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I am writing to tell you about National Association for Business Economics (NABE) annual economic policy conference. NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and those who use economics in the workplace and is a great way to meet professional economists.

Designed around the theme “Promoting Sustained Growth,” the 2018 event will explore the tests for political and business leaders as they guide their countries and companies through an increasingly complex maze of global challenges marked by heightened tensions around globalization and trade, demographic shifts, and technological advances.

The conference has an impressive program, with sessions covering

-               The Impact of Technology & Automation on Transportation

·               Monetary Policy and the US Outlook

·               Outlook for the Midterm Elections

·               Opioid Crisis: Economic and Labor Market Implications

·               Impact of AI & Robots on Jobs

-               The Outlook for NAFTA and the Future of Free Trade

·               Identifying and Bridging Skills Gaps to Meet Future Labor Demand

·               What to Expect from Tax Reform?

·               Policies to Ensure a Vibrant US Manufacturing Sector

·               What's Holding Back Housing?

Conference speakers include former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, CBO Director Keith Hall, and UCSD Professor Gordon Hanson. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, NEC Director Gary Cohn, and Ohio Governor John Kasich are invited. Returning to the conference to unpack developments over the first year of the Administration and the 115th Congress and to provide an outlook for the 2018 midterm elections will be Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher, The Cook Political Report, and Greg Valliere, Chief Global Strategist, Horizon Investments. In addition to the speakers, the event includes many networking opportunities, including student poster sessions where you can present your research.

The NABE Foundation plans to award scholarships for the NABE Economic Policy Conference restricted to young professionals. To be eligible for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be 35 years old or younger
  • Have worked in the economics field for seven years or fewer
  • Currently be involved in a position that uses economic principles and theory
  • Hold an undergraduate college degree or higher.

The deadline to apply is January 17, 2018Apply Now

GWU is a co-sponsor of the conference so GW students receive a special welcome to the conference.  Any GW student who registers will also receive a one year NABE membership with their registration ($30 value). With the one-year membership, students receive a copy of the quarterly journal, access to the salary survey, free access to all webinars, access to NABE’s ten annual economic surveys, discounted registration fees for all NABE events and continuing education offerings, and member access to the job board, among many other benefits. Opportunities from NABE membership include:

  • Receive the latest economic news and updates through NABE's quarterly journal, Business Economics, and the weekly e-newsletter, NABE NewsDigest.
  • Locate critical economic information instantly with member-only access to
  • Benchmark your forecast and gain insight into economic policy with NABE's economic surveys.
  • Looking for a new job?  With, we bring job seekers and employers together to aid in that process.
  • Compare your salary to that of others in the economics field with NABE's biennial Salary Survey.

Enter “GWU Student Registration” when you register to obtain your free membership to NABE.

The full program is here: If you have any questions, please email Colette Brissett at [email protected]or me at [email protected]. I hope to see you at the conference!


Joann M. Weiner, Director, MA in Applied Economics