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GTAP Events: 20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis

20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
"Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities"

Purdue University
Stewart Center
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, USA

Dates/Deadlines (Eastern Standard Time)

Abstracts Nov 7 - Jan 15
Organized Session Proposals Nov 7 - Jan 15
Travel Funding Opportunities Nov 7 - Jan 15
Abstract Review Jan 20 - Feb 12
Acceptance Notifications late Feb
Final Papers Apr 15
Early Registration Feb - Apr 15
Late Registration (Late fee incurred) Apr 16-30
Lodging Reservations dates vary
Registration Payment May 7
Pre-Conference Seminars June 6
Post-Conference Event June 10

General Information
Dates: June 7-9, 2017

Location: Stewart Center, Purdue University
128 Memorial Mall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 USA

Organizer: Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

Registration: Register Now!

Registration Details
$500 Professional (Developed Country)
$375 Professional (Developing Country)
$250 Student (Developed Country)
$125 Student (Developing Country)
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Program Details: The conference program will be posted in mid-May. Until then, a tentative listing of anticipated presentations is available.

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Conference Background
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 overall theme of the conference is "Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities" with subthemes on:
  • Sustainable Development
  • Climate change policies and adaptation
  • Whither regionalism in the absence of a global trade agreement?
  • Agricultural innovation, growth and transformation
  • Capital and inequality in the 21st century

Conference Format
The conference is structured with the intent of maximizing discussion and the exchange of ideas among researchers. Most sessions involve the presentation of invited and/or contributed papers. On the basis of submitted abstracts, the Center for Global Trade Analysis selects papers eligible for presentation at the conference. Speakers will be asked to discuss the highlights and implications of their work with a dedicated amount of time also being devoted to questions and discussion. All oral presentations, unless otherwise noted (plenaries excluded), are allotted 30 minutes, in which the first 20 is devoted to presentation and the remaining 10 to discussion.

Schedule is subject to change and will be finalized in mid-May in the conference program. Until then, a tentative listing of anticipated presentations is available.

Wednesday, June 7
8:00-5:00 Registration
8:30-9:00 Opening
9:00-11:00 Plenary Session
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-1:00 Parallel Sessions
1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-4:00 Parallel Sessions
4:00-4:30 Coffee Break
4:30-6:30 Parallel Sessions
6:30-8:30 Reception
Thursday, June 8
8:00-5:00 Registration
9:00-10:00 Plenary Session
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:30 Parallel Sessions
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:00 Parallel Sessions
4:00-4:30 Coffee Break
4:30-6:30 Parallel Sessions
6:30-9:30 Dinner and Awards
Friday, June 9
8:00-5:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Parallel Sessions
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-1:00 Parallel Sessions
1:00-2:30 Lunch
2:30-3:30 Plenary Session
3:30-4:00 Closing

Distinguished Plenary Speakers
The following plenary sessions will open and the close the conference and feature distinguished intellectual leaders in their respective fields whose presentations are designed to introduce participants to new topics as well as provide fresh insights into familiar ones.

"Back to the Future: A 25-year Retrospective on GTAP and the Shaping of a New Agenda"
June 7, 9:00-11:00am

Tentative Panelists
Thomas Hertel
Distinguished Professor and Executive Director
Center for Global Trade Analysis, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Topic(s): Introduction, vision, and thoughts for the future
Frank van Tongeren
Head of Division, Policies in Trade and Agriculture
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Topic(s): GTAP as a common language and global public good
Bob Koopman
Chief Economist
Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organization

Topic(s): GTAP's influence on trade policy makers
John Reilly
The MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Topic(s): GTAP's role in meeting the needs for quantitative environmental assessment
Joseph Francois
Professor of Economics
World Trade Institute

Topic(s): GTAP's role in practical implementation of theoretical advances in trade modeling
Stephen Karingi
Director, Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Division
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Topic(s): GTAP's role in addressing developing countries' issues

"Looking Ahead: Future Challenges for Global Economic Analysis"
Marc Melitz
David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University

Presentation Date: June 8, 9-10am
Presentation Title: tba
Ian Goldin
Professor of Globalisation and Development
University of Oxford

Presentation Date: June 8, 1:30-2:30pm
Presentation Title: tba
David Hummels
Dean and Professor of Economics
Purdue University

Presentation Date: June 9, 2:30-3:30pm
Presentation Title: tba

Preliminary Submissions
Please make note of the following requirements for each type of submission.

