CEDEC features the following academic activities:
a) The Seminar in Dynamic Economics. This year-long course is staffed by a faculty member with some external speakers. It also allows graduate students to present their works in progress. The purpose of this seminar is to expose graduate students to cutting-edge research agendas and help identify suitable dissertation topics.
b) Distinguished Annual Lectures and Panel Debates. These lectures are meant to point out directions for future research or identify important issues for public debate. They are delivered by prominent academics and public policy figures, including Nobel laureates.
c) Longer-term visits by promising researchers, some of whom may develop an interest in a permanent relationship with Washington University.
d) Short term visits by collaborators associated with other institutions
e) Conferences and workshops. Support the Department’s Macroeconomics Workshop. Organize meetings and conferences on topics of interest to CEDEC.
f) Travel to macroeconomics related conferences or to visit collaborators at other institutions by CEDEC Associates, as well as by other faculty members and graduate students. This activity will help ease financial burden, particularly for those travelling to high quality international conferences and conducting research with international collaborators.
g) Study groups of advanced graduate students supervised by CEDEC Associates or Affiliates. This activity will help bring graduate students to the frontier of current research.
h) Data related to macroeconomic studies. There are more and more new data sets collected by private agencies, some of which are highly valuable but costly. The data sets installed at CEDEC will be a public good, available to all faculty and graduate students to use for research.
i) Equipment for the Center and its affiliated research associates. Over time, there will be expenditures on technology upgrades and replacement of start-up equipment. CEDEC funds can also be use to help support equipment purchases by research associates, since this equipment (high performance computers, typically) may entail costs beyond what is covered by the department’s general computer budget and a researcher’s research fund.
j) Graduate student support. The Graduate School and the Department offer limited research support for graduate students. CEDEC can serve to complement other funds to help advanced graduate students with attendance at high quality scientific events.
k) Whatever other activities the Director and the Research Associates deem appropriate to fulfill CEDEC’s mission.