The past workshops and International Conferences of Macroeconomics and Policy held at GRIPS were very successful in the past 7 years. This fiscal year, we have successfully had several workshops and the 7th International Conference of Macroeconomics and Policy will be held on Feb 27, 2015. The speakers/participants are form universities/research institutes over the world, for example, UCLA (USA), Universty of Verginia (USA), University of Washington (USA), Bank of Japan, Singapore Management University (Singapore), University of Tokyo, Keio University, etc. The conference has built up its reputation and promoted GRIPS very well. It is one of the very few successful international academic conferences on macroeconomic policy in Japan, and becomes well known by researchers in the field.
In addition to the conference, the workshops focus on a specific topic each time that allows more time for clear presentation and deep discussion. Workshop speakers were experts in related research fields. Some of them even developed joint research projects with our faculty members during their visits at GRIPS. We find this arrangement really can encourage more research cooperation. We would like to continue the workshops and the conference for the next academic year. We still hope to combine the budgets of a short-term and of a long-term conference so that we can have enough resource to maintain the reputation and the quality.