[Maple Leaf]
39th Annual Meeting of the CEA
Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29, 2005
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Call for Papers

The Canadian Economics Association invites anyone wishing to present a paper at the 2005 Annual Meeting to submit an abstract by February 28, 2005. Abstracts in English or French must be submitted through our online registration form for paper presenters. (The registration deadline has passed.)

The abstract should be about 100-200 words. All fields of specialization within economics will be considered. You will receive a notification by e-mail once your paper is accepted (or rejected). By submitting an abstract, you also agree to serve as a discussant and/or program chair at other sessions within your area of specialization. The web form provides an opportunity to identify your areas of specialization. A participant may not present more than one paper. Consequently, you cannot register more than one paper for presentation unless a second paper is presented by a co-author who also is registered to participate in the conference.

In addition to registering an abstract through the web interface, full-length papers can be submitted either by providing a web link to a corresponding PDF file on the registration form, or by uploading a PDF file to the economics.ca server by following the link on the bottom of the registration confirmation page. Paper/hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

If you would like to organize one or two sessions on a specific topic and have speakers/presenters lined up, contact the conference organizer for approval. Individual papers must still go through the regular registration process using the on-line registration form. There is a "Comments" section of the form where authors should indicate the organizer of the session.

Please note that in order to attend or present a paper, you must register for the conference. Registration can be made on line through the conference website. We strongly encourage paper presenters to become members of the Canadian Economics Association. You may join the CEA and register after you find out whether your paper is accepted for presentation, but do not delay too long since late registration involves a higher fee.

The CEA Program Chair for the 2005 Conference is Professor Gregor Smith, Department of Economics, Queen's University. Please direct all inquires and correspondence to the Program Assistant:

         Maureen Church
         University of Calgary
         c/o Department of Economics
         2500 University Drive N.W.
         Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
         Phone: +1-403-210-9490
         Fax: +1-403-282-5262
         E-mail: cea@ucalgary.ca

Groups or Organizations requiring a block of sessions need to contact Maureen Church before February 15, 2005 to state their requirements as to the numbers of sessions they would like to sponsor and organize and their preferred days and times. The conference website contains further information.

When papers are accepted or rejected, the author who submitted the paper will be notified through a computer-generated e-mail message. This is the only confirmation you will receive. You can check on your paper's status anytime through the link embedded in your original submission acknowledgment e-mail. Specifically, the CEA will not provide any formal invitation letters to paper presenters. For conference participants from outside North America, if you require documentation of your conference attendance for visa purposes, present the paper acceptance e-mail to a Canadian consulate and request that they contact the CEA Program Office (address shown above) if they require confirmation.

Paper Upload

Authors are encouraged to provide web access to their conference papers using PDF files. We are able to host PDF files on our economics.ca web server for those who do not have convenient access to a web server of their own. Click on the link provided in the e-mail confirmation of your paper submission. This displays your paper submission record. Follow the link at the bottom that reads Upload my paper as a PDF file to the economics.ca server for publication. Select the PDF file you wish to upload, or enter a web address (URL) where the paper is located on another web server. Upload the PDF file or link. As confirmation, you will see your updated registration record with the new web link. If you have any questions about this service, please contact Werner Antweiler.

Conference Highlights

Presidential Address
Speaker: Barbara Spencer (University of British Columbia)
Topic: International Outsourcing and Incomplete Contracts

Purvis Luncheon
Speaker: Robert Frank (Cornell University)
Topic: Does context matter more for some goods than others?

Innis Lecture
Speaker: Paul Beaudry (University of British Columbia)
Topic: Explorations in Medium-Run Macroeconomics

Special Topics / Invited Speakers
• Donald Andrews: Inference with Weak Instruments
• Anne Case: Orphans in Africa
• Robert Porter: Collusion in Auctions
• James Poterba: Market Imperfections in Theory and Practice:
   The Market for Private Annuities

• Shouyong Shi: The Microfoundation of Monetary Theory

Conference Venue

The On-Site Organizer at McMaster is Jack Leach.


Both Westjet and Canjet fly into the Hamilton airport. Flying into Hamilton rather than Toronto reduces the commuting time by at least an hour each way. The Hamilton Airport website shows the locations from which it is possible to fly into Hamilton directly.

