11th Midwest International Economic
Development Conference

May 2-3, 2014
McNamara Alumni Center -- University of Minnesota, USA

Submit papers by January 6, 2014 via email to:
trnka027@umn.edu, or mail to:

c/o Frank Trnka
316 Ruttan Hall
1994 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6040

Final papers are due March 31, 2014

Chichoy, Guatemala:  girls & boys wash hands with water from new water system.  Photo: WaterPartners International

2014 Conference Program
which has links to PDF copies
of the papers presented
2014 Presenters' Contact Information

Conference Site & Preliminary Schedule
Hotel Accommodations
Banquet Guest Speaker
Directions and Parking

Conference Poster - You are welcome to
print and post this!
Guidelines for Chairs, Presenters and Discussants

Haiti...photo from PBase Santiago Chimaltenango, Guatemala...photo from Native Planet Ghanaian huts, photo by Curt Carnemark, World Bank


Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy (CIFAP), University of Minnesota

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Banquet Guest Speaker

Tim Besley is School Professor of Economics and Political Science at the London School of Economics (LSE), University of London. He held positions at Oxford and Princeton prior to joining the LSE as Professor of Economics in 1995. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the British Academy and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was co-editor of the American Economic Review and was a 2005 winner of the Yrjo Jahnsson award. His research has a strong policy focus and he gained practical experience of economic policy-making as a member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee between 2006 and 2009. He maintains an interest in global issues, especially the institutional factors that determine prosperity around the world.
Title of talk: "Democratic Institutions as Robust Control"

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Conference Site

The conference will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center (adjacent to the Commons Hotel) located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota.  Address:  200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455.

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Conference Schedule

Friday May 2
Saturday May 3
Registration & Cont'l. Breakfast  
Continental Breakfast  
Session I  
Session IV  
Session II  
Session V  
Lunch and End of Conference  
Session III  
  McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis MN
Dinner Speaker  

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Registration is now closed. No registrations after April 23, 2014.

Registration with secure credit card payment is available on-line at this site. Please follow the instructions.

Registration Fees:

Until March 31:
General (including student presenters) $100.00
Graduate Students (non-presenters) $40.00

Late - April 1 to April 10:
General (including student presenters) $125.00
Graduate Students (non-presenters) $50.00

Very Late - April 11 to April 23:
General (including student presenters) $150.00
Graduate Students (non-presenters) $60.00

Banquet and speaker only (for Friday evening, May 2nd, 5:30-8:30 p.m.):
Until April 23 - $75.00

Rates will change at midnight Central Standard Time. No registrations after April 23, 2014.

If you need to cancel your registration, a refund, minus $10.00, will be issued if you cancel by written e-mail to Frank Trnka (trnka027@umn.edu) by midnight (CST) April 23, 2014. If you cancel after this date, you will not be eligible for a refund.

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Hotel Accommodations

Attendees must arrange accommodations directly with the hotel.  A block of rooms is being held at the The Commons Hotel for the attendees until March 31, 2014.  Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the "Midwest International Economic Development Conference."  The Promotional Code is:  050113IEDC.

To Make Reservations at the University Hotel Minneapolis

By Phone with credit card
Direct:  612-379-8888
Toll Free:  1-800-822-6757 (MPLS)
Specify: Midwest International Economic Development Conference  

Enter "Dates of stay"
Click on "Check Availability"
Then select a room that is linked to the block of rooms reserved.

All reservations can be guaranteed for late arrival with a credit card or by an advanced deposit.  Reservation requests received after March 31, 2014 will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis.

Room Rates

A group rate of $130.00 (single or double occupancy), $150.00 (triple occupancy), $170.00 (quadruple occupancy) plus 13.4% tax is available for the following dates:  May 1, 2 & 3.

The last day to make reservations to receive this rate is
March 31, 2014.  

Hotel Address

The Commons Hotel (adjacent to the McNamara Center)   
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55414

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Transportation between the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Hotel

Public Transportation (LightRail and City Bus combo) costs $2.25 or $1.75 one way, depending on time of day. To plan your trip go to http://www.metrotransit.org/ and in the Trip Planner enter From "Airport Terminal 1 - Lindbergh Station" and To "McNamara Alumni Center" as well as the date and approximate time you expect to travel. Choose a trip option with only one bus after the LightRail stop. An additional transfer should not be needed. Or contact the hotel (612-379-8888) to see about the availability of the hotel shuttle to pick you up at the LightRail Metrodome Station.

Super Shuttle:  At the airport, follow the signs that say "Ground Transportation."  Once there, ask for the Super Shuttle.  Give them the name of the hotel you are staying at -- The Commons Hotel Minneapolis.  The charge is $18 per person one way.

Taxi costs about $35-45 one way.

Hotel Parking

Parking is available in the Washington Street ramp behind the hotel.  The daily parking fee is $15.00 per day per vehicle, which includes "in and out" privileges to registered overnight guests.

Hotel Shuttle Service

The Commons Hotel has complimentary shuttle service within a five-mile radius of hotel (based on availability. Shuttle charge may apply for groups and/or reservations).

The Commons Hotel is easily accessible from 35W and Interstate 94. It is located on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota, only 1 block from the McNamara Center conference site.

List of Other Hotels

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