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PEP online training courses 

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Advanced training, provided by world-leading experts, in cutting edge concepts and methodologies in development economics

The Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) offers online training programs on the most up-to-date techniques and tools for economic policy analysis. These programs aim to help local researchers contribute to the design of effective national growth and poverty reduction strategies in their own countries. The pedagogical approach is founded on narrated presentations, accompanied by readings, guided exercises, and forum discussions. Evaluations are based on frequent quizzes and tests, practical works and a final exam. 

In collaboration with Université Laval in Canada, PEP offers four online distance-learning courses annually between January and April: 

Course 1: Policy Impact Analysis

Course 2: Computable General Equilibrium Modelling

Course 3: Measuring and Alleviating Poverty and Inequality

NEW!   Course 4: Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research

A new course on Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research is scheduled to begin in 2021. Enrolment for this year is now closed.

The narrated presentations are available for free via YouTube in English and French. However, by registering for PEP's online training courses, offered in collaboration with Université Laval (Canada), participants have access to the course readings, exercises, forum, evaluations and instructor support to formalise their learning experience. 

On successful completion of each course (i.e. achieving the minimum average score of 50%), Université Laval will provide students with an electronic transcript. Université Laval will award a graduate microprogram certificate to students who complete three courses of their choice with a minimum average score of 65% within a maximum of four years. These credits are recognised by Université Laval – should participants choose to pursue graduate studies there – and may be recognised by other academic institutions.


Course content

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Course 1:   Policy Impact Analysis  

Policy impact analysis is used to determine which policies, interventions and programs work, for whom, and in what circumstances. This course provides practical guidelines for designing and implementing various types of experimental and non-experimental techniques, including how to select the appropriate technique for each context. This course takes an applied, non-technical approach. Participants should have a working knowledge of basic statistics, particularly key concepts such as regression analysis.

Course 2:  Computable General Equilibrium Modelling

Computable general equilibrium models are powerful analytical tools used widely in both developing and developed countries. This course introduces all aspects of this type of modeling, both theoretical and applied. At the end of this course, participants will be able to develop, program and use a computable general equilibrium model.

Course 3: Measuring and Alleviating Poverty and Inequality  

Poverty and Inequality reduction is a central objective of economic policies in both developed and developing countries. This course introduces the main theoretical and empirical aspects of the economic analysis of poverty and inequality: distributive analysis, poverty and inequality measures and profiles, multidimensional poverty, robustness, pro-poor growth and policies, poverty alleviation, targeting criteria and the distributive effects of price changes and tax reforms, progressivity and benefit incidence analysis, and estimation of individual budget and poverty rates. Each theoretical class is accompanied with practices on real data. Participants should have a working knowledge of basic statistics and economics. 

NEW! Course 4: Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research

This year, PEP has improved its microprogram with a new course on Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research. The course explores the gender dimensions of economic life in developing countries, drawing on the rich body of research of gender-aware analyses of household economics, paid and unpaid work, labor markets, entrepreneurship, migration, agriculture, trade and gender-responsive budgeting. Explanations of gender-related issues include a feminist economics perspective and focus on its application in developing countries and in the process of economic development. 



Am I eligible to participate? 
Participants must hold an undergraduate degree in economics or related fields.

What language are the courses in?
The courses will be offered in English and French. 

Are there scholarships for students who are interested but cannot afford the fees due to financial constraints?
Unfortunately, we currently have no funding available to provide scholarships, although we hope to be able to do so in the future. Please note, for your application to be considered, you must respond “yes” to the question “If selected, I will pay in full the advertised course fees within two weeks of the date of my acceptance letter” in the application form.

Are there any additional fees?
No. The cost of all material used for the course is included in the course fees. This includes the required readings and access, for the duration of the course, to the required student software.

Is it possible to take more than one course in a year? 
It is possible to take more than one course per year, but it is probably best not to try to do all three at the same time. We calculate that you need to devote at least six hours per week to each course.

How quickly can one complete the full program of three courses?
Courses are offered once a year, January-April. We fully intend to offer the courses again in 2022 but have not yet received formal approval from Université Laval for this. If approved (we have no reason to doubt this), you could successfully complete two courses in 2021 and one in 2022, or vice versa, in order to finish in a period of 16 months: i.e. January 2021 April 2022.

How are courses organized?
The courses are organized as a series of weekly lessons (narrated PowerPoint presentations) with accompanying readings available for selected participants through Université Laval’s course portal. New classes are published at the beginning of the week and can be attended at the participant’s convenience (but preferably as soon as possible after publication to allow time to address any questions that may arise). Exercises and evaluations are to be completed every week or two at set times, and one or two exams must be taken. An active forum is provided where you can ask questions of the instructor and interact with other course participants. More details on specific courses are provided in the draft syllabi, which are available through a link at the end of the short course descriptions above.

Which is the minimum score needed to pass a course?
The minimum average score is 50%.

Which is the minimum average score over the 3 courses included in the graduate microprogramme necessary to obtain the certificate from Laval University?
The minimum average score is 65%.



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