Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Armenian Economic Association 2021 Annual Meetings: registration open

The Armenian Economic Association 11th Annual Meetings will be held online on June 24-26, 2021. The meetings feature three keynote speakers: Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po), Lee E. Ohanian (UCLA), and Johanna Rickne (Stockholm U), with over 70 presentations by economists from around the globe.

Free registration and more detail on the presentations is available at  http://aea.am/annual-meetings-2021/, with a timetable of the sessions provided below. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

11:45-12:00 Opening Remarks

12:00-13:00 Keynote Lecture: Sergei Guriev

13:10-15:00 Forum Discussion

15:00-15:30 Networking session

15:30-17:30 Session 1: Macro I

17:45-19:45 Session 2A: Economic History of the Soviet Union

17:45-19:45 Session 2B: Public Economics

20:00-22:00 Session 3A: International Trade and Development

20:00-22:00 Session 3B: Dynamic Public Finance (Macro Tax)

Friday, June 25, 2021

11:00-13:00 Session 4A: Conflict Studies

11:00-13:00 Session 4B: Macro II

13:10-15:10 Session 5A: Trade and Borders I

13:10-15:10 Session 5B: Labor Economics

15:20-16:20 Keynote Lecture: Johanna Rickne (Stockholm University)

16:30-18:30 Session 6A: Migration

16:30-18:30 Session 6B: Health Economics

18:45-20:15 Session 7A: Trade and Borders II

18:45-20:15 Session 7B: Development

20:30-22:30 Session 8A: Economics of Sports

20:30-22:30 Session 8B: Foreign Exchange Constraints in Developing Economies

Saturday, June 26, 2021

10:00-12:00 Session 9A: Finance and Banking

10:00-12:00 Session 9B: Applied theory

12:10-14:10 Session 10: Behavioral and Experimental Economics

14:20-15:50 Session 11A: Pandemic and Economic Policy

14:20-15:50 Session 11B: The Next Generation (student session)

16:00-18:00 Session 12: Mixed Frequency and Big Data

18:15-20:15 Session 13A: Econometrics

18:15-20:15 Session 13B: Macro and Finance

20:30-21:30 Keynote Lecture: Lee Ohanian (University of California, Los Angeles)

21:30-22:00 Awards for best papers and closing

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

2019 Armenian Household and Labor Force Surveys Released

 Armstat released the 2019 Household Integrated Living Conditions Survey as well as the 2019 Labor Force Survey.  The surveys are available in XLS and SPSS formats.


Armenian Economic Association 2021 Annual Meetings

Call for Papers Papers in all areas of economics and finance are welcome. We invite both theoretical and empirical works. Work addressing issues of growth and development in Armenia and the wider region are highly encouraged. Topics may include economic consequences of the Pandemic, patterns of trade and integration, trends in labor markets and migration, tax policy, income inequality, regulatory reforms, health, pensions, environment, or other topics on current advances in economics and finance. 

Submit abstracts of less than 500 words by May 10. Decisions by May 20. Submissions are free with no cost to present and participate. Submit at 
http://aea.am/annual-meetings-2021/ or 
https://forms.gle/p4iJP82NNUFzdf2c6. 

 Keynote Speakers: 
Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po) 
Lee E. Ohanian (UCLA) 
Johanna Rickne (Stockholm U) 

 Awards Best Paper Awards are made available by AEA for general interest papers (Armen Alchian Award), young scholars (Grigor Artzruni Award), and award in agricultural and environmental economics, as well as by the International Monetary Fund for papers in macroeconomics, and the C-Quadrat Award (€500) for student papers in pension economics and asset management. Submission of completed papers in advance is required to be considered for the awards.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Andreas Peichl speaks at seminar of the Armenian Economic Association

The next monthly seminar of the Armenian Economic Association will take place on December 18th, from 6 to 7 pm, Yerevan time, and 3-4 pm CET. The seminar features Professor Andreas Peichl who will present his research on "Measuring Unfair Inequality: Reconciling Equality of Opportunity and Freedom from Poverty." 

For registration, use the following link:

 

http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-andreas-peichl/

 

A Zoom link will be sent to the registered participants shortly before the seminar. 

