Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting 2017
The LSU Department of Economics hosted the Spring 2017 Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting from May 19 to 21 at the E. J. Ourso College of Business Education Complex. This is the largest conference devoted to macroeconomics and related topics in North America and the largest macroeconomics conference ever hosted by the university.
LSU is only the second Carnegie Research 1 University outside the Midwest to have hosted the conference in its 23-year history.
The event featured two keynote lectures and more than 150 research papers presented over the two days. Participants came from more than 100 major research universities in the United States and abroad, the Federal Reserve Bank and its branches, the U.S. Census Bureau, the International Monetary Fund, and foreign central banks, among other places. In all, professors and economists from more than 10 countries presented their research.
The two keynote speakers were John Haltiwanger, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, and Mariacristina De Nardi, professor at University College of London and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Conference participants presented research on a wide range of macroeconomic topics, including U.S. monetary policy in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the effects of government spending on the economy, the slowdown in U.S. economic growth, bank expansion and entrepreneurship, financial globalization, growth in China, the effect of ageing on the U.S. economy, unemployment and business cycles, income inequality, and trade, among many other topics. A full list of the presentations can be viewed at the conference website.
Financial support for this conference was provided by the LSU Department of Economics, the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group, and the E. J. Ourso College of Business.