November 19, 2012
Dear SED Friends:
From Cyprus to Seoul, our SED meetings become even more international, as it always has been the work presented and discussed. Keeping up with our tradition, we had a great meeting in Limassol last June, with excellent sessions and inspiring plenary talks by Andrew Atkeson, Monika Piazzesi and Christopher Udry; we even had European soccer at dinner and a beach party at the end. My thanks to the program committee Chairs, Francisco Buera and Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln, for the excellent quality of the program, and to the local organizers: Sofronis Clreides, Andros Kourtellos, Alexander Michaelides, Andreas Milidonis George Nishiotis, Christopher Pissarides and Marios Zachariadis. I would also like to thank Marina Azzimonti for setting up a follow-up web discussion board and, of course, the 525 registered participants.
Seoul 2013, June 27-29 will be our first meeting in Asia, and I want to thank Yonsei University for hosting us. I am sure the quality of the meeting, the program and the organization, as well as the location, will make it a memorable trip for all participants. Virgiliu Midrigan and Josep Pijoan-Mas have already set up a strong program committee and an excellent line up of invited plenary speakers: Hal Cole, Gianluca Violante and Mark Watson. The local organizers -- Yongsung Chang, Jang-Ok Cho, Sun-Bin Kim, Hyun Song Shin, Kwanho Shin and Tack Yun -- have already done a lot of work (for example, in order to be able to provide partial travel grants for students with accepted papers) and are now planning the great event and getting all the logistics in place. Thanks also to the Bank of Korea for its support and for organizing a pre-conference event (by invitation only) on "Rebalancing the Macroeconomy for Robust Growth: Challenges and Resolutions," with distinguished SED all-timers: Narayana Kocherlakota, Bob Lucas, Ed Prescott, Tom Sargent and Nancy Stokey.
From Seoul to Toronto: on June 26 -28, 2014, we will have our 25th SED meeting. Not that far from Minneapolis, but a long way from our first 1990 meeting, where Tom Sargent acted as program Chair. It is also great to count on Matthew Mitchell and Diego Restuccia as local organizers.
As you know, this is my first term as President and I am very honored and pleased to commit to such an exciting challenge. I must confess, however, that most of the work making these upcoming meetings possible, has already been done by: Richard Rogerson, my predecessor, Ellen McGrattan, the treasurer, and Christian Zimmermann, the secretary, as well as by the people I have already mentioned. Similarly, the credit for keeping the high standards of the Review of Economic Dynamics goes to Gianluca Violante and his editorial board. They all deserve my deepest gratitude, not just for making my life easy but, mainly, for making SED strong.
I am looking forward to seeing you in Seoul,
Rarom Marimon, President
Society for Economic Dynamics