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Mid-West Macroeconomics Meeting 2017

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The Spring 2017 Mid-West Macroeconomics Meeting will be hosted by the Louisiana State University, Department of Economics from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 21, 2017.
All sessions and keynote lectures will be held at the Business Education Complex.
John Haltiwanger (U. of Maryland) and Mariacristina de Nardi (University College, London and Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago) will be the keynote speakers.
The Program Committee is:

Submissions are now closed. A schedule of activities and presentations can be viewed under the Agenda link above.
Conference attendees please download the following documents (updated 05/19/17):


Online registration is now closed. If you still wish to register please email us at ​mmm2017@lsu.eduRegistration fees are $125 for faculty and $85 for graduate students. This includes the reception on Friday (May 19th), conference reception and dinner (May 20th), lunch on Saturday (May 20th), and Sunday (May 21st).  The Registration deadline is April 19th.  We will not accept payments at the conference.





Please check this website regularly for more updates. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Areendam Chanda and Fang Yang at 

We look forward to seeing you here!​ 

Business Education Complex, Room 2300
Nicholson Drive Extension
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Voice: 225-578-5211
Fax: 225-578-3807​  



Conference Venue:


All conference events, except Saturday dinner, will take place at the Business Education Complex (BEC) of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. The conference dinner on Saturday will be held at the Royal Ballroom in the LSU Union​.

Please choose among the following three options.​

1. The main conference hotel is the Cook Hotel and Conference Center​ on campus with negotiated rates at $119 plus tax for standard king and double rooms, and $129 for suites. The rate includes a continental breakfast. The hotel is 1.1 miles from the BEC. When making the reservation, please enter the group code, 170520LSUD.

Map (with walking directions):

2. A block of rooms is also available at Staybridge Suites which is actually closer to the BEC. The reservation rate is $129 plus tax and includes a buffet breakfast. Staybridge Suites also has a small center adjacent to it with coffee shops and a few restaurants. The hotel is 0.7 miles from the BEC. When making the reservation, please let the clerk know that the group name is Midwest Macroeconomics or mention the group code, MEC.

Map (with walking directions):

Both hotels offer free overnight parking. We will also provide a free shuttle service between the two hotels and the conference venue during selected times.


3. For graduate students, we have also created a less expensive option of residing in on-campus housing.  Rooms have been reserved at LSU's East Campus Apartments​. Each apartment has four individually locking rooms and two bathrooms. Reservations for two nights (Friday and Saturday) will require an advance payment of $128 along with the registration fee.  This covers both nights and all taxes.  


Please select the appropriate payment option on the registration page.  We are unable to accept payments at the conference for these rooms.


Map (with walking directions)  


Getting to LSU:


The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport is approximately 11 miles from campus. The airport has frequent connections to major hubs in South - Atlanta (Delta), Charlotte and Dallas (American), Houston (United). Cabs are easily available at the airport.


The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is approximately 73 miles from campus. The airport has more than 50 non-stop connections including London and Frankfurt (from May 2017). LSU is an easy 60-75 minute drive on Interstate I-10 from the airport. If you are comfortable renting a car and driving, this might be an easier option.


Driving Directions to LSU:


If you are driving to LSU, visit this website​ for details.


Getting Around:


Visitors may prefer to use Lyft, Uber or Yellow Cab Baton Rouge​ to get around the city.

Parking: Parking anywhere on campus is free on Saturdays and Sundays. On Fridays, visitors will need to park at the Visitors Center.


Local Dining:


The closest dining areas are


(a) The North Gate of Campus ( ). This is the closest option to the Cook Hotel and Conference Center. In particular, The Chimes is a local favorite amoung faculty and students for beer and Cajun fare.


(b) South Gate Village: A retail center next to Staybridge Suites. A prime attraction is Walk-On’s - voted the No.1 College Sports Bar in America!


(c) A stretch on Perkins Road (2824-3753 Perkins Rd.) which is a little further away but offers more varied options including some fine dining restaurants serving Creole cuisine such as Galatoires Bistro and Jubans, a few serving local Cajun cuisine such as Parrain's and Acme Oyster House, and more contemporary options such as Magpie Café  (serving organic food and coffee), The Overpass Merchants, etc.

More information about Baton Rouge can be found at these websites:







The schedule of activities is listed below. For the full program of papers and participants, please follow this link:

Friday, May 19, 2017

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. : Parallel Afternoon Sessions

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. : First Keynote Lecture

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. : Reception

Saturday, May 20, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Noon : Morning Sessions

Noon - 1:00 p.m. : Lunch

1:00 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m. : Afternoon Sessions

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. : Second Keynote Lecture

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. : Reception Followed by Conference Dinner

Sunday, May 21, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Noon : Morning Sessions

Noon - 1:00 p.m. : Lunch​

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