2016 Pre-Conference Workshop



2016 Pre-Conference Workshop

Winners and Losers in Public Policy:

Strenghtening Distributional Analyses and Microsimulation Models

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Thank you to our workshop organizer:


About the Workshop

Political campaigns and policy debates often feature claims about which groups will benefit from various policy alternatives and which will do worse. Projections about how tax proposals would hit the top 10 percent of taxpayers, how Social Security changes would affect the bottom fifth of beneficiaries, or how much health reforms would shrink the number of uninsured Americans can shape public opinion and influence policy decisions. These distributional analyses usually come from microsimulation models, which are playing increasingly important roles in policy development. Yet, their complexity often renders them black boxes, sometimes raising doubts about the validity of their forecasts.

This workshop pulls back the curtain on microsimulation models, exploring their capabilities, strengths, and limitations for public policy analysis. Sessions will highlight state-of-the-art microsimulation techniques, new data sources, and findings from recent studies evaluating proposed tax, health care, income maintenance, and social insurance reforms. Information shared will sharpen the skills of experienced microsimulation modelers and help attendees with more limited microsimulation exposure become better consumers of distributional analysis. The opportunity for feedback from policymakers and advocates can help modelers conduct more relevant analysis and present their findings in ways that can best inform policy debates. 

Registration Information

Registration for this workshop is now open. The registration fee is $45 for APPAM-Members and $65 for non-members. 

  • If you are registering for the pre-conference workshop AND the 2016 APPAM Fall Research Conference, please use the online registration system by clicking here.
  • If you are registering for the pre-conference workshop only, and not the Fall Research Conference, please contact Meghan Grenda, mgrenda@appam.org

Workshop Schedule

All Pre-Conference Workshop Events will be held at the Washington Hilton

Welcome and Introductions
11:00 am – 11:30 am
Room: Georgetown (Concourse Level)

Concurrent Sessions
11:35 am – 12:45 pm
Rooms: Morgan (Lobby Level) and Oak Lawn (Lobby Level)

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Rooms: Heights Corridor (Lobby Level)
(Lunch is included in the registration fee for all Pre-Conference Workshop attendees)

Concurrent Sessions
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Rooms: Morgan (Lobby Level) and Oak Lawn (Lobby Level)

Concurrent Sessions
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooms: Morgan (Lobby Level) and Oak Lawn (Lobby Level)

Refreshment Break
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Rooms: Heights Corridor (Lobby Level)

Concurrent Sessions
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Rooms: Morgan (Lobby Level) and Oak Lawn (Lobby Level)

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