As I approach the end of my two-year term as your president, let me say first of all that it has been a pleasure to serve in this capacity. I must also admit that I have needed a lot of help. The other officers, the members of the AERE Board, and all of the committees have done a great job. Marilyn Voigt, AERE’s executive secretary, has been both exceedingly helpful and patient on many occasions. Recently, I have been particularly appreciative of our president-elect, Nancy Bockstael. I took over as chair of my department on August 1st. Learning the ropes as chair, while attempting to honor many other commitments made prior to assuming these new duties, has made life very difficult during the Fall semester. Some important matters of AERE business have come up, and Nancy, along with our secretary, Karen Palmer, and other members of the AERE Board, have managed very well with limited help from me. I leave the presidency in January knowing that the organization is in good hands. Here’s some other news: • The World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists was a great success! Hundreds of papers were presented along with 24 organized symposia. (See the detailed article about the World Congress by Peter Parks on page 10.) As we expected, the quality varied somewhat, but there were many excellent presentations. Our Italian hosts had everything organized so well that there were very few problems.Everyone agreed that the social and cultural events were outstanding. Those of you who know me personally will not be surprised to learn that I enjoyed the food and wine served at various events enormously, and I noticed many other AERE members doing likewise! We owe a great debt of gratitude to our sister organization, the European Associatio
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