 

Andreas is a Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and the Director of the ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys. His current research interests include (empirical) public economics, labor economics and welfare economics with particular reference to optimal taxation, tax reforms and their empirical evaluation, tax benefit microsimulation and the analysis of income distributions. His research has been published in various top academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, among others. Andreas has also been involved in various research projects conducted on behalf of national ministries, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and the OECD. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cologne in 2008.


Friday, October 16, 2020

Armenia and its Turkic neighbors

Armenia is much smaller than its Turkic neighbors Turkey and Azerbaijan.  It has a population of 2.9 million compared to Turkey's 82.3 million and Azerbaijan's 9.9 million. In 2019, Armenia's GDP was about $14 billion compared to Turkey's $754 billion and Azerbaijan's $48 billion.

But Armenia is far more democratic with greater freedom of the press. Azerbaijan is near the bottom of the 2020 world ranking of press freedom (168), with NATO member Turkey slightly above it (154); North Korea=180. In contrast, Armenia is ranked at 61; USA=45. Also Erdogan of Turkey has been president since 2003. And Azerbaijan's Aliyev has been the president since 2003, a position he inherited from his father who ruled from 1993 through 2003. Being less autocratic, Armenia's prime minister was elected to office in 2018.

Even without bringing up past exterminations of Armenians, why would anyone expect Armenians to be safe and live under Turkic rule? 







Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Turkey and Israel

Turkey + Germany in 1915: 1.5 million Armenians dead.

Turkey + Israel in 2020: in progress.

The cluster bombs, missiles, and drones killing Armenians today have the markings made in Israel and Turkey. Turkey instigated and oversees these killings, including the deployment of Syrian jihadists. And Israel armed and continues to re-arm Azerbaijan with the latest weapons it has developed. While they may not see eye to eye on many things, Turkey and Israel are partners in the killing fields of Karabakh. The killing of Armenians fills Erdogan's heart with joy, regardless of the economic costs to Turkey. Whereas Netanyahu runs to the bank with billions of dollars in military sales, and the gains are viewed to outweigh the cost (i.e. grief over killing Armenians) of Israel's actions. Erdogan and Netanyahu make the perfect couple. But Israel is different from Turkey, and the cry for "Never Again" should have resonated much louder as noted by Yossi Melman writing for Haaretz,


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Women in Economics Workshop

The Armenian Economic Association Second Women in Economics Workshop will be held online on November 5, 2020.

Research by women in all areas of economics and finance, both work in progress and completed works, are welcome. 

Submissions: Submit abstracts of less than 500 words by October 15th at https://forms.gle/E2gLJ1Pse3gL88R4A; decisions by October 20th. Submissions are free.

Details of 2019 Workshop available at http://aea.am/women-in-economics-workshop/


Sunday, August 02, 2020

Workshop on Asset Management and Pension Economics

The Armenian Economic Association, in collaboration with C-Quadrat Ampega Armenia, invites students and recent graduates to submit their works on Asset Management and Pension Economics to be considered for the virtual workshop to be held on August 28, 2020.

The best paper will be awarded the prestigious C-Quadrat Award that comes with a prize of 500 Euros.

Eligibility criteria

The workshop and the award are open to anyone (of any nationality, residency, and socio-demographic characteristics) who:
is a student or a recent graduate (no earlier than April 2019)
has conducted research on the topics of asset management and pension economics (e.g., pension funds, pension reforms, economics of ageing, principal-agent issues, risk management, investment strategies, laws and regulations, asset quality, maturity management, stress tests)
is available for the virtual workshop in English on August 28, 2020, 11:00-17:00 (Armenian time)

Submit at: http://aea.am/pension-workshop2020/
Submission Deadline: August 12, 2020

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Best paper awards: Armenian Economic Association 2020 Meetings

The Armenian Economic Association 2020 Annual Meetings concluded June 27th with the presentation of awards for best papers.

The winner of the IMF Best Paper award is a team of economists at the Central Bank of Armenia  (Ani Asoyan, Vahagn Davtyan, Haykaz Igityan, Hasmik Kartashyan, and Hovhannes Manukyan). Their paper is entitled “Modeling the Effects of Health Shock on Economy: Standard NK DSGE Framework.”

The winner of the Armen Alchian Award, AEA’s highest award, is Vladimir Asriyan of the Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional, Barcelona GSE and CEPR, co-authored with Luc Laeven and Alberto Martin.  The paper is entitled “Collateral Booms and Information Depletion.”

