Minnesota Economics Big Data Institute

2022 MEBDI Machine Learning Competition  announced

The MEBDI Machine Learning Competition is back! 

For this year’s competition, the objective is to devise a machine learning algorithm that provides the best out-of-sample prediction for the unemployment status of workers one year ahead. The sample is drawn from the matched Current Population Survey data from 2008 to 2015. Details, eligibility requirements, and other competition rules are described here:

2022 MEBDI ML Competition Description and Rules

Submission Deadline: May 13, 2022 by Noon US Central Time.

Prize: $5,000.

To download the training sample and other details, see the competition web page: mebdi.org/ml-competition-2022/



Inaugural MEBDI Annual Lecture on Big Data 


Patrick Bajari delivered the Inaugural MEBDI Lecture on Big Data in-person at the University of Minnesota. The title of his lecture was “The Use of Big Data in Industry: A View from the Front Lines.”

Patrick Bajari is Vice President and Chief Economist at Amazon, and a former professor of Economics at the University of Minnesota. Since joining in 2010, he has helped Amazon build teams in econometrics, machine learning and research science.

First Annual MEBDI Fall Conference 

The First Annual MEBDI Fall Conference on Big Data and Economic Models was held in person at the University of Minnesota on October 1st, 2021. The conference was live-streamed and the video of the presentations can be found on Youtube:  https://youtu.be/Tg3k5WH1Q2g

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  • (June 14, 2021) WORKING PAPERS about each of the 13 countries in the Global Income Dynamics (GID) Project are now online: LINK  (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Norway, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden.)
    • For more information about the GID Project: CLICK HERE

  • (March 1, 2021) MEBDI Conference:  The 2nd Conference of the Global Income Dynamics Project took place virtually on November 19-20, 2020. Click here for the program and video of presentations
  • (September 2020) MEBDI Machine Learning Competition: Congratulations to Dhananjay Ghei and Sang Min Lee for winning the Grand Prize of the 2020 MEBDI Machine Learning Competition! Read more here: 2020 MEBDI ML Competition

MEBDI is a newly established research institute at the University of Minnesota that promotes and produces applied economic research that harnesses the power of big data under the guidance provided by economic theory. The institute brings together economists from the University of Minnesota economics department and outside researchers from broad backgrounds to contribute to this mission.






Get in Touch

Minnesota Economics Big Data Institute

Email: MEBDInstitute@gmail.com
Web: www.mebdi.org
Twitter: @mebdi8

Mailing address:
4-101 Hanson Hall 
1925 South 4th Street 
Minneapolis, MN, 55455

Administrative contact: 
Kara Kersteter
Email:  kerst003 (at) umn (dot) edu 




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