PEP Online Training Program: Applied Development Economics

November 2017

PEP is offering three online distance-learning courses in Applied Development Economics, in collaboration with Université Laval in Canada, from January to March, 2018.

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This announcement concerns members of the public NOT residing in Canada. 
A separate announcement for students of Université Laval and other Canadians will follow shortly.
Members of shortlisted PEP research teams will be contacted directly and need not respond to this announcement.

In collaboration with Université Laval in Canada, the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) is offering three online distance-learning courses from January 9, 2018 to March 30, 2018. The three courses are:

Course 1:        Policy Impact Analysis

Course 2:        Computable General Equilibrium Modelling

Course 3:        Measuring and Alleviating Poverty and Inequality

On successful completion of each course, Université Laval will provide students with a certificate of completion. Université Laval will award a graduate microprogram certificate to students who complete all three courses within a maximum of three years. Courses will be offered again in January-March 2019 and, hopefully, for many years to come.
 

Course content

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. View the draft course syllabus (subject to change).

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. View the draft course syllabus (subject to change).

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. Each theoretical class is accompanied with practices on real data. Participants should have a working knowledge of basic statistics. View the draft course syllabus (subject to change).

Registration

Registration for the 2018 courses must be completed by November 30, 2017. For this first session, participation will be limited to a maximum of 20 candidates per course, selected on the basis of their application form and CV. Decisions will be communicated by December 4 and selected participants will be expected to pay their course fees in full by December 11, failing which their spot can be offered to candidates on the waiting list. Instructions for payment (by bank transfer) will be provided with acceptance letters on December 4.

The course cost is:

  • $US 500 per course for participants who are nationals and residents of a developing country
  • $US 1000 per course for all other participants

To apply to participate in the course:

  • Register on the PEP web site and post your CV in your profile
  • Complete and send the application form to info@pep-net.org with the subject line “PEP online courses”
    To do so:
    • Download the application form
    • Complete all sections. 
      • 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 one week of the date of my acceptance letter”
    • Save the completed form to your computer
    • Send your completed application via email to info@pep-net.org with the subject line “PEP online courses”
FAQ

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 one week of the date of my acceptance letter” in the application form.

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 roughly five hours per week to each course.

How quickly can one complete the full program of three courses?
Courses are offered once a year, January-March, for the moment. 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 roughly five hours per week to each course). So if you successfully complete two courses one year and one the next, or vice versa, you could finish in a period of 15 months: e.g. January 2018-March 2019.

How are courses organized?
The courses are organized as a series of weekly lessons (narrated powerpoints) with accompanying readings. Exercises are to be completed every week or two, and two or more exams must be taken. A forum is provided where you can ask questions 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.

 

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