JOIN THE 14th IRSA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2018

Will be held on July 23-⁠24th, 2018 at Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia

The 14th IRSA International Conference.

Welcome to the 14th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference. This annual conference will be held on 23-24 July 2018 in Surakarta, Central Java, and is hosted by the Faculty of Economics and Business, Sebelas Maret University in collaboration with IRSA. Sebelas Maret University is an Indonesian public university that plays an important role in promoting research and education in Indonesia. The theme of this year’s IRSA conference is Strengthening Regional and Local Economies.

The Conference

This conference is IRSA’s main annual event that promotes the advancement of research across the country. The conference will facilitate open discussions and debates, transfer of knowledge, strategies for policy formulation, and networking amongst scholars and policymakers. Each year since its establishment, the IRSA annual conference has been attended by a large number of academics and policymakers from numerous Indonesian institutions. IRSA has also created a large network of academics and policymakers who are concerned with issues of regional development. This network has now reached a critical mass that can play a major role not only in the academic arena through research and publications but also contribute to the evidence-based regional development policies nationally, regionally, and locally.

The Location

Surakarta or popularly known as Solo is located at a strategic point that connects Semarang to Yogyakarta, and Surabaya to Yogyakarta. Located in a strategic position, Solo becomes an important business centre for the surrounding districts. Solo is recognized as a traditional Javanese city that preserves local traditional values and culture. Moreover, Solo is well-known as the city of culture and the capital of batik. With the slogan “Solo, the spirit of Java”, the city is determined to maintain, preserve and develop local culture. Finally, Solo is the main centre of services industry particularly trading in Central Java that has worked collaboratively with the surrounding districts. The main trading centres are Pasar Klewer, the main textiles and batik trading centers and Laweyan Batik Village.

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) in collaboration with Sebelas Maret University invite scholars, practitioners, and students to submit papers to be presented in the 14th IRSA International Conference. The theme of the conference is Strengthening Regional and Local Economy, and it will be held in Surakarta – also known as Solo, Central Java on 23-24 July 2018.

Potential topics to be discussed in the conference include, but not limited to:

  1. Local business (including MSMEs) development and competitiveness,
  2. Improving the effectiveness of regional growth centres,
  3. Local government innovation, governance and business climate,
  4. Green growth framework for local development,
  5. Regional standard minimum services across Indonesia,
  6. Local infrastructure, basic utilities and city management,
  7. The role of village funds in developing physical and social infrastructure to enhance rural and periphery economy,
  8. Local government budget and its impact on economy growth, human capital development, poverty alleviation and inequality,
  9. Income inequalities and regional disparities,
  10. Decentralization and sustainability,
  11. Trade and regional development,
  12. Macro and financial policies and local development.

Extended paper abstract of about 250-500 words should be submitted online via http://www.conftool.com/irsa2018 by 1 April 2018.

Abstract should consist of background, data and methodology, potential contributions, and keywords. Abstracts must be submitted in English, as also the full paper.

Paper sessions are seminar-style for each paper and ample time for discussion and for participants to provide constructive feedback to authors. Paper presentations will be in English.

IMPORTANT DATES

Dec 1st, 2017 : Call for Papers

Jan 1st, 2018 : Abstract Submission Opening

Apr 1st, 2018 : Abstract Submission Deadline

May 1st, 2018 : Early Bird Registration Open

May 1st, 2018 : Notification of Abstract Acceptance

Jun 1st, 2018 : Early Bird Registration End

Jun 23rd, 2018 : Full Paper Submission Deadline

Jun 25th, 2018 : Paper Presenter Registration Deadline

Jul 13th, 2018 : Non Presenter Registration Deadline

Jul 21-22nd, 2018 : Pre-conference Training

CONFERENCE AGENDA

SurveyMeter (tba.)

Pre-Conference Workshop : IFLS Data Utilization

Background
The Indonesia Family Life Survey  is a large scale, longitudinal, multi-topic household and community survey of living conditions that was fielded by RAND Corporation in collaboration with Indonesian counterparts (the IFLS4 was fielded in collaboration with SurveyMeter and PSKK UGM).  The first wave of IFLS1 (1993) was fielded in 13 provinces that were representative of 85% population of Indonesia. Since then the surveys had been conducted in 1997 (IFLS2), 2000 (IFLS3), and 2007 (IFLS4). Since then, publicly available data from the four rounds of IFLS have been used in research conducted by international scholars and appeared in peer-reviewed journals. The IFLS data have also been used to inform policy makers (the Government of Indonesia) and researchers at donor institutions interested in micro-level analysis of the Indonesian population.

