Call for Papers/Sessions for Three Different Conferences

The Society of Government Economists announces a call for papers and sessions for three conferences:

  • SGE’s Own Conference, May 21, 2015 in Washington, DC
    Application Deadline: April 25th
  • Southern Economic Association November 21-23, 2015 in New Orleans
    Application Deadline: April 10th
  • American Economic Association, January 3-5, 2016 in San Francisco
    Application Deadline: May 15th

For information on how to apply to any of these conferences, please read the Call for Papers.

To submit a paper, or to propose a session, or to volunteer as a session chair or paper discussant, please go to SGE’s Paper/Session/Volunteer Application page.

To register for the SGE Conference, please visit the Conference Registration page.

4/16 SGE Luncheon: Roberton C. Williams III


Roberton C. Williams III

Senior Fellow

Resources for the Future

“The Initial Incidence of a Carbon Tax Across Income Groups and US States:  Linking Overlapping-Generations and Microsimulation Models”


Roberton C. Williams III is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park, Senior Fellow and Director of Academic Programs at Resources for the Future, and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Before moving to Maryland, he was an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin, and he has previously held visiting research positions at the Brookings Institution and Stanford University.  He has served as a Co-Editor of the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.  He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and an A.B. from Harvard College, both in economics.

Professor Williams’s research focuses primarily on taxation and environmental regulation, covering broad theoretical questions such as how to measure the effects of taxes and regulations on economic efficiency.  He also conducts more applied work on specific policy issues such as gasoline taxation and climate change policy.

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Researching U.S. Trade Policy Using Library of Congress Resources

Thursday, 9th April 2015 from 10:00 to 11:30 am

Registration: email Bonni Blarcom at

If you have questions, please call: (202) 707-7934 or (202) 707-3156

Request ADA accommodations five days in advance by calling (202) 707-6362 or

Click here for the seminar’s flyer

Economics of Cyber Attacks and Security

Economics of Cyber Attacks and Security
Thursday, March 26, 2015 5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Conference room 483, Congressional Budget Office
2nd & D Streets, SW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20515
(Metro: Federal Center Station)
Kevin C. Desouza, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution,
Center for Technology Innovation
N. Eric Weiss, Specialist in Financial Economics,
Congressional Research Service
Light refreshments will be served. Light refreshments will be served at 5:45 pm, and the seminar begins at 6:00 pm. The seminar is free, but please email Melvyn Sacks at for reservations.

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Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis 7th Annual Conference

The Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis (SBCA) is an international group of practitioners, academics and others who are working to improve the theory and application of the tools of benefit-cost analysis.

Please join us at our Seventh Annual Conference and Meeting: Advancing the Policy Frontier, which will take place at the Marvin Center at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., from March 19-20, 2015. Pre-conference professional development workshops will also take place at the Marvin Center on March 18.

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2/19 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Peter Tatian


Peter Tatian

Senior Fellow

Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center

The Urban Institute

“Building an Inclusive City: Affordable Housing in the District of Columbia”

Peter A. Tatian is a Senior Fellow in the Urban Institute’s Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center.  His areas of interest include housing policy, neighborhood indicators, and community development.  Mr. Tatian is currently leading NeighborhoodInfo DC, a neighborhood data system and civic engagement tool for the District of Columbia that is part of the Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership.  He also heads the Institute’s work providing technical assistance on data collection and use to grantees of the the US Department of Education’s Promise Neighborhoods initiative.

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1/15 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Fitzroy Lee


Fitzroy Lee

Deputy Chief Financial Officer & Chief Economist

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Government of the District of Columbia

“A DC Coincident Index in the Age of Big Data”

Dr. Fitzroy Lee was appointed Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Chief Economist for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) in October 2009. Prior to becoming the Chief Economist, Dr. Lee was the Director of Revenue Estimation. He previously worked for the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he co-authored a paper on the efficacy of user fees for funding the meat inspection program.  Prior to the USDA, he was also an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans. Dr. Lee has published papers on revenue forecasting and tax policy in nationally recognized academic journals, and he is a member of the board of directors of the National Tax Association. Dr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Physics and Computer Science from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica). He earned his Ph.D. in Economics at The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.

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12/18 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Caroline Ratcliffe


Caroline Ratcliffe – Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

“Local Conditions and Delinquent Debt”

Caroline Ratcliffe is a senior fellow and economist at the Urban Institute. She is an expert in the asset building and poverty fields, and has published and spoken extensively on the role of emergency savings, homeownership, poverty dynamics, and welfare programs and policies. Her research has been published in academic journals including Demography, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She recently published a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty entitled “Is Poverty Incompatible with Asset Accumulation? She has provided testimony to and a briefing for the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee on closing the racial wealth gap. Ratcliffe held previous positions at the Congressional Budget Office and Brookings Institution, and as a visiting associate professor at Georgetown University. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

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11/20 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler – Vice-Provost for Faculty and Full Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

“Do Tax Progressivity and Transfers Encourage Risk Taking?  Impacts on Labor Mobility”

Adriana Kugler is Vice-Provost for Faculty and Full Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She was founder and Co-director of the International Summer Institute on Policy Evaluation between 2010-2013. She served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 and 2012. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she was Full and Associate Professor at the economics departments at the University of Houston and at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.   Professor Kugler earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and her Joint BA in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honors from McGill University in Canada in 1991.

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10/16 Lunch: SGE Luncheon with Shushanik Hakobyan


Shushanik Hakobyan – Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Fordham University

“The US GSP:  Background and the Implications of Recent Developments”

Shushanik Hakobyan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Fordham University, NY. Her research focuses on US trade policy toward developing countries, as well as labor market effects of trade liberalization.  In particular, she studies the utilization and implementation of trade preference programs such as the GSP, and the effect of NAFTA on US wages. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Preferential market access is of critical importance to many exporters in developing countries. Further, a number of developed countries provide preferential (including duty-free) access to their markets to stimulate exports from developing countries. About one-third of dutiable exports from developing countries to the US are eligible for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), the most comprehensive trade preference program offered by the US. Professor Hakobyan will discuss the issues surrounding the US GSP utilization and implementation, the current expired status of GSP, and the impact such expiration may have on exports from developing countries.

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