Monday, March 28, 2016

2014 Armenian Labor Force Survey Released

Armstat recently released the 2014 labor force survey. It can be downloaded in either SPSS (sav file) or Excel.
The survey consists of a sample of 29453 individuals, and provides detailed information on their demographics, employment situation, among others. The provided information is typically richer than the information publically available on individuals in the annual household surveys.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Armenian Economic Association 2016 Conference Call for Papers

The Armenian Economic Association 2016 annual meetings will be jointly hosted by Yerevan State University (YSU), the International Center for Agribusiness Research and Education (ICARE), and the American University of Armenia (AUA) on June 17-19.

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, the ramifications of global and regional economic shocks, integration with the Eurasian Union and the EU, regional trade patterns, trends in labor markets and migration, tax policy, or any other topic representing current advances in economics and finance. Both theoretical and empirical works are welcome. The language of the  conference is Armenian and English, and 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

If interested, please submit abstracts (of less than 500 words) at by 20th April, 2016; decision by April 30th. The submission of complete sessions with 3-4 papers is welcome. There is no submission fee, nor any cost to present and participate.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Workshop on Inclusive Growth in Armenia


Thursday, 31 March 2016, 16:00-18:30
Manoogian Hall, American University of Armenia
Yerevan, Armenia

Inclusive economic growth has become a popular topic of discussion not only among academics but also policymakers, international financial institutions, and the civil society in general. The international experience suggests that policies promoting inclusive growth are a crucial factor to ensure sustainable economic development while enhancing social justice and reducing conflict.
The seminar, which is open to the general public, will feature a public lecture by Professor Ravi Kanbur of Cornell University focused on the theory and practice of inclusive economic growth and an empirical application in the case of Armenia provided by Aleksandr Grigoryan of the American University of Armenia. The event is part of a broader Asian Development Bank’s study on: “Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central and West Asia”. Discussions will cover issues related to inequality in terms of income and opportunities, social protection, as well as development of institutions and human capabilities.


15:30–16:00 Registration

16:00–16:10 Chair: Vardan Baghdasaryan, Armenian Economic Association
                      Welcome Address
                      Randall Rodes, Provost, American University of Armenia

16:10–17:00 Public Lecture
                      Inclusive Growth: Global Forces and National Policies
                      Guest Speaker: Ravi Kanbur, Professor of Economics, Cornell University

17:00–17:15 Coffee break

17:15–17:40 Inclusive Growth and Income Distribution: The Case of Armenia
                      Aleksandr Grigoryan, Professor, American University of Armenia

17:40–18:00 Discussants:
                      Guanghua Wan, Director for Research, Asian Development Bank Institute
                      Gayane Barseghyan, Assistant Professor, American University of Armenia

18:00–18:30 Open floor discussion
18:30              Adjourn

Professor Ravi Kanbur is the T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University.

Professor Aleksandr Grigoryan is the chair of the MBA program at the American University of Armenia, and President of the Armenian Economic Association

There is no fee to attend. Registration at the beginning of the workshop.