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Developing a Regional View of the Midwest Economy: Breaking Down Barriers That Impede Regional Progress

University of Minnesota,
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis,
and Committee on Institutional Cooperation 
June 26-27, 2008

Thursday, June 26
6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Opening Session
  Welcome: Gary H. Stern, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President
  Keynote Address: Robert Lucas, University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate
Friday, June 27
8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.

The Private Returns to Human Capital
Speaker: Lance Lochner, University of Western Ontario
Video [WMV format, 137MB]

9:45 a.m. Break and Refreshments
10:00 a.m.

Mobility of Human Capital
Speaker: John Kennan, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Video [WMV format, 153MB]

11:00 a.m.

Valuing the Benefits of the Education Provided by Public Universities
Speaker: Paul Glewwe, University of Minnesota
Video [WMV format, 130MB]

12:00 p.m.

Luncheon Speaker
Early Childhood Development: Economic Development with High Public Return
Speaker: Arthur Rolnick, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Video [WMV format, 95MB]

1:00 p.m.

Panel: The Case For a Regional View: How Can Our States Cooperate in Order to Gain Competitive Advantage?
Moderator: Chris Farrell, Marketplace Money Radio Show
Richard Longworth, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Video: Longworth [WMV format, 81MB]
Tom Holmes, University of Minnesota 
Video: Holmes [WMV format, 65MB]

2:00 p.m. Break and Refreshments
2:15 p.m.

Panel: “Where do we go from here?
Moderator: Chris Farrell, Marketplace Money Radio Show
Frank Beal, Chicago Metropolis 2020 Project
Connie Shoemake/Mark Cleverley, IBM

3:00 p.m.

The Imperative for Regional Cooperation
Speaker: Lou Anna K. Simon, Michigan State University President
Video [WMV format, 112MB]