Release: 5663-09
For Release: May 28, 2009

Workshop Planned to Discuss Contract Design in Futures Markets

Workshop co-sponsored by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, USDA Economic Research Service, and Farm Foundation

Washington, DC – The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Economic Research Service, and Farm Foundation will hold a joint workshop on Contract Design in Futures Markets.  The workshop will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, from 1:00 p.m. to 5 p.m., and on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Waugh Auditorium, USDA Economic Research Service, 1800 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20036.

The workshop, which will be chaired by Sarahelen (Sally) Thompson, Director of Market and Trade Economics Division of the USDA Economic Research Service and Jeffrey Harris, Chief Economist of the CFTC, will provide a forum to discuss critical issues and market conditions that affect the design and performance of commodity futures contracts. The workshop will bring together leading academics and practitioners working on contract design issues to present their research papers and to discuss issues in a moderated panel discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited. The workshop’s agenda may be viewed by accessing related documents.  To pre-register, please e-mail your name and affiliation to by June 8, 2009.


ERS Media Contact: Mary Reardon, ERS Office of Public Affairs, 202-694-5136

CFTC Staff Contact: Andrei Kirilenko, Office of the Chief Economist, 202-418-5587

ERS Staff Contact: Greg Pompelli, USDA Economic Research Service, 202-694-5353

Media Contacts
Robert Holifield

R. David Gary

Last Updated: May 28, 2009