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Last modified: Thursday, May 14, 2009

IU Bloomington to host Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings

May 14, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Department of Economics at Indiana University Bloomington will serve as host this weekend for the 2009 Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings, a gathering at which scholars from around the world will present papers and discuss issues in economics.

Daron Acemoglu

Daron Acemoglu

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More than 160 economists will attend the meetings, taking place from Friday, May 15, to Sunday, May 17, in Wylie and Ballantine halls on the IU Bloomington campus. The conference reception will take place Saturday, May 16, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the IU Art Museum.

Plenary speakers for the conference will be Daron Acemoglu, the Charles P. Kindleberger Professor of Applied Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Harald Uhlig, professor of economics at the University of Chicago.

The Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings began in the mid-1990s at Michigan State University as a regional conference with 36 submissions and presentations. It now routinely commands about 250 submissions, and its location rotates through universities and regional Federal Reserve Banks, not only in the Midwest but across the United States.

Harald Uhlig

Harald Uhlig

"As the name suggests, the conference focuses on macroeconomics, including the study of monetary policy, fiscal policy, business cycles, long-run growth, the determinants of technological progress and the evolution of income distribution," said Gerhard Glomm, professor and chair of the IU Bloomington Department of Economics.

"One of its greatest appeals worldwide is that this conference brings together researchers who use similar paradigms, which allows for a very productive exchange of ideas," he said.

The schedule for the conference includes more than 40 sessions on topics such as monetary and fiscal policy, health care, education, trade, labor, housing, credit, and research and development.

For more information on the conference, see or e-mail