LSU Department of Economics to Host Largest Macroeconomics Conference in North America

May 12, 2017

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Department of Economics will host the Spring 2017 Midwest Macroeconomics Conference May 19-21 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 host the conference in its 23-year history.

The event features two keynote lectures and more than 150 research papers presented over the two days. Participants include economists from 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 12 countries are expected to present their research.

The two keynote speakers are 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 in Chicago.

Haltiwanger has made seminal contributions in research on entrepreneurship, business dynamics, and job creation and destruction in the United States. De Nardi is known for her influential contributions in the study of savings, wealth inequality, social security, entrepreneurship and taxation.

Conference participants will present 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 aging 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 

Financial support for this conference is being provided by the LSU Department of Economics, the LSU Economics & Policy Research Group and the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

For more information, contact conference organizers Associate Professor Areendam Chanda at 225-578-3791 or or Associate Professor Fang Yang at 225-578-3803 or

About the Department of Economics
The Department of Economics at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers courses that provide its undergraduate and graduate students an intellectual challenge and strong analytic training and the tools to understand the economic and social problems faced both domestically and internationally. The faculty’s dedication to quality teaching and research is reflected by numerous awards received and peer-reviewed scholarly articles published in high-quality economic journals. The Journal of Labor Research is edited within the department. For more information, visit our home page or call 225-578-5211.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business