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GTAP Events: 2019-1 GTAP 101 Course

2019-1 GTAP 101 Course
"Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Modeling"

Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Models, 2e
Coursework based on:

Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Models, 2e
by Mary E. Burfisher

Dates & Deadlines (Eastern Time Zone)

Course Application October 1 - February 3
Acceptance Notifications March
GTAP 101 Course April 22 - June 9

General Information
Dates: April 22 - June 9, 2019

Location: GTAP 101 is delivered fully online. There is no onsite component to this course.

Offered by: Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

Registration Fees:
$1,400 Developed Country Professional Rate
$1,100 Developing Country Professional Rate
$750 Developed Country Student Rate
$500 Developing Country Student Rate

Course Content
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 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. RunGTAP is an intuitive, menu-driven CGE model that minimizes technological hurdles and allows students to quickly begin to focus on their economic thinking and experimentation. The curriculum is geared to advanced undergraduates, graduates and professionals. At the end of the course, participants will be entry-level modelers and more informed consumers of CGE-based analyses. The course also serves as an entry point for developing the technical skills required for the GTAP Short Course.

During the online course, participants will:
  • review core economic theories from macro, micro, trade and public finance and observe how they are operationalized in an applied general equilibrium model;
  • learn to recognize, control and interpret the theoretically consistent behavior of consumers and producers in the model;
  • observe the aggregated, macroeconomic impacts of microeconomic behaviors;
  • define model experiments that represent real-world issues and problems; and
  • learn to interpret general equilibrium model results by calling on and integrating their knowledge of multiple fields of economic study.

The course is delivered fully online and supported by the textbook, Introduction to Computable General Equilibrium Models, 2e, the eBook version of which will be provided to all participants. Additional learning resources include audio lectures, guided video simulations, and assessments. Since participants will be located all around the world, there are no set meeting times for the course. Instead, participants will independently follow the weekly plan of study, which generally takes 10-12 hours per week. Much of the learning will take place through active discussions among the participants and instructor, which are carried out as asynchronous, threaded conversations on the classroom bulletin board. Topics covered during the course are detailed below, culminating in a group research project that provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to carry out a model experiment and analyze its economy-wide effects.

Content Overview
  • Week 1 - "Getting Started"
    • Participants download and familiarize themselves with the course website, material, and software
  • Week 2 - "Database of a CGE Model (SAM)"
    • Introduction to the GTAP SAM and RunGTAP Model
  • Week 3 - "Demand"
    • Introduction to Final Demand and Import Demand in the GTAP Model
    • Change a Closure and an Elasticity
  • Week 4 - "Supply and Factor Markets"
    • Introduction to Production in the GTAP Model
  • Week 5 - "Trade and Welfare"
    • Introduction to Taxes and Welfare in the GTAP Model
  • Week 6 - "Group Research Project"
    • Hands-on opportunity to carry out a model experiment and analyze its economy-wide effects
  • Week 7 - "Wrap-Up and Evaluation"
    • Final discussions and course evaluation

What GTAP 101 "Graduates" Are Saying...
"I attended several CGE courses before and this GTAP 101 course is one of the best courses available. This course is well organized and extremely informative. I would like to recommend anyone who is interested in CGE modelling to take this course."

"Thank you for opening a new world of modelling."

"The text book is very clear, detailed and the instruction is excellent!"

"It has been very nice experience to learn GTAP models with such an interactive way. I appreciate many advises for my questions. Thank you very much."

"I really enjoyed the course and the class interactions. The instructor and the entire GTAP 101 team were very helpful and professional."

Course Application/Registration
February 3 Deadline Application
Individuals interested in taking this course must apply on the GTAP website. Applications will be reviewed after the deadline and those individuals accepted will receive an email detailing how to register and submit payment. Please note that application does not guarantee acceptance. Demand for this course is very high; therefore, we strongly encourage early application.

Registration Rates
The registration fees (in USD) for this course are detailed below and include the course textbook (eBook version) as well as instruction during the online course.

Standard Rate Discounted Rate*
Professionals $1,400.00 $1,100.00
Students* $750.00 $500.00

*Eligibility Requirements
  • In order to be eligible for a discounted rate, applicants must currently be residing in a country listed on the "GTAP Developing Countries List".

  • In order to be eligible for a student rate, applicants may be asked to provide proof of current academic status. The student rate is only available to current, full-time students. Post-docs are not eligible for this rate.

All cancellations must be emailed to Ginger Batta. Registered participants that are unable to participate in the course will receive a 75% refund until April 14, 2019. No refunds will be issued after this date. Deferments to later courses are not allowed.

Contact Information
Please direct all questions on this course to:

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

Course Instructor
Amanda Countryman Dr. Amanda M. Countryman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Her research employs econometric and computable general equilibrium modeling techniques to investigate the economic implications of international trade policy, focusing specifically on the impacts of trade reform on agriculture. Amanda investigates issues related to the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization as well as bilateral and multilateral trade partnerships, nontariff barriers to trade, the role of agricultural trade policy on poverty as well as the trade implications of transboundary animal disease outbreaks.

Amanda completed her B.S. in Agricultural and Resource Economics and B.A. in Spanish at the University of Arizona in 2005 before earning her M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University in 2007. She volunteered for a USDA Food for Progress program in Guatemala and also worked as an international intern for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service in Pretoria, South Africa prior to doctoral studies. Amanda earned her Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in December, 2010. She worked in the Center for Global Trade Analysis and taught mathematical economics while at Purdue. Amanda also helped facilitate an agribusiness leadership short course in Brazil with the Center for Food and Agricultural Business, and was awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation to conduct dissertation research in Japan. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Amanda was a Research Agricultural Economist in the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.

Amanda was born and raised on a cotton, cattle and alfalfa farm in Buckeye, Arizona where her family continues in production agriculture.