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2019 Annual Meetings

The Armenian Economic Association 2019 annual meetings will be hosted by the Armenian State University
of Economics, the Armenian National Agrarian University, and the American University of Armenia on June
27-29, 2019.
Preliminary Program (in progress)

June 27, 2019
Armenian State University of Economics (ASUE), 128 Nalbandyan St, Yerevan

14:00-14:10  Opening remarks
14:15-15:15  Keynote Speaker: Friedrich Heinemann (ZEW Mannheim)

15:30-16:45 Session 1A: Empirical industrial organization I, Room

Chair: Vahagn Jerbashian, University of Barcelona, Spain                        

Will Brexit Age Well? Cohorts, Seasoning and the Age-Leave Gradient, Past, Present and Future, Rebecca Maria Mari, Bocconi
University (with Barry Eichengreen, Berkeley University; Gregory Thwaites, London School of Economics)

Revenue-Neutral or Profit-Neutral Tariff and Tax Reforms under Imperfect Competition: Welfare Analysis, Ruben Sargsyan,
California State University, Chico (with Yang-Ming Chang, Kansas State University)

Trade in Information Technologies and Changes in the Demand for Occupations, Vahagn Jerbashian, University of
Barcelona, Spain

Discussants:
Lusine Badalyan, University of Giessen, Germany
Aram Grigoryan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

15:15-16:45 Session 1B: Labor Economics I, Room

Chair: Muhammad Asali, International School of Economics at TSU (ISET), Georgia

Labor Market Discrimination and the Macroeconomy, Muhammad Asali, International School of Economics at TSU, and
Rusudan Gurashvili, National Bank of Georgia

What Mechanisms are Behind the Racial Student-Teacher Match Effect? Evidence from U.S. Public Schools, Bohdana Kurylo,
CERGE-EI

Out-of-Wedlock Fertility: Changes in Fertility Decisions with Unilateral Divorce Laws, Geghetsik Afunts, CERGE-EI, Charles
University in Prague  

Discussants:
Geghetsik Afunts, CERGE-EI, Charles University in Prague
Bohdana Kurylo, CERGE-EI
Muhammad Asali, International School of Economics at TSU (ISET), Georgia

16:45-17:30 AEA Membership meeting

18:30 Dinner

June 28, 2019
Armenian National Agrarian University, 74 Teryan St, Yerevan

9:30-11:00 Session 2A: Empirical industrial organization II

Chair: Zurab Abramishvili, ISET, Georgia

Competition Costs and Firm Distribution, Aram Grigoryan, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

Impact Assessment of the State Support Program for Micro and Small Enterprises in Georgia, Zurab Abramishvili,
International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), Sophiko Skhirtladze, ISET. Giorgi Papava, Ilia State
University.

Discussants:
Vahagn Jerbashian, University of Barcelona, Spain
Olga Novikova, CERGE-EI
Zurab Abramishvili, International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET)

9:30-11:00 Session 2B: Agriculture I                        
Chair:

Feasibility Analysis of Fuel Briquettes Production in Shirak Province of Armenia, Armen Asatryan, Armenian National Agrarian
University        

Economic Feasibility Analysis of Pine Cone Preserve, Tatevik Sargsyan, Armenian National Agrarian University       

Development plan for the teaching and experimental farm of ANAU located in Vosehat community by identifying and evaluating
the ways for efficient farmland use, Ani Saribekyan, Armenian National Agrarian University, Ani Saribekyan

Factors affecting milk productivity in Armenia, Lusine Tadevosyan, ICARE

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-13:00 Session 3A: Macro I

Chair: Ashot Mkrchyan, Central Bank of Armenia        

On the applicability of dynamic factor models for macroeconomic forecasting in Armenia, Karen Poghosyan, Central Bank of
Armenia, and Ruben Poghosyan, Yerevan State University, Faculty of Physics

Text Talk Inflation, Diana Gabrielyan, University of Tartu, with Jaan Masso and Lenno Uuskula

Inflation Forecasting Using Machine Learning Methods: A Case Study of Armenia, Aram Butavyan, Central Bank of Armenia

