Frequently Asked Questions


Our new fiscal year begins July 1. So unless you have paid membership dues since then, you will need to renew your membership in the MEA. If you still have questions, contact the MEA office at MEA@grinnell.edu.

If you plan to submit an abstract for consideration, you will be asked to become a member of the MEA, pay the abstract submission fee in the fall, and pay the registration fee prior to attending the meeting in the spring.

Yes. The main purpose of this professional meeting is to exchange ideas and improve the quality of research. We strive to see that all papers have someone assigned to offer constructive criticism of the work. In order to do this, all presenters are asked to discuss a paper at the convention. Usually the discussion paper is one being presented in the session where your paper is presented. We ask that you indicate on the submission form what JEL codes you are comfortable discussing. Every effort is made to find a paper to match your interests.

Abstracts submitted to the MEA should fit on to one page (single-spaced) and must include your name with affiliation, coauthor’s names and affiliations, title of the paper, and JEL code of the paper with sub classification numbers if possible. State your research question and explain how you plan to answer that question. If you will be using an existing model to guide your analysis, identify what that model is and any needed modifications of it.  If your research will be empirical, explain the data or other resources that you will draw upon and the tools of analysis – econometrics, simulations, experimental – that you will use.  If your research will be theoretical, explain the essential features of your model, the results that you expect it to yield, and the method you will use to derive these results.  In either case, explain the criteria you will use to judge the validity of your results.  For more additional suggestions read: How to Write an Abstract

The "JEL" classification system originated with the Journal of Economic Literature and is a standard method of classifying scholarly literature in the field of economics. Use the JEL classification guide to gain insight on how JEL Codes are used to classify articles, dissertations, books, book reviews, and working papers. You will also find it is helpful when adding classification codes to your own work.