continues its climb
Craft beer sales and the number of breweries making it have soared over the past decade. In 2015, craft brewers increased volume by 13% and retail dollar value by 16%, according to data from the Brewers Association, a trade association representing craft brewers. Consumers have embraced a more localized and diversified breed of brews that has permanently disrupted the U.S. beer landscape.

At the end of the first half of 2016, the U.S. had 4,656 small and independent breweries in operation, 917 more than at the same time last year, according to Bob Pease, CEO of the Brewers Association. But it’s uncertain whether that high level of growth is sustainable long term.

“Breweries are still opening at a pretty tremendous rate, but it's clearly getting tougher in the marketplace,” Pease told Food Dive. “Shelf space is getting harder to come by, tap handles are getting harder to come by. It's emblematic of the maturation of an industry.”

“There's going be a point where the growth in terms of number of breweries is going to have to slow down,” Michael McCullough, beer economics researcher and associate professor at California Polytechnic State University told Food Dive. “But I don't think that it's going to really drop off or we're going to see a drastic fall in the number of breweries.”

Even if the number of craft breweries slows, craft beer isn’t going anywhere. Craft is now a permanent fixture in global beer production, if only because that’s what consumers demand.

Read the entire article:

*McCullough was contacted for this story as a result of a press released distributed by AAEA. If you have research you would like to be considered as part of the AAEA Communicating Out Strategy, please contact Jay Saunders, AAEA Communications Manager, at*

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2017 Economics and Managements of Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resources Annual Meeting

Call for Submissions

The SCC-76 “Economics and Management of Risks in Agriculture and Natural Resources” Group is soliciting submissions for the 2017 Annual Meeting, taking place March 30 – April 1, 2017 in Pensacola Beach, FL.

The objective of the conference is to provide a forum to facilitate the exchange of applied approaches to risk analysis, economics, and policy – both empirical and theoretical – as well as to nurture the development and application of dynamic and original research efforts related to agriculture and natural resources. Applied work in domains of government, industry, and academia are most welcome.

Abstracts should normally not exceed two double-spaced pages and should outline the research question, methodology, and results of the research. Authors are welcome to submit abstracts for finished papers as well as papers in the early stages of development. All papers relevant to risk in agricultural and applied economics and their constituent fields will be considered. When submitting a paper, please indicate whether you would like a discussant. Requesting a discussant means you agree to discuss another paper.

Abstracts should be submitted by email (PDF only) no later than December 15, 2016 to Authors will be informed whether their papers are accepted by December 23, 2016. If a discussant is requested, a draft paper will be due by March 1, 2017.

The group’s website is:

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

The National Institute for Labor Relations Research is offering the Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship. Graduate or undergraduate students majoring in education are eligible for the given scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to the education student who best exemplifies the dedication to principle and high professional standards of Carol Applegate, Kay Jackson, and Dr. Anne Parks. The winning candidate will receive a scholarship of $1,000.

NILRR’s primary function is to act as a research facility for the general public, scholars and students. It provides the supplementary analysis and research necessary to expose the inequities of compulsory unionism.

Applicants are limited to graduate or undergraduate students majoring in education in institutions of higher learning throughout the United States.
Officers, directors and employees of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the National Right to Work Committee, Members of the Selection Review Committee and their families are not eligible.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates can submit their application on-line through the given link:

Supporting Documents:
A copy of the most up-to-date transcript of grades;
A typewritten essay of approximately 500 words clearly demonstrating an interest in, and knowledge of, the Right to Work principle as it applies to educators.

Submitting Details:
You can also submit your completed application packet to:
Future Teachers Scholarships
National Institute for Labor Relations Research
5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 510 Springfield, VA 22151

Award Amount:
One scholarship of $1000 will be given to the winning candidate.

Application Deadline:
Applications must be received between October 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016.

More Information:

Contact Information:
If you have more questions, you can call at (703) 321-9606.