A taxi from the Hamilton airport to the Sheraton or to the residences costs about $25-$35, and taxis are generally readily available. Use the Airways Transit Reservation Form if you would like to make a reservation for the Hamilton airport shuttle.

Ground transport from the Toronto airport is expensive unless an advance booking is made with Airways Transit. A reduced rate is available for conference participants, but they must specify that they are attending the CEA conference to get that rate. To make a reservation, download the Airways Transit Reservation Form [MS-Word, PDF], fill it out, and fax it to the number shown on the form.

Travel Grants

The CEA hopes that there will be SSHRC funds available for travel assistance to the 2005 CEA Meetings at McMaster University in Hamilton. Official notification of the SSHRC award will not come until April 2005. Funds will only be available to those located in North America and a strong preference will be given to Canadian applicants. Applications from outside North America will not be considered. All allocations are at the discretion of the Secretary-Treasurer of the CEA. Eligibility for a travel grant requires that the applicant is a current paid-up member of the Canadian Economics Association. Further information appears on the application form. Please fill out the form below and return it to Frances Woolley by mail or by fax.

Advance Registration

Fee Schedule
  early registration fee
until April 30, 2005
late registration fee
after April 30, 2005
Regular CEA Members CAD 100.00 CAD 130.00
Student CEA Members CAD  55.00 CAD  85.00
Non-Members CAD 155.00 CAD 185.00
Additional 7% GST applies to all prices.
All prices expressed in Canadian Dollars (CAD).

Luncheon and Other Fees
CWEN Lunch (May 27, 2005) CAD  15.00
Purvis Lunch (May 28, 2005) CAD  25.00
Luncheon prices apply to all participants.
Limited number of seats. Register early if
you would like to attend any of these events.
Add 7% GST to all luncheon prices.

Registration fees can only be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) using our on-line registration system. We do not accept other types of payments during advance registration. Specifically, we do not accept cheques (government or personal), purchase orders, or registrations by fax. Those unable to use overnment/company credit cards on-line will need to use their own personal credit card to register and then submit to their employer a claim for reimbursement. Cash payments and credit card payments can be made in person when checking in at the conference venue. Late registration fees apply after April 30th, 2005. Register early to avoid the late fees. We make refunds on payments that are received until May 15th, 2005, subject to a $25 processing fee deduction. No refunds will be made after May 15th. Advance registration closes on May 21, 2005. After this date registrations can only be made at the conference venue.

Membership in the Canadian Economics Association is priced at CAD 55.00 and is tied to a subscription to the Canadian Journal of Economics (CJE). Conference participants who are currently not members of the CEA are strongly encouraged to join the CEA. To sign up for the CEA, visit the Blackwell web site's CEA membership page.

If you have any questions about your conference registration, please contact Maureen Church at the CEA Program Office (cea@ucalgary.ca). Should you encounter any technical difficulties with the online credit card payment system, please contact Werner Antweiler for assistance. Please note that credit card payments to the Canadian Economics Association will appear on your credit card statement as "UBC - Sauder School of Business".

On-Site Registration

Participants who have registered in advance can pick up their conference package containing the conference program, badge and badge holder, lunch tickets (if requested), and related information. People wishing to participate in the conference who have not registered in advance may pay their registration fee at the registration desk. Registration fees for on-site payments are the same as for late registrations shown in the table in the previous section. The location and times of operation of the registration desks are shown below.

Location: Kenneth Taylor Hall
Thursday 08:00-12:00, 16:00-20:00
Friday 08:00-17:00
Saturday 08:00-15:00
Sunday closed

To locate Kenneth Taylor Hall please refer to the campus map. Look for the building with the number (38) on the map, the first of the three towers northwest of the Main Gate (up and to the right on the map). Nearby buildings are the McMaster University Student (51), Centre and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Business (52). Togo Salmon Hall (29) is just behind Kenneth Taylor Hall.


