The NBER hosted its 36th annual Summer Institute during a three-week period in July. The attendance total reached a new high, 2,449 participants, and the number of first-time participants, 599, was also a record. More than two-thirds of the participants were not affiliated with the NBER.

NBER Research Associate Lawrence Summers of Harvard University delivered the Martin Feldstein lecture on the topic of "Economic Possibilities for Our Children."

Matthew Gentzkow, Christian Hansen, Jesse Shapiro, and Matthew Taddy of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and Victor Chernozhukov of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented the 2013 "Econometrics Methods Lectures." Their topic was "Econometric Methods for High-Dimensional Data." Their lectures, which spanned two days and have been recorded and posted on the NBER website at: https://www.nber.org/econometrics_minicourse_2013

As in past years, the 2013 Summer Institute drew participants from a wide range of institutions. For the first time, more than 400 institutions were represented at the meeting. There were nearly 500 research presentations, which touched on many different topics. The presentations were organized into 53 distinct research meetings. A full list of meetings and the papers presented may be found at: https://www.nber.org/confer/2013/SI2013/SI2013_rev.html

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