  • Abstract title
  • Presenter and author information
  • PDF of abstract (3 page maximum)

Organized Session Proposals
  • Session organizer's name (proposal must be submitted from the account of the organizer)
  • Session title
  • Session description
  • Number of presentations (either 3 or 4)
  • Full abstract details for all proposed presentations
    • Abstract title
    • Presenter name (presenter must be registered on the GTAP website before their abstract can be submitted)
    • PDF of abstract (3 page maximum)

Final Submissions
Please make note of the following requirements if your preliminary submission is accepted for presentation.

Final Papers
  • Paper title
  • List of authors
  • Keyword selection
  • Abstract (2,000 character maximum)
  • PDF of paper (no style or length requirements; paper can be edited prior to the conference)

Travel Funding Opportunities
Individuals interested in being considered for the travel funding reimbursement opportunities detailed below must indicate so on the abstract submission form. In order to be considered, individuals must:
  • be early career researchers within five years of the start of their research careers. This normally means that they have been awarded a PhD or equivalent research doctorate in the past five years.
  • be active in undertaking applied model-based analyses of real world problems using GEMPACK, GAMS, and/or related software. Those seeking to extend existing tools available to CGE modellers will be given special consideration.
  • upload their CV and the finished version of their paper on the abstract submission form
Selection of those receiving travel reimbursement funds will be determined by an assessment panel consisting of a designee from the donor (CoPS or GAMS), a GTAP Center designee, and a senior individual from the Conference Program Committee.

Travel reimbursement will cover the basic costs associated with attending the GTAP Conference. Funding is independently provided by the Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University (Pearson funds) and the GAMS Development Corporation (Meeraus/Rutherford funds), up to a pre-determined maximum. The Center for Global Trade Analysis will fund the cost of each recipient's registration. Those receiving travel reimbursement funds will be required to make their own arrangements, paying all expenses up front, and then submit receipts to the Center for Global Trade Analysis for reimbursement following the conference. The following items will be reimbursable; however, U.S. taxes may be withheld from the final reimbursement.
  • Airfare (Economy class)
  • Accommodation (4 nights)
  • Standard visa fees (if applicable)
  • Ground transportation
Ken Pearson Travel Funds

Ken PearsonCoPS Following in his tradition, and in recognition of the many contributions made by the late Professor Ken Pearson, developer of GEMPACK, to the GTAP Network, the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University has graciously funded travel reimbursement, in his name, to support the participation of a promising young researcher at the annual GTAP conference and encourage their contribution to the use and further development of analytical software for CGE modelling.

Alex Meeraus / Thomas Rutherford Travel Funds

Alex MeerausThomas Rutherford Funding for this travel reimbursement opportunity has been graciously provided by the GAMS Development Corporation, to support the participation of a promising young researcher at the annual GTAP Conference and encourage their contribution to the use and further development of analytical software for CGE modelling.

Congratulations to the following that received travel funding to attend and present at the conference.

Ken Pearson Travel Funds Alex Meeraus / Thomas Rutherford Travel Funds

Sudarshan Chalise
PhD Scholar, Griffith University

Qiaomin Li
Lecturer, Northwest University

Conference Mentoring Program
The goal of the GTAP Conference Mentoring Program is to facilitate the integration of first-time presenters into the GTAP Conference and Network. To achieve this goal, a mentor/mentee relationship will be established by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in an effort to help the mentee deliver a successful conference presentation, while also offering an avenue to develop and foster professional relationships during and after the conference.
  • Role of the Mentee - Mentees, or first-time presenters at the GTAP Conference, are given the option to participate in the mentoring program at the time of their abstract submission. If they opt into the program and their paper is accepted into the conference, they will be paired with a mentor based on common research interests and expertise.
  • Role of the Mentor - The role of a conference mentor is to provide feedback to help their assigned mentee, a first-time presenter at the GTAP Conference, deliver a successful presentation. The mentor is not expected to serve as a co-author, but to simply offer guidance by reviewing a draft of the PowerPoint, participating in a pre-conference "dry-run" of the presentation, and ultimately attending and/or chairing the session in which the mentee is presenting. In addition to advising the mentee on delivering a successful presentation, the mentor will also help the mentee further engage with the GTAP Network by fostering professional contacts during the conference.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor for this program, please contact Ginger Batta ( Mentors will be selected and contacted in March.

