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Advanced Training in CGE and GAMS

Organized in collaboration with the Human Science Research Council (HSRC, see information below), the PEP School will be held in Pretoria, South Africa, from November 5-9, 2012  (see Delivery Mode below for detailed schedule).
This particular course will train participants in constructing (CGE) models of their national economy, and conducting simulations in order to forecast the impact of macroeconomic shocks and/or policies on an economy’s multiple agents, sectors and the various dimensions of poverty and welfare within the country.

CGE modeling techniques

PEP activities in terms of training and innovations in the field of economic modelling stand out among the Network’s most widely acknowledged contributions to the advancement of policy analysis in development economics. PEP resource persons are internationally known for developing a series of Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) reference models that allow more country-specific and extensive applications, especially in the context of developing country economies.

This particular "advanced program" is tailored for participants who have already followed basic training in CGE modelling - preferably from PEP - but note that all applications will be considered.

Course content and objectives

For more information, see Course content

  • Workshop 1: Standard static and dynamic CGE modelling: 5-9 Nov
  • Workshop 2: “Hands on” on participants SAM: 12-13 Nov (Workshop 2 CANCELLED)
  • Workshop 3: Introduction to MDGs in a CGE model. 14-16 Nov (Workshop 3 CANCELLED)

Note that participants that are not interested in workshop 2 can attend workshops 1 and 3 only. In the same way, participants that are not interested in workshop 3 can attend only workshops 1 and 2.
The courses will be taught in English, and thus English language proficiency is required.


NEW: Thanks to GAMS, Participants will have access to a GAMS Licence for the duration of the course and the following two weeks.

For information regarding the costs of participation, see : Costs and how to pay
For registration, see Application details
See also the PEP-HSRC School flyer

Human Science Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC is a non-partisan, public-purpose organisation that generates scientific knowledge through its research and analytical work in the social and human sciences.

It undertakes and promotes research that is often large-scale, multi-year, and collaborative in nature. It produces high-quality scientific evidence to inform further analysis, debate, advocacy and decision-making by role players in government, the media, academia, and community-based groupings. The HSRC responds to the needs of vulnerable and marginalised groups in society through its research. It develops and makes available data sets underpinning research, policy development and public discussion of developmental issues.

Through its work the HSRC aims to inform policy development and good practice, thereby making a difference to the lives of people in South Africa and in the mother continent.
The HSRC intends to serve as a knowledge hub for research-based solutions to inform human and social development in South Africa, the African continent and the rest of the world.
Mission statement

The HSRC is a research organisation that advances social sciences and humanities for public use.


At individual level, staff at the HSRC will be guided by the values of independence, non-discrimination, tolerance of diversity, honesty, integrity, respect, non-partisanship, innovation, diligence, responsiveness and collaboration. At institutional level, the HSRC will at all times strive to distinguish itself as separate from, yet often closely collaborating with, government, universities, NGOs, media, and advocacy groups; and to remain a scientific organisation whose work is viewed as authoritative and non-partisan. Quality, integrity and ethical conduct are essential hallmarks of HSRC work.
Social science that makes a difference

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