Advancing Mississippi Conference, June 8, 2017, Jackson MS

University Research Center (URC), a division of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is hosting its second annual “Advancing Mississippi” Conference on Thursday, June 8th in Jackson. This is a unique opportunity to contribute to making Mississippi’s future brighter for all citizens.  Researchers from across the state will present papers addressing long-term economic challenges facing the state.  For example, Mississippi faces systemic challenges such as low human capital, high incidence of unwed parenthood, low educational attainment, and relatively poor health.  Other potential topics include trends in population growth, crime, tax policy and additional issues that may enhance or inhibit economic growth.  The goal of the conference is to uncover productive ways to overcome challenges and foster growth in Mississippi, while creating better economic conditions for all Mississippians.

Abstracts will be accepted until March 15, 2017. To be considered for the conference, abstracts must include a clear research question, data to be used (including sources), and a clear discussion of possible policy recommendations. The selection committee will notify the author(s) by March 31, 2017 as to whether their paper has been accepted for conference presentation.

Registration is $40 per person until May 1, 2017 and then $60 per person until the day of the event.  

The conference will also include a student paper competition. Details can be found here.  This second annual conference will precede URC’s newest publication The Mississippi Review. This peer-reviewed journal will feature articles that examine long term economic issues affecting the state. To learn more about The Mississippi Review, please visit URC’s webpage at Please direct any additional questions to Dr. Sondra Collins at

Please submit abstracts for the conference to using “Conference Abstract” in the subject line. 

If you’d like to register to the conference, please click here

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