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First Call for Papers – North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 13-16, 2019

Join us in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the 66th North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) sponsored by the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC).  The conference will be held at the beautiful and historic Omni William Penn Hotel, November 13–16, 2019.  You can learn more about the conference, submit an abstract, and register for the conference and workshops at the NARSC Website at http://www.narsc.org/.

This year the Spatial Econometrics Association (SEA) will be meeting in conjunction with us at the conference hotel. Special registration instructions for those of you who wish to attend the SAE sessions, in addition to the NARSC sessions, are provided below.

Click on the link to the conference section for general information on the conference.  To register for the conference or submit an abstract/session online you must first login to the User Area. If you attended a NARSC conference over the past couple of years or are a member of a North American regional science organization, when you reach the login page of the User Area, you will be asked to enter your provided username and password.  Otherwise, when you reach the login page of the User Area, you will be asked to click on a link and enter your e-mail address so we can check if you are already in our database. If you are in our database, your username and password will be e-mailed to you so you can login. If you are not in our database, you will need to register for a free NARSC user account and then you will be able to register for the conference and submit an abstract.

Once logged, you can change your password, update your profile, submit an abstract/session, register for the conference, and check the status of your registration.  You will be able come to your account in the User Area subsequently using your valid username and password.  In case you forget your password, just contact technical support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your e-mail address and your password will be e-mailed to you so you can login.

Please note that there is a surcharge for individuals who are not members of RSAI. When you are ready to register for the conference please check your RSAI membership status at: https://www.regionalscience.org/index.php/join-us.html . If you have any questions regarding your RSAI membership status or would like to join RSAI please contact Elisabete Martins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) at the RSAI Central Office.

Also, there is a higher registration rate for individual who wish to attend the sessions organized by the Spatial Econometrics Association (SEA). Those who register to attend the SAE sessions will also have full access to the NARSC sessions, receptions, coffee breaks etc. However, if you register for NARSC only, you will not be able to access the SEA sessions.

Individual papers and organized sessions must be submitted online in the abstract submission section of the website between now and JULY 1, 2019. The conference registration section is open and allows secure electronic financial transactions. Information about the workshops will be posted in May. If you are potentially interested in attending any workshops it is suggested that you wait until information about them is available before registering for the conference. Be sure to consult the conference website for additional information and details.

Conference organizers welcome individual papers and organized sessions relating to a wide variety of topics that are included within the diverse realm of regional science.  We are especially interested in receiving proposals for organized sessions. If you have an interest in organizing a themed session, please contact the Program Chair, Laurie Schintler. We are an international scholarly organization that focuses on regional analysis, ranging from urban and spatial theory to applied problems in regional development, sustainability, environmental management, and rural land use.  We are an interdisciplinary association, with members representing fields as diverse as economics, agricultural economics, public policy, urban planning, civil engineering, geography, finance, and demography.  The annual North American RSAI conference is the premier regional science meeting in North America and attracts scholars and practitioners from around the world.  

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni William Penn at the rate of $185 (plus applicable taxes) for a double-occupancy room. In addition, we have negotiated a special rate for of $119 (plus applicable taxes) for a limited number of student room. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book the conference hotel through the NARSC website.  By doing so, NARSC will get credit for your booking.  Bookings can be made via a link coming soon.

If you have questions, here is contact information:

Local arrangements:

John Sporing (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Program Chair:

Laurie Schintler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Overall Arrangements
Neil Reid, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

We look forward to seeing you in Pittsburgh.

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