CEA 2020: May 22 - May 24

Important Update Regarding CEA 2020: Cancellation 

The COVID 19 pandemic is evolving rapidly and has led many health authorities and post-secondary institutions around the world, including the University of Toronto, to prohibit large gatherings. As such, the board of the CEA has approved the cancellation of the CEA 2020 Meetings that were to be held in Toronto on May 22-24. The organizing committee is working to make this hard landing smoother for many by:

  • Allowing those who have already registered to obtain a reimbursement.
  • Rolling into future programmes some of the addresses planned for 2020.
  • Expanding the Vancouver 2021 conference slightly to accommodate additional sessions.
  • Awarding the Prizes typically announced at the CEA meeting as scheduled.
  • Announcing the induction of New Fellows of the CEA as scheduled.
  • Working with study groups to retain work already done.

At this time, the Board would like to thank all of those involved in the machinery that makes for a great CEA meeting. The meetings are a joint effort of many people and it is unfortunate that events have transpired to lead us to this juncture.

We would like to thank, in particular, the study group leaders and adjudicators who vet papers and organize sessions; groups who organized special sessions and speakers (CWEC, Bank of Canada, PEF, CSLS, Statistics Canada, CIRANO-JDI-Phelps-RIIB, AEDSB, CPP, C.D. Howe, CMHC, CRDCN, Environment and Climate Change Canada, EDC, EPRI, NOEA, Productivity Partnership, SPP at UCalgary, etc.); our two key financial sponsors: the Bank of Canada and the Analysis Group; the local organizers (Gillian Hamilton and Elizabeth Dhuey) who worked tirelessly to arrange contracts, venues, and provide local logistics; the overall conference organizer (Nicole Fortin) who is responsible for finding, selecting and cajoling the set of fantastic SOTA speakers to attend, the Purvis luncheon speaker, as well as selecting the Innis Lecture, and finally, the glue that keeps things together, Paula Emery. All of these individuals worked very hard to ensure the success of CEA 2020.

For many of us, the CEA meeting is a key conference to catch up with friends, colleagues, and expand our intellectual boundaries. All of us were looking forward to a great set of talks and discussions of important issues. We hope that in the coming months, you and your families remain in good health and we can all reconnect in Vancouver 2021.

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to the CEA office at office@economics.ca.

In good health,

Nicole Fortin (Conference Organizer), M. Scott Taylor (CEA President)

The 54th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economics Association will be held Friday May 22nd to Sunday May 24th, 2020 at the prestigious University of Toronto. The conference is hosted by the Economics Department at the University of Toronto. Professor Nicole Fortin of the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia is the program chair, while Professors Gillian Hamilton and Elizabeth Dhuey both of the University of Toronto are responsible for local arrangements. 

For further information, please contact CEA conference coordinator, Paula Emery, at cea.conference@gmail.com


The Main Conference Program will take place at the University of St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto and at Victoria University in the University of Toronto. 




The entire preliminary program will be available here, updates are made continuously.


Preferred rates at downtown Toronto hotels are available. See the accommodations page for additional details. 


A downtown Toronto daycare Centre [details to follow] will be available, based on pre-booking, for the 2020 conference.  Please contact Elizabeth Dhuey as soon as possible to express your interest in booking. 


Twelve undergraduate students from across the country will be invited to attend this year's CEA meetings and present their research at the CEA - Bank of Canada  Undergraduate Research Poster Session.  High-quality original research papers, in either French or English, focusing on any area of Economics will be considered. The deadline to apply is Sunday April 19th, 2020


The CEA is pleased to provide Travel Grants to qualifying graduate students. Applications will be accepted during the months of February and March.  


The CEA welcomes exhibitors interested in booth space that will showcase to over 1000 delegates.


January 14, 2020

The conference organizer starts accepting submissions of papers for presentation at the conference through the web interface.

January 31, 2020

Last day for prospective special session organizers to contact the program office for booking blocks of sessions.

February 1, 2020

Advance registration for the conference commences.

February 14, 2020

Deadline to submit your paper or abstract. Note that the deadline has been extended to Feb 17th

March 31, 2020

Deadline for travel grant applications to be submitted to the CEA Office

March 31, 2020

Last day for notifying paper submitters on the acceptance or rejection of their paper for presentation.

April 22, 2020

Deadline for paper presenters to register. Presenters must register by this date or lose their conference program slot.

April 3, 2020

Preliminary program is expected to become available.

May 5, 2020

Early registration ends, and late registration fees apply thereafter.

May 21, 2020

Select sessions organized by affiliated groups begin.

May 22, 2020

The conference begins

Submissions are now closed
To access your submission:


Harold Innis Lecture

Siwan Anderson, Professor of Economics at the University of British Columbia and a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. Her research on micro-level institutions and the role of gender studies the interplay between economic development, institutions and women’s welfare.

Doug Purvis Memorial Lecture

Anne Case, Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Emeritus at Princeton University. Her recent research on health over the life course has uncovered recent increases in midlife morbidity and mortality that she attributes to drugs, alcohol, and suicide, also known as “deaths of despair.” 

State of the Art Lectures

Loren Brandt, Noranda Chair in International Trade  and Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto. His research interest focuses on issues of industrial upgrading and  growth in China.

Joshua Gans, Jeffrey S. Skoll Chair and Professor of Strategic Management at the Rotman School,  University of Toronto. His research interests include the economics of AI.

Veronica Guerrieri, Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics, at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago. Her research in macroeconomics explores market imperfections.

Rachel E. Kranton, James B. Duke Professor of Economics at Duke University. Her research in the field of economics of networks include theories of how networks affect economic behavior.                 

Fabian Lange, CRC Chair in Labour and Personnel  Economics and Associate Professor of Economics at  McGill University. His research focuses on employer learning and labour market dynamics.

Fiona M. Scott Morton, Theodore Nierenberg Professor of Economics at the Yale University School of  Management. Her primary research interests are  competition and anti-trust.