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GTAP Events: 21st Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis

21st Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
"Framing the future through the Sustainable Development Goals"

Cartagena de Indias Convention Center
Cartagena, Colombia

Dates/Deadlines (Eastern Time Zone)

Abstracts Nov 6 - Jan 15
Organized Session Proposals Nov 6 - Jan 15
Travel Funding Opportunities Nov 6 - Jan 15
Abstract Review Jan 19 - Feb 11
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
Post-Conference Event June 16

General Information
Dates: June 13-15, 2018

Location: Cartagena de Indias Convention Center
Cl. 24 #8A-344
Cartagena, Colombia

Organizers: Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
Universidad de Cartagena

$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 "Framing the future through the Sustainable Development Goals" with subthemes on:
  • Technology, wages and growth
  • The changing architecture of trade policies
  • Energy transformation—winners and losers
  • Challenges to achieving the sustainable development goals

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.

The schedule below 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 13
8:00-5:00 Registration
8:30-9:00 Opening
9:00-10:00 Plenary Session
10:00-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-12:30 Parallel Sessions
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Parallel Sessions
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:30 Parallel Sessions
18:30 Reception
Thursday, June 14
8:00-4:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Parallel Sessions
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:30 Parallel Sessions
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:30 Parallel Sessions
16:30-17:15 Transition time
17:15-18:15 Plenary Session
18:30 Reception
Friday, June 15
8:00-11:00 Registration
9:00-11:00 Parallel Sessions
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-12:30 Plenary Session
12:30-13:00 Closing Ceremony
13:00-14:30 Lunch

Distinguished Plenary Speakers
The following plenary sessions will be held during 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.

Guido Porto
Professor of Economics
Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Presentation Title: forthcoming

Guillermo Perry
Visiting Professor
Universidad de los Andes, Facultad de Economia

Presentation Title: forthcoming

Channing Arndt
Senior Research Fellow, Development Strategy and Governance Division
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Presentation Title: forthcoming

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, author names omitted)

Organized Session Proposals
  • Organizer name(s) (organizers must be registered on the GTAP website to be linked to a proposal)
  • Session title
  • Session description
  • Session chair name (chair must be registered on the GTAP website to be linked to a submission)
  • Number of presentations (3 or 4; If a discussant is included, the maximum number of presentations is 3.)
  • Full abstract details for all proposed presentations
    • Presenter name (presenter must be registered on the GTAP website to be linked to a submission)
    • Abstract title
    • PDF of abstract (3 page maximum, author names omitted)

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 after the submission deadline)

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
Debora Freire
Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Economics Department
Yue (Bonnie) Wang
Post-doctoral fellow, The University of Hong Kong

Rayan Wolf
Phd Student, Federal University of Viçosa

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.

Student Session
A special student-based session is being organized for the conference to provide students the opportunity to engage in a professional research environment at a formative stage in their studies and careers. Eligible applicants must be current students or have graduated within the year prior to the conference. Those interested must submit an abstract, which will go through the standard review process. If accepted for presentation, each student will be matched with a mentor, whose role is to review a draft of their PowerPoint presentation, engage the student in a dry-run of their delivery, and attend the session. The mentor will also help foster contacts between the student and professionals during the conference.

Registration (Register Now!)
Registrations will be accepted from early February through April 30 (ET) with all payments due by May 7 (ET). Payments can be made by credit card (Visa/MasterCard), wire transfer, or bank check. All registrations received April 16-30 (ET) 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, two receptions, and the conference materials. The accompanying person registration fee covers the receptions only. Rates are listed in USD.

Standard Rate Discounted Rate1
Professionals $500 $375
Students2 $250 $125
Accompanying Person3 $95 $95
Post-Conference Event4 $100 $100
Late Registration Fee5 $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 receptions and/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. Post-Conference Event - On Saturday, June 16, enjoy a boat ride to the archipelago of the Rosario Islands where you can enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Colombian Caribbean and its white beaches. Roundtrip boat transportation, lunch, and aquarium tickets are included in the price of this trip. Additional activities on the island include scuba diving (~$67 USD), snorkeling/free diving (~$23 USD), ecological hike and canoe trip through the natural mangrove tunnels (~$18 USD), and relaxing massages (~$18 USD). Additional activities are not included in the price of the trip.
    Time Description Sample itinerary, details subject to change.
    8:00 Depart Hotel Caribe for dock
    8:30 Arrive at La Bodeguita dock
    9:00 Depart for Rosario Island
    10:00-2:30 Island activities
    3:00 Depart for mainland
    4:00 Arrive at La Bodeguita dock
  5. Late Registration Fee - All registrations received April 16-30 (ET) 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, 2018. 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.

