Society of Government Economists's (SGE) annual conference provides a unique forum for discussing applied research and policy-oriented work related to the role of government and other actors in the economy. All economists interested in government economics - whether they work in government, in the private and non-profit sectors, or in academia, are invited to submit papers. Graduate students pursuing PhDs are also eligible to submit papers. Apart from individual papers, we welcome full session proposals with 3-5 papers per session as well as discussants. The conference will be held November 5-6, 2012 at the Marvin Center, Washington, DC.
As in prior SGE conferences, distinguished presentations will be given by leading experts at both the federal and state levels. Confirmed speakers include Dr. Alice Rivlin and Dr. Natwar M. Gandhi. Alice Rivlin recently served as a member of the President's Debt Commission. She was founding director of CBO, served as OMB director, and was Federal Reserve Vice Chair. Natwar M. Gandhi is the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia. He is credited for turning around the DC government's financial status from being deep in debt to having a substantial surplus and AAA rating for its income tax secured revenue bonds. (Other distinguished leaders in government economics will be presenting as well.)
Training Seminar on "Integrity, Ethics, and Responsible Leadership in Economics"
A one-day training seminar will also be organized on "Integrity, Ethics, and Responsible Leadership in Economics" on the first day of the conference, as an alternative to the plenary presentations of the SGE conference. This seminar will be led by Deirdre McCloskey (author of The Cult of Statistical Significance), George DeMartino (author of The Economist's Oath), Susan Offutt (Chief Economist, GAO), and Bryan Roberts (Nathan Associates). The combined fee for participation in this training seminar during the first day of the conference and the SGE sessions during the second day of the conference is $175.
There is no fee for submitting an application for paper presentations or for entire proposed sessions. However applications will only be accepted from current SGE members or from individuals purchasing a membership (for $25 per year) in their application. Anyone can join SGE who shares an interest in government economics. Papers and sessions will be selected based on an objective, "double-blind" peer review process, where there will be no favoritism based on affiliation or seniority. Proposals require only a 500-word (maximum) abstract and 300-word (maximum) justification statement, which together will form the basis of the selection.
Proposals for multiple sessions on common themes will also be considered by the organizing committee. For example, the SGE is collaborating with a newly formed Network for Indian Country Economics to host sessions on topics associated with tribal governments and Native Americans.