Tuesday, October 26, 2010

IMF Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference

The IMF Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference will be on November 4-5, 2010, at the IMF headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of this year's conference is "Macroeconomic and Financial Policies after the Crisis." This year will mark the 11th anniversary of the conference with an outstanding list of presenters and discussants in the program. Anil Kashyap will deliver the Mundell-Fleming lecture on "The Macroprudential Toolkit." The conference will conclude with a policy panel on "Macro-Prudential Regulation" chaired by José Viñals and featuring discussions by Viral Acharya, Markus Brunnermeier, Donald Kohn, and Vincent Reinhart.

The link below will take you to the conference web page -- as the conference papers are received, they will be made available here.


The conference is intended to provide a forum for discussing innovative research in economics, undertaken both by IMF staff and by outside economists, and to facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers. If you plan to attend the conference, please register online using the attached link (registration will include all conference sessions, the Mundell-Fleming Lecture, and the Economic Forum). The deadline for registration is Friday, October 29, 2010. Registered attendees will be required to present photo identification on entering the IMF at the Visitor Center entrance at 700 19th Street, N.W. Washington D.C.
Look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Department Seminar, Wednesday October 27

This Wednesday, Petra Todd (UPenn) will be presenting her work, "Structural Estimation and Policy Evaluation in Developing Countries."

The seminar will be in Kreeger 101, from 12PM-1:15PM. The seminar is a joint department and Info-Metrics Institute affair.

An abstract of the work:

This paper discusses the use of discrete choice dynamic programming (DCDP) methods for evaluating policies of particular relevance to developing countries, such as policies to reduce child labor and increase school attendance, to improve school quality, to affect immigration flows, to expand old age pension benefits, or to foster small business investment through microfinance. We describe the DCDP framework and how it relates to static models, illustrate its application with an example related to conditional cash transfer programs, consider numerous empirical applications from the literature of how the DCDP methodology has been used
to address substantively important policy issues, and discuss methods for model validation.

Census Bureau Research Data Center Research Conference

Registration is now open for the Census Bureau's Research Data Center Research Conference, which will be held at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center on Thursday, November 18. There is no registration fee for the conference; however, register soon since we are capping registration at 175.

More information is available on the Maryland Population Research Center website.


Thursday, October 21, 2010


Don't forget--registration for MA students opens Friday, October 22. Feel free to contact me with questions about courses and to get approval for registration.

January 2011 Comprehensive Exams

Please note the following dates and procedures for January 2011 comprehensive exams:

Applications Due: Friday, November 19th, 2010
You must apply by this date and pay the fee in order to be guaranteed an exam in January. Late applications will not be accepted (especially if you are the only one taking a particular test). Please note that this is the Friday before the week when Thanksgiving break falls.

Exams Given: between Thrusday, January 6th and Friday, January 7th, 2011 (exact dates of each exam to be determined).
You must be in the exam room (location TBD) no later than 10:00 am on the day of your exam. You will have until 2:30 pm to complete your exams. (Going over the time limit is not allowed.) Anyone requesting special accommodations for a learning disability MUST make the request through Academic Support Services (but also register with the department).

If you have not done so already, please contact your advisor to see if you are ready to take an exam. If you determine that you are, please fill out an application and submit it to the department office and Registrar as soon as possible. Here is a link to the application:


and here is the link to past examinations.