The Inforum project does research and forecasting with inter-industry
macroeconomic models, of the U.S. and 13 other countries. Inforum is
based at the University of Maryland, and directed by Clopper Almon.
The model of the U.S., called LIFT, models the production, employment
and price outlook for each of 97 industries, and its forecasts of
nearly a thousand macroeconomic variables result from aggregating the
industry level data. The international models are constructed using
the same macroeconomic interindustry framework as the U.S. model.
LIFT and the 13 models are linked through prices and bilateral trade
flows in a Bilateral Trade Model. Inforum's clients include many
government agencies, trade associations, and private companies,
including other forecasting firms. Special focuses have included
defense economics, health economics, long-term modeling and energy
and environmental modeling.
Inforum also offers the free G7 regression and modeling software for
Windows. Several datasets are available for use with G7 on
. Both G7 and
EconData are described elsewhere in RFE.
The Inforum site also contains descriptions of several consulting
projects as well as working papers by staff, international partners
and graduate students