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GTAP Events: 2014 Advisory Board Meeting

General Information
Date: June 16-17, 2014
Location: King Fahd Palace Hotel, Room B01
Pointe des Almadies
BP: 8181
Dakar, Senegal
Deliverables: PDF file Agenda (presentations linked)

PDF file Report and Issues Document

Webpage Supplementary Material

PDF file 2014 Summary

Agency Reports

Research Fellows
The Board approved to name the following as Research Fellows for 2014-2017:

S. Amer Ahmed
For his many and important contributions to GTAP and CGE analysis. A former GTAP graduate student, Amer currently works at the World Bank and has continued to conduct research and publish on the impacts of climate on agriculture, poverty, and growth, as well as on food security issues using GTAP/CGE. He has continued to work on international labor migration issues, was part of the team that developed the GMig2 Data Base and recently collaborated on the construction of GTAP's Non-CO2 Emissions Data Base. Amer is a regular and highly regarded GTAP Short Course instructor and continues to participate regularly at the GTAP Conferences.

Peter Dixon
For outstanding and innovative theoretical contributions to GTAP and the broader field of CGE analysis.

Hans Lofgren
Hans Lofgren is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, he was a Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI. Hans has been an expert CGE modeler throughout his career and is best known for two models that have become de facto standards for single country CGE models. While at IFPRI, Hans worked closely with Sherman Robinson to develop the IFPRI standard CGE model that was intended to ease the burden for developing CGE models (Lofgren et al 2002). The IFPRI standard model was designed with sufficient flexibility to incorporate a wide variety of country-based SAMs and various closure rules. It has proven to be a robust framework that is still in wide use for single country applications. After moving to the Bank, he vastly extended the capacity of the IFPRI standard model. In summary, Hans has helped set the standard for single country CGE modeling that has no competitors, and has elevated the relevance of CGE-style modeling in new areas.

Terrie Walmsley
During her time as the Director of the GTAP Center, Terrie contributed to the progress of GTAP in terms of data base but also in terms of model developments. Terrie's contributions to the MyGTAP model allows CGE researchers to use GTAP-based models to analyze food security issues in Africa and other regions of the world. This version provides an important step to remove the regional household and allowing for more detailed analysis of government and multiple households. In working both with the GTAP Model and the GLOBE model, Terrie also contributes to bridge the gap between GEMPACK and GAMS based model coding.

Wusheng Yu
For his outstanding research using the GTAP Model and Data Base. Wusheng's research interests are in the areas of international trade policy, agricultural policy, and computable general equilibrium models. His GTAP-related work has appeared in major agricultural economics and trade policy journals, such as American Journal Agricultural Economics, Journal of Agricultural Economics, European Review of Agricultural Economics, World Economy, World Trade Review, Economic Modeling, and China Economic Review. He has also received considerable scholastic citations for the following GTAP-related work: structural changes on the world food market and demand system comparisons in projecting global food demand reforms of China's trade and agricultural policy before and after its WTO accession trade and economic integration in South Asia tariff preferences and the LDCs and the EU's common agricultural policy.

Alan A. Powell Award
Each year at the GTAP Advisory Board meeting we present an award to one of the members of the Board in recognition of outstanding service. This award is in honor of one of the Founding Members of the Advisory Board, and the intellectual grandfather of GTAP - Alan A. Powell.

Lucian Cernat The 2014 recipient of the Alan A. Powell Award is Dr. Lucian Cernat, Chief Economist in the European Commission's Trade Directorate. Lucian has been a regular, and highly valued participant at the annual GTAP Advisory Board Meeting and Conference. He has worked tirelessly to ensure a closer integration between GTAP activities and ongoing projects funded by the European Commission. In the past, the Center has often engaged in counterproductive duplications of effort on the data base front; however, with Lucian's leadership, activities in the Center and those supported by the Commission have become more closely aligned. He has been instrumental in facilitating improved coverage of the EU in GTAP – including engaging the IPTS formally with the advisory board. Another great example is the work on public procurement which Lucian has initiated. This is a challenging area that strikes at the heart of the GTAP Data Base and its component parts. By engaging the Center in a long term effort to disaggregate public procurement and model improved access to these markets, Lucian has charted an invaluable course for the future. Most recently, Lucian has shouldered the assignment of chairing the GTAP Research Fellow Committee. In short, he is a model board member and it is the Center for Global Trade Analysis' great pleasure to recognize him as the 2014 Alan A. Powell Award recipient.

Congratulations, Lucian, and thank you for your many contributions to GTAP!

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