NBER Annual Conference on Macroeconomics

Call for Proposals for the 34th NBER Macro Annual Conference, April 11 and 12, 2019 in Cambridge, MA

We are inviting proposals for papers for the NBER's 34th Annual Conference on Macroeconomics, to be held on April 11 and 12, 2019 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The conference brings together the NBER macroeconomic community to hear, evaluate, and debate six papers covering a range of topics within macroeconomics. Edited versions of the papers are published in the NBER Macroeconomic Annual, a high-visibility outlet that allows researchers to disseminate new work quickly. The NBER also promotes the papers with media and with video summaries and presentations on the NBER webpage.

We are particularly interested in papers with a strong empirical content and policy relevance, as well as papers that can provide a basis for the evaluation of recent, novel, and important developments in macroeconomics. These are guidelines, not rules, as evidenced by the content of previous conferences: Some of the best papers recent papers in the Macro Annual have made important contributions but do not fit the constraints required for a top-five publication.

Proposals should be concrete and concise - a few pages usually suffices. Preliminary results are helpful. We consider completed drafts when available. Proposals that were not accepted for past conferences may be resubmitted.

Those interested in applying should upload their proposals here by July 15, 2018:

First drafts of papers are due at the end of January; conference drafts are due two weeks before the conference. At the conference, each paper is presented and then discussed formally by two leading scholars and informally by conference participants. Final papers for publication are due at the end of May, and formal discussions, general discussion, and papers are all published in the conference volume.

A copy of this call for papers is also available online at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Martin Eichenbaum and Jonathan Parker

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