On campus accommodation in one of McMaster's residences is available to delegates. Delegates are asked to complete and return the Pre-Registration Accommodation Form by Thursday, April 28, 2005. Payments are pre-processed upon receipt of form. Confirmations along with directional information and check-in location will be sent to delegates who have pre-registered. Refunds will be granted if written notice of cancellation is received by Housing & Conference Services by 4:00 p.m., Monday, May 23, 2005. All or part cancellations are subject to a $20.00 administrative fee. No-shows will not receive any refund.
Accommodation and Hot Breakfast
    Hedden & Brandon Halls
     • Single Occupancy: $56.05 per person, per night
     • Double Occupancy: $47.09 per person, per night
These rates include 1 night accommodation, hot breakfast, bed linens, towels, parking, 7% GST + 5% PST. Roommate s name must be included for Double rate to apply. Single rate will be charged if no roommate indicated. More information about on campus accommodation can be found on the McMaster University Conference Services web page. Suites with four private rooms are available at the Mary Keyes residence.

(All rates shown are in Canadian Dollars)
Holiday Inn Burlington - Hotel & Conference Centre
Rating: 3.0 stars
Status: Some rooms still available
Web Site: www.ichotelsgroup.com/h/d/hi/1/en/hd?hotelCode=YURCA
Location: 3063 South Service Road
Burlington, ON, L7N3E9
E-Mail: unh2248res@whg.com
Phone: (905) 639-4443
Fax: (905) 333-4033
Contact: Shannon
Group Res.: Canadian Economics Association
Rooms & Rate: King bed: $133+tax; Queen bed: $118+tax
Cut-off date: May 13, 2005

Comfort Inn Burlington
Rating: 2.0 stars
Status: Some rooms still available
Web Site: www.choicehotels.ca/hotels/hotel?hotel=CN259
Location: 3290 South Service Road
Burlington, ON, L7N 3M6
Phone: (905) 639-1700
Fax: (905) 639-8968
Group Res.: CEA 2005
Contact: just ask for reservation, no contact name necessary
Rooms & Rate: 1 queen bed $92+tax
Cut-off date: May 13, 2005

Burlington Travelodge
Rating: 2.5 stars
Status: Some rooms still available
Web Site: www.burlingtontravelodge.com
Location: 950 Walkers Line
Burlington, ON
Phone: (905) 639-929
Group Res.: CEA 2005
Contact: just ask for reservation, no contact name necessary
Rooms & Rate: king/queen-sized bed: $102+tax
Cut-off date: May 13, 2005

Travelodge Hotel Burlington on the Lake
Rating: 3.0 stars
Status: Some rooms still available
Web Site: www.burlingtononthelake.com/
Location: 2020 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, ON, L7R 4G8
Phone: (905) 681-0762
Fax: (905) 634-4398
Group Res.: CEA Conference
Contact: just ask for reservation, no contact name necessary
Rooms & Rate: $119+tax standard, $129+tax business
Cut-off date: May 13, 2005

Rating: 3.0 stars
Status: All rooms have been booked; no more rooms available
Location: 50 King Street E.
Hamilton, Ontario, L8N 1B2
E-Mail: info@ramadahamilton.com
Phone: (905) 528-3451
Group Res.: Canadian Economics Association
Rooms & Rate: $114 (single or double)
Cut-off date: May 6, 2005

Sheraton Hamilton
Rating: 3.5 stars
Status: All rooms have been booked; no more rooms available
Location: 116 King Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4V3
Web Site: www.starwood.com/sheraton/search/hotel_detail.html?propertyID=185
Online Booking: www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/economics
E-Mail: sheratonhamilton@sheraton.com
Phone: (905) 529-5515
Fax: (905) 529-8266
Group Res.: Canadian Economics Association
Contact: Scott Johnson
Rooms & Rate: $129 (King-size bed); $169 (two Double beds)
Cut-off date: April 25, 2005

Conference participants who wish to stay at a B&B in the Hamilton area may wish to consult the Hamilton Lodging Guide, the Canadian B&B Guide, the Ontario B&B Guide, and the Hamilton Undiscovered web site.

