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Thursday, January 14, 2021, 6:00 - 7:00 pm PST

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Webinar Overview:

Presented by RMDS with our partner Embodied

The presentation is for an audience interested in Global Value Chain related issues and using various production based GVC indicators in the UIBE GVC index system as a tool in their academic research and analytical public policy related work. It also covers some technical details for researchers who are interested in learning the basic input-output mathematics and the computation method to actually compute these GVC indicators from the public available Inter-Country Input-Output (ICIO) database.


Webinar Highlights:

  • Understand the economics and statistics foundation of the production based GVC index system.

  • Learn how to Identify GVC activities through decomposition of production activities and how to measure GVC participation based on the decomposition of production activities, including both mathematical derivation and economic Intuition behind the decomposition.

  • Understand how these indices are saved in cloud drive online and their organization structures

Dr Zhi Wang

Dr. Zhi Wang,
Senior Policy Fellow of Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University
Professor and Founding Director, Research Institute of Global Value Chains, University of International Business and Economics

Dr. Zhi Wang is a Senior Policy Fellow of Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is also a professor and founding director of the Research Center of Global Value Chains at University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He obtained his Ph.D in applied economics at University of Minnesota with a minor in computer and information sciences in 1994. He worked as a Lead international economist at the Research Division of U.S. International Trade Commission for more than 10 years before his current appointment.

His major fields of expertise include computable general equilibrium modeling, value chain in global production network, measuring trade in value-added, data reconciliation methods, economic integration among Greater China area, Chinese economies, and international trade. Because of his contribution to the GTAP database and to its use in contemporary policy applications, and his methodological contributions in reconciling re-export trade data, he was selected as Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) Research Fellow multi-times. He also served as the US co-chair of the APEC Trade in Value-added (TiVA) technical group in 2015, lead the efforts to build APEC TiVA database. He also selected by Fulbright senior scholar program offering general equilibrium trade policy analysis classes at Chengchi University in Taipei and Tsinghua University in Beijing during 2005 and 2007 respectively.

He has been published in world leading economic journals, including the American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Regional Sciences, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Journal of Policy Modeling. He is the co-editor of the 2017 and 2019 Global Value Chain development report published by the World Bank and WTO. He is an author or contributor of several books including Global Economic Effects of the Asian Currency Devaluations (PIIE, 1998), The Implications of China-Taiwan Economic Liberalization (PIIE, 2010), and Trade in Value Added: Developing New Measures of Cross-Border Trade (CEPR and the World Bank, 2013).