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IARIW General Conference

Dresden, Germany August 21 to 27, 2016

The International Association for Research in Income

and Wealth (IARIW) is a worldwide recognized scientific

organization for producers, users and researchers in the

field of national accounts as well as economic and social

statistics. The focus of interest is on conceptual developments,

research findings and perspectives of practical

implementation. International comparisons of income,

economic well-being and poverty measurement as well as

the analysis of economic and social data for the purpose

of national policy evaluation are core aspects.

An explicit aim of IARIW is to foster and to sustain the

exchange of best practice and experience between

national accountants, academics and representatives of

government administration at the national and international

level. This is pursued by means of IARIW General

Conferences every 2 years and with a current quarterly

academic journal (The Review of Income and Wealth).


Federal Statistical Office, IARIW General Conference, 2015

Other Sessions

• Accounting for Finance in the Economy and the SNA

• The Great Recession and the Middle Class

• Dealing with Non-Market Services

• Measurement of Household Wealth

• Economic Change and its Impact on Income

and Health

• Accounting for Real Estate

• Integrating Micro and Macro Approaches to National

Income Analysis: Theory and Practice

• New Approaches to Studying the Causes and

Consequences of Poverty, Inequality, Polarization

and Social Conflict

Explaining Productivity Trends

It is generally agreed that increases in total factor productivity

(TFP) are the only long run source of labor productivity

growth and hence of living standards. But what is the source

of TFP growth? The session will try to throw light on the relative

importance of influencing factors. It seems unlikely that

data at the level of the whole economy helps. Preference will

therefore be given to disaggregated approaches, either at

the industry or the firm level.

Accounting for Natural Resources

Determining the role of environmental assets such as land,

natural resources and ecosystems in an economy is an area

where new challenges are being identified all the time and

where the answers are of great importance for comparing

productivity around the world and for understanding potential

future living standards. The session seeks to extend

boundaries of what is known about environmental resource


Meeting the Challenges of National and International

Economic Statistical Offices

The primary roles of statistical offices are to collect data

from households and producers/employers and to develop

statistical measures to answer economic and policy-relevant

questions. However, with decreasing response rates to

surveys and decreasing budgets, challenges abound in how

to fulfill these roles.

Thematic Sessions

Well Being

Increasing concerns have been raised for a long time about

the adequacy of current measures of economic performance,

in particular those based on GDP figures. The question will

be addressed of how households can rely on private assets

in order to ensure an acceptable standard of economic wellbeing,

and what other indicators could be used to assess

well-being, particularly including those considered in the

Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi (2009) report.

Globalization, Growth and Jobs

The rapid rise of production fragmentation and global division

of labor has affected both developed and developing

economies in many ways, such as the increasing importance

of intangibles and jobless growth. The session will explore

issues related to globalization and its impacts on the measurement

of economic variables.

The Ageing Society

Many countries are confronted with an ageing society. This

raises various challenges in policy and other areas. How will

the ageing of people affect the sustainability of government

finance, how is this related to the pension systems in place?

What is the impact on the future demand for certain goods

and services and how will this affect demand for certain

skills in the labor market? The session would like to address

all of these issues from a micro perspective as well as from a

macro-economic perspective.