June 13-16, 2013: NASM

North-American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society (NASM) at USC The Department of Economics was host of the North-American Summer Meeting of the Econometric Society. The Econometric Society is the most prominent and largest international association of research economists in the world. Although not as large as the massive Winter meeting of the Allied Social Sciences in which the Econometric Society participates as well, NASM is the largest Summer conference of research economists in North America. The number of papers submitted for presentation was 930 of which 420 were accepted by the organizing committee that consisted of Geert Ridder, Vincenzo Quadrini (Marshall) and Simon Wilkie. During the conference that was from June 13-June 16 at the Davidson conference center 372 papers were presented in 121 sessions. About 400 economists attended the conference. Invited lectures were given by Matt Jackson from Stanford on the analysis of social networks , by Andrew Chesher from University College London on instrumental variables and Susan Athey from Stanford and Microsoft on market design and the internet. Thanks to the assistance of staff and graduate students the conference went smoothly and participants praised the relaxed atmosphere despite the frenetic pace of the conference program.