Issues

Current Issues in Economics

William Nordhaus, AEA President
AEA President William Nordhaus is the Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University.

Economists study changes occurring in specific countries or individual sectors of an economy; some ask fundamental questions about the nature of economic decisions; some address proposals to change government policies.

Leading economists develop issues in two lectures sponsored by the American Economic Association at its annual meeting. The address of the President of the Association and an invited lecture called the Ely Lecture, named for a founder of the Association, discuss issues of the speakers' choice. More economists define their own issues in symposia where they present their work. The symposia sometimes address more focused topics than the newspaper headlines and also develop deeper understanding of economic phenomena. Economists from all over the world present their latest research at the Annual Meetings of the American Economic Association and economic agencies publish annual reports that discuss significant issues for the nation and the world.


Lectures

Claudia Goldin of Harvard University gave the annual Presidential Address at the AEA meetings in Philadelphia in January 2014: "A Grand Gender Convergence: Its Last Chapter." The address will appear in the April issue of the American Economic Review.

James Poterba, Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave the annual Richard T. Ely lecture at the AEA meetings in Philadelphia in January 2014 on "Retirement Security in an Aging Population."  The essay will appear in the May issue of the American Economics Review.

Christopher A. Sims, Princeton University, gave the annual Presidential Address at the AEA meetings in San Diego in January 2013: "Paper Money." The address appears in the April issue of the American Economic Review.

Edward L. Glaeser, Harvard University have the annual Richard T. Ely lecture at the AEA meetings in San Diego in January 2013 on "A Nation of Gamblers: Real Estate Speculation and American History."  The essay appears in the May issue of the American Economics Review.

Orley Ashenfelter, Princeton University gave the Annual Presidential Address at the AEA Meetings in Denver in January, 2012: “Comparing Real Wage Rates.”   The address appears in the April 2012 issue of the American Economic Review.

Maurice Obstfeld, University of California—Berkeley gave the annual Richard T. Ely lecture at the AEA meetings in Denver in January 2012 on  “Does the Current Account Still Matter?” The address appears in the May 2012 issue of the American Economic Review.

Robert E. Hall, Stanford University, gave the Annual Presidential Address at the AEA Meetings in Denver in January, 2011: “The Long Slump.”  The address appears in the April 2011 issue of the American Economic Review.

Janet Currie, Columbia University, gave the annual Richard T. Ely lecture at the AEA meetings in Denver in January 2011 on  “Inequality at Birth: Some Causes and Consequences.” The address appears in the May 2011 issue of the American Economic Review.

Angus Deaton, Princeton University, gave the Annual Presidential Address at the AEA Meetings in Atlanta in January, 2010: “Price Indexes, Inequality, and the Measurement of World Poverty.”  The address appears in the March 2010 issue of the American Economic Review.

Hal Varian, University of California-Berkeley, gave the annual Richard T. Ely lecture at the AEA meetings in Atlanta in January 2010 on  “Computer Mediated Transactions.”The address appears in the May 2010 issue of the American Economic Review.

 

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Symposia in the Journal of Economic Perspectives

The Journal of Economic Perspectives, published four times per year, contains a collection of essays on a current issue or theme in economics, from "Financial Plumbing" that deals with the recent financial crisis to "Tests and Gender" with essays that explore explanations for gender differences in average test scores.

Access to the Symposia and other essays in the Journal of Economic Perspectives is available at AEAweb.


Annual Meetings and Reports

The American Economic Association publishes essays presented at its annual meeting in the May issue of the American Economic Review. See the preliminary program of the meetings for topics that will be discussed at the next meetings.

Economic Report of the President
Each year the President's Council of Economic Advisors publishes a volume describing the progress of the economy of the United States and discussing current economic issues.

World Development Report
Each year the World Bank published a study on an important issue for the developing countries.

Students may pursue any issue of interest by looking for facts and ideas in databases and libraries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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