Microsimulation modelling of policy responses to COVID-19


The International Microsimulation Association (IMA), in collaboration with the Centre for Microsimulation and Policy Analysis (CeMPA); the Institute for Employment Research (IAB); the Luxembourg Institute for Social and Economic Research (LISER); the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM); and the Urban Institute are pleased to announce an online conference on 2 December, 2020 on microsimulation modelling of policy responses to COVID-19.

The aim of this online conference is to share methods on modelling policy responses to COVID-19. If we share the methods being used internationally, we can learn from each other, and help researchers in other countries understand better the impacts of COVID and the shut-down on their country, and what policies might best help in the recovery.

The conference will happen over the full day, and sessions have been planned to be at reasonable times in the country where the presenter is based. However, this does mean that sessions may be overnight; or early morning in your country.

To allow everyone to see the sessions, they will be recorded where possible, and will be made available on the IMA website, where the Author’s agree. Only the presentations will be made available – the questions and discussion after the sessions will not be recorded. Presentations will be 20 minutes, with three presentations in each session. Questions and discussion will be handled by the convenor at the end of the session. Each session will go for 2 hours, and there will then be a 1 hour break before the next session.

Papers presented at the workshop will be considered for a special Covid-19 issue of the International Journal of Microsimulation.

We look forward to hearing from you at sessions you can make, and hope that this conference gives the microsimulation community an opportunity to learn about international developments in measuring the impacts of COVID-19.

Date: 2 December (going into morning of 3rd December for Australia)

Selected papers from the workshop will be published as a special issue of the International Journal of Microsimulation. Submissions can be made through the online submission management system before February 28, 2021 - make sure you cite the Special Covid-19 issue in your accompanying letter.”