The Twelfth Annual

Conference on Urban

and Regional Economics


Call for papers

The Real Estate Department of the Wharton School and the Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will host the twelfth annual Conference on Urban and Regional Economics (CURE) on Thursday through Saturday, December 10-12, 2020.

This year’s conference will be held online. The conference will run for three consecutive afternoons, on Thursday, December 10 through Saturday, December 12.

As always, the goal of CURE is to provide extensive discussion of new and innovative research in urban and regional economics. This year, the conference will use a novel format to maximize value to participants in the online environment. Six papers will be selected for presentation and discussion. These papers will be sent out to all conference participants in advance. Each paper is a single session, in which the authors will have ten minutes to make an opening statement and then the rest of the hour is devoted to a discussion led by three to five panelists and including all conference participants. All participants are required to read the papers in advance. To facilitate live Q&A, participants will be encouraged to submit questions and discussion topics in advance to a pre-conference discussion board.

You are invited to submit a completed paper dealing with urban and regional topics; both theoretical and empirical papers are welcome. Papers will be circulated to conference participants by October 30, so completed papers are preferred. Papers by early career scholars, and by researchers from under-represented groups, are welcome.

Please also apply if you are interested in participating in the conference, but do not wish to present a paper.

You may submit your paper or apply to participate in the conference at the link below:

The application deadline is 5PM Eastern Daylight Time on Friday, October 2, 2020. Authors whose papers are selected for presentation will be notified around October 16 and are expected to provide a completed draft of the paper for circulation to conference participants by October 30.


Gerald Carlino, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Gilles Duraton, The Wharton School

Jessie Handbury, The Wharton School

Jeffrey Lin, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Last updated July 15, 2020

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