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Institute Director Abigail Wozniak delivers openings remarks at the 2023 conference.Caroline Yang for Minneapolis Fed

Institute Research Conference

The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute is pleased to announce its annual Research Conference. This event will showcase the range of frontier-style research that the Institute engages with and supports. A broad scholarly exchange of ideas around presented papers will be encouraged.

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Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs Jed Kolko delivers keynote remarks at the 2023 conference.Caroline Yang for Minneapolis Fed

The keynote speaker will be Raphael Bostic, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Bostic’s career in public service includes positions at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Board of Governors. He also spent many years as a professor at the University of Southern California. His research has spanned many fields, including homeownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness.

We invite submissions on questions related to the Institute mission of supporting the Federal Reserve’s dual mandate through research into how to enhance economic opportunity and achieve inclusive growth. We welcome submissions that inform this mission from both inside and outside of economics and from a range of methodological approaches.

The second day of the conference is an Early Career Researchers’ Workshop, which will focus on developing research of new scholars. Submissions for this day are restricted to scholars who have completed their Ph.D. in the last 8 years (from 2016 to 2023). We invite work that is at an early draft stage, where results are preliminary and incomplete. Scope for value added from participating in the conference to improve the project will be considered in selection. Please do not submit well-developed job market papers.

The organizer of the Institute Research Conference is Amanda Michaud. The conference program committee members are Sandra Black, Louphou Coulibaly, Diego Daruich, Illenin Kondo, Oksana Leukhina, Amanda Michaud, and Pinghui Wu. The program and photos from last year’s conference can be found here.

Submission criteria

Submissions to the main conference day are open to Institute Advisory Board members and current or former visiting scholars, as well as to colleagues from the Federal Reserve System. Submissions to the Early Career Researchers’ Workshop may come from researchers of any affiliation who completed their Ph.D. in 2016–2023.

The call for papers for the 2024 conference is now closed.

Event details

The 2024 conference will be held in person at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on October 3 (main conference) and October 4 (early career workshop). Reimbursement for presenters’ travel expenses will be available. Coverage of the main conference will be streamed online.

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Presenter Bocar Ba (Duke) chats with Institute visiting scholar Sheridan Fuller (Board of Governors) at the 2023 conference.Caroline Yang for Minneapolis Fed

Institute Research Conference: October 3

  • The conference will take place from approximately 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT. Presentations will be scheduled in this time frame.
  • Partial drafts will be accepted, but preference will be given to full manuscripts.
  • Each paper will be followed by a discussant and audience questions.
  • This portion of the event will be publicized, recorded, and livestreamed.

Early Career Researchers’ Workshop: October 4

  • The workshop will take place approximately 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. CT. Presentations and mentoring activities will be scheduled in this time frame.
  • Open to scholars up to 8 years post-Ph.D., with preference for those with greater potential to benefit from conference participation.
  • The focus is on early-stage work. Partial drafts are encouraged. Submit a link to an up-to-date CV at the same time.
  • Presenters will be matched with discussants.
  • This day will focus on providing constructive feedback and networking opportunities. Accordingly, attendance will be by invitation only, and the event will not be recorded or posted later. Participants will have discretion over social media publicity and subsequent paper postings.

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Discussant Burcu Duygan-Bump (Board of Governors), presenter Lucie Lebeau (Dallas Fed), discussant Douglas Harris (Tulane University), and System affiliate Pinghui Wu (Boston Fed) listen to a presentation.Caroline Yang for Minneapolis Fed