Registration (Register Now!)
Registrations will be accepted from early February through April 30 (EST) with all payments due by May 7 (EST). Payments can be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard), wire transfer, or bank check. All registrations received April 16-30 (EST) will be charged a late fee.

Registration Rates
The standard and discounted registration fees include participation in all sessions, refreshments during the conference, three lunches, one reception, one dinner, and the conference materials. The accompanying person registration fee covers the reception and dinner only. Rates listed in USD.

Standard Rate Discounted Rate1
Professionals $500 $375
Students2 $250 $125
Accompanying Person3 $100 $100
Pre-Conference Seminars4 $0 $0
Post-Conference Event5 $100 $100
Late Registration Fee6 $100 $100

Rate Details and Eligibility Requirements
  1. Discounted Rates - In order to be eligible for a discounted rate, applicants must currently be residing in a country listed on the "GTAP Developing Countries List".

  2. Student Rates - In order to be eligible for a student rate, registrants may be asked to provide proof of current academic status. The student rate is only available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Post-doctorates are not eligible for this rate.

  3. Accompanying Person Rate - Those interested in registering an accompanying person, such as a spouse or partner, to attend the conference reception and dinner, or the post-conference event must contact Ginger Batta ( directly and provide the following information. Colleagues/co-authors who will attend conference sessions are NOT eligible for this rate.
    • Name of accompanying person
    • Accompanying person's dietary restrictions (if applicable)
    • Does the accompanying person plan to go on the post-conference event?

  4. Pre-Conference Seminars - On Tuesday, June 6 from 4-6pm in the Purdue University Krannert Building, Room 758, free pre-conference seminars on the following topics will be offered. Those interested in attending should indicate so on the conference registration form.
    • GTAP Facelift - After a lengthy period of stability, the Center for Global Trade Analysis is developing a modest facelift of the standard GTAP Model, which is intended, in part, to simplify and streamline the existing specification. In addition, the facelift will incorporate a few extensions to the standard model that will provide additional flexibility to the GTAP modeling community. This session will present the model innovations, illustrate the additional model flexibility, and highlight changes to the GTAP-associated software. This session is scheduled from 4-5pm and will be presented by Erwin Corong.
    • GEOSHARE - The mission of GEOSHARE (Geospatial Data Hosting for Discovery and Decision Making) is to develop and maintain a freely available a cyber-infrastructure for open-source hosting of agriculture, resource and environmental data accompanied by analysis tools and online courses for new scientists, decision makers, and development practitioners. This session will present the latest tools freely accessible online: 1) The AgMIP tool - a widget for accessing gridded climate impacts in agriculture, 2) The FLAT tool - an interface developed for predicting gridded cropland allocations and 3) the SIMPLE-on-a-grid model - a gridded economic model of global agriculture. This session will immediately follow the previous, running from approximately 5-6pm, and will be presented by Uris Baldos.

  5. Post-Conference Event - On Saturday, June 10, a Chicago Skyline Lunch Cruise has been arranged for those interested in taking a casual cruise with some of the best views of Chicago. Registration fees for this event include round-trip ground transportation to/from Chicago, cruise tickets, and lunch.
    Sample itinerary, details subject to change.
    Time Description
    9:00am EST Depart West Lafayette for Chicago
    12:00pm CST Cruise Boarding Time
    12:30-2:30pm CST Lunch Cruise
    2:30-3:00pm CST Depart Chicago for West Lafayette
    7:00pm EST Arrive West Lafayette

  6. Late Registration Fee - All registrations received April 16-30 (EST) will be charged a late fee.

All changes and/or cancellations to registrations should be emailed directly to Ginger Batta ( Registered participants who are unable to attend will receive an 85% refund until May 7, 2017. No refunds will be offered after this date.

Travel Requirements
Invitation Letters
Those requiring an invitation letter to include in visa and/or financial assistance applications should click here to have an electronic copy emailed to them. Please note that hard copies will not be sent.

