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October 2-3, 2015

Macroprudential Monetary Policy
59th Economic Research Conference

September 15, 2015

Giving College Credit Where It Is Due: Advanced Placement Exam Scores and College Outcomes
New England Study Group

August 7, 2015

Fourth Annual Municipal Finance Conference
(Updated with video)

October 17-18, 2014 Inequality of Economic Opportunity
58th Economic Research Conference
October 8, 2014 Improving High-Skill Immigration Policy for New England
October 3-4, 2014 Macro-Finance Linkages
Recent developments in macroeconomics and finance
April 3-4, 2014 The Economics of Payments VII


October 4-5, 2013 Macro-Finance Linkages
Recent developments in macroeconomics and finance
April 12-13, 2013 Fulfilling the Full Employment Mandate: Monetary Policy & The Labor Market
February 14, 2013 Regional Consolidation of Local Government Services in New England: Opportunities and Challenges in Realizing Greater Cost Efficiencies
This policy forum featured new research by the New England Public Policy Center exploring if and how New England local governments could save through greater consolidation of public safety, public health, and high-level government administration services.



November 30- December 1, 2012 Macro-Finance Linkages
Recent developments in macroeconomics and finance



October 28-29, 2011 Macro-Finance Linkages
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Department of Economics at Boston University are organizing a conference on recent developments in macroeconomics and finance. The goal of the conference is to improve our understanding of the linkages between the financial markets and the real economy in light of the recent recession.
October 18-19, 2011

The Long-Term Effects of the Great Recession
Each session of the conference focuses on long-term (beyond the recovery) or even permanent effects of the economic crisis within a specific arena.

May 23-25, 2011 life cycle savingThe Future of Life-Cycle Saving & Investing offsite
In this conference the focus is on financial education and consumer financial protection. By facilitating the dialog among this diverse group of experts about how to improve consumers' financial capability, we hope to encourage the adoption of best practices in the development of new educational programs, financial products, and future public policies.
April 22-23, 2011

Recent Developments in Monetary Policy, Fiscal Policy, and Financial System Design: A Conference to Honor Ben Friedman
This conference brought together students and colleagues to honor Ben Friedman’s contributions to economics over the four-decade span of his career. The conference participants presented and discussed new work that is characteristic of Ben’s contributions to economics, with emphasis on monetary and fiscal policy issues.



November 30, 2010 mismatchMismatch in the Labor Market?  Ensuring an Adequate Supply of Skilled Labor in New England This featured research by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center that explores the potential mismatch between the supply of and demand for skilled labor in New England. 

October 14-16, 2010

Revisiting Monetary Policy in a Low Inflation Environment
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's 55th economic conference

June 30, 2010

state pension reform New England State Pension Reform – Responding to Demographic and Fiscal Challenges
This forum featured research by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center that investigates state pension plans in the context of the region’s aging population.

June 9, 2010

Oil and the Macroeconomy in a Changing World
The symposium gathered oil-market experts, including practitioners from commodity and financial markets; industry analysts; and academic authorities on the science, technology, politics, and economics of oil and competing energy sources. These experts shared their views with economists and policymakers from the Federal Reserve System and other institutions, as well as academics and business leaders.

May 5, 2010 Understanding the Housing Collapse: What is to Blame and What Can Be Done?
This conference featured an overview of current conditions, presentations of new research on housing, credit markets, and public policies; and discussions of public policies that might stabilize housing markets in the future. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Kennedy School's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.



December 3, 2009 State Business Tax Incentives: Examining Evidence of their Effectiveness
New research by the New England Public Policy Center exploring the use and effectiveness of selected business tax credits will be released at this forum. A panel of national and regional experts will respond to Center author Jennifer Weiner’s summary remarks.
October 21-23, 2009 After the Fall: Re-Evaluating Supervisory, Regulatory, and Monetary Policy


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December 3, 2008 Employing the Region’s Assets: Baby Boomers Meeting New England’s Skilled Workforce Needs
The New England Public Policy Center’s 4th annual conference
June 9-11, 2008 Understanding Inflation and the Implications for Monetary Policy: A Phillips Curve Retrospective
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston's 53rd economic conference


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December 5, 2007

Financing Municipalities in New England: Revisiting the State-Local Relationship
The New England Public Policy Center's 3rd annual conference will investigate the fiscal relationship between New England's state and municipal governments and discuss potential strategies to finance municipalities. Specifically, speakers will examine the design of municipal aid formulas and address the potential impact of adopting local option sales taxes.

