Major Funded Research Projects

UH-Manoa Economics Faculty

National Transfer Accounts Project

Led by UH Economics Professor Andy Mason and UC-Berkeley Professor Ron Lee, the goal of the National Transfer Accounts (NTA) project is to improve our understanding of the generational economy. How does population growth and changing age structure influence economic growth, gender and generational equity, public finances, and other important features of the macroeconomy? As part of the NTA project, research teams in more than 40 countries are constructing accounts, measuring how people at each age produce, consume, and share resources, and save for their future. The accounts are designed to complement the UN System of National Accounts, population data, and other important economic and demographic indicators.

The National Transfer Accounts project is shedding new light on many areas of importance to policymakers. These include the evolution of intergenerational transfer systems; public policy with respect to pensions, health care, education, reproductive health, and social institutions, such as the extended family; and the social, political, and economic implications of population aging.

UHERO Forecast Program

Led by UH Economics Professors Carl Bonham, Peter Fuleky, and Byron Gangnes, the primary activity of the UHERO Forecast Project is the interpretation and projection of statistical and other data on the changing economic and business environment in the State, its four counties, and principal external economies. Summaries and analyses are disseminated through forecast reports, and public fora. UHERO develops and maintains high-frequency industry level statistical models of Hawaii, its four counties and key external economies to support rigorous forecasting exercises. The quality of the forecast program is enhanced by academic peer review and publication.

Cliometric Society Conferences and World Congresses

Led by UH Economics Professor Sumner La Croix and Rutgers University Economics Professor Carolyn Moehling, the goal of the Cliometric Society Conferences and World Congresses is to promote intellectual discussion between seasoned cliometricians and graduate students and assistant professors who are new to the field. Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and by host universities, the conference emphasizes discussion rather than presentation of works-in-progress. Recent conferences were held at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina (May 2014), and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (May 2015). The last World Congress of Cliometrics (2013) was hosted by the University of Hawaii (2013). The next Cliometric Conference will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2016, and the next World Congress will be held in Strasbourg, France in July 2017.

Working Group: Ridges to Reef Fisheries

UH Economics Professor John Lynham is a member of the research team that guides the Ridges to Reef Fisheries project. Increasing populations and economic development along coasts around the globe are leading to growing pressures on fisheries and other marine resources. To date, marine conservation has focused almost exclusively on reducing overfishing — despite the harmful impacts on marine ecosystems from terrestrial activities like farming and logging — because of a lack of data and models linking terrestrial and marine ecosystems. This working group's goal is to address these information gaps, allowing conservationists to better address the impact that land-use changes have on fisheries.

Ocean Tipping Points Project

UH Economics Professor John Lynham is a member of the Project's Scientific Working Group, which brings together leading experts in ecological theory, physical, biological and human marine ecosystem dynamics, economics, policy, restoration ecology, conservation, and resilience science to help guide the conceptual development of The Ocean Tipping Points project. This endeavor seeks to understand and characterize tipping points in ocean ecosystems. This idea is not new. Many scientists before us have studied the complex dynamics of marine ecosystems, highlighting the potential for rapid, dramatic changes in ocean conditions. However, past science has done little to influence the way we manage marine ecosystems. We have an opportunity to change this, as promising new science converges with a paradigm shift toward ecosystem-based management of our coasts and oceans.