And last, the winner of Grigor Artsruni Award, granted to young economists, typically students, is Roberto Sarkisian, a PhD student at the Toulouse School of Economics, France. His paper is entitled “Screening Teams of Moral and Altruistic Agents.”

Congratulations to these economists.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Expanded 2018 Household Survey released

The full 2018 Integrated Living Conditions Survey was recently released. An earlier version was released by Armstat that contained select variables. The new release, aka World Bank version, contains the full information on household members and all available variables. There are 5,184 households in the survey.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

2018 Armenian Household and Labor Force Surveys Released

Armstat released the 2018 Household Integrated Living Conditions Survey as well as the 2018 Labor Force Survey. 

Call for Papers: Armenian Economic Association 2020 Annual Meetings

The Armenian Economic Association 2020 annual meetings will he held in Yerevan on June 25-27, 2020.

Keynote Speaker: Finn E. Kydland, winner of 2004 Nobel Prize in Economics.

Papers in all areas of economics, finance, and business/marketing, both theoretical and applied, are welcome. Topics may include, but not limited to, growth and development issues in Armenia and the South-Caucasus, integration with the Eurasian Union and the EU, trade patterns, trends in labor markets and migration, tax policy, income inequality, regulatory reforms, health, environment, or other topics on current advances in economics and finance.

Submissions: Submit abstracts of less than 500 words here by May 10th ; decisions by May 15th. Submissions are free with no cost to present and participate.

Best Paper Awards: Submission of completed papers in advance is required to be considered for International Monetary Fund best paper award as well as AEA's Armen Alchian and Grigor Artzruni (students) awards, and C-Quadrat award for best student paper in pension economics and portfolio management (200,000 Drams).

For further updates, visit www.aea.am

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Winter 2020 Workshop: Armenian Economic Association


The Armenian Economic Association Winter 2020 Workshop will be held on January 9, 2020, at 10:30-15:15, and is hosted by the Economics Department of Yerevan State University (Sev Shenk). Registration is free here.

Program
Opening Remarks: 10:30-10:45

Session 1: 10:45-12:15
Gayane Barseghyan (American University of Armenia)
The effects of sanctions and counter-sanctions: evidence from macro aggregates and micro data (discussant: Sevak Alaverdyan, Bielefeld University, Germany)

David Gomtsyan (Higher School of Economics, Russia)
Multiproduct Shipments (discussant: Vahagn Jerbashian, University of Barcelona, Spain)

Coffee break: 12:15-12:45

Session 2: 12:45-14:15
Vahagn Jerbashian (University of Barcelona, Spain)
Trade in Information Technologies and Changes in the Demand for Occupations (discussant: David Gomtsyan, Higher School of Economics, Russia)

Sevak Alaverdyan (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Search Channels of Workers and Firms over the Business Cycle (discussant: Gayane Barseghyan, American University of Armenia)

Coffee break: 14:15-14:30

Session 3: 14:30-15:15
Armenak Antinyan (Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China)
You've Got Mail. Increasing the Uptake of a Cervical Cancer Screening Program in the Republic of Armenia (discussant: Vardan Baghdasaryan, American University of Armenia)

Հայկական Տնտեսագիտական Միության Ձմեձային Գիտաժողով
Ամսաթիվ: Հունվար 9, 2020

Ժամ: 10.30-15.15
Հանդիպման վայր: ԵՊՀ, Տնտեսագիտության Ֆակուլտետ
Բացման Խոսք: 10.30-10.45
Հայկ Սարգսյան: Բացման Խոսք

Սեսսիա 1: 10:45-12:15
Գայանե Բարսեղյան (Հայաստանի Ամերիկյան Համալսարան)
Պատժամիջոցների ազդեցության գնահատում մակրո և միկրո տվյալների օգտագործմամբ (Ընդդիմախոս: Սևակ Ալավերդյան)

Դավիթ Գոմցյան (Տնտեսագիտության Ավագ Դպրոց)
Բազմարպրանք Փոխադրումներ (Ընդդիմախոս: Վահագն Ջրբաշյան)

Ընդմիջում: 12:15-12:45

Սեսսիա 2: 12:45-14:15
Վահագն Ջրբաշյան (Բարսելոնայի Համալսարան)
Միջազգային առևտուրը տեղեկատվական տեխնոլոգիաներում և դրա ազդեցույթունը մասնագիտությունների պահանջարկի վրա (Ընդդիմախոս: Դավիթ Գոմցյան)

