INFORUM World Conference 2017

The jubilee 25th INFORUM World Conference was held in Riga from August 28 through September 1, 2017, hosted by the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management at Riga Technical University.

Founded by Prof. Clopper Almon from the Economics Department at the University of Maryland in the United States in the late 1980s, economic researchers from five continents have met for the 25 consecutive year to present and discuss current research activities in the field of I/O based macroeconomic and industry modeling. Amongst the members of the INFORUM group, which consists of economic researchers from universities as well as government-funded institutions and private research & consulting firms, not only long-held research and business relations but also friendships have developed over all these years. 

The hosts of this years’ conference, the team around Prof. Remigijs Pocs and Associate Prof.

Velga Ozolina from Riga Technical University, provided an excellent setting to make it both a successful conference combined with very interesting excursions to the Art Nouveau District and Old Town of Riga, to an old fisherman’s yard by the Baltic Sea and to Rundale Castle, where a lot could be learned and experienced about Latvian history and culture.At the jubilee conference in Riga, a further step was taken to intensify the co-operation between group members by signing a partner agreement. Besides, the group was happy to welcome new colleagues at the conference, who recently joined the teams of member organizations, as well as researchers from institutions who are not yet part of INFORUM.

The INFORUM group is open for new members who are involved in input-output-based macroeconomic modeling to join – whether being from a public or private institution, a professor at university or PhD student. If interested, please contact INFORUM at the University of Maryland, Dept. of Economics, College Park, MD, 20742, U.S.A. (email:, phone: (301) 405 4609.

Next year, the INFORUM conference will be held in Łódź, the third biggest city of Poland. Prof. Michal Przybylinski and his team from Łódź University are looking forward to welcome all members as well as new researchers in the heart of Poland from August 27 through August 31, 2018!

Presentations held at the conference(in alphabetical order of the authors)

Clopper Almon (presented by Douglas Meade)

The GWX Story

Patricio Alejandro Aroca Gonzalez

The Importance of Imports in the Chilean Mining Exports

Gaygysyz Ashyrov, Tiiu Paas, Maryna Tverdostup

Comparative Analysis of the Marine Sectors: An Input-Output Analysis of Neighbouring Countries Estonia and Finland

Alexandr Baranov, Victor Pavlov, Iuliia Slepenkova

Construction of the Dynamic Input – Output Model of Russian Economy with a Human Capital Block and Problems of its Information Support

Rossella Bardazzi & Leonardo Ghezzi

International Competitiveness and Investment: Simulations with a Bilateral Trade Model. Working Paper

Asiya Brusentseva & Vadim Potapenko

PADS for Russia: Tentative Results and Embedding into Russian Interindustry Model

Peter Tamas Bozso

A Summary on the Modeling Activity of GKI

Doris Bünemann, Marc Ingo Wolter, Stefanie Bauer

Company Demographics in Germany. Development of Companies - Analysis and Forecast with use of INFORGE

Emilia Fraszka-Sobczyk, Michał Przybyliński, Iwona Świeczewska, Joanna Trębska

Long-term Development of the Polish Economy – Putting Scenarios together

Anett Grossmann & Frank Hohmann

Portable Dyme Workshop

Toshiaki Hasegawa

Trade in Value-Added and Labor Productivity

Alexander Maslennikov

Global Vector Autoregression: Possibilities for Application to Input-Output Modelling Framework

Douglas Meade

The Right Tax? Explorations of U.S. Tax Reform

David Mullins, Phindile Nkosi and David Mosaka

Assessing the Economic Contribution of Labour Migration in South Africa by a Dynamic Multisectoral Macroeconomic Model

M. Ono, Y. Sasai and T. Imagawa (presented by Douglas Meade)

Economic and Industrial Forecast of Japan to 2030

Meral Ozhan

Analyzing Inflationary Effects of Price Adjustments in Energy Markets Using Input-Output Model: The Case of Turkey

Velga Ozolina, Astra Auzina-Emsina, Remigijs Pocs

The Use of the Latvian Models for Competitiveness Analysis

Michal Przybylinski

The Role of an Industry in the Economy

Radford Schantz

Trade in Value-Added and Comparative Advantage

Shantong Li

Structural Changes of Chinese Economy - Based on Input-Output Analysis

Alexandr Shirov

Estimation of the Multiplicative Effects of International Projects

Iwona Swieczewska

Determinants of TFP Growth in Sectors of Polish Economy. Long-term and Short-term Perspective.

Lucja Tomaszewicz & Joanna Trębska

Financial Input-Output Multipliers

Rafael Uzyakov

Possibilities of the Structural Analysis of the Russian Economy Dynamics in 1991-2013 Using the IO Instrument

Yaxiong Zhang

2012 China’s Multi-regional Input-Output Table Compilation and Measuring the Regional Value Chain. Measuring the Global and Domestic Value Chains Based on 2012 China Multi-Regional Input-Output Table

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