Welcome to the Midwest Economics Association

Announcing the 85th Annual Conference, March 22-26, 2021

We look forward to hosting you at the Midwest Economic Association’s 85th Annual Meeting. This year, our conference will take place virtually to protect the health and safety of our members and the wider community. While we will miss the opportunity to see one another in person, we anticipate that by leveraging our collective experience using online communication for the past year, we will together produce another successful and rewarding annual conference.

Like years past, our program offers an exciting array of papers that represent new and cutting-edge ideas in the economics discipline. This year, we have nearly 400 research presentations in our program, including sessions organized by the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), the Committee for the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), and the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE) among others. Members from all over the US as well as Canada, China, Japan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom will 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 special sessions designed for undergraduate students.

Hosting a virtual conference provides a unique opportunity to participate this year. To encourage more people to attend and to take advantage of the chance to attend from diverse locations, we are offering a special General Audience admission. Please encourage your students, co-authors, and colleagues to join us for this chance to experience and engage with the research community. General audience attendees will have access to all conference materials including Q&A features. We encourage everyone to register early.
HOrrington Hinman

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offers a hands-on workshop to introduce academic professionals to using FRED in the classroom.  FRED is a free set of online tools provided by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank that allows users to find, graph, transform, map, and download economic time series.  This workshop guides participants through two activities: (a) building graphs for purposes of adding value to lectures and (b) developing active learning pedagogies around an economic forecasting game. The workshop demonstrates how to access a variety of FRED features and also how to use data to increase student comprehension of economic concepts by connecting numeracy and analytical skills. 


Other groups have organized sessions at the MEA meetings – the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE), the Society of Labor Economists (SOLE), and the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP).

2019 student participants

The 2021 Undergraduate Award was presented to Saketan Anand ’21, Grinnell College, for “The Impact of Rural Employment Guarantee on Circular Migration in India.”

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