The role of the discussant is to critique the paper under consideration. Papers should be discussed courteously and tactfully. The idea is to provide constructive criticism that will help the audience understand the paper and 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. 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.
The rooms will have facilities for computer-assisted presentations, using PowerPoint or PDF. To make this run smoothly, should you choose to use it for your discussion, it is imperative that you:
A number of computer-literate students will patrol the conference areas to act as first line support. Nonetheless, presenters and discussants are asked to test run their presentations.
Please note that in order to gain access to the email addresses of authors and discussants, you can log into your CEA account at my.economics.ca. Go to “Conference Schedule” on the left hand column and you will find access to the authors and discussants in the session you are involved in. If you click on the Author/Discussants name you have access to their email address in order to communicate.