The goal of the conference is to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues. Particular emphasis will be placed on applied general equilibrium methods, data, and application. Related theoretical and applied work is also welcome.
A global network of individuals and institutions conducting economy-wide analysis of trade, resource, and environmental policy issues has emerged. Thousands of these researchers now use a common data base, supplied by the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP). The project is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis at Purdue University with the support of a consortium of national and international agencies. The GTAP Data Base is a key input into most of the contemporary applied general equilibrium (AGE) analysis of global economic issues. Participants are given the opportunity to present their work, interact with other professionals in the field, and learn about the most recent developments in global economic analysis.
The themes of the 17th Annual Conference are:
- New Challenges in Food Policy, Trade, and Economic Vulnerability
- International Trade and Food Security
- International Trade and Finance
- Foreign Direct Investment in Land and Land Markets
- The Impact of Demographic Transition and Population Ageing on the World Economy
- Trade, Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainable Development
- The Impact of the Internet and New Technological Innovations on Global Trade
- The Interaction between Global Trade, Poverty, Income Distribution, Inequality, and Development: The Integration of Africa into the World Trade System
- The Potential for Africa to "Feed the World"