Economics of Animal Welfare

July 11, 2024 - July 12, 2024
Department of Economics and Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Brown University

United States

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Texas State University

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Brown University’s Department of Economics and Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics are hosting an interdisciplinary conference on the economics of animal welfare on July 11–12, 2024. 

This conference aims to build on successful workshops on this topic at Duke University, Stanford University, and the Paris School of Economics. We welcome submissions on a range of topics that apply economic methods to understand how to value or improve animal welfare. This includes theoretical work on including losses or benefits to animals in economic analyses, applied empirical work on the effects of policies or industry structure on animal welfare, and anything else within the purview of economics as it relates to the well-being of commodity, companion, or wild animals.

We invite 300-word abstracts from economists and those in relevant fields, including animal welfare science, political science, and philosophy. In addition to full presentations, we also welcome “ideas in development” from graduate students or early-stage researchers that can be presented in less than 10 minutes. 

Please submit abstracts and ideas-in-progress by January 15, 2024 via this form: General attendance registration will open in January 2024.

Travel support to Providence will be provided for all accepted speakers. 

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for graduate students and predoctoral researchers to attend without presenting a paper. Please apply for non-speaker travel funding in the link above. 

Vegan meals will be provided. 

While this is an in-person event, a limited number of remote presentations may be possible.


Bob Fischer, Department of Philosophy, Texas State University

Anya Marchenko, Department of Economics, Brown University

Kevin Kuruc, Population Wellbeing Initiative, University of Texas at Austin

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January 15, 2024, 9:00am EST

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