Am I required to discuss a paper?

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.