Minnesota Economic Association

The Minnesota Economic Association (MEA) is a professional connection between business and economic professionals and college economics professors. MEA’s primary purposes are the advancement of economic knowledge and the economics profession. The MEA holds a conference every fall on current economic issues and sponsors a paper contest for college students.

2023 MEA Annual Conference

The 2023 MEA Annual Conference will be held in-person at Hamline University on Friday, October 27, 2023. The event will feature Dr. Raquel Fernandez who will deliver the Leonid Hurwicz Lecture: “Culture and the Family: Some Recent Contributions.”

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R. FernandezDr. Raquel Fernandez

Raquel Fernández holds a Silver Professorship in the Department of Economics at NYU. She is a member of the NBER, the CEPR, IZA, BREAD, and of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group. She has previously been a tenured professor at the  

London School of Economics, Boston University, and Oslo University. She has served as the Director of the Public Policy Program of the CEPR, as Vice President of the American  

Economic Association, and as President of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA). She founded and is the director of WELAC (Women Economists in LAC) which is a standing subcommittee of LACEA that monitors and advances the status of women in the economics profession. She is co-director of the NBER’s Inequality and the Macroeconomy group and member of the advisory and scientific committees of various institutions including the International Economics Association, the Barcelona School of Economics, UNU-WIDER, and RIDGE. She is a fellow of the Econometric Society, the recipient of numerous National Science Foundation grants, of a Spencer Fellowship from the National Academy of Education, and has been a National Fellow at the Hoover Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.  

Fernández has very broad research interests that span sovereign debt, culture and economics, development and gender issues, macroeconomics and inequality, and political economy. She has published extensively in the leading journals. 

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