AEA Continuing Education Program

Webcasts from the 2015 Continuing Education Sessions are now available.

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Continuing Education Program 2015 -- New location: Hyatt Regency Boston

The AEA’s Continuing Education Program is held immediately after the Annual Meeting in January. The program aims to help mid-career economists and others maintain the value of their human capital. It is tailored primarily to faculty at liberal arts colleges and teaching-oriented state universities that may have fewer research opportunities than colleagues at universities with PhD programs. The lecturers are leading scholars who also are excellent expositors. The focus is on content to help improve teaching and research.

The three topics for January 2015 in Boston are Monetary Policy (Gauti B. Eggertsson, Brown University, Jeff Fuhrer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Ellen McGrattan, University of Minnesota, and Ricardo Reis, Columbia University), Health Economics (Jonathan Gruber, MIT, Adriana Lleras-Muney, UCLA and Jonathan S. Skinner, Dartmouth) and Time Series Econometrics (James H. Stock, Harvard and Mark W. Watson, Princeton).

The program will be held at the Hyatt Regency Boston on January 5-7, 2015. Each Program will be videotaped and available to AEA members on the web. Video and other information from the 2009-2014 Continuing Education programs are available on the Association’s website. Click here for access. All sessions begin on January 5th at 4 pm.

Program participation is limited to 300. Registration will be $95 for AEA members, $295 for non-members. Participants pay for their own hotel rooms.


2015 Continuing Education Program Lecturers

Monetary Policy

Gauti B. Eggertsson is an Associate Professor at Brown University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2004. He has worked at Research Departments of the International Monetary Fund and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and taught at Princeton and Yale University.

Jeff Fuhrer is Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He has been an associate economist of the Federal Open Market Committee, and regularly attends this key U.S. policymaking meeting. He has served as an associate editor for the American Economic Review, and has published numerous scholarly papers on the interactions among monetary policy, inflation, consumer spending, and asset prices. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Ellen McGrattan is a Professor at the University of Minnesota and a Consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She is also a research economist at the NBER, treasurer of the Socity for Economic Dynamics, a member of the BEA Advisory Committee, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, and a Fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory. Her research is concerned with the impact of monetary and fiscal policy---in particular, the effects on GDP, investment, the allocation of hours, and the stock market. She earned her Ph.D. in economics at Stanford.

Ricardo Reis is Professor of Economics at Columbia University. He has studied monetary policy from many different perspectives, including optimal targeting rules, the measurement and dynamics of inflation, the Phillips curve and nominal rigidities, and the effectiveness of unconventional monetary policies. More recently, he has done research on the central bank's balance sheet and the payment of interest on reserves. Reis is the editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics. He earned his Ph.D from Harvard and his B.Sc. from the LSE.

Course Description
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Health Economics

Jonathan Gruber is a Professor of Economics at MIT and Director of the Health Care Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Gruber's research focuses on the areas of public finance and health economics, and in 2006 he received the ASHE Medal for the best health economist in the nation aged 40 and under. He is the author of more than 150 research articles and Public Finance and Public Policy, the leading undergraduate textbook in Public Finance. From 2003-2006 he was a key architect of Massachusetts’ health reform, and during 2009-2010 he was a technical consultant to both the Obama Administration and Congress in drafting the Affordable Care Act.

Adriana Lleras-Muney is an Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University and was an assistant professor of economics at Princeton University for seven years. Her research examines the relationships between socio-economic status and health, with a particular focus on education and income. Her most recent work investigates whether cash transfers to poor families improve poor children’s education, lifetime incomes and long term health. She is currently an editor of the Journal of Health Economics.

Jonathan Skinner is the James O. Freedman Professor of Economics at Dartmouth, and a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in the Geisel School of Medicine, also at Dartmouth. A research associate at NBER, Skinner’s research interests include the economics of government transfer programs, technology growth, disparities in health care, and the savings behavior of aging baby boomers.  He is an associate editor of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, a former editor of the Journal of Human Resources, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.  Skinner received his Ph.D. from UCLA.

Course Description

This course will provide a broad overview of the central issues in health economics and health policy today.  The first part of the course, taught by Adriana Lleras-Muney, will focus on the demographic and socioeconomic determinants of health, with a particular focus on the education-health nexus, the intergenerational transmission of health, and the role of genetics.  The second part of the course, taught by Jonathan Gruber, will focus on health care insurance and demand, beginning with the theory of health insurance, and moving on to issues such as managed care, choice in health insurance markets, and the demand-side effects of the Affordable Care Act.  The third part of the course, taught by Jonathan Skinner, will focus on the supply side of the health care market, with discussions of issues such as health care productivity, physician incentives, technology developments, and the role of supply side reforms in the Affordable Care Act.


Time Series Econometrics

James H. Stock is the Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Economics at Harvard. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Member of the Council of Economic Advisers from 2012-2014, Co-Editor of Econometrica from 2009-2012, chair of the Harvard Economics Department from 2007-2009, Chair of the Board of Editors of the Review of Economics and Statistics for ten years, and was co-chair of the NBER-NSF Conference on Time Series 2001-2012. He is the co-author (with Mark Watson) of Introduction to Econometrics (2010).

Mark W. Watson is the Howard Harrison and Gabrielle Snyder Beck Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the NBER and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is co-author (with James Stock) of Introduction to Econometrics (2010).


Course Description

  1. Refresher on stationary linear time series models: the time and frequency domains, filters, inference, and forecasting (Watson).
  2. Tools for inference with time series data: the central limit theorem, the functional central limit theory, and heteroskedasticity- and autocorrelation robust standard errors (Watson).
  3. Recent developments in low-frequency modeling and inference, including long-run forecasting and modeling low-frequency covariation. (Watson).
  4. Signal extraction: the Kalman filter and numerical methods for nonlinear filtering. (Watson).
  5. Recent developments in structural vector autoregressions, with an emphasis on new approaches to identification and inference. (Stock)
  6. Dynamic factor models (Stock)
  7. Weak instruments and weak identification in instrumental variables regression and GMM (Stock)

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