Southern California Economic Theory Conference II

Santa Barbara, California----March 3-5, 2000

(page updated  March 2)

Hosted  by  UCSB

This is the second annual meeting of the Southern California Economic Theory Conference.  Our first meeting was sponsored by USC and held  at Desert Hot Springs. Those who were there had a fine time and professed eagerness to meet again at UCSB. This is a great opportunity for people who do pure and applied economic theory and who live within driving distance (or at least short airplane flights) of each other to  get together and  form or renew personal friendships and to share in the pleasures of discussing interesting economic research.

Conference Program 

Click here to find the conference program.  We decided to give lots of people a chance to talk and also to arrange a reasonable amount of time for informal chatter.  This left us room for 17  half-hour presentations, running all day Saturday and from 9:15 until shortly after noon on Sunday.   Continental
breakfast and lunch will be served at the conference site on both days.


We have booked blocks of rooms at the Radisson Hotel and the Beach Motel 6 in Santa Barbara. The Radisson is a 3-star hotel right across the street from the beach.  The Beach Motel 6 is close to the Radisson and about a block from the beach.

The conference rate for the Radisson is $129 per night for a room with one bed and $135 for a room with two beds.    The conference rate for the Motel 6 is $65.99 per night for one person and
$72 per night for two people.  To make your reservations, phone the hotels directly.  To get these
rates you must book before February 3.  Mention that you are with the Southern California Economic Theory Conference to obtain the conference rate.

For Motel 6, the conference rate is the normal rate, but you may have trouble getting the kind of room you want if they don't find out that you are with the conference.   Ask for the   "So Cal Econ."  group. ( "Southern California Economic Theory Conference" doesn't fit in their computer.)
Harrison Cheng tells me and the manager confirms that the Santa Barbara beach Motel 6 is the first  Motel 6 ever built.  It was built in 1962.  It is the best Motel 6 that I have seen. I looked at a couple of rooms, which  are nice and clean and in good repair.  They are not as large as rooms at the Radisson, but seemed very comfortable to me. The real bonus is the location. It is on a quiet street a block from the ocean. From some of the rooms you even get a good view of the ocean.

The  local phone number for the Radisson is (805) 963-0744.
The local phone number for the Santa Barbara Beach Motel 6 is (805) 564-1392.

It turns out that the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will be in town on that weekend (Click here for information about the festival.)  Unless your spouse is an economist, he or she will probably enjoy the festival doings more than mingling with us.  But the festival  brings a lot of people into town and so housing will be very tight if you don't get reservations before February 3.

Finding Your Way 

Here are maps to the Radisson and the Beach Motel 6.  These are zoomable maps, so you can zero
in for a very local scale map and you can zoom out to see the big picture showing how to get to Santa Barbara.

 Click here to find a map to the Radisson
Click here to find a map to the Beach Motel 6

Here is a map showing how to get  to the conference site, Cliff House.

The conference will be located in a UCSB conference facility  right on the beach just west of the main campus.   The distance is about 14 miles from your hotel and it should take you about 20-25 minutes to drive there.  You should exit Highway 101 at  the Glen Annie, Storke Road exit.  Take a close look at the map and print out a copy to bring with you.  The last wiggly bit of the road is rutted and potholed, but navigable. There is a gravelled parking lot a couple of hundred yards from Cliff House near the loop at the end of the road.    There aren't any signs and you can't quite see Cliff House from the parking lot.

At the Friday night reception, and  also at the conference on Saturday, I will  distribute parking permits for parking at Cliff House lot.


Click here to find Jon Sonstelie's notes on a few local restaurants.   Or you can check out a
slick commercial restaurant guide to Santa Barbara.

For Saturday night, I have made
reservations for five groups of eight people at five different Santa Barbara restaurants, all of which
appear on Sonstelie's list.  These are the Bay Cafe, Brigitte's, Chad's, the Paradise Cafe, and the Wine
Cask.  Sign-ups will be available at the conference.  But feel free to set out on your own if you prefer.


There will be a reception at the Radisson on Friday evening, running  from 8:30 pm until about 10:45.
The reception will feature light snacks and a cash bar.

Who is coming? 

Click here for a list of people who are planning to come.  Please let me know if I should add your name to the list.  I will be updating this list regularly.

Scenery--Some Quicktime Movie Shots 

Drag your mouse on the edge of the picture to swing through a 360 degree view.

The beach near your Hotel
Views of  the UCSB Campus   (1)(2)
Views from our Conference Site  If you move the picture from the right edge and swing across
the sea, Cliff House is the small building that you come to 20 feet from the bluff.  Some people
have complained that when the windows are open, the sound of the surf makes it hard to hear
the speaker.

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