The Missouri Valley Economic Association (MVEA) was founded in 1963 to encourage the development of economics as a theoretical as well as applied discipline, to foster communication among scholars in those fields, and to facilitate the extension and the dissemination of knowledge thereof. In pursuit of these goals, the MVEA holds an annual conference and also publishes the Journal of Economic Insight. The MVEA encourages the presentation at the annual conference of papers in all stages of development from seminal ideas to journal-ready quality.