The 2004 Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings will be hosted by the Department of Economics at Iowa State University in Ames, IA from Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16, 2004. The sessions will start at 1:00 p.m. on Friday and run until 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

The plenary speakers will be

Charles Engel (University of Wisconsin at Madison); abstract, May 14

Daron Acemoglu (MIT); abstract, May 15

The conference hotel is now full. If you still need a room, try Baymont Inns and Suites [Phone: 877-BAYMONT].

There is a $25 conference registration fee payable on registering at the conference. Cash is preferred but US personal checks will be accepted. A receipt will be issued. There will be a registration desk at the conference hotel (near the hotel check-in area) on Friday morning until noon; after that, the registration desk will move to Carver Hall. Please try to register and pick up your badge and packet as soon as possible.

If you have indicated that you'll need transportation to and from the airport: someone will meet you at the airport (on the ground floor near the baggage claim area) with a sign that says Midwest Macro Meetings. You may have to wait a while after your flight arrives for your contact to arrive. This is because of the staggered nature of the airport pickups. Please wait near the baggage claim area. We'll try to get you to the hotel asap but sometimes you'll have to wait for other people who might be arriving a little later than you.

For those arriving on Thurs: pick ups are scheduled for 1:00 p.m, 4:15 p.m, 5:30 p.m, 7:00 p.m, and 9:15 p.m

For those arriving on Fri: pick ups are scheduled for 11:15 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:20 p.m, 6:00 p.m, 7:45 p.m


      We ask for your cooperation in this matter. You may prefer to call a cab (roughly $50; call Ames taxi: 515 232 1343) or rent a car from the airport and driving to the hotel in Ames, a 40 min drive. Enterprise, at the airport, has a decent rate on renting a car at the Des Moines airport and dropping it off in Ames. Details about the airport and rental car companies can be found here.

Information on where and when to meet for departures (on Sunday) will be available in your registration packet. Again, some of you will have to leave a bit earlier than you would have ideally liked given the staggered nature of the deliveries.

All parallel sessions will be held in Carver Hall. The rooms are equipped with Powerpoint projection facilities as well as a overhead transparency projector. If you wish to use Powerpoint or Adobe Acrobat etc., please bring your presentation on a separate 3.5" disk (check to see disk is not broken); we'll provide the laptops. Given the high possibility of screw-ups with Powerpoint (and other Microsoft products!) etc., we strongly encourage you to bring your talk on transparencies anyway, just to be safe.

The conference dinner will be held on Saturday, May 15th from 7:00 p.m to 1:00 a.m at the conference hotel. The entertainment for the evening include a small dinner talk by the famous growth theorist, Paul Romer, stand-up comedy by our very own economist Peter Orazem, and feet-tapping music by the world-renowned Barn Owl Band. There will be a cash bar.

For those of you planning to arrive one or two days before the conference: we will arrange to pick you up from the airport. The conference hotel has excellent dining facilities. Alternatively, you can try Aunt Maude's [515-233-4136]; see here for other options. Taxis can be reached at 515 232 1343. The Main Street area has nice shops and eateries too. Movie info. Here.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizers at
mmm. We hope to see you in Ames soon.

Midwest Macroeconomics Meetings

May 14-16, 2004

Ames IA

            Final Program

Last updated: 5/13/2004 4:57 PM

Printable Final Program

Conference Schedule of Activities

Conference Hotel Website

Driving directions to campus

Parking on campus

The ISU campus

Carver Hall and neighborhood

Directions to the hotel from Des Moines airport

Details about Ames (including info on dining, entertainment, maps etc.)

Weather in Ames

Ames, the least polluted city in the US

Some dumb laws of Iowa

The macro group at Iowa State

Signs for session chairs:

5 min, 3 min, 1 min, time's up

Last Updated: 5/13/2004 4:57 PM