Monday, November 21, 2022

Armenian Economic Association seminar on "A Stage-Based Identification of Policy Effects"

 

The Armenian Economic Association Monthly Seminar series will host Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) online at 8-9 pm Yerevan time (5-6 pm CET), on November 23rd. The title of his paper is "A Stage-Based Identification of Policy Effects."

To register, follow this link: http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-raul-santaeulalia-llopis/

Friday, November 18, 2022

Young Scholars Economics Workshop -- Armenian Economic Association

The Armenian Economic Association's Young Scholars 2022 Workshop will be held online on November 25, 5:00-8:30 pm Yerevan time (2-5:40 pm CET). 

The workshop will feature five presentations by young members of the association, who are in the early stages of their economics careers. The schedule of the workshop is as follows: 
  • 5:00pm-5:40pm. Narek Ohanyan, Optimal monetary policy with external dollarization. 
  • 5:40pm-6:20pm. Hayk Sargsyan, Optimal monetary and macro-prudential policies in a world with consumer default. 
  • 6:20pm-7:00pm. Hayk Hambardzumyan, Equity Term Structure Dynamics in a Heterogeneous Firm Model.
  • Break 10 mins
  • 7:10pm-7:50pm. Sargis Maghakyan, Households Heterogeneity, Banks and the Distributional Effects of Monetary Policy. 
  • 7:50pm-8:30pm. Zaruhi Hakobyan, Regulation of Social Media Platforms: The Mechanism for Solving Polarization in Networks. 
Updates to the schedule, if any, will be made available at http://aea.am/young-scholars-workshop-2022/ 

For registration, follow the link below. An invitation to the workshop will be sent immediately after registration. 
Link:  https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAof-6qqj8tGN272wBGFjGrRUBFQN9Fs-MM

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Armenian Economic Association seminar on Complementarities in Public Infrastructure and Structural Transformation

The Armenian Economic Association will host Rafael Serrano on its online seminar on October 26, 8-9 pm Yerevan time (6-7 pm CET). He will present his research entitled "Spatial Complementarities in Public Infrastructure and Structural Transformation in Brazil."


If interested, register using the following link for participation http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-rafael-serrano/  You will then receive an invitation to the virtual seminar at your provided email address following your registration.

Saturday, August 06, 2022

iCEBA 2022 Conference on Time Series Methods in Armenia: 8-10 September

The 2nd International Conference on Econometrics and Business Analytics (iCEBA) 2022 will meet on September 8-10 in Armenia this year. It is hosted by the American University of Armenia and the Central Bank of Armenia. The theme is Time Series methods.

iCEBA 2022 is organized by the Center of Econometrics and Business Analytics (CEBA) of Saint Petersburg State University, American University of Armenia, Central Bank of Armenia, and the Armenian Economic Association.

Confirmed and invited speakers

  •     Giuseppe Cavaliere (U Bologna)
  •     Esfandiar Maasoumi (Emory U)
  •     Alexey Onatskiy (U Cambridge)
  •     Jean-Michel Zakoïan (ENSAE, CREST)

Register by August 7th.

More information is available at conference webpage.


Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Armenia 2022 World Press Freedom Ranking

From 180 countries, Armenia is ranked 51st in the 2022 World Press Freedom Index published by the Reporters Without Borders. This is a significant improvement from the 63rd place in the previous year, and compares very favorably to countries in the neighborhood

Below are the rankings for countries in the region. Because of revisions in methodology, I also report the rankings for 2021. 

Armenia 51 (63 in 2021)

Georgia 89 (60 in 2021)

Ukraine 106 (97 in 2021)

Turkey 149 (153 in 2021)

Belarus 153 (158 in 2021)

Azerbaijan 154 (167 in 2021)

Russia 155 (150 in 2021)


Monday, April 04, 2022

Armenian Economic Association 2022 Annual Meetings

The 12th Annual Meetings of the Armenian Economic Association will be held on June 30, July 1 and July 2, 2022. The Meetings will be held in a mixed format: Most sessions will meet in Armenia in-person and some will be organized virtually via Zoom.

Papers in all areas of economics and finance are welcome. Both theoretical and empirical research papers are invited. Research addressing issues of growth and development in Armenia and the wider region are highly encouraged. Topics may include economic consequences of the pandemic, that of the regional conflicts and sanctions, patterns of trade and integration, trends in labor markets and migration, tax policy, income inequality, regulatory reforms, health, environment, or other topics on current advances in economics and finance.

Confirmed keynote speakers: Paula Bustos (CEMFI)Nico Voigtländer (UCLA) and Joao Pedro Farinha (ADB).

