Program for SGE’s 2012 Annual Conference

Program for SGE Annual Conference in Washington, DC – November 5-6, 2012 – Co-sponsored by the Economics Department of the George Washington University
The Conference will be held at the Marvin Center of the George Washington University, located on 21st and I St., NW, in Washington, DC.
Program and Information for the SGE Conference in Washington, DC, November 5-6, 2012
Link to Conference Registration

Distinguished presentations will be given by leading experts. Confirmed keynote speakers include Alice Rivlin, Natwar M. Gandhi, Stephen Fuller, Deirdre McCloskey, and Noam Scheiber.

Alice Rivlin recently served as a member of the President’s Debt Commission. She was founding director of CBO, served as OMB director, and was Federal Reserve Vice Chair. Natwar M. Gandhi is the Chief Financial Officer for the District of Columbia. He is credited for turning around the DC government’s financial status from being deep in debt to having a substantial surplus and AAA rating for its income tax secured revenue bonds. Stephen Fuller is Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development at George Mason University and Director of its Center for Regional Analysis. Deirdre McCloskey has been, since 2000, Distinguished Professor of Economics, History, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Noam Scheiber is a Senior Editor at The New Republic, where he writes about politics and economic policy. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York magazine, and Slate. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and NPR.

The SGE Annual Conference will feature a Symposium: Building a Strong and Inclusive Economy for the Washington Metro Area

The conference will include on its first day a symposium on building a strong and inclusive economy for the Washington Metro Area with the participation of the DC Fiscal Institute, the District of Columbia Office of Revenue Analysis, the Nonprofit Research Project, and the Urban Institute. Also on the first day, a training seminar on “Integrity, Ethics, and Responsible Leadership in Economics” is provided as an alternative to attending the keynote presentations and the symposium on the Washington Metro Area on that day. The seminar will feature presentations by George DeMartino, author of The Economist’s Oath: On the Need for and Content of Professional Economic Ethics (2011); Deirdre McCloskey, author of Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World (2010) and, with Stephen Ziliak, The Cult of Statistical Significance (2008); and Susan Offutt, Chief Economist at the Government Accountability Office.

Breakout sessions on the second day will cover an extensive range of topics, with four sessions each on the following: (1) Migration and Development Economics; (2) Employment and Labor; (3) Finance, Investment and Supply Chains; (4) Economics and Social Policy; (5) Studies on Health, Aging, Education, and Housing; (6) Measurement, Production, and Value Added; and (7) Indian Country Economics on topics associated with tribal governments and Native Americans (with the newly formed Indian Country Economics Network).

Conference attendees including presenters must register for the conference in order to attend, regardless of the amount of time spent at the conference. Please use the link above to register in advance of the conference. Registration prior to arriving at the conference is strongly encouraged.

On site registration will begin at 7:45 AM on Monday, November 5th. Please arrive early, i.e., before 8:30 AM, so as not to be in a line when the conference begins at 9:00 AM. On Tuesday, November 6th, sessions begin at 8:00 AM. Registration will be available starting at around 7:30 AM. Registration can be done at any time during the conference, but it will be much easier in the morning before sessions begin, since more volunteers will be able to help.