Economics
Clarence Tow

Clarence W. Tow

The Clarence W. Tow Fund was created in his will to provide funding for speakers who would inspire discussion and progressive thought. Iowa native Clarence Tow earned undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Iowa in the late 1920s. He taught for several years before taking a job in Washington in the Office of the Price Administration. After World War II, Tow earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota and began working as a financial economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kanas City. Tow became a leader within the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank serving in such roles as director of research; vice president; and senior vice president, economic research. Tow retired from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in 1972 and died in 1994 at the age of 86.

Conferences and Seminars

One of the strongest assets of any economics department is the exchange of intellectual challenges and ideas through various seminars and conferences. At Iowa, the conferences and weekly seminars provide insights to students and faculty alike.

  • Seminars (Clarence Tow Lectures)
    This on-campus series of lectures covers a variety of economic topics presented by scholars from both the private and public sectors on subjects of interest to the economics faculty and students. These presentations occur roughly once a week during the academic year. This series is funded by a gift from Clarence Tow.
  • Workshops (Clarence Tow)
    This on-campus series of workshops covers a variety of economic topics presented by junior scholars from both the private and public sectors on subjects of interest to the economics faculty and students. These workshops are funded by a gift from Clarence Tow.
  • Davies-deBoer Seminar in Health Economics
    These seminars cover topics relating to Health Economics.  This series is funded by a bequest from Dr. Eleanor deBoer, PhD Economics, University of Iowa 1949, as a memorial to UI faculty member Dr. George R. Davies; with additional support from the College of Pharmacy and the Public Policy Center.
  • Demographic Economics Conference

    The Conference on Demographic Economics gathers top senior and promising junior researchers in the field of Demographic Economics to allow for productive exchanges on the latest developments in the field and to launch the new Journal of Demographic Economics (JODE).

  • Iowa Alumni Workshops
    Each year, we host a one-day workshop where some of our current Ph.D. students and alumni present their research. The presentations cover a wide array of topics in economics. This annual event started in the spring of 2002 and is sponsored by the Clarence W. Tow Fund.
  • Midwest International Economics Group
    Founded to encourage research in international trade, this organization holds conferences twice a year, in conjunction with the Midwest Mathematical Economics and Theory Conference. The conference location rotates between a number of universities each semester.
  • Midwest Econometrics Group (MEG) conference
    The Midwest Econometrics Group is a society, established in 1991, that promotes yearly meetings to study and discuss Econometric Theory and Methods.