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Central Bank Macroeconomic Modeling Workshop

Online Conference
April 12 - 14, 2023
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Martin Galstyan

Central Bank of Armenia,



Junior Maih

Norges Bank,

Senior Adviser


Jose-Elias Gallegos

Research Economist,

Bank of Spain


Evelyn Truong

Reserve Bank of New Zealand,



Robert Ford


Former Deputy Director

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Marco Del Negro

New York Fed,

Economic Research Advisor

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Michael T. Kiley

Board of Governors of FED,

Deputy Director


Alejandro Van der Ghote

European Central Bank,

Senior Economist


Lawrence Schembri

Bank of Canada,

Former Deputy Governor

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Douglas Laxton

The Better Policy Project,



Michel Juillard

Bank of France,

Senior Adviser


Martin Harding

Principal Economist,

Bank of Canada


Sebastian Schmidt

European Central Bank,

Principal Economist


Hamid Faruqee


Retired Staff Member 


Hayk Avetisyan

Central Bank of Armenia,

Head of Monetary Policy

Register to Join the Workshop

Day 1

April 12, 2023

Day 2

April 13, 2023

Day 3

April 14, 2023

The Central Bank Macroeconomic Modeling (CBMM) Workshops were started at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) in 1998 after they had developed a model-based foreword-looking forecasting and policy analysis system (FPAS) to support their flexible inflation targeting regime. Since 1998, every year it has moved from central bank to central bank with the purpose of connecting central bank modeling efforts with research in academia. 


The title of the first workshop was “Monetary Policy Under Uncertainty”.  It was the time of the inflation-targeting pioneers.  In addition, at the beginning of 1990s, the Bank of Canada developed solution methods for solving a class of useful nonlinear models with plausible representations of the monetary policy transmission mechanism. The methods were incorporated in the Bank’s Quarterly Projection Model (QPM). The RBNZ, with help from the Canadians, then implemented this approach to support  its novel Inflation Targeting regime, launching what it is known today as the FPAS. Publicly-disclosed forecasts used to inform and explain decisions taken in pursuit of clear policy targets, became the gold standard for monetary policy.

Learn more about the history of CBMMW over the last 25 years here.

With the development of the FPAS Mark II—which evolves the FPAS Mark I framework to better deal with uncertainties and nonlinearities—we have taken the opportunity to revisit the format of these conferences. From 2023 the CBMMW will be held on a quarterly basis, at the end of the second week of the first month of each quarter, alternating between Dilijan, Armenia and Vila Sol, Portugal (quarterly workshops in Vila Sol are for GFS students). Given the successful experience of organizing the CBMMW during the pandemic, we emphasize that the workshops will continue to be hybrid (participants can join either online or in-person) or online.

The inaugural quarterly conference took place in January at Dilijan Training and Research Center of the Central Bank of Armenia.

Central Bank of Armenia and The Better Policy Project will host 2 more conferences in April and October. They will feature a series of invited and keynote presentations. Both of the conferences will be followed by 1-week courses on Dynare/Julia (principle instructor - Michel Juillard) and RISE (principle instructor - Junior Maih). The courses are FREE OF CHARGE FOR CENTRAL BANK ECONOMISTS. Seats are limited. Registration deadline: April 1, 2023.


Michel Juillard

"Macroeconomic Modeling in Dynare/Julia"

April 17-21, 2023

11:30 - 14:00 Lisbon Time


Junior Maih

"Introduction to RISE"

April 24-28, 2023

12:30 - 15:00 Lisbon Time

The flagship annual conference in July will feature a combination of both submitted papers and invited/keynote presentations. The advantages of this approach are that we can spend much more time on each paper in the quarterly workshops that involve invited papers. The idea is to choose the invited papers partly from the pool of papers that have been submitted at the annual flagship workshop, which over the past few years, has averaged somewhere between 60-100 presentations. We will continue to improve the paper selection process by creating a better approach for determining the scientific committee. The other advantage is that researchers will have more opportunity to present their work, as their research progresses into the final publication stage.


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