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Pacific Conference on Economics and the Social Sciences

San Francisco Peninsula, California

May 13, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Early-bird Deadline: Sun, March 13th, 2016
Submission Deadline: Wed, April 13th, 2016
Extended Submission Deadline: Fri, May 6th, 2016

While intentionally interdisciplinary, this conference likely is of most interest to those with interests in:

American Studies | Economics | Sociology | Cultural Anthropology | Geography | Political Science | Public Policy | Gender Studies

We live in a world of abundant but not unlimited resources, requiring tradeoffs in making choices to achieve multi-attribute objectives. This is true at the level of an individual, a group, a society, or globally. How are decisions made at each level, and how should they be made? What happens when there is disagreement regarding objectives and collective choices? How do we address the inequalities that often result from collective action, and how should we? This conference brings together the disciplines of economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography and related fields to address topics of mutual interest.

As with all events offered by The Sisu Advantage, this event is run in parallel with another conference. The intent is to break down traditional discipline silos and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. Registration to this event allows attendance to all sessions and events of both The Pacific Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences and The Pacific Conference on Economics and the Social Sciences, at no additional cost.


Keynote Speaker
Hersh Shefrin
Mario L. Belotti Professor of Finance
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
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A California Connection:


California is only one (2%) of the fifty states, yet its gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at about 13.5% of the U.S. total, far more than any other state. Its GDP ranks 7th among all countries, only slightly behind that of the United Kingdom. Of course, its GDP is highly correlated with a multitude of other demographic, economic and social measures, so that California has much more than 2% of the national population, the number of jobs, the number of violent crimes, and so on. Furthermore, as would be expected given that the state stretches nearly 800 miles along the Pacific coast, there is considerable diversity within the state, both spatially and as a function of population density.

Frontier Workshops

Each conference weekend, a specialty workshop is offered that exposes attendees to open-source productivity tools that are freely available, such as "R Packages", that are specifically designed for teaching and research in the discipline(s) and topics that are the focus of that weekend.

The R Statistical Computing Environment is a free, downloadable software system for both basic and state-of-the-art data visualizations and analyses.

It is the leading programming language for newly introduced algorithms, and more than 7,000 “R Packages” are available for download to save you from needing to “reinvent the wheel” in your own work. We solicit requests from attending delegates and select one or two to present at each workshop. No prior experience with R or programming is expected.

Following are a sample of “R Packages” representative of those we cover:

  • Pre-K through K-12 Education // Language Learning
    → “shiny Package”: for building interactive web data visualizations
  • Community College and University Ed// Distance and Lifelong Learning
    → “knitr Package”: for presentation and publication of reproducible work
  • Social/Mass Media and Communication // Fine Arts and Humanities
    → “tm Package”: a comprehensive framework for text mining and web-mining
  • Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences // Economics and Social Sciences
    → “vegan Package”: for ordination methods like multidimensional scaling
  • Statistical Computing and Data Mining // The Science and Art of Business
    → “rattle Package”: A GUI for classical and tree models and data mining
  • Energy, Climate Change and the Environment // Technology and Public Policy
    → “EnvStats Package”: for environmental statistics and EPA guidance


San Mateo Marriott San Francisco Airport
1770 S Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States
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(650) 653-6000
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