September 27-28, 2007 Implications of Behavioral Economics for Economic Policy
This conference discussed the implications of behavioral economics for macroeconomic policy, with special attention to the regulatory and monetary policy responsibilities of central banks.
Conference Proceedings: Policymaking Insights from Behavioral Economics
May 21, 2007 2007 EPRG Contactless Forum
This EPRG forum brought together invited industry experts, academics, and Federal Reserve System payments professionals to explore the realm of contactless smart cards.


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December 5, 2006 Covering the Uninsured: Costs, Benefits, and Policy Alternatives for New England
The conference convened a select group of key stakeholders including policymakers, insurers, hospital administrators, employers, public health advocates, and health policy researchers from across all six New England states and the nation.
October 25-27, 2006 The Future of Life-Cycle Saving & Investing offsite
This conference brought together academic researchers, practitioners, and public-sector policymakers to discuss the current state of this science and to explore its implications for households, businesses, and government. The objective was to stimulate the adoption of best practices in the development of both new financial products and future public policies.
May 22, 2006 Housing and the Economy in Greater Boston: Trends, Impacts, and Potential Responses
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s New England Public Policy Center and The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government present this morning discussion.


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December 2, 2005 Fueling the Future: Energy Policy in New England
The New England Public Policy Center convened this symposium to identify the key energy policy issues facing New England and to foster a dialogue among legislators, analysts, and other interested parties about the potential policies that could help address them.
June 15-17, 2005 Wanting It All: The Challenge of Reforming the U.S. Health Care System
The Boston Fed's 50th economic conference brought together economists, health practitioners, and policymakers to explore the best ways to measure, finance, and distribute the benefits of modern health care.


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June 14-16, 2004 The Macroeconomics of Fiscal Policy
This conference assessed our understanding of the effects and effectiveness of fiscal policy, drawing on postwar policy experience and recent economic research.


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June 8-10, 2003 How Humans Behave: Implications for Economics and Economic Policy
This conference brought together economists, behavioral scientists, and economic policymakers in the hope of applying insights from psychology and other behavioral disciplines to improve our understanding of how people make decisions as individuals and, ultimately, in a macroeconomic setting.


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June 2002 Education in the 21st Century: Meeting the Challenges of a Changing World
Experts from a variety of perspectives analyzed current institutional and financial arrangements in the area of education, with the goal of identifying the nature of the shortcomings and appropriate ameliorative actions.
April 2002

The Impact of Economic Slowdowns on Financial Institutions and Their Regulators
A symposium jointly sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Journal of Financial Intermediation


Events Prior to 2002

October 18-20, 1999

Monetary Policy in a Low-Inflation Environment
A Conference sponsored by the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston, New York, Cleveland, Richmond, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Minneapolis, and the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System A diverse group of economists and policymakers gathered in Woodstock, Vermont, in October of 1999 to discuss the conduct of monetary policy in a low-inflation environment. The conference was held at a time when many countries had successfully reduced their inflation rates to the low single digits, an outcome without recent historical precedent that raises important questions about the conduct of monetary policy.

Papers from this conference were published in Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol. 32, No. 4 (November 2000).

June 1, 1995 Casino Development: How Would Casinos Affect New England's Economy?
While interest in the issue of the economic effects of casino development is intense, relevant empirical evidence is scant. For this reason, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston held a one-day Symposium on Casino Development on June 1, 1995, bringing together experts from academia, government, Native American nations, and the gaming industry.
Conference Report pdf
May 3, 1994 The Ongoing Revolution in Health Care: What It Means for the New England Economy
This one-day conference brought together members of the academic, medical, government, and corporate communities to exchange information and present a balanced look at the impact of health care reform on the New England economy.
Conference Report pdf