Discussants
Diana Gabrielyan, University of Tartu, Estonia
Karen Poghosyan, Central Bank of Armenia

11:30-13:00 Session 3B: Agriculture II

Chair:        

Value chain analysis for Armenian dairy sector, Hasmik Hayrapetyan, International Center for Agribusiness Research and
Education (ICARE) foundation, Anna Mkhitaryan and Lusine Tadevosyan

Economic Impact Measurement and Management in Sustainable Agricultural Projects: Example of Establishing Milk
Collection Point in Shirak Region, Ararat Sahakyan, Agribusiness Teaching Center

Consumer preferences on dairy products in Armenia, Anna Mkhitaryan, ICARE Foundation, with Lusine Tadevosyan and
Hasmik Hayrapetyan
   
Organic Fresh Produce Purchase Behaviour in Armenia, Anahit Armenakyan, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada (with
Anahita Baregheh, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada)

Discussants
Anahit Armenakyan, Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada

11:30-13:00 Session 3C: Public Economics

Chair: Gohar Sedrakyan, Georgia State University, USA        

The incidence of VAT evasion, Zareh Asatryan, ZEW, and David Gomtsyan,  Higher School of Economics, Russia

Asset appreciation, borrowing, and capital gains taxes

Wagner’s Law vs. Keynes' Hypothesis in very different countries (Armenia and Spain), Gohar Sedrakyan, Georgia State
University, USA (with Laura Varela-Candamio , Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Economics, University of A
Coruna, Jean Monnet Group on Competition and Development (C + D) and RIFDE, Spain)

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 Keynote II: Levon Barseghyan (Cornell University), Assembly Hall

15:15 -16:45 Session 4A: Social Innovation, Development, Room

Chair: Gilles Paché, Université d'Aix-Marseille, France  

Towards a strategic view of humanitarian action, Gilles Paché, Université d'Aix-Marseille (with Laetitia Tosi (Université d'Aix-
Marseille), François Fulconis (Avignon Université)

Do Spatial Factors Impact MFI Outreach and Sustainability? Knar Khachatryan, American University of Armenia, with Aleksandr
Grigoryan, Valentina Hartarska, and Roy Mersland

Environmental Activism in Armenia, Nina Kankanyan and Yevgenya Jenny Paturyan, American University of Armenia

15:15-16:45 Session 4B: Bonds and government finance, Room

Chair:   Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, St. John's University, NY, USA      

Local currency bonds and recent credit growth in some post-socialist economies? Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, St. John's
University, NY, USA

Decomposing forward rates of Armenian government bonds into their main components, Tigran Davtyan, Yerevan State
University

Reserve Requirements and Bank-Loan Interest Rates, Hayk Tarverdyan, Central Bank of Armenia

Discussants:
Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, St. John's University, NY, USA

15:15-16:45 Session 4C: Labor II, Room

Chair: Vardan Baghdasaryan, American University of Armenia

Access to Education and Marriage Market: Evidence from Tanzania, Davit Adunts, CERGE-EI        

Signalling Assimilation: The Value of Changing Last Names, Gurgen Aslanyan, American University of Armenia, with Sona
Kalantaryan (Joint Research Centre, European Commission)

The Evolution of the Gender Gap in Math, David Gomtsyan, NRU Higher School of Economics, Russia

Discussants:
Geghetsik Afunts, CERGE-EI, Charles University in Prague
Gurgen Aslanyan, American University of Armenia


June 29, 2019
American University of Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan

9:30-11:00 Session 5A: Health, Room

Chair:  Vahram Ghushchyan, American University of Armenia

Time Trade-Off Tariffs Based On Sf-12 Questionnaire, Vahram Ghushchyan, American University of Armenia

Taxing Waistline as a Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome, Gurgen Aslanyan, American University of Armenia

