The Atlantic Association of Applied Economists (AAAE) is pleased to announce the 2018 AAAE Student Panel


The purpose of this event is to engage students who are about to or recently graduated (in the last year) to present their original work in economics and related policy issues. The forum will be a relaxed-atmosphere presentation of 12-15 minutes in front of a group of economists, policy analysts, and business professionals from government and the private sector. It is an opportunity for those seeking to break into the field of applied economics and related fields to make contacts and show their analytical and presentation skills in a supportive atmosphere (read: THIS NEED NOT BE LIKE YOUR THESIS DEFENSE and NO PAPER is REQUIRED!). This is a terrific way to hone your presentation skills and meet with other professionals in the region: All presenters will receive a certificate of participation. Most presenters are typically undergraduates but Masters and PhD candidates can also participate.


Three or four candidates will be invited to present to the AAAE over a casual lunch at the monthly AAAE meeting in March 2018. Admission is free, and a light lunch will be provided. There will be a short question and answer session following each presentation.

Event Date

The event will take place on Friday, MARCH 23rd, 2018 at the offices of the Bank of Canada (13th floor, Founders Square, 1701 Hollis Street, Halifax) from 12 noon until 2pm.

Eligibility and Guidelines

The competition is open to current students who may be finishing major projects or theses in 2018, or who have completed major projects or theses (undergraduate or graduate) in 2017. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to participate.

Any topic will be considered (some examples are economic development, fiscal policy, labour market policy, environmental policy). No research paper or thesis is required but the best presentations will draw upon work underway or already completed.

Presentations should focus on why the topic is important, how economic principles apply to the topic, the results of relevant data analysis, and what policy options or recommendations can be drawn from the analysis. Any specific relevance to Atlantic Canada is appreciated but not required.

Application Process

Interested students must apply through their university department and should include a one-page summary of their topic/presentation and their email address. They cannot apply directly to the AAAE.

Each economics department can make up to 2 student submissions. Departments should forward the one-page topic/presentation summaries, along with the name, email address, university, and student status for each student submission to: Mike Milloy (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), no later than Thursday, FEBRUARY 22nd. Selected candidates will be notified and asked to confirm by March 1st.  

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