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About GTAP: Getting Started with GTAP

Below is a depiction of the natural progression of how GTAP Network members get involved and begin using GTAP-related products. In addition to the items in this list, we also recommend visiting our Educational Materials page.

  1. GTAP at a Glance - For those new to the Global Trade Analysis Project, it may be helpful to view the "GTAP at a Glance" video to get a better idea of what GTAP is and how it plays into the world of global economic and trade analysis.
  2. GTAP Model - The standard GTAP Model is a multiregion, multisector, computable general equilibrium model, with perfect competition and constant returns to scale. Bilateral trade is handled via the Armington assumption. The GTAP Model was initially documented in the GTAP Book and GTAP Book essential programs. Recent changes in the model structure are documented in various papers.
  3. Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Models - This book, by Mary Burfisher, is a practical, introductory, how-to guide to CGE models. It provides intuitive and graphical explanations of the economic theory that underlies a CGE model and provides many examples and hands-on exercises. Here you will find other popular CGE books and articles.
  4. RunGTAP - GTAP is formulated and solved using GEMPACK, a flexible system for solving AGE models. RunGTAP is a visual interface to various GEMPACK programs and allows users to run simulations interactively in a Windows environment using the GTAP general equilibrium model. No previous knowledge of the GEMPACK language or programming skills is necessary to use the program. Results and complementary information for the analysis are also provided in a Windows environment and can be accessed interactively.
  5. GTAP 101 Course - Based on Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Models, the objective of the GTAP 101 course is to engage participants in an active, team-based process of learning about the GTAP computable general equilibrium (CGE) model and its use in applied economic policy analysis. The online curriculum emphasizes an intuitive and graphical treatment of economic theory in the CGE model, and provides structured experiences in manipulating and running the standard GTAP Model within the RunGTAP software environment.
  6. Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis - The goal of the short course is to introduce participants to a standardized framework for conducting global trade analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting by providing participants with ample hands-on training with software that has been specifically tailored to global trade analysis.
  7. GTAP Preferential Trade Agreements Course - An online course aimed at providing students with an underpinning in the economic theory of tariffs and customs unions and regulatory policy analysis, and to help them develop their applied skills in database development, design of PTA experiments and analysis of model results.
  8. GTAP Firm Heterogeneity (GTAP-HET) Course - An online course aimed at providing professional economists and Masters/PhD students with the tools and skills necessary to use advanced trade theories in trade policy analysis.
  9. GTAP Data Base - The centerpiece of the Global Trade Analysis Project is a global data base describing bilateral trade patterns, production, consumption and intermediate use of commodities and services. Pairing the GTAP Model with the GTAP Data Base will allow you to examine the impact of your own applications. The GTAP Data Base is also used in a number of other global models. We suggest you start by reading the "Introduction to the Global Trade Analysis Project and the GTAP Data Base", GTAP Working Paper No. 67, and then follow the GTAP Data Base link for various online presentations and tutorials about how to use it.
  10. Applications and Extensions to the GTAP Model - The standard GTAP Model is amenable to modifications. Many of these modifications are documented in the GTAP Technical and Working Paper Series; and in the GTAP Applications.
  11. GTAP Satellite Data and Utilities - Additional data sets and utilities available to licensees of the GTAP Data Base. Current composition includes data sets on non-CO2 emissions and migration, to name a few. These satellite databases are often linked to extensions of the GTAP Model.
  12. Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis - The goal of the conference is to promote the exchange of ideas among economists conducting quantitative analysis of global economic issues with particular emphasis being placed on applied general equilibrium methods, data, and application. Follow the link to find out what you missed in past conferences, conference program and papers are available.
  13. GEMPACK - GEMPACK is a suite of economic modelling software. It is especially suitable for computable general equilibrium (CGE) models, but can handle a wide range of economic behaviors.
  14. Data Contribution - While the GTAP Data Base is constructed by the Center for Global Trade Analysis, most of the datasets used are supplied by members of the GTAP Network. The most common contributions made by individuals in the network are individual country data (I-O tables). This link contains exercises that would help your data processing skills using GEMPACK.
  15. GDyn Model or Short Course in Dynamic Global Trade Analysis - The objective of this course is to introduce participants to dynamic economic analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting. This course is designed to provide participants with ample hands-on training with software that has been tailored for undertaking analysis using a dynamic recursive model. Participants will interact with economists working on global trade and environmental issues using a dynamic model. The end goal of the course is for participants to leave with the capability of conducting and analyzing their own dynamic simulations.