On Jan. 30, LERA President and Annual Meeting Program Chair David Lewin sent members a reminder to get the new LERA meeting schedules and submission deadlines on their calendars and into their iPhones.
The primary point that drives the change, he wrote, is " ... beginning in 2013, LERA will hold its own annual meeting, separate from the ASSA-AEA."
LERA's next and 65th Annual Meeting — "The Future of Work" — will take place June 6-9, 2013, in St. Louis.
The Chair and Program Committee welcome an expanded schedule of session proposals from LERA members and non-members, Interest Sections, and Industry Councils in these broad areas:
- Labor Economics and Labor Markets
- Law, Regulations, Dispute Resolution
- Labor-Management Relations
- Labor Unions and Employee Voice
- Work and Occupations
- Industry Studies
- International and Comparative Industrial Relations and Human Relations
- Policy Panels in Healthcare and Defense
Session proposals and individual papers may focus on research; professional development (best practices, training, and professional issues); or public policy (especially related to the future of work in healthcare and defense).
The call for papers for the 65th Annual Meeting will be issued the first part of March 2012, with complete details on how to submit proposals or papers online. Deadline for panel submissions is October 5, 2012. Click here to access the Call for 65th Annual Meeting proposals.
The 2013 ASSA/AEA (American Economics Association) Annual Meeting (where the 65th LERA Annual Meeting would have been in the past) will be held in San Diego, Calif., January 4-6, 2013; LERA members will still participate in the form of paper presentations and panels, but there will be no LERA organizational presence, no LERA hotel, dinners, etc. A separate LERA Program Committee chaired by Eileen Appelbaum was organized to receive and evaluate session and paper proposals for the AEA San Diego meeting and Appelbaum will be announcing the LERA program at AEA later this spring.
The final 65th Annual Meeting program in St Louis will be announced by January 1, 2013. The June 2013 LERA meeting will include a full conference program along with a welcoming reception, policy forum and presidential luncheons, the LERA general membership meeting and awards ceremonies, and other activities and events.
Lewin in his message to the membership went on:
"We are very excited about the shift to our own annual June meeting. This will allow the LERA to develop greater independence, expand the conference program, increase opportunities for our members to participate in workshops and interactive sessions, broaden our audience, and attract new members.
"The June date also makes it easier for members (and their families) to attend the meeting and St Louis offers many places of interest. In addition, the financial benefits for LERA will be greater if we hold our own independent meetings."
For more information on the new independent meeting schedule, click here to see the story in the September LERA e-Newsletter.