26th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Econometrics Group

October 21-22, 2016, Urbana-Champaign

The Second MEG Mentoring Workshop for Junior Female Economists

October 20-21, 2016, Urbana-Champaign

The local organizers of this year’s MEG meeting are hosting the second mentoring workshop for junior female economists as a pre-conference event, following the first MEG mentoring workshop held at Indiana University in 2013. This pre-conference mentoring workshop is for junior female econometricians, broadly defined, including female junior scholars doing applied, empirical or theoretical econometrics research in all fields of economics. In the MEG mentoring workshop, we intend to explore through various forms of mentor-mentee pair presentations novel and creative ways of mentoring juniors. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for juniors to work closely with established senior mentors, which can help them start building a substantive and long-lasting intellectual relationship. It will also naturally open up possibilities for collaboration and a joint research.

In the first mentoring workshop, mentors presented junior mentees’ paper as if it were their own, and the mentees discussed their own papers as a formal discussant. The main intention for this novel format was to provide an opportunity for mentors to delve more deeply into the research content of their mentees' work. For this year’s workshop, we decided to reverse the roles where a mentee presents her own paper, and the assigned mentor discusses her mentee's paper as a formal discussant. This format will allow the mentees to receive feedback on their papers and presentation skills, and the mentors may now focus on commenting on particular parts of the paper.

Using the same selection rules from the first workshop, we have selected the mentor-mentee pairs presenting at the mentoring sessions and they are listed in the program for the mentoring workshop below. The selection is solely based on the availability of an appropriate senior mentor with substantial research overlap with a mentee. The 12 participating senior mentors ranked two or three papers from the entire pool of submissions by junior female economists that best match their current research interests to create the desirable win-win outcomes for both mentors and mentees.

The mentoring workshop this year will have three main events: (1) Networking dinner (October 20, 6:30-9 pm, Big Grove Tavern), (2) Breakfast and formal introduction of mentee-mentor pair presenters (October 21, 8-8:40 am), and (3) Mentoring sessions (October 21, 8:40 am-12 pm), which include three one hour sessions. There will be several post-conference activities to facilitate further networking and interaction among all participants, including the post-conference dinner at Professor Roger Koenker’s house on Saturday October 22, and a Sunday morning social on October 23.

It is our sincere wish that all junior female economists participate in the mentoring workshop regardless of whether or not you are presenting at the mentoring sessions. To learn more about the research of junior females in their research areas, all participating senior mentors will attend presentations by the juniors throughout the main conference. We also encourage you to attend presentations by the seniors in your research areas. This will be an excellent opportunity for both potential mentors and mentees to develop a deeper understanding of each other’s research for future relationships.

We are excited to host the second MEG mentoring workshop, by which we aim to continue our efforts to foster a collaborative relationship between mentors and mentees. We hope that the conversations and interactions will prove useful to all participants. Without a doubt, the foundation for this mentoring workshop is the participating mentors’ genuine interest to invest in their mentees’ research and their dedication to mentoring juniors. We would like to thank them for their willingness to contribute and commitment to this great cause.

Participating Mentors:
  • Bertille Antoine – Simon Fraser University
  • Yoosoon Chang – Indiana University
  • Marcelle Chauvet – University of California at Riverside
  • Bin Chen – University of Rochester
  • Yingying Dong – University of California at Irvine
  • Silvia Goncalves – Western University
  • Ana Maria Herrera – University of Kentucky
  • Elena Pesavento – Emory University
  • Anastasia Semykina – Florida State University
  • Cindy Shin-Huei Wang – University of Catholique de Louvain and National Tsing Hua University
  • Nese Yildiz – University of Rochester
  • Xueyan Zhao – Monash University

  • Workshop Concise Program (Full Program)

    Day 0

    October 20, 2016

    6:30-9:00pm Theme for Discussions: Successes and Failures We Had in Academic Job Market
    Big Grove Tavern: One Main Street, Champaign, IL 61820

    Day 1

    October 21, 2016

    8:00 -8:40am Breakfast and Introduction of Mentee-Mentor Pair Presenters
    Champaign/ Urbana room
    8:40-9:40am Mentoring Session I: Time Series Econometrics

    Chair: Ana Maria Herrera (University of Kentucky)

    1. Nelslihan Skarya - Elena Pesavento
    1. Meiyu Li - Cindy S. H. Wang
    1. Yeonwoo Rho - Silvia Gonclaves

    Mentoring Session II: Microeconometrics

    Chair: Elena Pesavento (Emory University)

    1. Shu Shen - Nese Yildiz
    1. Jiaying Gu - Bertille Antoine
    1. Julia Gonzalez - Anastasia Semykina

    Mentoring Session III: Empirical Economics

    Chair: Marcelle Chauvet (University of California Riverside)

    1. Alice Sheehan - Ana Maria Herrera
    1. Xinton Wang - Xueyan Zhao
    1. Sarah Zubairy - Marcelle Chauvet
    12:00pm End of Mentoring Workshop