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ASSA 2017: a city and conference guide

The 2017 Allied Social Sciences Association meeting kicks off the new year, taking place 6-8 January in Chicago, IL. The American Economic Association, in conjunction with 56 associations, will hold the three-day meeting to present and discuss general economics topics in wide array of disciplines.

ASSA has plenty going on throughout the weekend. These are some particular events we’re looking forward to:

Thursday, 5 January 5:30-7:00pm Hyatt Regency Chicago, Crystal B

The Econometric Society gives its Presidential Address from Eddie Dekel.

Friday, 6 January 10:15am-12:15pm Sheraton Grand Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom V

Panel discussion: The American Finance Association (AFA) hosts a panel discussing public pension funds featuring panelists Edwin D. Cass, James Poterba, Joshua D. Rauh, and Theresa J. Whitmarsh.

Friday, 6 January 2:30-4:30pm Swissotel Chicago, St Gallen 3

Paper session: Paper presenters, including Sabina Alkire and Jose Manuel Roche, will discuss poverty and shared prosperity as well as multidimensional poverty around the world.

Saturday, 7 January 8:00-10:00am Sheraton Grand Chicago, Grant Park

Paper discussion: Hosted by the Society of Government Economists, presenters will discuss policy challenges of migration.

Saturday, 7 January 10:15am-12:15pm Swissotel Chicago, Vevey 3 & 4

Panel discussion: The Association for Evolutionary Economics hosts the panel discussion “The Vested Interests Versus Rational Public Policy: Economists as Public Intellectuals” with panelists Joseph E. Stiglitz, James K. Galbraith, Stephanie A. Kelton, Lawrence Mishel, and Dean Baker.

Saturday, 8 January 2:30-4:30pm Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency C

Paper discussion: Presenters discuss papers regarding growth and welfare, from technology and the labor market, to the costs and benefits of leaving the European Union.

Sunday, 8 January 8:00-10:00am Hyatt Regency Chicago, Regency B

The CSWEP Mentoring Breakfast for Junior Economists is hosted by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession.

In addition to the programs, panels, and speakers at ASSA, the city of Chicago has a vast range of activities to offer from sight-seeing to theater to top notch cuisine. Here are a few things you should explore during your time in Chicago:

A visit to Millenium Park is necessary whether in Chicago for the first time or returning. Take a photo in front of Cloud Gate, ice skate on the seasonal McCormick Tribune Ice Rink (if you can withstand the cold!), and maybe even stroll along a snow-covered park before ducking into a café to warm up. If you want a twist on typical ice skating, visit the ice “ribbon” in Maggie Daley Park.

Soak up famous art while warding off the cold at the Art Institute of Chicago. See George Seurat’s A Sunday Afternoon, Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom, and Grant Wood’s American Gothic among countless other works of art and exhibitions. Additionally, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum offers an alternative museum experience by giving you the chance to explore a mansion from the Gilded Age.

Another great way to avoid the chill is to visit the 360 Chicago Observation Deck for the best views of the city and Lake Michigan or, if you’re more daring, visit the Willis Tower Skydeck.

While at the convention, stop by the Oxford University Press booths, 309, 311, and 313, to look at new and featured titles with a conference discount, and follow @OUPEconomics for conference updates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Featured image credit: Chicago USA by Unsplash. Public Domain via Pixabay.

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