It’s that time of year again, when normal people celebrate things like Christmas and New Years and economists get excited for the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, this year to be held in Denver, Colorado. (The annual meeting is always the first weekend in January because no one else is doing anything and, well economists are always looking for a good deal.) Graduate students get excited because a lot of interviews for academic jobs are conducted at this convention, and other attendees get excited by the prospect of talks with such sexy titles as “Fuzzy Capital Requirements, Risk Shifting and the Risk Taking Channel of Monetary Policy” and “A Nonlinear Budget Set Model of Medical Care with Applied Estimates of Moral Hazard, Adverse Selection, and the Optimal Nonlinear Structure of Health Insurance.” I, on the other hand, get excited by the humor session. For this year’s lineup, we’ve got the following:
Jan 08, 2011 8:00 pm, Sheraton, South Convention Lobby
American Economic Association
The Economics Humor Session in Honor of Caroline Postelle Clotfelter (Z1)
Presiding: N. Gregory Mankiw (Harvard University)
“Limericks Economiques” by Dr. Goose
David Levkovits (limericksecon.com)
The Economics of the Simpsons
Jodi N. Beggs (Harvard University and economistsdoitwithmodels.com)
CBO versus OMB…OMG!
Yoram Bauman (University of Washington and standupeconomist.com)
You can see the complete schedule here. And, oh yeah, that’s me up there, so come say hi if you are around. I’ll be talking about the Simpsons, but I also have a few other random fun things to throw in as well. (Here is some footage from last year to give you an idea of what you are in for. I apologize for the sound being a little off in that video.) Also, if previous years are any indication, a group gets together to go have some drinks at the hotel bar or wherever, so I will keep you posted on that.
If you aren’t attending the convention but are going to be in the Denver area, it’s worth noting that the humor session is open to the public, so stop on by!
Saturday, January 8, 2011, 8pm (Mountain Time)
South Convention Lobby
Sheraton Denver Downtown
1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 80202
If you aren’t up for a roadtrip to Denver, I will also be streaming the session live both here on the site and also at ustream.com, so stay tuned for more information on that.
I look forward to meeting some of you next week!