ON-Lion Letter
The National Bureau of Economic Research's (NBER's) Summer Institute has become a central component of the professional infrastructure in applied economics.  An annual four-week gathering in Cambridge, Mass., during July and early August, the NBER Summer Institute is a remarkably active and intellectually vibrant meeting of policy-oriented research economists.

The 2011 Summer Institute was the largest such gathering that NBER has ever hosted.  It attracted more than 2,100 participants representing over 360 different colleges, universities, and research institutes.

The Summer Institute was organized into 49 distinct research meetings, ranging from a morning-long discussion of several research studies to a week-long symposium with heavily scheduled days.  There were over 450 research presentations on several topics -- ranging from the economics of household savings, to the determinants of economic growth, to the economics of the digital economy, to national security and international trade.

Papers from 2011's and all past Summer Institute meetings are available online.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supported the NBER Summer Institute.
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