AuberPictured are Greg Alward CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alward Institute and Juliette Tennert Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute specializing in Utah’s economy, economic forecasting and modeling, fiscal policy analysis, and economic impact studies. Ms. Tennert oversees a staff of economists and analysts who study the Utah economy and public policy issues that impact the state.



IIOADr. Yue Cui

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Michigan State University, East Lansing MI, USA

Dr. Wen-Huei Chang

Institute for Water Resources

US Army Corps of Engineers, National Headquarters, Alexandria VA, USA

Dr. Greg Alward

Alward Institute for Collaborative Science, Pullman WA USA


Policy Analysis Group, College of Natural Resources

University of Idaho, Moscow ID, USA


Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science & Garth Taylor, University of Idaho presented:MCRSA
Current Research Agenda for Tapestry, an Open‐Access Multi‐Regional Social Accounting System
Philip Watson, University of Idaho (not present)

Greg Alward, Alward Institute for Collaborative Science & Garth Taylor, University of Idaho presented:
A Protocol for Evaluating Multi‐Sector Economic Contributions Using Input‐Output Models
Philip Watson, University of Idaho (not present)
Raju Pokharel, University of Idaho (not present

Greg Alward, Alward Institute and John Leatherman, Kansas State University at 2019 MCRSA Conference

David Kay and John Leatherman John Leatherman presenting David Kay, representing Alward Institute & Wells Fargo Bank,  with the   MCRSA Leadership Award.  David served as the President this past year. 

WFE Greg Alward University of Idaho & Alward Institute, John Loomis Colorado State University, and Garth   Taylor University of Idaho.

Phil Watson SRSA

Philip Watson, represented the University of Idaho and the Alward Institute for Collaborative Science, at the 58th annual Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) meeting in Arlington, VA.  Phil presented a paper on a new way of investigating why regional wage discrepancies arise. While there are countless reasons for why average wages vary by region, a fundamental deductive distinction can be made between regions that are concentrated in higher than average paying sectors (i.e. an above average paying industry mix) and regions that pay above the national average wages for their respective industry mix. Therefore, two disparate regions may have the same average wage for two very different reasons; region 1 may have a relatively low paying industry mix, but they pay above average wages for those relatively low paying sectors and region 2 may have an industry mix that is concentrated in relatively high paying sectors, however those sectors in the region pay below the national average for the respective sector. Even though the two hypothetical regions may have the same overall average wage, the underlying structure of the region’s economies are likely very different. Similarly, a region’s low average wage could arise from these two very disparate structural problems to varying degrees. Furthermore, the policy prescriptions for the economic development of a given region are likely very different for regions which possess a relatively low paying industry mix than for region’s with a relatively high paying mix of industries, but for which the wages paid in the region are below national average wages for that region.

Auber Photo  Auber- Advances in Economic Impact Analysis session was chaired by Greg Alward representing the
  Alward Institute and University of Idaho – Greg presented Estimating Sales Tax Impacts with Input-     
  Output Models
 and Building Open Source Regional Social Accounting.  Stanislaw Rzeznik represented
  the United States Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and presented BEA’s RIMSII Regionalization   

  Greg is pictured here at the 2018 AUBER conference with Dr.Brian Lewandowski who represented the     
  University of Colorado. 
Brian serves on the Alward Institute Scientific Advisory Council and the AUBER         
  Board of Directors.

SAF - Greg Alward, Greg Latta, and others represented the University of Idaho regarding Forest Policy and Science-Management discussing interactions in cutting-edge forest science with practical application, case studies showcasing best practices, adaptive management examples from forest practitioners, on-the-ground workshops in broad interest areas, and forest management in the Pacific Northwest.

WFE Western Forest Economists (WFE) - Dr. Greg Alward represented the University of Idaho at the Western
 Forest Economists (WFE).The WFE meeting brought together scholars and professionals to discuss topics
 related to forests and natural resources in the West. The conference included a mix of research presentations, 
 perspectives from both private and public sector.     



2018 MCRSA

MCRSA – Congratulations to David Kay, the President of MCRSA

Greg Alward represented the University of Idaho & the Alward Institute and David Kay represented     
the Alward Institute & Wells Fargo Bank, and at the 49
th Mid-Continent Regional Science Association 
meeting in Kansas City, Missouri June 6-8, 2018.  Greg Alward presented his paper " Building Better 
Social  Accounts for Agriculture and Natural Resource Contribution Studies ", 
and David Kay 
presented “Estimating Sales Tax Impacts with Regional I
O Models” by Brian Lewandowski, 
University of Colorado (also serves on the Alward Institute Scientific Advisory Board), Gregory S.  
Alward, University of Idaho & Alward Institute, R. Garth Taylor, University of Idaho, and David Kay, Wells Fargo Bank & Alward Institute. Andrew Schreiber, US Environmental Protection Agency and 
Research Associate of the Alward Institute presented “blueNOTE: National Open source Tools for 
General Equilibrium Analysis”

IMG 4462 2Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC) – Tacoma, WA – May 22-25, 2018

Greg Alward and Philip Watson representing the University of Idaho attended and presented. 


Agricultural  Applied Economics Association -  Washington, D.C.  2018.  Winfree, J. and Philip Watson represented the University of Idaho (is a member of the Alward Institute Board of Directors and leads the Scientific Advisory Board) presented  Buy Local and Social Interactions.