15 April 2019 - 16 April 2019
OECD Conference Center, Paris

New analytical tools and techniques for economic policymaking

IIASA and other partners are co-hosting a conference in association with the OECD initiative, New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC). Participants will explore economic issues such as growth, financial crises, and systemic risk with a focus on tools and approaches that contribute to a better understanding of the complexity and interaction of our economic, financial, social, and environmental systems.

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The conference will focus on research that addresses policy challenges using new approaches and data that can provide a more realistic way of thinking about the world as it really is, and help policymakers to better understand and address a range of policy challenges. New tools and methods can be used to explore new dimensions of policy issues including policy interactions, complex systems, non-rational behavior, multi-dimensional outcomes, network phenomena, non-linear responses, distributional impacts, and geospatial effects.

At the OECD, the New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) Initiative is exploring tools and approaches that could contribute to a better understanding of the complexity and interaction of our economic, financial, social, and environmental systems.

This event offers a timely opportunity for policymakers, academics, and researchers in economics and other disciplines to discuss the state of the art policy applications emerging from the study of new analytical tools and techniques. IIASA involvement in this conference consolidates a strong history of mutual collaboration and strategic partnership with the OECD, which was formalized in December 2017, with the aim of applying systems thinking to improve the quality of people’s lives.

Several IIASA researchers will participate as speakers:

• 16 April, 09:30-11:00: Session 5 – Machine Learning and Big Data. Speakers include Michael Obersteiner, Program Director, Ecosystems Services and Management Program (ESM)

• 16 April, 11:15-12:45: Session 6 – Complexity and Social Science. Speakers include Elena Rovenskaya, Program Director, Advanced Systems Analysis (ASA) Program

For the full program, please refer to the conference website. On the 17 April 2019 NAEC will present master classes with some of the world’s leading practitioners on complexity, network analysis and agent-based modeling – click here to view the tentative agenda.


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an intergovernmental economic organization with 36 member countries, founded in 1961. The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. It provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with those governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. The OECD measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment and analyzes and compares data to predict future trends. The organization sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax, to the safety of chemicals.

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