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GTAP Events: 22nd Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis

22nd Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
"Challenges to Global, Social, and Economic Growth"
The Old Library
University of Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

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General Information
Dates: June 19-21, 2019

Location: The Old Library, University of Warsaw, Central Campus
Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warsaw, Poland


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Webpage 2019 Conference Papers   ISSN 2160-2115 (online)
Logistical Details:
Scholars ProgramScholars Program
Travel FundingTravel Funding
Invitation LetterInvitation Letters
Transportation and DirectionsTransportation

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 "Challenges to Global, Social, and Economic Growth" with subthemes on:
  • International trade and trade policy and slowing down globalization
  • Migrations, demographic change and the labor market
  • Environmental challenges and energy policy
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.
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.

Wednesday, June 19
Ottmar Edenhofer Ottmar Edenhofer
Designated Director and Chief Economist, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Director, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)
Professor, Technische Universität Berlin

Presentation Title: "Climate Economics: Macro-fiscal risks and opportunities"

Ottmar Edenhofer is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of climate change. He is designated director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor for the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin. Moreover, he is founding director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) as well as adviser to the World Bank regarding issues of economic growth and climate protection. Furthermore, he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Ottmar Edenhofer has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Science, PNAS, Nature Climate Change) and high-ranking disciplinary journals (e.g. Macroeconomic Dynamics, International Tax and Public Finance, Environmental Research Letters, Climatic Change) and authored various books. From 2008 to 2015 Ottmar Edenhofer served as Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), shaping the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change Mitigation substantially.
Thursday, June 20
Sergei Guriev Sergei Guriev
Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Presentation Title: "Work in Transition: How demographics, automation and migration transform work in Emerging Europe"

Sergei Guriev joined EBRD in 2016 after running the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13 and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris in 2013-16. As the EBRD’s Chief Economist, Sergei Guriev is responsible for advising the President and other senior members of the Bank’s management team on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance pertaining to the EBRD region. Dr. Guriev’s research interests include political economics, labor mobility, corporate governance and contract theory. Dr. Guriev has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review. He has been a board member of Sberbank, E.ON Russia, Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company, Russia Venture Company, Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Dynasty Foundation. In 2006, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2009-11, he was included in the top 100 of the President of Russia’s Cadre Reserve. In 2016-17 he has served as the President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Economic Association and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.
Friday, June 21
Swati Dhingra Swati Dhingra
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, London School of Economics

Presentation Title: "Trade and Worker Deskilling"

Swati Dhingra is an Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, researching globalisation and industrial policy. She is co-author of the recent “Life after Brexit” report published by the LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance, which looked at the UK’s options outside of the EU. She is also associate editor of the Journal of International Economics. Swati was awarded the FIW Young Economist Award and the Chair Jacquemin Award by the European Trade Study Group for her work on firms and globalization. Swati's work has informed bodies such as the Parliamentary International Trade Committee, CBI, Treasury, Social Enterprise UK, Credit Suisse and Sunderland City Council, and has featured in the media, including outlets such as the BBC, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, The Economist, The Times and Business Standard.

GTAP Conference Scholars Program
January 15 Deadline The goal of the GTAP Conference Scholars Program is to facilitate the integration of first-time student presenters into the GTAP Conference and Network by providing them the opportunity to engage in a professional research environment at a formative stage in their studies and careers. To achieve this goal, an advisor/advisee relationship will be established by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in an effort to help the advisee deliver a successful conference presentation during one of the GTAP Scholars Program sessions, while also offering an avenue to develop and foster professional relationships during and after the conference.

In order to be eligible for the program, individuals must:
  • be a current student that has not presented at the GTAP Conference before
  • submit a letter of recommendation from an advising professor in support of their acceptance into the program
    • letter should be addressed to the "GTAP Conference Scholars Program Committee"
    • letter will be uploaded as a PDF document during the abstract submission process
  • submit an abstract, which will go through the standard review process
If the submitted abstract is accepted for presentation in one of the GTAP Scholars Program sessions, the student will be matched with an advisor, whose role is to review a draft of the advisee's PowerPoint presentation, engage the student in a dry-run of their delivery, and ultimately attend the student's presentation at the conference. The advisor will also help foster contacts between the student and professionals during the conference.