Սևակ Ալավերդյան (Բիլեֆելդի Համալսարան)
Աշխատողների և ֆիրմաների որոնման միջոցները բիզնես ցիկլի ընթացքում (Ընդդիմախոս: Գայանե Բարսեղյան)

Ընդմիջում: 14:15-14:30

Սեսսիա 3: 14:30-15:15
Արմենակ Անտինյան (Ժոգնանի Տնտեսագիտության և Իրավունքի Համալսարան)
Դուք Նամակ Ունեք. Արգանդի վզիկի քաղցկեղի մասնակցության խթանումը Հայաստանի Հանրապետությունում (Ընդդիմախոս: Վարդան Բաղդասարյան)

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Call for Papers: Armenian Economic Association 2019 Annual Meetings

The Armenian Economic Association 2019 annual meetings will be hosted by the Armenian State University of Economics, the Armenian National Agrarian University, and the American University of Armenia on June 27-29, 2019.

Papers in all areas of economics, finance, and business/marketing, both theoretical and applied, are welcome. Topics may include, but not limited to, growth and development issues in Armenia and the South-Caucasus, integration with the Eurasian Union and the EU, trade patterns, trends in labor markets and migration, tax policy, income inequality, regulatory reforms, health, environment, or other topics on current advances in economics and finance.

Submit abstract of less than 500 words by April 30th with decisions by May 10th. Submissions are free with no cost to present and participate.

Best Paper Awards: Submission of completed papers in advance is required to be considered for International Monetary Fund best paper award as well as AEA's Armen Alchian and Grigor Artzruni (student) awards, C-Quadrat award for best student paper in pension economics and portfolio management, Voskeni Wines Award for Agricultural and Environmental Economics.

For more information, visit http://www.aea.am/conferences.html.

Friday, March 08, 2019

2017 Armenian Household Survey released

The 2017 Household Integrated Living Conditions Survey was recently released by Armstat. There are 7776 households in the survey, which is available both as xls and sav (spss) files.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Call for Papers: Armenian Economic Association 2018 Annual Meetings

The Armenian Economic Association 2018 annual meetings are hosted by the Tumo Center for Creative  Technologies on June 15th, and by the American University of Armenia on the 16th.

Scholars, researchers, and graduate students, are invited to present their research in all areas of economics and finance. Papers may address growth and development issues in Armenia and the South-Caucasus, integration with the Eurasian Union and the EU, regional trade patterns, trends in labor markets and migration, tax policy, income inequality, regulatory reforms, or other topic on current advances in economics and finance. Both theoretical and empirical works are welcome.

Sessions will be organized by language and JEL fields:
- Microeconomics; Industry Studies
- Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics
- International Economics; Trade
- Financial Economics; Finance
- Public Economics, Political Economy
- Labor and Demographic Economics
- Growth, Development, and Transition Economics
- Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics
- Marketing and Business Administration

Submissions: If interested 
submit an abstract (of less than 500 words) by April 30th, decision by May 10th. There is no submission fee, nor any cost to present and participate. 

Best paper awards: 
Submission of completed papers in advance is required to be considered for International Monetary Fund best paper award as well as AEA's Armen Alchian and Grigor Artzruni (students) awards, and C-quadrat award of 200000 Drams for best student paper in pension economics and portfolio management. 

Travel: 
Limited travel subsidy subject to funding availabilityDonations through CERGE-EI Foundation and Paros Foundation are welcome to help with funding.

For more information, visit http://www.aea.am/conferences.html.

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Happy Easter

Christ is risen from the dead. Blessed is the resurrection of Christ.

Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց՜ Օրհնեալ է Յարութիւնն Քրիստոսի՜
Kristos haryav ee merelots. Orhnial e Harutiunn Kristosi.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2016 Armenian Household Survey Released

The 2016 Household Integrated Living Conditions Survey was just released by Armstat. It is released in sav (SPSS) format only. I presume an xls version, perhaps an oversight, will follow soon.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Holidays

Շնորհավոր Նոր Տարի եւ Սուրբ Ծնունդ
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas

This being the season for giving, please consider sponsoring an Armenian student.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Text of the EU Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement with Armenia

The text of the EU Comprehensive and Extended Partnership Agreement with Armenia was released. The Armenian ministry of foreign affairs released a non-official translation which is available here.