Am I required to discuss a paper?

Yes. The primary purpose of this professional meeting is to exchange ideas and improve the quality of economic research. We strive to assign a discussant who will offer constructive criticism  following the presentation of each and every paper. In order to make this possible, all presenters are asked to discuss one paper. You will have access to the paper you are assigned two weeks in advance of the conference. In most cases, you will be assigned to discuss a paper in the same session in which you are presenting.