  • Advisee - Advisees, or first-time student presenters at the GTAP Conference, are given the option to participate in the scholars program at the time of their abstract submission. If they opt into the program and their abstract is accepted for presentation, they will be paired with an advisor based on common research interests and expertise, and present during one of the GTAP Scholars Program sessions.
  • Advisor - The role of an advisor is to provide feedback to help their assigned advisee, a first-time student presenter at the GTAP Conference presenting in one of the GTAP Scholars Program sessions, deliver a successful presentation. The advisor 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 the session in which the advisee is presenting. In addition to counseling the advisee on delivering a successful presentation, the advisor will also help the advisee further engage with the GTAP Network by fostering professional contacts during the conference. Anyone interested in serving as an advisor should contact Ginger Batta ( Advisors are expected to attend the conference.

Program Timeline
Pre-Conference Timeframe
  • Center for Global Trade Analysis assigns and notifies advisors and advisees of their pairings and responsibilities
  • Advisee initiates contact with advisor to introduce themselves and their conference research/presentation providing their paper as background material (Advisor is not responsible for evaluating the paper, just the presentation)
  • Advisee provides Advisor with draft conference presentation
April 30
  • Advisor provides Advisee with comments on the presentation
May 15
  • Advisee incorporates suggested changes (as needed) to the presentation and schedules a meeting (virtually, recorded, or in person) to deliver a practice run of the presentation to the Advisor
May 22
  • Advisee delivers a practice run of the presentation to the Advisor and arranges to meet in person on the first day of the conference (or day prior if schedules permit)
by end of May
During the Conference
  • Advisee/Advisor meet in person at the conference
June 18/19
  • Advisor attends and/or chairs (as designated by GTAP) the Advisee’s presentation/session
As scheduled
  • Advisor follows up with Advisee on the outcome of their presentation (e.g., what did/did not go well, areas for improvement, where to go from here, etc.)
  • Advisor helps Advisee network and engage with conference attendees
  • Center for Global Trade Analysis solicits feedback from Advisors and Advisees to evaluate the program for further improvement
  • Advisor/Advisee continue professional relationship (as is fitting)
Travel Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities were available to those with a paper accepted into the conference.

Ken Pearson Travel Funds

Ken PearsonFollowing 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 RutherfordFunding 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
Turner Cotterman
PhD Student
Carnegie Mellon University
Y.-H. Henry Chen
Research Scientist
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change

Gessica Souza
Doctoral student, Member of NEMEA group
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 or wire transfer. All registrations received April 16-30 (ET) will be charged a late fee. April 30 Deadline

Registration Rates
Professional and student 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 are listed in USD.

Early Registration
February 1 - April 15
Late Registration
April 16-30
Professionals (Developed Country) $400 $500
Professionals (Developing Country) $300 $400
Students (Developed Country) $200 $300
Students (Developing Country) $100 $200
Accompanying Person $85 $85
Pre-Conference Seminar $0 $0
Post-Conference Event $150 $150

Rate Details and Eligibility Requirements
  • Developing Country Rates - In order to be eligible for a discounted, developing country rate, registrants must currently be residing in a country listed on the "GTAP Developing Countries List".
  • 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 current, full-time students. Post-docs are not eligible for this rate.
  • Accompanying Person Rate - Those interested in registering an accompanying person, such as a spouse or partner, to attend the conference reception, dinner, 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?
Pre-Conference Seminar - Tuesday, June 18 (17:00-18:00), The Old Library, University of Warsaw (Main Assembly Hall)
Join the Center for Global Trade Analysis data team as they cover the highlights of the GTAP 10 Data Base. This seminar is free and those interested in attending should indicate so on the conference registration form.
Post-Conference Event - On Saturday, June 22, enjoy a full-day of sightseeing and Polish culture in Warsaw.
  • Warsaw Sightseeing (9:00-13:00) - Participants will be picked up from specified hotels by bus and provided with earphones to follow along the guided tour of the Palace of Culture and Science, Lazienki Royal Park, Jewish Ghetto, Royal Route, Castle Square, Old Town, and New Town Market.
  • Best of Polish Food (13:30-16:30) - During this culinary event, participants will get to taste traditional Polish fare and sample different types of Polish vodka.
  • Warsaw River Cruise (18:00-19:00, 19:00-20:00) - Two, one-hour cruises will end the day and be a nice opportunity for participants to view the city from the perspective of the Vistula River. Following the cruise, participants will be on their own with the docking point being close to Warsaw’s Old Town and in close proximity to most hotels.
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, 2019. 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 physical copies will not be provided and individuals must be registered for the conference before requesting an invitation letter.