Travelers requiring a visa to enter the United States should review the U.S. Department of State's website for details on applying for and obtaining the appropriate visa. Please note that applicants should plan ahead and check on local appointment wait times to determine how far in advance this process should be initiated.

Vaccination Requirements
All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. For requirements specific to the United States, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Participants are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging. Reservation blocks have been secured at the following hotels.

Hotel Reservations Rate Deadline Qty Distance
Purdue Union Club Hotel
101 North Grant Street
West Lafayette, Indiana

Code: GTAP Global Trade
$101 May 14 100 0.1 miles
Hilton Garden Inn
356 East State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana

Book Online
Code: GTAP17
$101 May 14 40 0.7 miles
Hampton Inn & Suites
160 Tapawingo Drive
West Lafayette, Indiana

Book Online
Group Code: PAE
$119 May 4 25 0.7 miles
Campus Inn
200 Brown Street
West Lafayette, Indiana

Email Hotel
1-765-743-9661 (7:00am-3:00pm EST)
$50 (single)
$60 (double)
May 14 25 0.4 miles
Holiday Inn Select City Centre
515 South Street
Lafayette, Indiana

Book Online
Code: 20th Annual GTAPC or GTA
$122 April 20 40 1.4 miles
Four Points by Sheraton
1600 Cumberland Avenue
West Lafayette, Indiana

Book Online
Code: 20th Annual GTAPC
$118 (king)
$128 (double)
April 20 20 3.2 miles

Transportation and Parking
Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana which is approximately 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana and 120 miles (195 km) southeast of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Via Indianapolis - Those wishing to fly into the Indianapolis International Airport can rent a car and drive and to West Lafayette or take the Lafayette Limo or Star of America shuttle services.
  • Via Chicago - Those wishing to fly into the Chicago O'Hare International Airport can rent a car and drive to West Lafayette or take the Express Air Coach or Lafayette Limo shuttle services.
  • Campus Parking - Visitor parking is available in the Grant Street Parking Garage, adjacent to the Purdue Memorial Union, 101 N. Grant St, West Lafayette, IN.
*Reservations should be made in advance for all airport shuttles. Be advised that airport shuttles may not drop off or pick up directly from your hotel. Please be sure to look into these details when selecting a service.

Travel Tips
Please be aware of the following when traveling to the United States.

  • Currency - The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).
  • Banks and Foreign Exchange - Normal banking hours in the US are Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm. There are a number of banks near Purdue University, some of which offer foreign currency exchange. Exchange bureaus are also available at the international airports. ATMs are available throughout the campus and town.
  • Credit Cards - Visa and MasterCard are accepted at nearly all establishments. American Express and Discover are also accepted, but not as widespread.
  • Tipping - While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary for service in the US, specifically for dining, transportation, and lodging.
  • Sales Tax - Sales tax will be applied to many purchases in the USA.
  • Health and Safety - In the event of a health or safety emergency in the USA, 911 should be dialed.
  • Weather

Conference Committee
  • Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Thomas Hertel, Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

Conference Committee
  • Philip Adams, Victoria University
  • S. Amer Ahmed, The World Bank
  • Ricardo Arguello, Universidad del Rosario
  • Jayson Beckman, USDA/ERS
  • Andres Escobar, Universidad de Cartagena, Campus Piedra de Bolivar
  • Alan Fox, US International Trade Commission (USITC)
  • Angelo Gurgel, Fundacao Getulio Vargas - FGV
  • Russell Hillberry, Purdue University
  • David Hummels, Purdue University
  • Stephen Karingi, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
  • Kenichi Kawasaki, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)
  • Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova, European Commission, Directorate-General for TRADE
  • Maryla Maliszewska, The World Bank
  • Brian O'Neill, National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Roberto Roson, Ca' Foscari University
  • Marinos Tsigas, US International Trade Commission (USITC)
  • Wally Tyner, Purdue University
  • Terrie Walmsley, ImpactECON
  • Niven Winchester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Wusheng Yu, Department of Food and Resource Economics (FOI), University of Copenhagen

Contact Information
Ginger Batta (
Senior Program Manager
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056 USA