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Courses

  • A preliminary distance learning component will be provided from May 11 to June 6, 2015.
  • The actual training workshop will take place in Quebec City, June 8 - 19, 2015.
  • Teaching and material will be dispensed in English.

Development Policy Modelling - ECN-U002

Week 1 : June 8 – June 12, 2015  - Detailed Program (still to come)
This course teaches participants how to build and use general equilibrium simulation models to analyze the impact of economic policies and macroeconomic shocks on agents and economies. It involves:

  • A review of the basic elements of producer/consumer theory and general equilibrium analysis;
  • An introduction to the construction and use of a “Social Accounting Matrix” (SAM), which is used as the empirical basis for simulation models;
  • An introduction to the GAMS software – the main tool used by the international scientific community in the construction and application of Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models;
  • A step-by-step construction of a basic general equilibrium model – starting from a relevant theoretical background, and then developing a statistical database, producing appropriate computer codes, and interpreting results.

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the logic and utility of CGE models to analyze economic problems of developing and developed economies;
  • Understand the data requirements and statistical needs of implementing such models;
  • Have a basic command of the GAMS software;
  • Be able to understand the economic logic underlying CGE models;
  • Be able to interpret and explain results generated by CGE analysis.

This course will be led by Bernard Decaluwé. The courses will be taught in English. English language proficiency is required.

Dynamic Impacts of Macroeconomic Policies and Shocks - ECN U009

Week 2 : June 15 – June 19, 2015  - Detailed Program still to come
This course teaches participants how to build and use a recursive dynamic general equilibrium simulation models to analyze the impact of economic policies and macroeconomic shocks on agents and economies in a dynamic framework. The Development Policy Modelling course is a prerequisite.
It involves:

  • A presentation of the PEP 1-1 standard CGE model (theory and GAMS);
  • A presentation of the PEP 1-t standard CGE model (theory and GAMS)
  • A step-by-step construction of a reference scenario.

At the end of this course, participants will:

  • Understand the logic of dynamic CGE models;
  • Understand the data requirements and statistical needs of implementing such models;
  • Have a good command of the GAMS software;
  • Be able to understand the economic logic underlying dynamic CGE models;
  • Be able to interpret and explain results generated by a dynamic CGE analysis.

Led by Bernard Decaluwé, the course will draw on the assistance of Manuel Paradis and Mélissa Huguet. The courses will be taught in English. English language proficiency is required.

Teaching Resources

     
  Bernard Decaluwé
Program Leader, Modeling and Poverty Impact Analysis
Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network, and CIRPÉE
Université Laval, Canada
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Manuel Paradis
MPIA resource person
Université Laval, Canada
BIO

     

Attire

Classroom attire is business casual. More formal dress is encouraged for closing dinners, unless specified otherwise.

Complementary Special Events

The program includes

  • An opening breakfast on Monday mornings with introductory speeches given by School organizers
  • A closing dinner in historic Old Quebec City (which is one of UNESCO’s famous World Heritage Sites and the only walled city in North America).

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