Midwest Economics Association 2020 Annual Meeting

The 84th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association will be held March 27-29, 2020, at the Hilton Orrington - Evanston in Evanston, Illinois.

MEA members travel from all over the United States as well as Canada, China, Colombia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Nepal, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom to present their research at the annual conference.

We look forward to offering more than 400 research presentations, including special sessions organized by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), the Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), and the Federal Reserve Economic Database (FRED), among others.

On Friday, March 27, at 5:30 pm, Dr Veronica Guerrieri, Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Academic Scholar, University of Chicago Booth School of Economics, will present the C. Woody Thompson Guest Lecture. Guerrieri earned a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2006 and joined Chicago Booth the same year. She has been a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2013 and a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago since 2014. In 2015, Guerrieri won the "Bernácer Prize" for the best European economist under 40 in macroeconomics and finance.

On Saturday, March 28, at 5:30 pm, Dr Christopher J. Waller, MEA President and Executive Vice President and Director of Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, will deliver the annual MEA Presidential Address. Waller has been in his current position in St. Louis since 2009 and serves as the main policy advisor to the president of the FRB St. Louis. He earned a PhD in economics from Washington State University. Waller began his career as a member of the economics faculty at Indiana University-Bloomington and also served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky and the University of Notre Dame. In 2019, President Trump nominated Waller to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

The Hilton Orrington is a North Shore Chicago hotel, located just blocks from Lake Michigan, and set in historic downtown Evanston, Illinois. More than 50 restaurants, shops, theaters, and entertainment venues, as well as the subway into Chicago, are within walking distance of the hotel. Located just 11 miles from downtown Chicago, the hotel is 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and 40 minutes from Chicago Midway Airport.





The 83rd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association was held March 15-17, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

This year's speakers were Dr. Kerwin Charles, president of the Midwest Economics Association and Edwin A. and Betty L. Berman Distinguished Service Professor and former interim Dean, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and the distinguished C. Woody Thompson Lecturer, Dr. William Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor and Department Chair, University of Notre Dame.


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