The 27th Inforum World Conference will be held in Sochi, Russia, approximately at 2-6 September, 2019.

Local organizer: Institute of Economic Forecasting of the Russian Academy of Sciences

About the conference
Quote from the Inforum’s site:

Inforum, or Interindustry Forecasting at the University of Maryland, was founded nearly 50 years ago by Dr. Clopper Almon, now Professor Emeritus of the University. It is dedicated to improving business planning, government policy analysis, and the general understanding of the economic environment. Inforum accomplishes this mission through:

• Building and using structural economic models of U.S. and other economies. Inforum pioneered the construction of dynamic interindustry-macroeconomic models that portray the economy in a unique “bottom-up” fashion.

• Working with government and private sector research sponsors to investigate a variety of issues. Economic projections and analysis using Inforum econometric models are distinguished by detail at the industrial and product level.

• Serving as a training crucible for University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students who receive valuable training in empirical economics. Indeed, Inforum graduate research assistants have completed over 40 Ph.D. dissertations, most of which have contributed directly to the infrastructure of Inforum.

• Maintaining active and productive ties with a world-wide network of research associates, each of which uses Inforum modeling methods and software. The Inforum partners have held annual conferences since 1993 to foster cooperation and development of economic knowledge and techniques.

Since its founding in 1967 by Dr. Clopper Almon, Inforum has served government agencies and private sector entities interested in economic analysis facilitated by Inforum’s approach. In particular, Interindustry-Macroeconomic (IM) models combine input-output structure with econometric equations in a dynamic and detailed framework. Because of their ability to portray the detailed structure of economies over actual time periods, these models fill an important gap in the inventory of existing models of the U.S. and foreign economies. In addition to forecasting, the models often are used to answer “what if” questions about the impact across industries of fluctuation in the macroeconomic environment, such as changes in exchange rate or tax policy.


We welcome papers or presentations across a wide range of topics in economic modeling and general economics, including:

  • Developments in the Inforum approach to economic modeling
  • Country Inforum models
  • Bilateral trade models
  • Economic-ecological and economic-energy modeling
  • Input-output data and methods
  • Other approaches to inter-industry modeling
  • Applications of inter-industry models
  • Macroeconomic modeling
  • Software developments


  1. Define the dates of the Conference precisely –  November 1, 2018: the choice of the date is prolonged up to the middle of December due to the international discussion, but with 95% probability it’s 2-6 September
  2. First call: confirm registration – up to May, 2019 (precise date is yet to be defined)
  3. Second call: confirm your topic – up to July, 2019 (precise date is yet to be defined)

Yet to be defined

Yet to be defined, most probably Imertinsky hotel


Alexander Shirov, Ph.D., IEF RAS deputy director

Tel: +7-499-129-32-54