Society of Government Economists’ Annual Conference - Law and Economics

Co-sponsored with Program On Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University’s Washington College of Law

April 20, 2023

Call for Papers

Invited Speakers:

  • Andrew Toole, Chief Economist, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Brent Lutes, Chief Economist, U.S. Copyright Office 

The Society of Government Economists’ Annual Conference is a one-day in-person e that brings together government economists and those interested in 1) economic topics relating to government programs or public policy, 2) government economic surveys, data, and measures, and 3) research on trends and issues that inform and impact policy. The goal is to share work in progress. 
This year, the conference theme is “Law and Economics,” emphasizing the role of knowledge in the economy and its connections to legal structures. Knowledge growth is an engine of economic growth. Critical to harnessing knowledge is the role of institutions and laws. A plenary session on intellectual property and the knowledge economy will open our conference.
We invite individual paper submissions and poster submissions further focusing on the advancement of knowledge in the economy, such as education, innovation, technology, and workplace changes. In addition, we invite proposals on the following topics: disability, inequality, housing, transportation, poverty, healthcare, crime, racism, trade, antitrust, regulations, energy, agriculture, national safety and security, banking, finance, and inflation. We encourage participants to discuss how laws and policies have a bearing on their subject of inquiry if possible.

We invite 200 - 500 word abstracts or proposals for individual papers, organized sessions of four papers, and poster presentations. Only one submission per person is permitted. Paper presenters should be prepared to send a full paper to their discussant by Friday, March 31st, 2023. Discussants will be assigned by the conference organizers. 
Submissions are due by January 27th. Notifications will be sent out by February 17th.
If you are interested in serving as a discussant or chair, but not submitting a paper or poster, please email
Last year’s virtual program is available here and the program for our last in-person conference in 2019 is located here.
Venue: The conference will be held in-person only at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 8:30 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. We must follow university guidance regarding COVID-19 protocols; at this time, masking indoors is optional.
The anticipated conference registration fee will be $200.
Please contact Mahsa Gholizadeh at if you have questions.
Sabrina Wulff Pabilonia, President
Cristina Miller, Vice-President
Mahsa Gholizadeh, Conference Chair

A pdf version of this Call for Papers can be downloaded here.