November 8, 2016

Abstracts invited for GTAP's global economics conference

Submission of abstracts for the 20th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis is available now through Jan. 15. The conference, hosted by Purdue's Center for Global Trade Analysis, will take place June 7-9 at Purdue West Lafayette.

The Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP), which is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in the Department of Agricultural Economics, is a global network of researchers and policymakers conducting quantitative analysis of international policy issues. Thousands of those researchers use the GTAP Data Base, which is developed by the center, whose executive director is Thomas Hertel, Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics.

The conference will emphasize discussion and exchange of ideas. The conference theme will be "Global Economic Analysis in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities." Subthemes will be:

* 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.

With those concepts in mind, persons interested in submitting abstracts (for oral and/or poster presentations) can find further details on the conference home page at

More about the conference

The conference is open to all interested persons. Registration is required, and the registration period will be from early February through April 30. The conference home page will have details.

Some events, including keynote presentations, have been scheduled already. Keynote speakers, both on June 7, are to be Marc Melitz, the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University; and Ian Goldin, professor of globalisation and development, University of Oxford and senior fellow, Oxford Martin School.

The conference will close on June 9 with a panel discussion on "Back to the Future: A 25-year Retrospective on GTAP and the Shaping of a New Agenda."

For more information, go to For any questions, contact Ginger Batta senior program manager, Center for Global Trade Analysis, at

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