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GTAP Events: 11th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis: Plenary Speakers


Trends in global inequality and poverty: What does trade have to do with it?
Stephan Klasen is a professor of development economics and empirical economic research at the University of G"tingen, where he also heads the Ibero-American Institute. Previously he was professor of economics at the University of Munich as well as a fellow at King's College in Cambridge and an economist at the World Bank in South Africa. His research interests are in population, labor, welfare, and development economics. He holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His current research interests include an assessment of the relation between labor market events and demographic decisions at the household level, an analysis of the determinants of under nutrition and child mortality in developing countries, the linkages between inequality, growth, and well-being, and the causes and consequences of gender inequality in developing countries.

The Changing Pattern of Global Wealth Ownership
Anthony Shorrocks is the Director of UNU-WIDER, having previously held positions at the London School of Economics and the University of Essex. He has published widely on topics related to income and wealth distribution, inequality and poverty. Professor Shorrocks' research has focused on methods for measuring and analyzing inequality, poverty, income mobility and living standards. He has published three books and numerous papers on these topics in international economic journals, including Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Economic Journal and Economica. More recently, he has been working on the social problems facing Russia in the post-reform era.


Agriculture between food and fuel production - implications of current and future biofuel support
Martin von Lampe is an Agricultural Economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). After his education in agricultural economics in Berlin and Bonn, Martin von Lampe received his doctorate degree at Bonn University in 1999. He was Assistant Professor of Agricultural Policy at Bonn University until 2001. One of his main research areas was the development of model-based policy information systems for agricultural markets. Since 2001 Martin has been working as a Policy Analyst at the Agro-Food Market and Trade Division of the OECD's Trade and Agriculture Directorate. In the context of the OECD's Agricultural Outlook activity, he is responsible for monitoring, projecting and analyzing international markets for cereals. After having worked on export competition issues related to food aid, Martin is now in charge of the analytical work on bioenergy and agriculture in the Organisation's Trade and Agriculture Directorate with a particular focus on analyzing alternative bioenergy support regimes and their implications on environment, energy and agricultural markets. In this context, he has organized the international OECD Workshop on Bioenergy Policy Analysis in Sweden in January 2007. Martin has published a number of studies and articles on the broad range of his research issues, and in particular is the author of an OECD study on Agricultural Market Impacts of Future Growth in the Production of Biofuels, published in 2006, as well as of several other articles on biofuels. He is a regular speaker at international conferences around the world.

Transitions toward a decarbonized energy future
Nebojsa Nakicenovic is the leader of the Energy and Transitions to New Technologies Programs, Co-Leader of the Greenhouse Gas Initiative at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology, and Director of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA). He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal on Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Editor of International Journal on Energy, and Climate Policy, Member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Energy Sector Management, a Coordinating Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change, and Coordinating Lead Author of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Professor Nakicenovic holds bachelors and masters degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University, New Jersey, USA and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa Ph.D. degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Among Professor Nakicenovic's research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, information, and communication technologies. Currently, his research focuses on the diffusion of new technologies and their interactions with the society and the environment. He is author and coauthor of many scientific papers and books on the dynamics of technological and social change, economic restructuring and development, mitigation of anthropogenic impacts on the environment and on response strategies to global change.

Transition Economies

Transition economies: challenges of globalization and European integration
Marek Dabrowski is the Chairman of the CASE Supervisory Council, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the CASE Ukraine in Kiev and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for the Economy in Transition. His expertise is with monetary and fiscal policy, currency crises, EU and EMU enlargement, political economy of transition.

Trade Policy Issues in the Transition Economies
David Tarr is a Consultant in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. While at the World Bank Dr. Tarr has provided trade policy advice to governments in about twenty countries, focusing especially on economies in transition, countries in the Middle East and North Africa and more recently the Southern Cone of Latin America. He has authored over fifty refereed professional journal articles, including solely authored articles in Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of International Economics, Economic Inquiry, the Southern Economic Journal and the Journal of Comparative Economics; his jointly authored articles include those in Economic Journal, International Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, European Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv, Review of Development Economics, and the Journal of Economic Integration. He has edited or written numerous books and monographs. His present research interests include the link between trade and foreign direct investment policy changes and poverty; quantifying the importance of endogenous productivity improvements from trade and foreign direct investment liberalization; trade and WTO accession issues in transition economies; and regional trade integration. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 1970, taught economics at Ohio State University and worked as a Senior Economist at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. He joined the World Bank in 1988.