Mentoring Workshop


The Women’s Mentoring Workshop has been a regular, pre-conference component of the MEG annual meeting since 2013, when Yoosoon Chang of Indiana University launched the inaugural Workshop.

The Workshop is for young, female econometricians engaged in applied or theoretical research in all fields of economics.  Its format is based on a small number of mentor-mentee pairs, and is designed to forge substantive intellectual relationships that are likely to survive long after the MEG conference is over.

To form 10 mentor-mentee pairs for the 2019 Workshop, we asked our pool of participating mentors to view all mentee submissions and rank 3-4 papers that best align with their current research interests. Based on these rankings, pairs were selected to create the desired “win-win” outcome for both mentors and mentees.  Unfortunately, this matching process compelled us to pass on many excellent papers submitted by junior women due to the lack of a suitable mentor.

We encourage all junior women who attend the MEG conference—regardless of whether they are among our 10 mentor-mentee pairs—to attend sessions of the Mentoring Workshop on Friday, October 11. Senior mentors will make every effort to attend presentations by junior women in main conference sessions—and, of course, mentees and other junior women are encouraged to attend main conference sessions in which senior mentors present their research.

Throughout the Mentoring Workshop and MEG conference, the goal is for mentors and mentees to develop a deep understanding of each other’s research content.  We hope the interaction will foster an ongoing, collaborative relationship between mentors and mentees and prove useful to all participants.

Without a doubt, the foundation of the Workshop is the mentors’ genuine dedication to mentoring which, in turn, has led them to make substantial investment in their mentees’ research. We would like to thank them for their commitment.

2019 Mentors

Meta Brown – Ohio State University
Carolina Caetano – University of Georgia
Yoosoon Chang – Indiana University (Workshop organizer)
Marcelle Chauvet – University of California at Riverside
Ana Maria Herrera – University of Kentucky
Audrey Light – Ohio State University (Workshop co-organizer)
Xu Lin – Virginia Tech
Nadine McCloud – University of the West Indies at Mona
Irina Panovska – University of Texas at Dallas
Elena Pesavento – Emory University
Anastasia Semykina – Florida State University

MEG Mentoring Workshop Program

Mentoring workshop program (PDF)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

6:00-9:00 p.m.   Networking dinner (by invitation), 1 Miranova Place

Friday, October 11, 2019:   All sessions in 202 Pfahl Hall

7:30-8:00 a.m.                     Continental breakfast (outside Pfahl 202)
8:00-8:05 a.m.                     Opening remarks
8:05-9:30 a.m.                     Mentoring session I:  Econometrics
9:30-9:40 a.m.                     Break
9:40-10:45 a.m.                   Mentoring session II:  Empirical Microeconomics
10:45-10:55 a.m.                 Break
10:55 a.m.-12:00 p.m.         Mentoring session III:  Empirical Macroeconomics


Mentoring session I:  Econometrics

Elena Pesavento (Emory University), chair

Bhavna Rai (Michigan State University), Efficient GMM Estimation with Missing Data and Endogenous Regressors

        Nadine McCloud (University of the West Indies at Mona), mentor

Jiyoung Chae (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), A Flexible Model for Spatial Volatility with an Application to Chicago Housing Market

        Xu Lin (Virginia Tech University), mentor

Ruonan Xu (Michigan State University), Asymptotic Properties of M-estimators Allowing for Cluster Sampling and Cluster Assignment

        Anastasia Semykina (Florida State University), mentor

Haiqing Zhao (Purdue University), FECM Averaging in Predictive Regressions

        Elena Pesavento (Emory University), mentor


Mentoring Session II:  Empirical Microeconomics

Audrey Light (Ohio State University), chair

Xintong Wang (Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania), The Long-term Health Effects of the Vietnam Era Military Service: A Bounds Analysis

        Meta Brown (Ohio State University), mentor

Ana Noveria (Newcastle University), Impact of Compulsory Schooling on Educational Attainment and Work Outcomes:  Evidence from Indonesia

        Carolina Caetano (University of Georgia), mentor

Ruoyao Shi (University of California, Riverside), What Time Use Surveys Can (And Cannot) Tell Us About Labor Supply

        Audrey Light (Ohio State University), mentor


Mentoring Session III:  Empirical Macroeconomics

Marcelle Chauvet (University of California, Riverside), chair

Tatjana Dahlhaus (Bank of Canada), Noisy Monetary Policy

        Ana Maria Herrera (University of Kentucky), mentor

Xiaoxue (Shirley) Song (Indiana University), The Cyclical Behavior of Disaggregate Labor Force Participation:  A Functional SVAR Approach

        Irina Panovska (University of Texas at Dallas), mentor

Weijia Peng (Rutgers University),Forecasting Equity Market Return with Big Data Factors and Machine Learning Models

        Marcelle Chauvet (University of California, Riverside), mentor


The 2019 MEG Mentoring Workshop was made possible by generous financial support from the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), the International Association for Applied Econometrics (IAAE), and the Ohio State University Department of Economics. We encourage Workshop attendees to visit the CSWEP and IAAE websites and participate in their activities (including signing up for CSWEP newsletters).