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GTAP Events: 2019 GTAP Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) Course

2019 GTAP Preferential Trade Agreements (PTA) Course

"Applied Policy Analysis: 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 7 - June 9
Acceptance Notifications Late July/Early August
GTAP PTA Course September 16 - October 27

General Information
Dates: September 16 - October 27, 2019
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 Fees:
$1,500 Developed Country Professional Rate
$1,125 Developing Country Professional Rate
$750 Developed Country Student Rate
$375 Developing Country Student Rate
Course Content
The GTAP PTA Course 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.

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 GTAP PTA 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.

Content Overview
  • Week 1 - "Getting Started"
    • Participants download and familiarize themselves with the course website, material, and software
  • Week 2
    • Understand the welfare effects of trade taxes
    • Learn about second-best allocative efficiency effects
    • Learn about trade creation and diversion and their effects on welfare
    • Learn to construct a PTA experiment; identify trade creation and trade diversion, and measure welfare effects in the GTAP model
  • Week 3
    • Learn about price gap and gravity model approaches to estimating the AVEs of NTMs
    • Learn three mechanisms commonly used for depicting NTMs in the standard GTAP model
    • Learn how TRQs, quotas and VERs are described in the standard GTAP model
    • Learn how to incorporate the AVE of an NTM into a toy model
  • Weeks 4-5 - "Group Research Project"
    • Case study that replicates Francois et al. (2013)
    • Structured experiment and student-selected extension of the SADC case study
  • Week 6 - "Evaluations and Final Discussions"
    • Final discussions and course evaluation

Time Commitment
Participants should expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours/week on this course.

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
All applicants should have undertaken the GTAP 101 Course or GTAP Short Course, or have working experience with the RunGTAP modeling software.

June 9 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.

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.

Developed Country Developing Country1
Professionals $1,500 $1,125
Students2 $750 $375

Rate Details and Eligibility Requirements
  1. Developing Country Rates - In order to be eligible for a discounted, developing country rate, applicants must currently be residing in a country listed on the "GTAP Developing Countries List".
  2. Student Rates - 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 who are unable to participate in the course will receive a 75% refund until September 8, 2019. 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 Instructors
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.

Anna Strutt Dr. Anna Strutt is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Waikato in New Zealand with research interests in CGE modelling and international trade policy reform, including effects of poverty & the natural environment. In addition to her Waikato Management School work, economist Anna Strutt works with the University of Adelaide and consults for a range of national and international organisations. She has worked with organisations such as the Asian Development Bank, the EU-Vietnam Multilateral Trade Assistance Project, the Mekong Institute, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Bank. This vast and varied experience means she brings a wealth of international knowledge to executive education participants. Anna contributes to many national and international research projects. For example, she has undertaken work for the Tokyo-based Asian Development Bank Institute to assess socioeconomic impacts of infrastructure development and for the Bangkok-based UNESCAP, analysing impacts of the global financial crisis on international trade flows. In recent work for the Asian Development Bank, she focused on Asia’s changing role in world trade over the next few decades.

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