This past weekend we attended the 2018 Midwest International Economic Development Conference (MIEDC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. MIEDC is a small and selective conference where each paper is allocated 40 minutes for presentation, assigned discussion, and questions. Selected presentations this year were of exceptional quality and included topics such as: agriculture, economic growth, education, environment and energy, gender, health, poverty and inequality, labor and migration, methodology, political economy, and finance.
In this series of three posts we provide brief summaries of many papers presented at the conference. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend every session. Apologies to the presenters we missed.