Conference Presentation Opportunities

Students at the dissertation writing stage are urged to try to present their work at external conferences prior to going on the job market. Presenting at external conferences helps spread the word about your research, gives you the opportunity to get feedback about your work, helps you make professional connections, and perhaps most importantly gives you practice in presenting your work in a clear and professional manner, a skill that is extremely important on the job market. 

Some of the most prestigious and well-attended conferences in the profession include the Summer Institute and other conferences run by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); the North American and other worldwide meetings of the Econometric Society; the Minnesota Workshop on Macroeconomic Theory; and the Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association. It is difficult for a graduate student to get on the program of some of these high-level conferences (especially the NBER conferences); others are more open to graduate students.

Fortunately, there are also a large number of lower-tier conferences where our students have an easier time getting on the program, and that still provide valuable opportunities for networking, feedback and professional development. Below I list some conferences at which our graduate students have presented recently. Your thesis advisors may know of other possibilities.  Most of these conferences meet on a periodic schedule, and you can learn more about upcoming meetings, submission guidelines and deadlines by going to their websites.

In recent years, a small but growing number of summer workshops have been offered to graduate students in areas such as computational economics and applied econometrics. These workshops give students at earlier stages of development the chance to acquire valuable tools for their research. I list some examples of workshops recently attended by our students below; your advisors may know of other opportunities.

The department is happy to support student travel expenses for students to attend workshops and present at conferences. For more information about department support, click here.

Some Recent Conference Presentations By Our Graduate Students

  • Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting, November 2013, Minneapolis
  • Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) conference, October 2013, Mexico City
  • International Atlantic Economic Conference, October 2013, Philadelphia
  • CU Environmental and Resource Economics Workshop, October 2013, Vail CO
  • Canadian Resource and Environmental Economics Study Group, September 2013, St. Catharine's, Ontario
  • Asian Meeting of the Econometric Society, August 2013, Singapore
  • NBER Summer Institute, July 2013, Cambridge MA
  • Australasian Meeting of the Econometric Society, July 2013, Sydney
  • International Risk Management Conference, July 2013, Copenhagen
  • Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting, May 2013, Champaign-Urbana IL
  • International Industrial Organization Conference, May 2013, Boston
  • Thurgau Experimental Economics Meeting, April 2013, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland
  • Midwest International Economic Development Conference, April 2013, Madison WI
  • Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting, March 2013, Columbus OH
  • Midwest Macroeconomics Meeting, November 2012, Boulder CO
  • Complex Systems Summer School, June 2012, Santa Fe NM
  • Society of Labor Economists Meeting, May 2012, Chicago
  • Spring Meeting of Young Economists, April 2012, Mannheim, Germany
  • Eastern Economics Association Annual Meeting, March 2012, Boston