Submissions: Abstracts of less than 500 words can be submitted by filling out the conference participation form following this link by April 30th; decisions by May 15th. The conference is free with no cost to present and participate. In the submission form, please indicate whether you prefer to travel to Armenia or to present virtually. Proposals on complete sessions are encouraged.

Best Paper Awards are made available to young scholars (Grigor Artzruni award) and for general interest papers (Armen Alchian award), as well as by the International Monetary Fund for papers in macroeconomics. Submission of completed papers in advance is required to be considered for the awards.

Travel scholarship: The AEA will make available a limited number of travel scholarships especially for researchers based in Europe and the region. Upon submission, please indicate whether you are applying for a scholarship.


Visit: www.aea.am

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Armenian Economic Association Workshop for Women in Economics 2022

The Armenian Economic Association Workshop for Women in Economics will be held on 11 March. 

Program

Session 1

Chair: Nune Hovhannisyan, Loyola University Maryland

6:00-6:30pm Yerevan time (3:00-3:30pm CET, 9:00-9:30am EST)

"Nonparametric Identification and Estimation of Contests with Uncertainty." 

Ksenia Shakhgildyan, University of Bocconi


6:30-7:00pm Yerevan time (3:30-4:00pm CET, 9:30-10:10am EST)

"Yes, in Your Backyard: Forced Technological Adoption and Spatial Externalities”

Anouch Missirian, Toulouse School of Economics


7:00-7:30pm Yerevan time (4:00-4:30pm CET, 10:00-10:30am EST)

Break and small group networking


Session 2

Chair: Vladimir Asriyan, CREI

7:30-8:00pm Yerevan time (4:30-5:00pm CET, 10:30-11:00am EST)

''Falling interest rates and the allocation of credit: lessons from general equilibrium''

Victoria Vanasco, CREI, UPF and BSE


8:00-8:30pm Yerevan time (5:00-5:30pm CET, 11:00-11:30am EST)

“Capital Development under Collateral Constraints. Do Investment Subsidies Work?”

Rebecca Maria Mari, London School of Economics and Political Science


Registration link

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Upcoming Armenian Economic Association Seminars

Here are the upcoming Armenian Economic Association online seminars.  

Gianmarco León-Ciliotta from the Universitat de Pompeu Fabra on February 25. The title of the seminar is "Promotions and Productivity: The Role of Meritocracy and Pay Progression in the Public," and the seminar takes place 5-6 pm Yerevan time (2-3 pm CET). Please register following this link:

http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-gianmarco-leon-ciliotta/

Xavier Raurich from Universitat de Barcelona on March 25. The title of the seminar is "Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Productivity with Bubbles," and the seminar takes place 5-6 pm Yerevan time (2-3 pm CET). Please register following this link:

http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-xavier-raurich/

Armen Khederlarian from the University of Connecticut on April 27. The title of the seminar is "Dynamic Trade Elasticities," and the seminar takes place 8-9 pm Yerevan time (6-7 pm CET). Please register following this link:

http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-armen-khederlarian/

Michele Valsecchi from the New Economic School on May 25. The title of the seminar will be announced in the due time. The seminar takes place 8-9 pm Yerevan time (6-7 pm CET). Please register following this link:

http://aea.am/aea-monthly-seminars-michele-valsecchi/

 

Bios:

Gianmarco León-Ciliotta is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics and Business at Universitat de Pompeu Fabra. His works are on development, organizational and political economics.

Xavier Raurich is a Professor of Economics at the Universitat de Barcelona. His research focuses on macroeconomics, economic growth, and Development.

Armen Khederlarian is a Post-Doctoral Researcher in International Economics and Data Science at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on international trade, development, and macroeconomics.

Michele Valsecchi is an Assistant Professor at the New Economic School. His research focuses on development economics and political economy with a special emphasis on political institutions; economic institutions; corruption; ethnic diversity; natural resources; migration

 


Monday, January 17, 2022

Armenian 2020 Household and Labor Force Surveys Released

The 2020 Household Integrated Living Conditions Survey was recently released by Armstat. There are 5184 households with 17066 members in the survey, which is available both as xls and sav (spss) files.

The 2020 Labor Force Survey was also released. It is also available in xls and sav files. It contains 27986 surveyed individuals.



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. 

All Yerevan time: (Moscow -1, Paris -2, London -3, New York -8, Los Angeles -11)

Thursday, June 24, 2021

13:45-14:00 Opening Remarks

14:00-15:00 Keynote Lecture: Sergei Guriev (Sciences Po)

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.