Conference Programme (15-16 April) Masterclass Programme (17 April)

We are currently in the midst of a revolution in the world of the sciences, social science and policy. This revolution driven by technological and analytical improvements is breaking down the barriers between disciplines and stimulating new integrated approaches to numerous pressing and complex challenges. Advances in computing power are opening up possibilities for integrating systems models, agent-based modelling and computationally-facilitated network analysis. New sources of big or smart data are also emerging.

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 explore new dimensions of policy issues including policy interactions, complex systems, non-rational behaviour, 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 better understanding of the complexity and interaction of our economic, financial, social and environmental systems.

The conference offers a timely opportunity for policy-makers, 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. It will explore how analytical innovations and inter-disciplinary approaches can enhance understanding of economic issues including preventing financial crises, managing systemic risk and understanding processes of economic growth, trade, innovation and sustainability.

Themes of particular interest include:

  • Agent-based Modelling
  • Machine Learning
  • Big Data Applications
  • Evolutionary Economics
  • Network Analysis
  • Policy Experiments
  • New Approaches to Macroeconomic Modelling

Our Director, Angus Armstrong, chairs the sixth session, “Complexity and Social Science”. J. Doyne Farmer, who is on our Management Group, will speak in the first session, “Why Do We Need New Analytical Tools and Techniques?”, the eighth session, “Roundtable on New Approaches to Macroeconomic Modelling” and chairs the third session, “Agent Based Modelling”.  And Jean-Philippe Bouchaud, co-leader of our Instability Research Hub, will also speak in the first session with Doyne.

Watch the Live Streams

There are going to be two live streams from this conference. The first is the NAEC Conference from 15-16 April (programme available here). The second is a one-day “masterclass” on 17 April (programme available here). The live streams can be viewed below and on the OECD website.

NAEC Conference, 15 & 16 April

Morning Session 15th April Afternoon Session 15 April
Morning Session 16 April Afternoon Session 16 April

Masterclass, 17 April

Masterclass Morning Session 17 April Masterclass Afternoon Session 17 April

15 April 2019