9:30-11:00 Session 5B: Finance, Financial Literacy, Room

Chair: Levon Barkhudaryan

Financial Literacy: How does it shape consumer financial behavior? Vardan Baghdasaryan, American University of Armenia;
Gurgen Aslanyan, American University of Armenia, Armenia; CERGE-EI, Prague Czech Republic; Knar Khachatryan. American
University of Armenia;  Sadoyan, A., Central Bank of Armenia

Long-Term Effectiveness and of Financial Education Classroom Workshops in Rural Areas: The Case of Armenia, Arthur
Pokrikyan, Central Bank of Armenia

Regional development and financial inclusion: new evidence from Armenia, Knar Khachatryan, American University of
Armenia (with Aleksandr Grigoryan and Knarik Ayvazyan)

11:00-11:30 Coffee break
      
11:30-13:00 Session 6A: Behavioral/Experimental, Room

Chair: Armenak Antinyan, Wenlan School of Business, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China                

Salience and Mispricing: Homebuyers’ Housing Decisions, Artashes Karapetyan, ESSEC

Curbing the Consumption of Positional Goods: Taxing vs. Nudging, Armenak Antinyan, Wenlan School of Business,
Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, with Gergely Horvath, Mofei Jia (Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University)

Nudging for tax compliance: A meta-analysis, Zareh Asatryan, ZEW Mannheim, Chair: Armenak Antinyan, Wenlan School of
Business, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China                

Discussants:
Armenak Antinyan, Wenlan School of Business, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, China
Artashes Karapetyan, ESSEC Business School, France
     
11:30-13:00 Session 6B: Macro II, Room

Chair: Aram Balagyozyan, University of Scranton, USA

Policy Uncertainty and Current Account Dynamics, Hayk Kamalyan, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Exchange Rate Pass-through in Armenia, Stella Mnoyan, Central Bank of Armenia
              
Ambiguity, Fuzzy Forecasts, and the Dynamic Factor Model of Consumer Confidence, Aram Balagyozyan, University of
Scranton, and Kyoko Mona Balagyozyan

Discussants
Aram Balagyozyan, University of Scranton, USA
Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, St. John's University, NY, USA
Karen Poghosyan, Central Bank of Armenia

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:15 Keynote III: Francesca Molinari (Cornell University, H. T. Warshow and Robert Irving Warshow Professor),
Room

15:15-16:45 Session 7A: Student presentations, Room

Chair: Randy Filer

Financial Literacy and Its Influence on Foreign Currency Borrowings/Savings (Case of Armenia)
, Mari Mirzoyan, American
University of Armenia

Stock Movement Prediction Using Deep Learning Techniques, Arshak Mkhoyan, American University of Armenia

Gini coefficient estimation: Interpolation method, Amasya Ghazaryan, Yerevan State University
      
15:15-16:45 Session 7B: Firm Behavior, Room

Chair:                         
Location decisions of firms in Russia and the heritage from the communist period, Natalia Davidson, Ural Federal University,
Russia (with Hubert Jayet, University of Lille, France; Oleg Mariev, Ural Federal University; Andrey Pushkarev, Ural Federal
University)

Regional-specific determinants of non-performing loans, Sergey Avetisyan, Central Bank of Armenia

Corporate debt policy and Tax evasion

Discussants
Zareh Asatryan, ZEW Mannheim

16:45-17:45 Poster session, Room

Analysis of Startup Entrepreneurial Creativity in Armenia, Elizabeth Keshishyan, Center for Innovation Promotion and
Research - CIPR, American University of Armenia with Mary-Hrachoohi Boghosian

Transitology in Armenia and sequel, Gohar Sahakyan, Lycée Professionnel Français

Making tourism more sustainable and reducing the possible negative impacts on environment: case study from Armenia,
Gayane Tovmasyan, Armenian State University of Economics, Public Administration Academy of the RA

Armenia's Economy the Next 25 Year, Samson Avetian, American University of Armenia        

Institutional prerequisites for economic growth, Liana Isayan, Armenian State University of Economics

Does the Uncovered Interest Rate Parity (UIP) Condition Hold For Armenia, Ruben Gasparyan, Russian-Armenian University,
EY Armenia (with Zaven Melikjanyan)

18:00 Awards and closing ceremony, Room