Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,

Given the probabilities are extremely low that we are fully back to normal in terms of travel and in-person conferences by June, the local organizers and SED officers have decided on a Plan-B strategy for the 2021 SED summer conference. This meeting was originally scheduled for June 2020 in Barcelona, Spain and then postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Our new plan is to host the event at the University of Minnesota—either as an all-zoom conference or a hybrid here at the Twin Cities campus. Since we had already set in motion reorganizations for the Taipei and Cartagena conferences for 2022 and 2023, respectively, we will postpone Barcelona until 2024. The organizers at the Universitat de Autonoma want to put on a good show in person. I want to thank all of the local organizers in the three venues for being so flexible in the planning.

The dates for this year’s meeting are now set: July 1-3, 2021. We are excited to have Emi Nakamura, Nicola Fuchs-Schundeln, and Guido Menzio as the plenary speakers. I am very much looking forward to hear about their research. As I noted above, our hope is to have a hybrid meeting, but we will have to abide by University rules and adhere to safety protocols. Please visit the SED website for any updates concerning the conference.

As I noted in the April newsletter, we are planning to expand the 2021 meeting in order to avoid a “lost” year. There is a second call for papers with a February 15, 2021 deadline. My hope is that we create opportunities for our  younger colleagues—especially those on the job market this year—to present new work. For those not accepted in the first round, this is also an opportunity to resubmit. Program organizers Doireann Fitzgerald and Nir Jaimovich have set up Conference Maker for new submissions and new uploads of papers accepted in the first that have been revised since February.

In other news, we are planning on having three webinars organized by Oleg Itskhoki, Larry Christiano, and Yueran Ma at the ASSA Meetings this year. In the works is a special video that will be honoring the life and work of Emmanuel Farhi. We are planning that for Yueran’s session. Finally, I want to thank our SED officers Marina Azzimonti and Erwan Quintin, who have been an enormous help to me.

I encourage everyone to check out the SED website and twitter account for updates on the ASSA meeting and next summer’s conference.

Ellen McGrattan

President, Society for Economic Dynamics