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GTAP Events: 2002 Advisory Board Meeting

General Information
Date: June 2-3, 2002
Location: Grand Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan
Attachments: PDF file Background Document
- Objectives, goals, and accomplishments
- Data Base developments
- Model developments
PDF file 2002 Summary
- Recommendations
- Other significant points
- Priorities for Version 6
- Goals for the coming year


Agency Reports and Representatives


Recommendations
  • As much as possible, we want to keep the Center out of the business of basic data construction,
  • We want to help contributors to contribute better tables,
  • To this end, we should share programs, techniques, and ideas with them (e.g., through a workshop on this topic),
  • We should open up the reconciliation programs to them, so contributors can better understand how the reconciliation is done, and even make their own suggestions for improvement (and indeed contribute code, if they care to);
  • The data reconciliation is necessarily a central function, and the way for researchers to get involved in it is by contributing to our maintained code base. If contributors care to do their own anticipatory reconciliation in preparing tables to submit to the Center, that is perfectly fine, but this is just their working more effectively within the old division of labor, not a new division of labor; and it doesn't get the Center out of the reconciliation business. (It might mean much smaller shocks to FIT for some variables in some regions, but it doesn't get us out of maintaining and running FIT).


Goals for Next Year
Translating this board summary into concrete goals for the coming year, yields the following list (please refer to the Final Summary document for more details):
  1. Improve communications with IO table contributors.
  2. Provide better feedback to contributors on adjustments to national data bases.
  3. Develop a new set of income and price elasticities of demand for use in GTAP based on international cross-section econometric analysis.
  4. Develop a new set of Armington elasticities estimated at the disaggregated, GTAP merchandise commodity level.
  5. Encourage research aimed at model validation.
  6. Produce interim releases of version 5 incorporating the new CEECs, Russia and the new IDE data bases for Southeast Asia.
  7. Obtain a detailed comparison of the WITS and MacMAPS data bases and make a determination of which to use for tariffs, as well as how best to make use of the MacMAPS data on anti-dumping duties in the version 6 data base.
  8. Improve the quality of the domestic data bases by improving the treatment of dwellings and government services.
  9. Improve the value-added splits for developing countries by making use of household survey data to split self-employed labor out of capital for manufacturing and services sectors.
  10. Refine the treatment of domestic support for agriculture in the context of the version 6 data base.
  11. Incorporate data on bilateral services trade into the GTAP 6 data base following the approach outlined by McDougall.
  12. Hold short courses in the UK (Sheffield) and South America (likely Buenos Aires to be sponsored by the IDB).
  13. Support the program committee of the 6th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis.


Alan A. Powell Award
Each year we acknowledge the contributions of one of the GTAP Current Advisory Board Representatives with the Alan A. Powell award. Alan Powell was the inspiration behind this project. He founded the IMPACT Project in Australia-and directed it for more than two decades. The GTAP effort drew heavily on the IMPACT philosophy.

We are pleased to announce that the 2002 Award Recipient is Martina Brockmeier.

Professor Brockmeier was recognized for her long-term involvement with, support of, and leadership for, the Global Trade Analysis Project. Martina has been involved with GTAP since 1994 when she spent her sabbatical at Purdue University. She co-organized the first EU Short Course, which took place in Frankfurt, as well as organizing a follow-up castle conference in Giessen.

When Martina joined the FAL as Director of the Institute for Markets and Policy, she brought that Institute into the Consortium. Since that time, she has served on the GTAP Advisory Board, where she has made many valuable contributions.

Congratulations, Martina!


Research Fellows
Each year, Members of the GTAP Consortium nominate new GTAP Research Fellows. This year's recipients are:

Jean-Marc Burniaux
For his role in advancing the quality of GTAP-based analysis of global climate change policy.

Elena Ianchovichina
For her role in the development and application of models for use by the GTAP community.

Hans Grinsted Jensen
For his role in the improvement of the GTAP Data Base for EU agriculture.


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