A Note from the President

Warm greetings to everyone,

I look forward to seeing you at the 84th annual meeting of the Midwest Economics Association. I have enjoyed working with the other MEA officers to put together what I believe will be another high-quality conference. We are offering nearly 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.

MEA members from all over the United States as well as Canada, China, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom will travel to this year’s meeting in Evanston to present their research. In addition to distinguished faculty and professionals in the field of economics and business administration, we have papers from many PhD students as well as six special undergraduate sessions.

This year, the C. Woody Thompson Guest Lecture will be presented by Dr Veronica Guerrieri, Ronald E. Tarrson Professor of Economics and Willard Graham Academic Scholar, University of Chicago Booth School of Economics. 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. Her plenary lecture, "Household Balance Sheets and Credit Cycles," is scheduled on Friday, March 27, at 5:30 pm. A reception will follow.

The Midwest Economics Association is deeply grateful to its sponsor institutions: The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The generous financial support of these organizations contributes to the MEA’s mission to promote the advancement of economic knowledge and the economics profession through the annual forum.

I personally want to thank the other officers of the MEA for their help in organizing the conference and electing new officers, they are First Vice President Kirabo Jackson, Northwestern University; Second Vice President Tammie Fischer, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Past President Kerwin Charles, Yale School of Management; and President Elect Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan. I wish to especially thank the team at Grinnell College: MEA Secretary-Treasurer Keith Brouhle and Managing Secretary Angela Winburn for their work throughout the year.

At the conclusion of my presidential address on Saturday, March 28, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, the MEA will hold its annual business meeting. At that time, I will turn over the job of president to Susan Dynarski. Susan is already planning a great meeting for 2021.

Warmest regards,

Christopher J. Waller
President, Midwest Economics Association
Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis