Call for Papers

The Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR) will host a conference on Behavioral and Experimental Economics Methods and Applications to Agri-environmental Policy on October 14-15, 2017, in Shepherdstown, WV, which is located approximately 1 hr. from Dulles Airport.

This conference will showcase experimental and behavioral economics research that addresses agri-environmental management and policy challenges. In addition to encouraging discussion and debate about theoretical and methodological advances, the conference aims to show how experimental and behavioral research can enhance the design and implementation of agri-environmental programs and policies.

Conference papers will be considered for publication in a special issue of Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE) under an expedited review process subject to the journal’s high standards for quality. The conference organizers welcome submissions of full papers. Long abstracts will be considered if they provide evidence that a full paper will be available prior to the conference (full papers are preferred). An honorarium will be provided for conference presenters (one author per paper) and discussants to help cover their travel expenses. A small number of posters will also be selected for display. Clearly indicate if you want your submission evaluated as a paper presentation or poster. Full papers are not required for posters.

Submissions are no longer accepted following the May 31, 2017 deadline. If you did not receive a confirmation email upon submission to, please contact Maddi Valinski ( or  

A limited number of travel awards will be available for selected graduate students and early career scholars. A separate online application is required for these awards. Applications for travel awards will go under review beginning May 31, 2017.

The conference organizers are:
Leah Palm-Forster, Kent Messer, and Maddi Valinski at the Univ. of Delaware, Paul Ferraro at Johns Hopkins Univ., and Christian Vossler at the Univ. of Tennessee

Sponsors: USDA NIFA AFRI Foundational Program, USDA Economic Research Service, and the Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-environmental Research (CBEAR)

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