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June 5, 2018

GTAP to address pressing trade issues at 21st annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The 21st annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, hosted by the Center for Global Trade Analysis (GTAP) at Purdue University and the Universidad de Cartagena, will take place June 13-15 in Cartagena, Colombia. The theme of this year’s conference is “Framing the Future through Sustainable Development Goals.”

The conference was established to facilitate an exchange of ideas and methods from academics and researchers across the globe, according to Thomas Hertel, executive director and founder of GTAP and distinguished professor of agriculture.

“During this time of heightened trade tensions it is critically important that governments and other stakeholders have the capacity to assess the economy-wide impacts of proposed tariffs,” Hertel said. “By supporting such assessments, Purdue’s Center for Global Trade Analysis aims to inform the ensuing debates, thereby, facilitating improved outcomes.”

Talks will center on technological growth, the changing architecture of trade policies, energy transformation and challenges to achieving the sustainable development goals. With more than 100 scheduled talks, the conference will cover a wide range of topics that have dominated the news cycle in recent months, such as the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the implications of changing trade policies.  

“This year’s meeting addresses some of the burning policy issues of the moment, for example, are we witnessing a slowdown or reversal in the trend toward globalization, and will this impact prosperity around the globe; and what factors could accelerate the development of clean energy technologies and reduce the likelihood of damaging impacts from climate change?” said Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, director of GTAP and research professor of agricultural economics.

GTAP was established in 1993 to further collaboration between academics, researchers and policymakers working on issues of global trade. The central objective was, and remains, to enhance quantitative analysis of global economic issues within an economy-wide framework. More information about GTAP can be found at Details about the Conference on Global Economic Analysis can be found at

Writer: Emma Ea Ambrose, 765-494-2406,

Sources: Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, 765-496-0076,

Thomas Hertel, 765-494-4199,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-8415;
Darrin Pack, Manager/Media Relations and Public Information,  
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