Workshops & Initiatives
The Minnesota Lecture series is sponsored by the University of Minnesota's Department of Economics. Each lecturer is a distinguished graduate of our PhD program, and they are nominated by our current graduate students. Learn more about the Minnesota Lecture.
The Workshop System
With an old and distinguished history, faculty-directed workshops for students at the dissertation-writing stage are a hallmark of the U of M economics program. Initially, this program was informal in nature, but even those who took part in the early versions look back on those days with affection.
In recent years, the program has expanded considerably with workshops offered for students writing dissertations in growth and development, international trade, industrial organization, international finance, macroeconomics, applied microeconomics, economic theory, public economics and policy, and financial economics.
The workshops meet once a week and are hosted either on campus or at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, where students will present on the current state of their dissertation research. This workshop provides a great learning experience focused on cooperative learning. Students routinely say that these workshops are some of the best, and toughest, experiences they have while at Minnesota.