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

Vaccination Requirements
All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. For requirements specific to the Poland, 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. Participants should check with each hotel for specifics on taxes, breakfast, internet, cancellation policies, and check-in/out times.

Hotel Reservations Rate/Night Deadline Distance
Hotel Bristol
Krakowskie Przedmiescie 42/44
Warsaw, 00-325 Poland
Phone: 48 22 5511000

Book online 690 PLN (Sng Occ) May 14 500m
Novotel Warszawa Centrum
ul Marszalkowska 94/98
Warsaw, 00-510 Poland
Phone: 48 22 5960000

Reservation form 377 PLN (Sng Occ)
410 PLN (Dbl Occ)
April 30 1.7km

The hotels listed below do not offer lodging blocks, but are near the conference venue as well. Participants may also wish to search for lodging options in the University of Warsaw area through

Hotel Reservations Rate/Night Deadline Distance
Sofitel Warsaw Victoria
Krolewska 11
Warsaw, 00-065 Poland
Phone: 48 22 6578011

Reservation form 659 PLN (Sng Occ)
713 PLN (Sng Occ)
N/A 500m
ibis Stare Miasto (Old Town)
ul. Muranowska 2
Warsaw, 00-209 Poland
Phone: 48 22 3101000

Book online 200+ PLN (Sng Occ) N/A 3.5km
Warsaw Chopin Airport (IATA: WAW, ICAO: EPWA), is an international airport located in the Wlochy district of Warsaw, 10 kilometers south-west of Warsaw City Center. Chopin Airport is served by five public bus routes, all with stops at Warsaw’s key transport nodes and the biggest hotels. Travelers should use licensed taxi services offered at the airport and rates should be clearly displayed in the car window.

Public Transportation
Warsaw has an intensive internal transportation system. Ranging from tram systems, to its two metro lines (M1 and M2), buses and local trains. With over 1,500 transportation units in the public transportation system as of 2015 running east to west and north to south. Most transport lines run from between 05:00 and 23:00. After those hours, buses run each route twice an hour.

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

  • Currency - The official currency is the Polish Zloty (zl or PLN). A zloty is divided into one hundred smaller units called grosz (gr) and is available in the following denominations: 1-grosz, 2-grosz, 5-grosz, 10-grosz, 20-grosz, and 50-grosz coins; 1-zloty, 2-zloty, and 5-zloty coins and 10-zloty, 20-zloty, 50-zloty, 100-zloty, 200-zloty, and 500-zloty bank notes. Currency can be exchanged at airports, hotels, banks, and anywhere with a sign proclaiming 'Kantor.'
  • Credit Cards - Credit cards can be used almost everywhere except obwarzanki vendors and outdoor markets.
  • Electricity - Electricity in Poland is 230V, 50Hz AC. Plug sockets are round with two round-pin sockets.
  • Health and Safety - In the case of an emergency, mobile phone users should dial 112 to be forwarded to the police, fire department or ER. From a landline or public phone dial the following: Ambulance: 999; Fire: 998; Police: 997. English, German, and Russian speakers have separate lines specifically designed for foreigners in distress: +48 608 599 999 or +48 22 278 77 77. Both numbers can be reached from a mobile phone or a land-line and are hotlines in case you run into any troubles during your stay. The lines are active year round with later hours during the high-tourist season.
Conference Program Committee
  • Dominique van der Mensbrugghe - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Jan Michalek - Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw

Program Committee
  • Shenjie Chen - Global Affairs Canada
  • Maksym Chepeliev - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Amanda Countryman - Colorado State University
  • Andres Escobar - Universidad de Cartagena, Campus Piedra de Bolívar
  • Lionel Fontagné - Paris School of Economics, Université Paris 1 / CEPII
  • Alla Golub - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Angelo Gurgel - Fundacao Getulio Vargas - FGV
  • Jan Hagemejer - University of Warsaw and National Bank of Poland
  • Thomas Hertel - Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
  • Russell Hillberry - Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
  • Juha Honkatukia - National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Ken Itakura - Nagoya City University
  • 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
  • Janine Pelikan - Thünen Institute of Market Analysis
  • Bartlomiej Rokicki - University of Warsaw
  • Glyn Wittwer - Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University
  • Wusheng Yu - Department of Food and Resource Economics, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen
  • Katarzyna Zawalinska - 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

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