PEP online training courses

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 is offering three online distance-learning courses from early January to the end of March in 2018, 2019, and hopefully for many years to come. The 2018 courses have already begun and enrolment is closed. The 2019 courses will be advertised in the Fall of 2018. To be informed, you simply need to ensure that you are registered on the PEP web site (to check whether you are registered or if you have forgotten your username/password, click here).

Currently, PEP offers the following three courses:

Course 1: Policy Impact Analysis

Course 2: Computable General Equilibrium Modelling

Course 3: Measuring and Alleviating Poverty and Inequality

We hope to increase the number of courses offered.

Courses are accredited by Université Laval. 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.

 

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).

 

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 two weeks 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 at least 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-April. 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). We fully intend to offer the courses again in 2020 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 2019 and one in 2020, or vice versa, in order to finish in a period of 16 months: i.e. January 2019-April 2020.

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.

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