Frequently asked questions

Q: How can I tell if I’m a member?
A: Our new fiscal year begins July 1. So unless you have paid membership dues since then, you will need to renew your membership in the MEA. If you still have questions, contact the MEA office at

Q: What fees are required?
A: If you plan to submit an abstract for consideration, you will be asked to become a member of the MEA, pay the abstract submission fee in the fall, and pay the registration fee prior to attending the meeting in the spring.

Q: Am I required to discuss a paper?
A: Yes. The main purpose of this professional meeting is to exchange ideas and improve the quality of research. We strive to see that all papers have someone assigned to offer constructive criticism of the work. In order to do this, all presenters are asked to discuss a paper at the convention. Usually the discussion paper is one being presented in the session where your paper is presented. We ask that you indicate on the submission form what JEL codes you are comfortable discussing. Every effort is made to find a paper to match your interests.

Q: What should be included in the abstract?
A: Abstracts submitted to the MEA should fit on to one page and must include your name with affiliation, coauthor’s names and affiliations, title of the paper, and JEL code of the paper with sub classification numbers if possible. (Include document on How to Write an Abstract.)