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GTAP Events: 2017 Short Course in Dynamic Global Trade Analysis

2017 Short Course in Dynamic Global Trade Analysis
"Dynamic Modeling and Applications in Global Economic Analysis"

Purdue University
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, USA

Dates/Deadlines (Eastern Standard Time)

Application Nov 7 - Apr 30
Acceptance Notifications May
Lodging Reservations Sept 15
Online Course Aug 7 - Sep 24
Onsite Course October 6-11

General Information
Dates: October 6-11, 2017

Location: Purdue University
Krannert Building, Room 250
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907 USA

Offered by: Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

Registration Fee: $4,500 USD

Logistical Details:
Invitation LetterInvitation Letters
Transportation and DirectionsTransportation
Travel TipsTravel Tips

Course Content

This course is intended to introduce users to the Dynamic GTAP Model (GDyn). The course consists of a mixture of online and onsite instruction. The online course lasts seven weeks, introduces participants to GDyn, and is designed for self-paced learning. The one-week onsite course consists of a mix of daily lectures, lab assignments, and informal discussions designed to review the basic features of the GDyn Model and how to develop a "business as usual" scenario, or baseline simulation, which is a key component of all policy simulations using a dynamic model. During the onsite portion of the course, participants will learn to aggregate the GDyn Data Base and develop a baseline scenario using information from the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways, which has been annualized for ease of use. For the policy scenario, participants will estimate the effects of certain aspects of recent multi-regional trade agreements. After the replication exercise, participants will work in groups to develop and analyze their own policy extension, with their results being presented on the final day.

The onsite exercise will consist of a short course-version application based on the following studies:

The end goal of the course is for participants to leave with the capability of conducting and analyzing their own dynamic simulations using the GDyn Model.

  • To introduce participants to a dynamic model designed for conducting global trade analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting
  • To provide participants with ample hands-on training with software that has been tailored for undertaking analysis using a dynamic recursive model
  • To give participants the opportunity to interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues using a dynamic modeling framework

Structure (Course Syllabus)
  • Part I: Online Modules - Part I is a series of modules delivered online. By working through this material in advance of the onsite course, participants will become familiar with the theory behind GDyn, the standard GDyn notation and the course software.
  • Part II: Onsite Intensive Training - Part II is an intensive, onsite course consisting of a mix of daily lectures, lab assignments, and informal discussions designed to introduce participants to the basic features of the model and data base. Participants will undertake formal lecture and lab assignments in the mornings and spend the afternoons working in groups to build their own RunDynam applications; including aggregating the data, developing a baseline and running policy experiments. The results of the applications will be presented on the final day.

Individuals interested in taking this course must apply on the GTAP website. All applications will be reviewed following the deadline. Those individuals accepted into the course will receive an email detailing how to register and arrange for payment. Please note that application does not guarantee acceptance.

It is expected that participants will have already undertaken a Short Course in Global Trade Analysis. In some cases, participants may also be eligible if they have completed a significant piece of analysis using the Dynamic GTAP Model or another, comparable, general equilibrium model. Please contact the Center for Global Trade Analysis for further information. In addition, selected participants are strongly encouraged to go over the refresher material in advance of the course. This section provides background information about the GTAP framework and examples of GDyn applications.

The registration fee for this course is $4,500 USD. This fee includes six days of onsite, individualized instruction in the form of lectures and labs as well as distance-learning prior to the onsite course. The course registration fee also includes daily coffee breaks, five lunches, two receptions, and one dinner. Participants will be responsible for all other meals.

All cancellations must be emailed to Ginger Batta. Registered participants who are unable to attend will receive an 85% refund until July 16, 2017. No refunds will be offered after this date.

Travel Requirements
Invitation Letters
Registered and paid participants requiring an invitation letter to include in visa and/or financial assistance applications may download this document. Before you may download this document, you must have already applied, been accepted into, registered, and paid for this course. If you have not received a receipt of payment, you may not yet download this document.

Participants requiring a visa to enter the United States should review the U.S. Department of State's website for details on applying for and obtaining the appropriate visa. Please note that applicants should plan ahead and check on local appointment wait times to determine how far in advance this process should be initiated.

Vaccination Requirements
All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. For requirements specific to the United States, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Participants are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging. A reservation block has been secured at the following hotel. There are other West Lafayette/Lafayette area hotels where participants may choose to stay; however, the availability is not guaranteed.

Hotel Reservations Rate Deadline Qty Distance
Hilton Garden Inn
356 East State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana

Book Online
Oct 5, 8-10: $101
Oct 6-7: $259
*Increased rate and 30-day pre-pay and cancel for Oct 6-7 due to Purdue football game.
Sept 15 24 0.7 miles

Transportation and Directions
Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana which is approximately 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana and 120 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois.
  • Via Indianapolis - Those wishing to fly into the Indianapolis International Airport can rent a car and drive and to West Lafayette or take the Lafayette Limo or Star of America shuttle services.
  • Via Chicago - Those wishing to fly into the Chicago O'Hare International Airport can rent a car and drive to West Lafayette or take the Express Air Coach or Lafayette Limo shuttle services.
  • Campus Parking - Parking on Purdue University's campus is limited for visitors during the week. Please review the campus map referencing "Parking" for further details.
*Reservations should be made in advance for airport shuttles.

Travel Tips
Please be aware of the following when traveling to the United States.

  • Currency - The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).
  • Banks and Foreign Exchange - Normal banking hours in the US are Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm. There are a number of banks near Purdue University, some of which offer foreign currency exchange. Exchange bureaus are also available at the international airports. ATMs are available throughout the campus and town.
  • Credit Cards - Visa and MasterCard are accepted at nearly all establishments. American Express and Discover are also accepted, but not as widespread.
  • Tipping - While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary for service in the US, specifically for dining, transportation, and lodging.
  • Sales Tax - Sales tax will be applied to many purchases in the USA.
  • Health and Safety - In the event of a health or safety emergency in the USA, 911 should be dialed.
  • Weather

Contact Information
Ginger Batta (
Senior Program Manager
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056 USA