Internet & WiFi Services

There is no wireless internet access (WiFi) in the buildings in which most of the sessions will take place, but WiFi it is available in the nearby Students Centre; see the coverage map for more details. Conference attendees staying in residence will likely be offered wired internet access by Housing Services; we are currently working on ensuring that this will be available during the conference. Conference participants interested in WiFi internet access should contact Werner Antweiler before May 10 to request a username/password for a VPN account at McMaster. There is no charge for WiFi service.

Poster Sessions


We recommend the following guidelines for your poster. If you have never attended a poster session, ask advice from a colleague in the natural sciences, where poster sessions are the most common type of conference session.

Supplies: The poster boards we provide are 48" wide (with folds at the the 12 and 36 points) and 36" high. Boards, thumbtacks, and scotch tape will be provided. You can set up your poster on Friday afternoon. You should bring a pen, notebook, and a few copies of your paper to facilitate discussion.

Coverage: We recommend that your poster be self-explanatory, freeing you from answering obvious questions so that you are available to supplement and discuss particular points of interest. Will a casual observer walk away understanding your major findings after a quick perusal of your material? Will a more careful reader learn enough to ask informed questions? Ask yourself, "What would I need to know if I were viewing this material for the first time?"

Clarity: Is the sequence of information evident? Indicate the ordering of your material with numbers, letters, or arrows. Place your major points in the poster and save the non-essential sidelights for informal discussion.

Layout: A typical display should use about 8 sheets of printed text. The key sheet is in the upper left-hand corner with your title, name, and affiliation. The lettering for this section should be at least 1 inch high. Either on that sheet or the next one there should be an abstract in large type. Sheets should be labelled with numbers or arrows so the reader can follow your display. Use the remainder of the board for handouts, figures, tables, or printouts that illustrate your major results/findings and how you got there. If there is a theoretical model, or if you need to write out some estimating equation, that should clearly precede any empirical results. All lettering should be at least 3/8 inch high, preferably in a bold font.

Information for Session Organizers

  • Individual Session Organizers

    If you would like to organize one or two sessions on a specific topic and have speakers/presenters lined up, contact the conference organizer for approval. Individual papers must still go through the regular registration process using the above on-line registration form. However, the "Comments" section of the form should make reference to the special session (e.g., "this paper is part of a special session on International Trade Disputes organized by Prof. Jane Doe). The applicable submission deadlines are the same as for regular paper presenters.

  • Multi-Session Programs by Affiliate Organizations

    Affiliate Organizations may submit blocks of sessions for inclusion in the program. They should contact the conference organizer or the program assistant by February 15, 2005 to state their intentions of doing so. At this point they should indicate (a) how many sessions they would like to sponsor and organize; (b) on which days they want these sessions to be scheduled and the preferred time slots; and (c) if these sessions will require particular preparations by the on-site organizer at our conference venue (e.g., catering, presentation tools). By March 12, 2005 at the latest, the conference organizer must receive a structured text file according to these guidelines that specify the session titles, session chairs, paper titles and authors, and possibly discussants.

Information for Session Chairs

The role of the session chair prior to the conference is to select discussants for the papers. Some time before the conference, this web site will present a list of possible discussants, organized by subject fields and research methodologies (theoretical or empirical). Session chairs should contact possible discussants by e-mail and solicit their participation. If, after considerable effort and endeavour, a session chair is unable to find external discussants, two options may be considered: (1) paper presenters may be asked to discuss papers of other presenters in a round-robin fashion; (2) the session will have no formal discussants and will allocate time to ad-hoc questions from the audience. However, it should be stressed that either of these two options should only be considered a fall-back position, not the default scenario.

Session chairs should allocate time to individual paper presentations and paper discussions in an equal and fair manner. Sessions are to commence on time, and papers should be delivered in the sequence in which they appear in the conference program. For a typical 3-paper 90-minute session, each presenter should be given 18-20 minutes for the presentation, followed by a 5-8 minute discussion by the discussant. Sessions without formal discussants should aim for 22-25 minute presentations followed by 5 minute question periods for the audience. The session chair will keep time and will signal to the presenters how much time is left at appropriate points. (See the signal paddles below.) If a speaker extends a presentation for more than 2 minutes past the mark, the chair is allowed to cut off a speaker and proceed to the discussant or next presentation.

