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30 Jul 20 | News

CALL FOR PAPERS: Microsimulation modelling of policy responses to COVID-19

Sharing methods on modelling policy responses to COVID-19 to understand better the impacts of COVID-19 and what policies might best help in the recovery

The International Microsimulation Association (IMA), in collaboration with the Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis (CeMPA); the Institute for Employment Research (IAB); the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER); the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM); and the Urban Institute are pleased to announce a call for papers for an online conference in late November 2020 on microsimulation modelling of policy responses to COVID-19.

The aim of this online conference is to share methods on modelling policy responses to COVID-19. By sharing the methods being used internationally, researchers can learn from one another to help other countries understand better the impacts of COVID and the shut-down on their country, and what policies might best help in the recovery.

To allow researchers the time to do any modelling, the cut-off for abstract submissions is September 30th. An expert group will then quickly select abstracts so that the authors have some time to finalise their modelling before the conference in late November. The online conference will be recorded so that those who have conflicting time-zones, can watch it after. Questions will be handled through an online system so they can be asked after each presentation. Where possible, sharing of code will also be encouraged, but is not essential due to IP requirements.

Papers can be submitted into three areas plus one catch all for other submissions. These areas are:
• Economics
• Social
• Health
• Other


Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for a special Covid-19 issue of the International Journal of Microsimulation.

Please submit abstracts to robert.tanton@canberra.edu.au by September 30.

We look forward to receiving your abstracts for this conference.

Robert Tanton (IMA President)
Matteo Richiardi (CeMPA)
Kerstin Bruckmeier (IAB)
Philippe Liegeois (LISER)
Brenton Prosser (NATSEM)
Melissa Favreault (Urban Institute)