Modeling with Impact

22nd Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis

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Publication date: 
November 4, 2013

22nd Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis
“Introduction to Applied General Equilibrium Analysis in a Multi-Region Framework”
August 2-8, 2014   |   West Lafayette, IN, USA

The Center of Global Trade Analysis is pleased to offer a limited number of competitive fellowships for bright students working on/or interested in learning and applying CGE modeling to inform policy debates regarding the most pressing questions related to global economic analysis (See Instructions for Applicants below.)

The fellowships will cover $2,500 of the total course costs reducing the course fee to $1,500.

The GTAP Short course introduces participants to a standardized framework for conducting global trade analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting and provide hands-on training with software tailored to global trade analysis. This year’s course will highlight recent developments in trade theory (including the Melitz model in GTAP) as well as land and water issues. Participants interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues and become part of a growing international network of +10,000 members.

Instructions for Applicants:

Submit applications at:

- To be eligible for the fellowship, please submit a maximum two-page narrative (as a pdf) that describes the applicant’s area of interest, accomplishments and current and future research directions. To the extent possibly, identify why the application of an economy-wide analytical framework can enhance the impact of your research as well as beneficiaries of the research. Please address how your previous training and professional/academic experience have prepared you for formal policy analysis.

- Attach to your narrative a sheet with two references (professional or academic.)

Applications will be accepted until March 20, but we encourage to apply early as we anticipate large demand for the fellowships.

Structure of the GTAP Short Course

The GTAP Short Course consists of two parts:

Part I:  Web-based Modules with an Online Instructor (May 19 – July 20, 2014)

Part I is a series of modules delivered online with a weekly schedule. By working through this material in advance of the on-site course, participants will become familiar with the theory behind GTAP, the standard GTAP notation as well as the course software. There are 8 weekly homework assignments which are graded by Center’s staff. Participants can expect individualized feedback on their assignments.

Part II: On-site intensive training (August 2-8, 2014)

Part II is an intensive, onsite short course consisting of a mix of daily lectures, lab assignments, and informal discussions designed to introduce participants to the basic features of the model and data base. These activities culminate in a major application based on one of the many extensions of the GTAP Model (Heterogeneous Firm and Water and Land Scarcity) undertaken by small groups and presented on the final day of the course. Each group is assigned two instructors who are intimately familiar with their project to act as resource persons. Participants leave with the capability of designing, conducting, and analyzing their own simulations.