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2012 AGRODEP-PEP training course: GAMS-based Computable General Equilibrium Modeling (basic)

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Event Date: 14 May, 2012 - 25 May, 2012
Location: Entebbe, Uganda

The training on building multi-sector Computable general equilibrium (CGE) models will be given by Veronique Robichaud, a senior resource person at the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP). The objective of the training is to develop the participants’ expertise in understanding and building multi-sector computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, which are used to analyze the microeconomic impact of macroeconomic shocks and policies on a national economy.
The training is set out so as to favor both the understanding of the theoretical foundations of CGE modeling, and the implementation of such models. The workshop consists in formal presentations, practical exercises using GAMS and team work.

At the end of the two-week workshop, it is expected that the participants should:

  • Understand the logic and uses of CGE models to analyze economic issues;
  • Understand social accounting matrices (SAM), i.e. the statistical base used in developing CGE models;
  • Have a basic knowledge of the GAMS software;
  • Be able to solve most of the programming errors modelers encounter;
  • Be able to use a model representing an open economy;
  • Modify a simple model in order to take into account certain specificities;
  • Understand and explain simulation results. 


before the training

A set of readings and exercises will be sent to the participants prior to the workshop in order for them to review economic concepts and to get them familiarized with CGE modeling and their statistical base (SAM). This material will be sent a month in advance and should be considered as a prerequisite to the workshop itself.

The agenda for the workshop is given in the table below.


The training materials prepared for this training session will be provided to AGRODEP and will be made accessible after the training on the AGRODEP website ( The material will be made accessible only to AGRODEP members through a login and password.


Véronique Robichaud completed a Bachelors Degree (1992) and a Masters Degree in Economics (1994) at Université Laval. Her graduate studies along with her ongoing research activities at the CIRPÉE (Centre interuniversitaire sur le risque, les politiques économiques et l'emploi) have contributed to the development of strong analytical capacities. Over the years, she has been involved in the development of analytical tools, such as computable general equilibrium models, for the CIRPÉE, Finance Canada, the Department of Finance of Québec and other research centers. Given her strong academic background and her communication skills, she has been involved in many training sessions and acts as a lecturer at the HEC Montréal (Canada). Véronique Robichaud participated in numerous research projects related to regional and international agreements, aboriginal issues, international development and environment.

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