The Workshop
The IFLS is a rich data set but it is also a very complex data set. The data are organized into hundred of files with different levels of observation. Linking the files with different levels of observation within a survey round requires a significant level of effort and linking observations between the longitudinal rounds is an even more complex task. Users of the data are expected to be familiar with statistical software and have good understanding of the survey instruments. The efforts required to be able to use the data are sometime daunting especially for policy makers or non-academic researchers.

As part of the effort to encourage utilization of the IFLS data, SurveyMeter organizes workshops targeted at audience who are about to start their research using the IFLS data sets. The workshops are offered at different levels: the Basic level for those who are not yet familiar with the Stata program and need to learn both Stata and how to analyze IFLS data sets using Stata; and the Intermediate level for those who are already familiar with Stata but need an efficient way to get acquainted with the data sets and to be able to analyze the data in a short time.  Instruction will be provided on how to merge , combine, reshape the data correctly for analysis. Instructions and illustrations will be provide on merging files at individual-to-individual level, individual-to-household, household-to-community, as well as Individual across survey rounds (longitudinal).  The workshop can also be customized to the audience's needs. More recently, SurveyMeter team were invited to provide 3-day workshops to advanced researchers who are already well-versed in Stata but who still need guidance to navigate and use the IFLS data correctly and more efficiently.

Unlike  IFLS data training offered by other institutions. SurveyMeter IFLS data utilization workshops are taught by staff with years of experience on collecting and using IFLS data.  Participants well get unique insights from the instructors who have been involved in the development of the modules and actual data collection of the IFLS.

8:30 - 17:00

Best Western Primier Meeting Room

SurveyMeter (tba.)

Sarah Dong

Pre-Conference Workshop : Impact Evaluation Method

This course is an introduction to rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation techniques in economics and public policy. The course's main emphasis is on evaluating the effect of a policy or a naturally occurring event on the economic and social wellbeing of individuals who are exposed to the event. The course has a strong focus on applications. The primary aim of the course is to equip students with tools that sharpen their skills as both consumers and producers of applied quantitative research.

Learning outcomes:

1. Understand the reasoning behind and the rationale of major impact evaluation techniques.
2. Be able to determine the appropriate technique in order to rigorously evaluate the impact of an event.
3. Be equipped to apply those techniques in a real-world setting.

Topics:

1. Introduction to course
2. Causal inference and randomization
3. Matching methods
4. Differences in differences
5. Panel data techniques
6. Instrumental variables
7. Regression discontinuity design
8. Field experiments

8:30 - 17:00

Best Western Premier Meeting Room

Sarah Dong

from ANU

SurveyMeter (tba.)

Pre-Conference Workshop : IFLS Data Utilization

Background
The Indonesia Family Life Survey  is a large scale, longitudinal, multi-topic household and community survey of living conditions that was fielded by RAND Corporation in collaboration with Indonesian counterparts (the IFLS4 was fielded in collaboration with SurveyMeter and PSKK UGM).  The first wave of IFLS1 (1993) was fielded in 13 provinces that were representative of 85% population of Indonesia. Since then the surveys had been conducted in 1997 (IFLS2), 2000 (IFLS3), and 2007 (IFLS4). Since then, publicly available data from the four rounds of IFLS have been used in research conducted by international scholars and appeared in peer-reviewed journals. The IFLS data have also been used to inform policy makers (the Government of Indonesia) and researchers at donor institutions interested in micro-level analysis of the Indonesian population.

The Workshop
The IFLS is a rich data set but it is also a very complex data set. The data are organized into hundred of files with different levels of observation. Linking the files with different levels of observation within a survey round requires a significant level of effort and linking observations between the longitudinal rounds is an even more complex task. Users of the data are expected to be familiar with statistical software and have good understanding of the survey instruments. The efforts required to be able to use the data are sometime daunting especially for policy makers or non-academic researchers.

