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GTAP Events: 2017 GTAP Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) Mini-Course

2017 GTAP Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) Mini-Course
"Applied Policy Analysis: Mini-course on Preferential Trade Agreements"

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

Introduction to Computable
General Equilibrium Models, 2e

by Mary E. Burfisher

Dates & Deadlines (Eastern Standard Time)

Course Application February 1 - August 13
Acceptance Notifications September
GTAP PTA Course October 23 - November 26

General Information
Dates: October 23 - November 26, 2017

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

Offered by: Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University

Registration Fee:
$850 Standard Rate: Developed Country Professionals
$500 Discounted Rate: All Current Students and Developing Country Professionals
$100 Scholarship Rate

Course Content
GTAP PTA is a three-week, fully-online mini-course that is designed to provide professionals and students with hands-on, applied training in the analysis of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) using the GTAP computable general equilibrium model. The objectives of the GTAP PTA course are to provide 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. The curriculum emphasizes an intuitive and graphical treatment of economic theory, provides structured experiences in manipulating and running the standard GTAP model within the RunGTAP software environment, and culminates in team-based research projects. At the end of the course, participants will have developed skills in the analysis of tariff and non-tariff liberalizations in a PTA. Pre-requisites are completion of GTAP 101 or the GTAP Short Course, or a working competency in the RunGTAP modeling software.

During the online course, participants will:
  • review economic theories of tariffs, customs unions and regulatory policy;
  • observe how these theories are operationalized in a CGE model;
  • learn about approaches to measuring the trade-distorting effects of non-tariff measures;
  • define model experiments that represent liberalization of tariffs and non-tariff measures in a PTA; and
  • select and interpret general equilibrium model results that are derived from a theoretical framework.

The course is delivered fully online. All course materials are provided to participants and included in the cost of tuition. Learning takes place through active discussions among the participants and instructor, which are carried out as asynchronous, threaded conversations on the classroom bulletin board, and through virtual team work on collaborative projects.

Course Application/Registration
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 as well as instruction during the online course.

Standard Rate Discounted Rate*
Professionals $850.00 $500.00
Students $500.00
Scholarship* $100.00

*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".

  • A limited number of scholarships are available to applicants residing in developing countries. Scholarships will be awarded at the discretion of the lead course instructor.

All cancellations must be emailed to Ginger Batta. Registered participants who are unable to participate will receive a 75% refund until October 15, 2017. No refunds will be made after this date.

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