56th NABE Annual Meeting

September 27-30, 2014
Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 

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Make plans now to join colleagues in the Windy City for the 56th NABE Annual Meeting to convene September 27-30, 2014. Located on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, just steps from Lake Michigan and Chicago’s top restaurants and shopping, the Westin Michigan Avenue will play host to this year's event.
Arranged around the theme "Beyond the Business Cycle: Strategies for the Long Term" the 56th Annual Meeting will focus on the tests facing business and policy leaders in the long run as they guide their companies and their countries through a global economic landscape marked both by a myriad of enduring challenges and emerging opportunities.


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One of the most anticipated sessions at the 56th NABE Annual Meeting will be Kai Ryssdal's discussion with Ben Bernanke during the Adam Smith Award Luncheon on Sunday, September 28. The Adam Smith Award, NABE's highest honor, will be presented to former Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke at the conclusion of the luncheon. Ryssdal is host and senior editor of the popular Marketplace radio program on business and the economy.

Scores of prominent business leaders, policymakers, economic thinkers, and other top speakers have confirmed their participation in the event. 



As always, the NABE Annual Meeting features ample opportunities to network with colleagues including 4 conference meals, 5 networking coffee breaks, the President's Welcome Reception, an architectural boat tour of Chicago, a White Sox game, a happy hour, the Sunday Breakfast with the Author, and fabulous offsite evening receptions hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and KPMG.   


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Ben Bernanke, former Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 2006-2014
Raj Chetty, Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Ed Clark, Group President and Chief Executive Officer, TD Bank Group
Mark Doms, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce
Charles Evans, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Austan Goolsbee, Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Erica L. Groshen, Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Anil Kashyap, Professor of Economics and Finance, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Donald Kohn, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, former Vice Chair, Federal Reserve System
Randall Kroszner, Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Sarah Bloom Raskin, Deputy Secretary, US Department of the Treasury
Desiree Rogers, CEO, Johnson Publishing
Morton Schapiro, President, Northwestern University
Adair Turner, Senior Fellow, Institute for New Economic Thinking


Topics to be addressed include:

  • The Future of Central Banking
  • Improving Opportunities for Economic Mobility
  • Big Data Breakthroughs
  • Lessons from Monetary Policy at the Zero Lower Bound
  • The G2? The long-term relationship between China and the US
  • Regulation Since the Crisis: Is the Banking System Healthier?
  • Is the Focus on Near-Term Earnings Harming Long-Term Growth?
  • New Perspectives on Obamacare

Special Events

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Architectural Boat Tour of Chicago: $45
Considered a "must" for out-of-towners, explore the city by boat, learning about more than 50 buildings along the Chicago River, revealing how the city grew from a small back-country outpost into one of the world’s most important crossroads in less than 100 years.

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Join fellow attendees for a Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field, as they take on the Kansas City Royals at 6:10pm 


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Breakfast with the Author: $70 (includes book)
Ted C. Fishman, author, Shock of Gray.
New York Times best-selling author Ted C. Fishman reveals the stunning challenges of a world awash with seasoned citizens. By 2030 those over 50 will  outnumber people under 17 for the first time in history. Fishman explores the  resulting impact on families, businesses, nations, and medical care. A booksigning will follow.





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Interested in partnering with NABE as a sponsor, advertiser, or exhibitor at the conference? Download the sponsor kit or contact NABE Executive Director Tom Beers at for information.


CFA CHARTERHOLDERS: Did you know that NABE is a CFA Approved Provider? CFA Charterholders will earn 22 hours of CE credit for attending the 2014 NABE Annual Meeting. To claim your CE credit, simply register for the conference, provide your CFA member number at the conference registration desk, and the CE credit for your participation in this program will be automatically recorded in your CE Diary.


NABE Member Registration: $1045

US Government Employee Registration: $1045

Nonmember Registration (includes Membership Dues): $1,186

Student Member Registration (does not include meals): $75

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The NABE Foundation will award scholarships to the 2014 NABE Annual Meeting. To be eligible for consideration to receive the scholarship, one must:

1) Be 35 years old or younger

2) Have worked in the economics field for seven years or less

3) Currently be involved in a position that uses economic principles and theory

4) Hold an undergraduate college degree or higher.

NOTE: The deadline for applications has now passed. Stay tuned for scholarship updates for the 2015 NABE Economic Policy Conference (March 8-10, 2015)

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