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GTAP Events: 2018 GTAP Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) Mini-Course

2018 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 Time Zone)

Course Application January 8 - May 6
Acceptance Notifications June
GTAP PTA Course August 20 – September 23

General Information
Dates: August 20 – September 23, 2018

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.

What GTAP PTA "Graduates" Are Saying...
"It has been a superb learning experience. I read the textbook from start to end and, being a teacher for the last 27 years, I would like to express my high admiration for the teaching and writing skills and devotion to the students."

"An excellent course with a very dedicated instructor and staff."

"The course is very effective. Instructions and guidance are excellent as always."

"The research project is a very good idea - great to work in teams with the fellow participants"

"Thanks for a great course!"

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 (eBook version) 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 may be 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 in the course will receive a 75% refund until August 12, 2018. No refunds will be made after this date. Deferments to later courses are also not allowed.

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

Course Instructor
Terrie Walmsley Dr. Terrie Walmsley joined ImpactECON as a Partner and Director in 2014. Prior to joining ImpactECON, Terrie was the Director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis and Associate Professor at Purdue University. As Director of the Center for Global Trade Analysis, Terrie was responsible for overseeing the operations and strategic direction of the Center including: the release of versions six, seven, and eight of the GTAP Data Base; various graduate and non-graduate educational offerings; and numerous research projects and grants.

Terrie has undertaken several trade policy studies and has developed and extended numerous global CGE models to incorporate supply chains, non-tariff measures, migration, dynamics and household detail into both Gempack- and Gams-based models. Her clients have included more than a dozen international agencies such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), the European Commission, the Ford Foundation, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) among others.

Terrie’s research interests also include modeling foreign investment and labor mobility within the GTAP framework. Terrie has published numerous articles in leading modeling journals addressing international capital ownership and is recognized in the GTAP community as a leader in this research area. In early 2016, the World Bank featured Terrie’s analysis of baseline development and alternative global growth scenarios in the Vietnam 2035 publication — these baseline forecasts included extensive analysis of Chinese growth and development and their impacts on Vietnam. Terrie has also led efforts at the GTAP Center to incorporate innovative data sets into the GTAP Satellite data series including migration (GATS mode 4), FDI, trade facilitation non-tariff measures (NTMs), and forecasts for the dynamic model. In 2012 she published, as co-editor with Dr. Elena Ianchovichina from the World Bank, a book documenting the Dynamic GTAP model. In 2015, Terrie was inducted into the GTAP hall of fame for her contributions to the GTAP network and modeling.