As part of the effort to encourage utilization of the IFLS data, SurveyMeter organizes workshops targeted at audience who are about to start their research using the IFLS data sets. The workshops are offered at different levels: the Basic level for those who are not yet familiar with the Stata program and need to learn both Stata and how to analyze IFLS data sets using Stata; and the Intermediate level for those who are already familiar with Stata but need an efficient way to get acquainted with the data sets and to be able to analyze the data in a short time.  Instruction will be provided on how to merge , combine, reshape the data correctly for analysis. Instructions and illustrations will be provide on merging files at individual-to-individual level, individual-to-household, household-to-community, as well as Individual across survey rounds (longitudinal).  The workshop can also be customized to the audience's needs. More recently, SurveyMeter team were invited to provide 3-day workshops to advanced researchers who are already well-versed in Stata but who still need guidance to navigate and use the IFLS data correctly and more efficiently.

Unlike  IFLS data training offered by other institutions. SurveyMeter IFLS data utilization workshops are taught by staff with years of experience on collecting and using IFLS data.  Participants well get unique insights from the instructors who have been involved in the development of the modules and actual data collection of the IFLS.

8:30 - 17:00

Best Western Primier Meeting Room

SurveyMeter (tba.)

Sarah Dong

Pre-Conference Workshop : Impact Evaluation Method

This course is an introduction to rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation techniques in economics and public policy. The course's main emphasis is on evaluating the effect of a policy or a naturally occurring event on the economic and social wellbeing of individuals who are exposed to the event. The course has a strong focus on applications. The primary aim of the course is to equip students with tools that sharpen their skills as both consumers and producers of applied quantitative research.

Learning outcomes:

1. Understand the reasoning behind and the rationale of major impact evaluation techniques.
2. Be able to determine the appropriate technique in order to rigorously evaluate the impact of an event.
3. Be equipped to apply those techniques in a real-world setting.

Topics:

1. Introduction to course
2. Causal inference and randomization
3. Matching methods
4. Differences in differences
5. Panel data techniques
6. Instrumental variables
7. Regression discontinuity design
8. Field experiments

8:30 - 17:00

Best Western Premier Meeting Room

Sarah Dong

from ANU

RSAI - IRSA - Rector

Opening Ceremony

Speech from Chair of the Organizing Committee

  • Presiden RSAI: Dr. Budy Resodudarmo
  • President IRSA: Dr. Arief Anshory Yusuf
  • Rector of Sebelas Maret
 

8:30 - 9:00

BWP Convention Hall

RSAI - IRSA - Rector

tba

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers : to be announced  

09:00 - 10:30

BWP Convention Hall

tba

tba

Plenary Session I

Plenary Session I

Invited Speakers (two speakers) : to be announced

10:00 - 11:30

BWP Convention Hall

tba

1st parallel session

1st parallel session : 10-13 break out sessions

13:00 - 15:00

BWP Meeting Room

2nd parallel session

2nd parallel session : 10-13 break out sessions

15:30 - 17:30

BWP Meeting Room

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner with Bupati Sukoharjo (tba.)

19:00 - 21:00

Best Western Premier

3rd parallel session

3rd parallel session : 10-13 break out sessions

08:30 - 10:00

BWP Meeting Room

tba

Plenary Session II

Plenary Session II : Invited Speakers (two speakers) : to be announced

10:15 – 12:00

BWP Convention Hall

tba

3rd parallel session

3rd parallel session

13:00 – 15:00

BWP Meeting Room

4th parallel session

4th parallel session

15:30 – 17:30

BWP Meeting Room

Closing ceremony

Closing ceremony

17:30 – 18:00

BWP Convention Hall

PLENARY SPEAKERS

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Prof. Mari Pangestu

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Prof. Lisa Cameron

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Dr. Yuri Sato

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Prof. J. J. Sarungu

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Prof. Iwan J. Azis

venue

The 14th Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Conference will be held in the Best Western Premier Hotel, Solo Baru, Central Java, Indonesia.

Best Western Premier Hotel

Jl. Ir Soekarno, Nampan, Madegondo, Grogol, Solo Baru, Sukoharjo, Jawa Tengah 57552
INDONESIA
Phone: +62 (271) 623 123

Email : reservation@bwpremiersolobaru.com

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Please note that you have to book your own hotel. The conference committee will not help book a room for you. However, there are plenty of hotels nearby with varying room rates.  Among them are:

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