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16th Annual St. Louis Fed Professors Conference

Registration for this conference is closed.

Diversity in the Economics Classroom and in the Discipline

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 | 1:30–7 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 | 7:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
One Federal Reserve Bank Plaza
Broadway and Locust Street
St. Louis, Mo. 63102 (map it)

Effective teaching in the classroom requires that professors know their material, keep up to date on changes in the field, and use innovative and engaging teaching methods. This can be daunting: It's much easier to maintain the status quo. This year's conference will focus on effective teaching, but it will also take on the elephant in the economics classroom – the lack of diversity in the profession.

For example, less than a third of the 38,947 students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics in 2015 were women or underrepresented minority students, even though they represented nearly two-thirds of graduates that year.This raises important questions, such as: Why are so few women and minorities earning degrees in economics? And can better classroom instruction help?

Conference Speakers and Features
  • Lisa Cook, associate professor of economics and international relations, Michigan State University, will present "Lost Einsteins and Katherines: Innovation, Diversity, and Economic Growth."
  • Panel Discussion: Increasing Diversity in the Econ Major: The Role of Teaching
  • Michael Owyang, St. Louis Fed assistant vice president and economist, will discuss "Fiscal Multipliers."
  • Concurrent sessions will feature presentations from college professors on teaching and learning economics.
  • St. Louis Fed staff will provide an update on the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED®) database.
  • St. Louis Fed internship opportunities for your students will be discussed.

There is no fee, but you must register by Oct. 26. Parking is complimentary.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

For more information, contact Scott Wolla at

Hotel Accommodations
The Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch is holding rooms for conference attendees for the night of Nov. 1. The room rate is $127 plus tax. Overnight parking is $20. The group number is 2336525.

Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch
2 S. Fourth St. St. Louis, Mo. 63102

Note: Please make your reservations by Oct. 11 to receive the group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.