Presidential Letter 2019-05-28T20:18:47+00:00

Letter from the President

April 2019

Dear Colleagues,

I am looking forward to this year’s meeting in St. Louis.  The conference will take place on the Washington University in St. Louis campus June 27-29 and will be sponsored by Wash U and the Federal Bank of St. Louis.  The local organizing team of Carlos Garriga, Rody Manuelli, B. Ravikumar, and Chris Waller has been hard at work planning social events and conference venues.  On the evening of June 26, there will be a welcome reception at the Inside the Economy Museum in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. The conference dinner will be held on June 28 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in nearby Clayton.  There will also be a closing reception in the beautiful Bauer Hall following the third plenary talk.

The program chairs Marla Ripoll and Sevin Yeltekin along with their program committee have put together a fantastic program and recruited three plenary speakers that are sure to fill the auditorium seats: Laura Veldkamp, Emmanuel Farhi, and Jan Eeckhout. This year, we received 1,545 submissions, up 18 percent from last year.  There will be 168 sessions with roughly 500 papers. Marla and Sevin have worked hard to increase female and non-US representation on the program, addressing past concerns that there is a lack of diversity of attendees.  They have also included some new research areas that will surely impact research on economic dynamics.  I fully expect that the meeting this year will be as successful as Mexico, in large part because the former SED President, Tim Kehoe, was an integral part of its planning.

Those interested in macro research emphasizing micro data, consumer behavior, and firm and household heterogeneity should plan to come one day early to this summer’s conference for the “Day-Ahead Conference” on June 26. This pre-SED conference will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.  The program and registration form are available at the SED website.

In addition to our annual summer meetings, we have sessions each year at the ASSA Meetings. This past winter, there were three well-attended sessions organized by Arlene Wong, Adrien Auclert, and Stephanie Stantcheva. I want to thank them for putting these together and to thank Larry Christiano for taking on a leadership role in organizing this annual event.

The 2020 meeting will be held at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, June 21-23.  Local organizers Albert Marcet and Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis are planning events both on the campus and in the city, which will be celebrating the Feast of San JoanDoireann Fitzgerald and Nir Jaimovich have kindly agreed to be Chairs of the Program Committee, so please put SED 2020 on your February calendar to avoid missing the submission deadline!

Finally, I want to thank the SED officers, Erwan Quintin and Marina Azzimonti, who are the main reason why the society functions as well as it does.

I look forward to seeing everyone in St. Louis.

Ellen McGrattan

President, Society for Economic Dynamics