Participants requiring a visa to enter Colombia should follow the application procedures detailed at or

Vaccination Requirements
All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. For requirements specific to the Colombia, 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 Nightly Rate Deadline Distance
Hotel Caribe
Carrera 1 # 2-87
Cartagena, Colombia

Book online
Group Name: GTAP2
128 USD April 13 3.6km
Hampton Inn
Calle 8 San Martin
Cartagena, Colombia

Book online
Group Name: GTAP
240,000 COP May 11 2.9km
Holiday Inn Express
Av San Martin Cra 2 9-54
Cartagena, Colombia

Group Name: GTAP
100-130 USD May 6 2.7km
Cra 1 No 11-116
Cartagena, Colombia

Book online
Group Name: GTAP
396,000-526,000 COP June 12 1.9km

Hotels may apply an exemption on the 19% VAT for foreign guests residing outside of Colombia upon presentation of passport at check-in. Consult with individual hotels on applicable taxes, hotel insurance, and additional fees.

Airfare Discounts
Copa Airlines is offering a 15% discount on all published fares through their website for flights with origins in the Americas and Caribbean, and travel dates June 6-20, 2018. Promo Code: C7648. This discount does not apply to promotional fares and cannot be combined with other promotions.

Cartagena's Rafael Nuñez International Airport is located in Crespo, a short 10-minute taxi ride from the old town and 15 minutes from hotels in Bocagrande. If arriving from abroad, it is likely that you will fly in to Bogota to catch a short one hour connecting flight to Cartagena on the Caribbean coast. Jet Blue, American Airlines, Avianca, Spirit Air, and Copa Airlines operate direct flights to the Rafael Nuñez Airport. Direct international flights from the USA, Spain, Italy, Panama, Chile, and the Dutch Antilles, plus more than 20 flights a day to Bogota, make Cartagena one of the best connected cities in Colombia.

Taxis operate from the arrivals section of the Rafael Nuñez International Airport and are also easy to find within the city. Uber is also an option, but is a newer service to Cartagena, so availability may be limited.

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

  • Currency - The official currency is the Colombian Peso (COP). There are $1,000, $2,000, $5,000, $10,000, $20,000, and $50.00 bills and $50, $100, $200, $500, and $1,000 coins.
  • Banks and Foreign Exchange - It is advisable to exchange foreign currency into pesos at exchange bureaus at airports, hotels, and banks. Never do this in the street. Capital cities have ATMs on major roads and shopping centers which mostly operate 24 hours in English. Do not give your card or reveal your password to strangers.
  • Credit Cards - Most hotels, restaurants, and commercial establishments accept Visa and MasterCard. Some establishments will also accept American Express and Diners Club.
  • Health and Safety - In the event of a health or safety emergency, 123 should be dialed.
  • Weather
    Find more about Weather in Cartagena, CO

Conference Program Committee
  • Dominique van der Mensbrugghe - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Andres Escobar - Universidad de Cartagena, Campus Piedra de Bolívar

Program Committee
  • Angel Aguiar - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Ricardo Arguello - Universidad del Rosario
  • Onil Banerjee - Inter-American Development Bank
  • Martin Cicowiez - CEDLAS-Universidad Nacional de La Plata
  • Amanda Countryman - Colorado State University
  • Laurent Cretegny - KPMG Australia
  • Joaquim Bento Ferreira-Filho - Escola Superior de Agricultura Luiz de Queiroz
  • Angelo Gurgel - Fundacao Getulio Vargas - FGV
  • Thomas Hertel - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Russell Hillberry - Department of Agricultural Economics, 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
  • María C. Latorre - Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), Departmento de Economia Aplicada
  • Maryla Maliszewska - The World Bank
  • Roberto Roson - Ca' Foscari University
  • Nelson Villoria - Department of Agricultural Economics
  • Terrie Walmsley - ImpactECON
  • Niven Winchester - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Katazyna Zawalińska - The Institute of Rural and Agricultural Development/Polish Academy of Sciences

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