ESA-announce North American Meetings 2014 – preferences for dates
We have selected a location for the North American meetings of the ESA in Fall 2014. They will be at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This is a great location: nice hotel, by the beach, lots of restaurants nearby, and easy access to the Ft. Lauderdale (20 minute drive, for domestic travelers) and Miami (40 minute drive, for international travelers) airports. The one question we would like you feedback about is the dates of the conference. We have priced two weekends, September 4 – 6 adn October 16 – 18. The latter set of dates are preferable — not close to the European ESA (if that happens this year), mid-semester, and much better weather. For those of you who have never lived in Florida or a similar climate, the last point is important. In early September, Florida tends to be VERY hot and humid. To be honest, it also tends to be hot and humid in October, but less so. Average temps are a bit lower — low 90s in early September vs mid 80s — and the humidity won’t be quite as bad. That said, the nightly price is $130/night for the first set of dates vs. $180/night for the later set of dates.
Before selecting dates, we wanted to know how the ESA membership felt about have a better set of dates versus a lower hotel price. If you think you are reasonably likely to attend, we’d appreciate it if you could answer the following questions. Please email your surveys to either me (djcooper(at)fsu.edu) or Mark Isaac (<a href="mailto:misaac).
Which set of dates do you prefer? September October
As a percentage, how likely do you think you would be to attend the meetings if we choose the September dates?
As a percentage, how likely do you think you would be to attend the meetings if we choose the October dates?
As a percentage, if the meetings were held in September and you attend, how likely are you to stay in the conference hotel?
As a percentage, if the meetings were held in October and you attend, how likely are you to stay in the conference hotel?
David J. Cooper
Brim Eminent Scholar in Economics
Florida State University
Department of Economics
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2180