About GTAP: GTAP Consortium
Founded in 1992, the Global Trade Analysis Project, a network of researchers and policy-makers analyzing international policy issues, is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Guidance and base-level support for the project is provided by the GTAP Consortium, which unites members from government agencies, international institutions, the private sector and academia. Members of the GTAP Consortium are represented on the GTAP Advisory Board which advises the Center on matters of policy, research and funding. The GTAP Consortium currently consists of 28 agency members and 3 members at large.
- Agricultural Economics Research Institute - The Hague, The Netherlands
- Asian Development Bank - Mandaluyong City, Philippines
- Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Information Internationales - Paris, France
- Development Research Center of the State Council - Beijing, China
- Economic and Social Research Institute, Cabinet Office - Tokyo, Japan
- Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture - Washington DC, United States
- European Commission - DG Trade - Brussels, Belgium
- European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Seville, Spain
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Rome, Italy
- Inter-American Development Bank - Washington DC, United States
- International Food Policy Research Institute - Washington DC, United States
- International Trade Centre - Geneva, Switzerland
- KPMG Australia - Canberra, Australia
- MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change - Cambridge, United States
- National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies - Tokyo, Japan
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development - Paris, France
- Productivity Commission - Melbourne, Australia
- Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry - Tokyo, Japan
- The World Bank - Washington DC, United States
- Thünen Institute of Market Analysis - Braunschweig, Germany
- United Nations Conference on Trade and Development - Geneva, Switzerland
- United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia - Beirut, Lebanon
- United Nations Economic Commission for Africa - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- University of Hohenheim - Stuttgart, Germany
- US Department of Commerce - Washington DC, United States
- US Environmental Protection Agency - Washington DC, United States
- US International Trade Commission - Washington DC, United States
- World Trade Organization - Geneva, Switzerland
Consortium Members At Large
Consortium Member Responsibilities
The initial responsibility is to make a two-year minimum commitment to provide annual funding (currently USD $20,435/year) in the form of base-level support for GTAP. These funds are used to help fund core GTAP staff at Purdue University. The second responsibility consortium members are expected to take on is an active interest in GTAP and promote its responsible use in economic analysis. Finally, members are also expected to help keep GTAP on-track so that it is well-placed to contribute to public debate on issues of global trade analysis.
Advantages of GTAP Consortium Membership
- GTAP Data Base Access
GTAP Consortium members receive free, immediate access throughout the development phase of the GTAP Data Base, including pre- and interim-releases not available to the public. This exclusive access places consortium members at the cutting edge of developments in the GTAP community and provides access to new data sets as they are developed.
- GTAP Advisory Board Counsel
GTAP Consortium members meet annually with the Center for Global Trade Analysis at the GTAP Advisory Board Meeting to counsel on future directions of the GTAP Data Base, modeling framework, policy and research agenda. Participation in the GTAP Advisory Board meetings provides members access to the latest developments in modeling and data. By being at the table where key strategic decisions for GTAP are made, members have an important opportunity to influence the future direction of the Global Trade Analysis Project.
The GTAP Advisory Board meeting serves as a venue for promoting multinational collaboration between consortium agencies, often leading to research and funding opportunities.
- GTAP Model and Data Innovations
GTAP Consortium members may obtain preferential access to new model developments and other supplementary datasets developed by the Center for Global Trade Analysis, consortium members and other network collaborators.
- Center for Global Trade Analysis Visits
GTAP Consortium staff members are welcome to visit the Center to collaborate on data and research projects of mutual interest to the GTAP Network.
- Prestige/Supporting the Greater Good
By joining the GTAP Consortium, members enter a club which includes the majority of the world's leading research institutions guiding policy makers on matters of global trade and environmental policy. This community firmly believes that through collaboration in the provision of public goods, such as the GTAP Data Base and Model, it can improve quality of global economic analysis world-wide.
Consortium Membership Testimonials
"The ECA has been a member of the GTAP Consortium for at least 8 years now. There are many benefits for being consortium members, though I would want to highlight two. First, by being members, we have been able to add the African voice to the consortium's agenda. There are many more African countries that are disaggregated as regions in the database. Secondly, the consortium has been supportive of African-oriented initiatives including having dedicated training courses for African researchers to paying special attention to the participation of African academics, researchers and practitioners in the Annual Conferences. In addition to these benefits, the ECA has made extensive use of the GTAP Data Base to inform policy processes in Africa, ranging from the development of common positions by African countries in the context of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations and the bilateral negotiations with the EU under the Economic Partnership Agreements, to the recent landmark decision by African Heads of State to work towards a continental free trade area. As a member of the consortium, the ECA was able to access updated databases in time to address specific questions while at the same time benefiting from the peer review of its work by experts."
"[Having access to] The GTAP 7.1 Data Base and model played a central role for assessing the impact of multiple free trade agreements (FTAs) on U.S. agricultural trade. It would not be possible to assess the individual impacts of FTAs without the use of the GTAP framework with its explicit treatment of bilateral tariffs and trade flows."
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