Courtesy of William Robson of the C.D. Howe Institute, below are images of the two sides of two paddles (paper glued on signboard) that he recently used at a conference. They were very effective when managing the time allocated to individual speakers.

Session chairs are kindly asked to take notes during their sessions about (a) the attendance; (b) timeliness of the session speakers; (c) adequacy of the presentation tools and available facilities; and (d) any unusual or noteworthy facts that should be brought to the attention of the conference organizer or on-site organizer.

Information for Paper Presenters

After your paper has been accepted for presentation, you should make every effort to get an electronic version of your paper to your discussants, the session chair, and the other session participants as quickly as possible. To facilitate this process, you will receive an e-mail from the conference organizer with the names and e-mail addresses of the participants in your session. Papers should be distributed no later than 2-3 weeks before the conference. If your paper has not been received by the session chair 7 calendar days before the beginning of the conference, the conference organizer will revoke your paper acceptance and cancel your presentation. Papers should be distributed in PDF format only.

Paper presentations may be given either in English or French. However, if francophone authors feel comfortable presenting their papers in English, they are encouraged to do so. While all audience members understand English, regrettably many conference participants (in particular from the US and overseas) do not comprehend spoken French.

Paper presenters are kindly reminded of the importance of keeping track of the alloted time for their presentations. Going overtime is discourteous to the next speakers. Session chairs are permitted to cut off speakers who unduly overextend their alloted time frame.

Please note that most rooms do not have facilities for computer-assisted presentations [MS-PowerPoint, PDF] or internet access. Presenters should be prepared to use overhead projectors.

Information for Discussants

The role of the discussant is to critique the paper under consideration. Papers should be discussed courteously and tactfully, but nevertheless pointedly. The idea is to provide constructive criticism that will allow the author of the paper to rethink important points, and possibly improve the paper. Discussions should neither be glorifications nor vilifications. Furthermore, discussions should not simply summarize the paper and rehash the author's presentation, but offer an alternative perspective on the issues under considerations. Discussants should also refrain from turning the alotted time into a presentation of the discussant's own research; discusions should stay close to the paper under consideration.

Affiliated Organizations and Conferences

Some sessions at the Annual Meeting are organized by other organizations. These include

The Canadian Economics Theory Conference (CETC 2005) will be held at the University of British Columbia, May 13-15, 2005. For more information see the conference web page.

The Canadian Network for Economic History will be holding meetings at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, April 15-17, 2005. The theme will be Resources, the Environment and Long-Run Economic Growth. More information can be found on the CNEH web site

The Canadian Econometric Study Group Conference (CESG 2005) will take place October 21-22, 2005 in Vancouver, organized by Simon Fraser University. The CESG 2005 theme is "Model Uncertainty, Identification and Selection". Contact cesg@sfu.ca for more information.

The Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Study Group (CREE 2005) will take palce at the HEC in Montreal September 30-October 2, 2005. More information is available on the CREE 2005 web site.

The Canadian Health Economics Study Group (CHESG 2005) will take place at the University of Toronto May 25-26, 2005. More information is available on the CHESG website.

Announcement: CEA Sponsorship of Study Groups

As an experiment this year, the Canadian Economics Association will make available up to $2000 per study group. The funds can be used to organize sessions at the CEA meetings at McMaster, or they can be used for other initiatives. For example, they can be used to fund part of the costs of an annual area group conference, like those of the CETC, CESG, CMSG, CREE, or CPEG. To receive these funds, the CEA asks that you: (1) organize one or more sessions at the CEA meetings; (2) have at least 10 CEA members in your conference/group; (3) acknowledge CEA sponsorship on your conference program and similar documents; (4) create and maintain links between your group and the CEA web pages. To apply, write to the conference organizer.

Details about Sponsored Sessions

The CESG will sponsor an econometrics poster session at the CEA meetings at McMaster University on Friday 27 May 2005. The session, organized by Thanasis Stengos, will follow a state-of-the-art lecture by Don Andrews on "Inference with weak instruments." Submissions are due by February 28. Please note in the Comments section on the online paper submission form that you wish to participate in the poster session. All areas of theoretical and applied econometrics are welcome.