Formal education and many years of experience are essential to becoming a recognized economist, but so is networking and learning about new and exciting trends in the discipline. One of the best ways to build relationships with other economists and be at the forefront of modern economic thought and practice is to attend one of the many economic conferences held across the United States.
Attending a conference on economics can help young economists or recent graduates network with others in their field, potentially making a connection that could lead to a job or professional mentorship. Most economics conferences also discuss the most up-to-date research and theories in the field, giving attendees an inside look at the cutting edge of economics. Attending conferences can also give recent graduates or those contemplating a career in economics a better idea of the topics economists study in the real world.
Economic Conferences in North America
Below is a short list of five economic conferences in 2016 and early 2017 to think about attending. Click here for a full list of international economics events in 2016/2017.
- The Southern Economic Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
The Southern Economic Association, one of America's oldest economic associations, will hold its annual meeting from November 19 to November 21 in Washington, D.C. The SEA's annual conference attracts thousands of economists from around the world, including distinguished faculty from some of the top economics programs in the country. This year’s SEA conference features a luncheon address from James Alm, Professor and Chair of Economics at Tulane University, on the benefits of economics and economic decision-making in public policy. Exhibits at this year’s SEA conference cover the spectrum of economic topics, including forensic economics, labor and education economics, national fiscal policy, international development, and careers in economics.
- The North American Economic Science Association Conference, Tucson, AZ
The North American ESA Conference will be held November 10th – November 12th, 2016. This year’s meetings will bring together some of the world’s leading experts on experimental economics. Among the distinguished speakers at this year’s ESA Conference are Ernst Fehr, Professor of Microeconomics and Experimental Economics at the University of Zurich and Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society, and John List, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and former Senior Economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors for Environmental and Resources Economics. Registered guests can also attend the one-day conference of the Society of Experimental Finance on November 13th at the University of Arizona.
- The Allied Social Sciences Associations Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
The ASSA Annual Meeting assembles thousands of the best minds in economics to network and celebrate new achievements in economic research. The 2017 ASSA Annual Meeting will take place January 6th – January 8th in Chicago. Hundreds of speakers and panels deliver in-depth coverage of economics topics across many disciplines, and a large exhibit hall allows attendees to meet representative offering specialized products and services for economists and those in related disciplines. Networking opportunities are also a large part of the ASSA Annual Meeting.
- The International Conference on Business and Economic Development, NYC, NY
Co-hosted by the Academy of Business and Retail Management (ABRM) and the Journal of Business and Retail Management (JBRMR), the 2017 ICBED presents an opportunity for scholars, practitioners and researchers to discuss topics regarding business management, health and social care sciences, management education, economic development and more. The large number of conference participants from various backgrounds gives attendees the opportunity to learn key concepts from many different disciplines for a more holistic, intertwined view of the world. The 2017 ICBED will be held at the Crown Plaza JFK Airport in New York City on April 10th and 11th.
- The Western Economic Association International Annual Conference, San Diego, CA
The 92nd WEAI annual conference will be held June 25-29, 2017. The 2017 meeting features a keynote address by Peter Diamond, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 2010. The WEAI annual conference has historically featured sessions sponsored by top economic societies like the National Association of Forensic Economics (NAFE), International Economics and Finance Society (IEFS), and Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE). Panels, presenters, and topics will be finalized in May 2017.
Attending any of the above conferences can expand your knowledge of economics, but not quite as much as pursuing an advanced degree in economics. American University offers an online Master’s in Economics with a specialization in applied economics.
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