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 conferences are structured with the intent of maximizing discussion and the exchange of ideas among researchers. Most of the sessions involve the presentation of invited or contributed papers. On the basis of submitted abstracts, the Center selects papers eligible for presentation at the conference. Speakers will be asked to discuss the highlights and implications of their work with a substantial amount of time also being devoted to questions from the audience.