Dr. Gary Hoover (“Hoov”), Tulane Professor of Economics and Executive Director of The Murphy Institute delivered the Presidential Address at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Southern Economic Association (SEA) held November 18-20, 2023 at the Marriott Hotel in New Orleans. The three-day conference attracted economists from around the world to share their latest research and discuss important economic issues. Hoov’s talk entitled “When User Error Calls for a Product Redesign: Poverty in the United States" was delivered at the SEA Annual Business Meeting on November 19, 2023.
Founded in 1928, the SEA is one of the oldest economics associations in the United States. The SEA membership includes scholars with diverse research interests that extend beyond the southern region. The SEA's flagship publication, the Southern Economic Journal, first published in 1933, was established to reinforce research efforts on Microeconomics, Labor economics, Monetary economics, Econometrics and Public economics. The annual conference and the Journal welcome submissions from all fields of economic research and economists worldwide.
Other highlights of the conference were the Distinguished Guest Lecture, "The Gender Leadership Gap: Insights from the Experiment Lab" given by Catherine C. Eckel, University Distinguished Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University; and the Association Lecture, "The Fiscal Theory of the Price Level" delivered by John H. Cochrane, Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. The conference also featured sessions on a wide range of topics, including housing policy, the gambling industry, constitutional choice, maternal health and child development, crime and policing, and COVID-19.