The 6th Annual International Conference on Applied Econometrics in Hawaii was held by the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University
The 6th Annual International Conference on Applied Econometrics in Hawaii, hosted by the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, took place virtually on November 9th, 2021. As a flagship event of the Graduate School of Economics since 2015, the Hawaii Conference has been providing young researchers at leading universities in Pacific Rim countries with invaluable opportunities for academic interactions. The goal of the Hawaii Conference is to promote international joint research and to stimulate the academic activities of Kobe University and partner universities. The Hawaii Conference in 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic of COVID-19; however, the Hawaii Conference in 2021 was organized for the first time as a real-time webinar, and distinguished economists at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Nanyang Technological University, National Taiwan University, and Kobe University joined there together.
At the 6th Hawaii Conference, Professor Tomoko Kinugasa at Kobe University, served as the conference moderator. At the commencement, Professor Denise Eby Konan, Dean of the College of Social Sciences, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Professor Yoichi Matsubayashi, Dean of the Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University, gave opening remarks. As the keynote speaker, Professor Emeritus Sumner La Croix of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, delivered an inspiring lecture on environmental economics. Six outstanding researchers, including Associate Professor Kaiji Motegi and Assistant Professor David Wolf at Kobe University, offered interesting presentations and fruitful discussions on a wide range of topics such as applied microeconomics, social network analysis, panel data analysis, and time series econometrics. The Conference was concluded by the closing remark of Associate Professor Qu Feng, Head of Economics Division, School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Up to the 5th meeting, the Hawaii Conference used to be a closed, in-person event in Honolulu, Hawaii. The 6th meeting was a great opportunity for opening up the Conference to the world. Using the Kobe University website, Facebook, Twitter, and digital posters and brochures, the organizers of the 6th Hawaii Conference invited faculty members and graduate students at the participating universities as an audience. This innovation succeeded in having approximately 50 people observe the Conference. The great success of the 6th Hawaii Conference has paved a new way for enhancing international academic collaborations.