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Thank you participants for attending the second annual AERE Summer Conference. The conference is held each year (except in World Congress years) and is larger in scope than past AERE Workshops. Yet it retains many features of the workshop that were so successful through the years.

The conference featured several parallel tracks (General Sessions) open to all topics of interest to environmental and natural resource economists. In addition, it will include one track of Sponsored Sessions and one track of Graduate Students’ Featured Sessions that will extend throughout the two-day conference. The Sponsored Sessions will focus on a single topic, and the theme for 2012 is New Directions in Climate Change Policy and Analysis. We are also pleased to announce the keynote speaker at this year's conference: Robert S. Pindyck, the Tokyo-Mitsubishi Professor of Economics and Finance in the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Next year we anticipate a Washington, D.C. venue!

Don Fullerton and Joe Herriges
Co-chairs of the Organizing Committee.