This conference and a companion conference were held at the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago on April 23rd to the 25th and brought together a wide range of distinguished macro economists to present their ideas and proposed contributions to the new Handbook of Macroeconomics, which will be edited by John B. Taylor and Harald Uhlig. The widely-cited first volume of the Handbook of Macroeconomics was published in 1999 and according to the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) is ranked first among all economics books downloaded.

Many significant economic events have occurred over the past fifteen years including the financial crisis, the Great Recession, the end of the Great Moderation, and rethinking of macroeconomic models and theories. This conference and the new Handbook address these recent issues and are sorely needed.

The agenda for the conference at the Hoover Institution is below.

John B. Taylor, Stanford University
Harald Uhlig, University of Chicago

Thursday, April 9
Time Content Authors Discussant
10:30 - 11:30 AM Business Cycles Edward Prescott Robert Hodrick
11:30 - 12:30 PM The Facts of Economic Growth Charles Jones Bart Hobijn
1:30 - 2:30 PM Financial and Fiscal Crises Michael Bordo
Christopher Meissner
Pierre Siklos
2:30 - 3:30 PM Solution and Estimation Methods for DSGE Models Jesús Fernández-Villaverde
Juan Rubio-Ramirez
Frank Schorfheide
Serguei Maliar
3:45 - 4:45 PM Housing and Macroeconomics Monica Piazzesi
Martin Schneider
Amir Kermani


Friday, April 10
Time Content Authors Discussant
8:30 - 9:30 AM Macroeconomic Shocks and Their Propagation Valerie Ramey Arvind Krishnamurthy
9:30 - 10:30 AM Macroeconomic Regimes and Regime Shifts James Hamilton Òscar Jordà 
10:45 - 11:45 AM Recursive Contracts and Endogenously Incomplete Markets Mikhail Golosov
Aleh Tsyvinski
Pablo Kurlat
12:45 - 1:45 PM Macroeconomics and Heterogeneity (including inequality) Dirk Krueger
Kurt Mitman
Fabrizio Perri
Christopher Tonetti
1:45 - 2:45 PM Natural Experiments in Macroeconomics Tarek Hassan
Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln
Yuriy Gorodnichenko
3:00 - 4:00 PM Accounting for Business Cycles with Wedges Pedro Brinca
Varadarajan V. Chari
Patrick Kehoe
Ellen McGrattan
Peter Klenow
4:00 - 5:00 PM Environmental Macroeconomics John Hassler
Per Krusell
Anthony Smith
Charles Kolstad


Saturday, April 11
Time Content Authors Discussant
8:15 - 9:15 AM Models with Price and Wage Rigidities John B. Taylor Carl Walsh
9:15 - 10:15 AM Neoclassical Theories Gary Hansen
Lee Ohanian
John Cochrane
10:30 - 11:30 AM Factor Models for Macroeconomics James Stock
Mark Watson
Michael Bauer
12:30 - 1:30 PM Measuring Risk and Uncertainty Nick Bloom
Steven Davis
Sebastian Di Tella
1:30 - 2:30 PM Macroeconomics of Persistent Slumps Robert Hall Cosmin Ilut


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