The Empirics and Methods in Economics Conference (EMCON) is a two-day student-run conference for PhD students interested in applied topics and empirical methods in Economics. The conference offers students an excellent opportunity to present their work, exchange ideas with their peers and receive feedback from a discussant and a diverse audience.

This year’s conference will take place place on October 12-13, 2018 at Northwestern University and is sponsored by the departments of Economics at Northwestern University and The University of Chicago. Prof. Seema Jayachandran (NU) will give the keynote talk and Prof. Peter Hull (UChicago) will give the closing remarks. Faculty members from both organizing universities will attend the presentations.

Submissions: Deadline was July 22 11:59pm CDT, 2018. Each potential presenter may submit at most one paper. Acceptance/rejection decisions will be made and communicated by September 1st, 2018.

Registration: Deadline was October 1st 11:59pm CDT, 2018.

Presentation format: Presentations are 35 minutes long, with 10 minutes of discussion afterwards. We ask presenters to also act as discussants for a paper (although we exempt job market candidates from this whenever possible).

The conference is generously supported by the Global Poverty Research Lab (GPRL), the Becker-Friedman Institute (BFI), and the Department of Economics at Northwestern University. Partial reimbursement for transportation expenses is available. Registration and meals during the conference will be covered, but we are not able to pay for participants’ accommodation. If requested, we will match conference participants with local student hosts.

Conference organization team: Sijia (Scarlet) Chen (Stanford), Ricardo Dahis (NU), Francisco Del Villar (UChicago), Joris Mueller (NU), Francesca Truffa (NU), and Ashley Wong (NU).

For further information about the conference or any other questions, please contact emconference2018@gmail.com.