PEP Online Training Program: Applied Development Economics

Register by October 15, 2021

PEP is offering four online distance-learning courses in Applied Development Economics, in collaboration with Université Laval in Canada, from January to April, 2022.

Registration closed on October 15, 2021

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In collaboration with Université Laval in Canada, the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) is offering four online distance-learning courses from January 10 to April 22, 2022. The four courses are:

Course 1:        Policy Impact Analysis

Course 2:        Computable General Equilibrium Modelling

Course 3:        Measuring and Alleviating Poverty and Inequality

Course 4:       Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research

The courses are offered in English and French.

On successful completion of each course, 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 recognized by Université Laval - if participants choose to pursue graduate studies there - and may be recognized by other academic institutions.


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 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 
Reducing poverty and inequality 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 practical exercises on real data. Participants should have a working knowledge of basic statistics  and economics.  

Course 4: Gender Analysis in Economic Policy Research
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.  


The course fees are:

  • $US 650 per course for participants who are nationals and residents of a developing country, or developing country nationals who are residing in a developed country but currently studying (proof of student status required)
  • $US 1250 per course for all other participants

Before applying for a course, it is important to carefully read the description.  

Participants must hold an undergraduate degree in economics or related fields. 

Step 1 - Application 

Application for the 2022 courses must be completed by October 15, 2021.

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The number of places is limited and candidates will be selected on the basis of their application form and CV.

Step 2 - Registration 

Decisions will be communicated by October 22, 2021 and selected participants will receive instructions for payment and registration.

Participants will be expected to pay their course fees in full by November 9, 2021, failing which their spot can be offered to candidates on the waiting list.

Note that  no  funding is available from PEP. Please make sure you have adequate funding from your own or external sources before applying.

Step 3 - Start the course(s)

Courses will run from January 10 to April 22, 2022

Two (2) weeks before the start of the session, participants will receive a guide to log in and use the course platform. 

The courses are organized as a series of weekly lessons. Each week, participants are required to watch the course videos, complete the exercises, and take the quizzes. An active forum is provided where participants can ask questions of the instructor and interact with the other course participants.


    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.

    Are there any additional fees?
    No. The course fees cover any bank fees and the course materials will be supplied by PEP i.e., access to the required readings and software for the duration of the 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  2023  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  2022  and one in  2023, or vice versa, in order to finish in a period of 16 months: i.e., between January  2022 and  April  2023. 

    Is it possible to take more than one course in a year? 
    It is possible to take more than one course per year. However, be aware that we calculate that you will need to devote an average of six hours per week to each course.

    Can I receive a certificate if I complete only one course? 
    Université Laval only issues a certificate when the entire program is completed, i.e., when participants have completed 3 courses of their choice with a minimum average grade of 65% and within a maximum period of four years. On successful completion of each course, Université Laval will provide students with  an electronic transcript.

    I have another question, who do I contact?
    If your question is not covered on this page, the syllabi, or the online courses web page, you can write to

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