WUSTL to host Econometric Society summer meeting

Washington University in St. Louis will host the 2011 North American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society June 9-12.

The Econometric Society, which has a worldwide membership, is the most prestigious learned society in the field of economics. It was founded in 1930 and includes 550 fellows. More than 400 economists from around the world will attend the meeting.

“We are honored to host these meetings,” says Marcus Berliant, PhD, professor of economics in Arts & Sciences and chair of the meeting organization committee.

“They are among the most prestigious meetings in the economics profession, bringing together active researchers in all subject areas of economics,” Berliant says. “These meetings are distinguished by the precision and intellectual rigor of work and argument. Young researchers are prevalent. A huge variety of economic questions will be addressed using many approaches, both theoretical and empirical.”

The meeting will provide an opportunity to highlight and showcase the advances in the Department of Economics, the university and the St. Louis area, including the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

“Many of the ideas presented and generated through discussion here will have an immediate impact on the state of economic research,” Berliant says.

The program will include submitted papers, as well as the Presidential Address by John Moore, PhD, of University of Edinburgh in Scotland; the Walras-Bowley Lecture by Manuel Arellano, PhD, of Centro de Estudios Monetarios Y Financieros in Spain, and the Cowles Lecture by Michael Keane, PhD, of University of New South Wales in Australia and Arizona State University.

Sessions will be conducted on behavioral economics, decision theory, developmental economics, macroeconomics, game theory, microeconometrics, networks, time series econometrics and urban economics.

“The research presented at these meetings tends to be rigorous and cutting-edge, which complements the focus of our own research in the department,” says Michele Boldrin, PhD, the Joseph Gibson Hoyt Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Economics. “We look forward to the intellectual stimulation and debate that will take place on our campus at these meetings.”

For more information, including a full list of sponsors and speakers, visit artsci.wustl.edu/~econconf/EconometricSociety.