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GTAP Network: Alan A. Powell Award

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the establishment and early development of GTAP, the Center for Global Trade Analysis has established the Alan A. Powell Award, which is presented each year to recognize the outstanding service of a representative currently serving on the GTAP Advisory Board.

David Laborde The 2018 recipient of the Alan A. Powell Award is Dr. David Laborde, Senior Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division and the Theme Leader on Macroeconomics and Trade for the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). David Laborde first came to our attention as a doctoral student at the University of Pau, mentored by Antoine Bouët, a GTAP stalwart. He immediately made an impact on those who connected with him. He joined the research staff of the Centre d'Études Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales (CEPII)-the renowned Paris-based economic think tank and GTAP Board member- and was a vital cog in the team that developed the MAcMap database that became the source for tariffs for the GTAP Data Base. At CEPII, David also mastered the MIRAGE global CGE model, introducing substantial model improvements while working on relevant policy issues. He moved to IFPRI in 2007 and has worked on a wide range of critical policy issues-international trade, biofuels, poverty, food security-in a wide variety of contexts-country, regional and global. He is also devoted to capacity building, particularly in developing countries. David has been a key contributor to the GTAP Data Base, for example providing country supply and use tables and the aforementioned MAcMap data. He also developed the TASTE database, that provides HS-level analysis of trade policy regimes. Beyond his important contributions to the GTAP Data Base, we treasure David’s presence on the GTAP Advisory Board and the extent of his engagement with the Center.

Thank you, David, for your important contributions to GTAP!