2018 Maine Economics Conference

April 28, 2018 
Buchanan Alumni House 
160 College Ave.
The University of Maine
Orono, ME

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Conference organizing committee


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2018 Maine Economics Conference 

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6th Maine Economics Conference
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Buchanan Alumni House
160 College Ave.
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine

Keynote speaker: Matthew J. Kotchen (The University of Maine ‘97G), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Economics, Yale University

 The 2018 Maine Economics Conference will take place at the Buchanan Alumni House on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono. For directions to the conference site and parking information, please click here.

Conference Program

Unless noted, all events occur in the McIntire Room

8:00 – 8:45 Arrival and continental breakfast

8:45 – 9:00 Welcome – Jeffrey Hecker, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost

Session 1:

9:00 – 9:30 Andrew Crawley (University of Maine), “Exploring US Labor Market Efficiency and Output: A New Leading Indicator for Signaling a Recession?”

 9:30 – 10:00 Julieta Yung (Bates College), “Can Interest Rate Factors Explain Exchange Rate Fluctuations?”

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee Break

Session 2:

10:15 – 10:45 Luke Chicoine (Bates College), “State Regulation and Cross-Border Spillover in Outpatient Surgery Markets.”

10:45 – 11:15 Angela Daley (University of Maine), “A Breath of Fresh Air: The Effect of Smoking Bans on Indigenous Youth in Canada.”

Student Poster Session: First Floor of the Buchanan Alumni House

11:15 – 12:15 For list of student presenters click here.

12:15 – 1:15 Buffet Lunch

Session 3:

1:15 – 1:45 Yang Fan (Colby College), “Strength in Diversity: How Board Heterogeneity Influences Investment, R & D, and Product Differentiation.”

1:45 – 2:15 Daniel Stone (Bowdoin College), “What Drives Demand for Media Slant?”

2:15 – 2:45 Keith Evans (University of Maine), “Economic Efficiency in the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Fishery: 2009-16, Pre-to IFQ Management.”

2:45 – 3:15 Jennifer Meredith (Colby College), “Fish or Flight: The Impact of Transferable Access Rights on Rural Alaskan Salmon Harvesters.”

3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break

Session 4:

3:30 – 4:00 Ju Young Park (Bowdoin College), “The Effect of the Fukshima Nuclear Accident on the Korean Housing Market.”

4:00 – 4:30 Youngseok Park (Colby College), “The Strategy of Manipulating Conflict: Comment.”

4:30 – 5:00 Erin Giffin (Colby College), “Identity Formation, Gender Differences, and the Population of  Stereotypes.”

Keynote Speaker:

5:00 – 5:30 Matthew J. Kotchen – Professor of Economics and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Yale University, The Role of Economics Research in Public Policy.”

Reception and Dinner: First floor of Buchanan Alumni House & McIntire Room

5:30 – 6:00 Reception

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner


Student Poster Session

Undergraduate Student Winners:


  • Bennett Saltzman (Bates College), “Forecasting Macroeconomic Data Using Artificial Intelligence Techniques and Federal Reserve Beige Books.”

1st place winner


  • Joshua Young (Colby College), “Cleveland De-Hubbed: How Were Passengers Affected?”

1st place winner


Graduate Student Winners:


  • Sujita Pandey (University of Maine), “The Impact of Safe Delivery Incentive Program on Prenatal Care in Nepal.”

1st place grad winner

  • Dina Vllasaliu (University of Maine), “Factors Affecting People’s Preferences for Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Efficient Measures.”

2nd lace grad winner