On behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committee, I am pleased to welcome you as participants of one of the most important conferences in the area of Productivity and Efficiency Analysis—the 2014 Asia-Pacific Productivity Conference (APPC2014), organised by the Centre for Efficiency and Productivity Analysis (CEPA) in conjunction with the School of Economics at The University of Queensland (UQ),

Our team has worked on organising this conference since 2012 and especially in the last six months. We have done everything in our capacity to ensure you benefit from this conference.  Besides the hard work of our team and your contributions, this conference is made possible due to important support from our main sponsors: CEPA (Platinum Sponsor), the UQ School of Economics (Platinum Sponsor), The Reserve Bank of Australia (Silver Sponsor), Australian Institute for Business and Economics (Silver Sponsor), Australian Government Productivity Commission (Sponsor) and New Zealand Productivity Commission (Sponsor).

We are delighted that together with You we all will have an opportunity to listen to many interesting presentations especially featured keynote lectures and addresses from the following renowned Scholars:

  • Peter Bogetoft (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Rolf Färe (Oregon State University)
  • William Greene (New York University)
  • Dale Jorgenson (Harvard University)
  • Chiang Kao (National Cheng Kung University)
  • Subal Kumbhakar (Binghamton University)
  • Victor Podinovski (Warwick University)
  • Peter Schmidt (Michigan State University)
  • Robin Sickles (Rice University/Loughborough University/University of Queensland)
  • Léopold Simar (Université Catholique de Louvain)
  • Paul Wilson (Clemson University)

The conference will consist of theoretical and applied sessions, as well as special-focus sessions targeting specific industries and topics. This will include topics on efficiency and productivity in industries such as the banking and energy sectors, regulated industries, agriculture, USA productivity, EU and APEC productivity, Asia-KLEMS and many more.

I cordially invite you to also explore Australia while you are here: explore the wonders of Queensland, (including destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast or other local attractions such as Dreamworld , Movie World, Sea World and Wet'n'Wild (on the Gold Coast) and Australia Zoo (on the Sunshine Coast).  Local attractions when  exploring Brisbane include, visiting South Bank or the Arts Precinct or heading to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary to cuddle one our national icons you could also explore Brisbane by river on the CityCats,
As part of the conference, a special trip is planned to one of Australia’s finest wine regions which is only a few hours from Brisbane. The trip will include a stop at a number of wineries, including the Tim Coelli Family winery!      

We will do our best for the APPC2014 to be a very exciting event and we look forward to welcoming you to Australia, Brisbane and The University of Queensland.

Best regards,


Valentin Zelenyuk

Visit the Conference website for more information about the program, presentations and speakers.

About CEPA courses and workshops

CEPA short-courses and workshops are aimed at graduate students, researchers, economists, statisticians and consultants from private and public sector organisations. Participants are generally expected to have an understanding of microeconomics and econometrics similar to that of a second or third-year economics undergraduate at an Australian university.



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