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GTAP Events: 22nd Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis

22nd Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis
"Introduction to Applied General Equilibrium Analysis in a Multi-Region Framework"

Purdue University
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN, USA

Dates/Deadlines (Eastern Standard Time)

Application March 20 (Extended Date)
Acceptance Notifications April
Online Course May 19 - July 20
Onsite Course August 2 - 8

Fellowship Information

The Center of Global Trade Analysis is pleased to offer a limited number of competitive fellowships for bright students working on/or interested in learning and applying CGE modeling to inform policy debates regarding the most pressing questions related to global economic analysis. (See Instructions for Applicants below.)

The fellowships will cover $2,500 of the total course costs reducing the course fee to $1,500.

The GTAP Short course introduces participants to a standardized framework for conducting global trade analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting and provide hands-on training with software tailored to global trade analysis. This year’s course will highlight recent developments in trade theory (including the Melitz model in GTAP) as well as land and water issues. Participants interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues and become part of a growing international network of +10,000 members.

Application Submission expired.

  • To be eligible for the fellowship, please submit a maximum two-page narrative (as a pdf) that describes the applicant’s area of interest, accomplishments and current and future research directions. To the extent possibly, identify why the application of an economy-wide analytical framework can enhance the impact of your research as well as beneficiaries of the research. Please address how your previous training and professional/academic experience have prepared you for formal policy analysis.
  • Attach to your narrative a sheet with two references (professional or academic.)

Applications will be accepted until March 20, but we encourage to apply early as we anticipate large demand for the fellowships.



General Information
Date: Online Course: May 19 - July 20, 2014
Onsite Course: August 2 - 8, 2014
Location: Purdue University
Krannert Building, Room 250
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
United States
Offered by: Center for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University
Registration Fee: $4,000
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Course Content
Background
The short course consists of two parts. The online phase is an eight-week sequence where students get in-depth training about the microeconomic underpinnings of applied general equilibrium models. Although the online course allows for self-paced learning, students are expected to submit weekly homework assignments which are individually graded. The on-site course mixes daily lectures with lab sessions designed to develop the economic intuition required to perform high-level policy analysis using the GTAP Model and data base. These activities culminate in a major application undertaken by small groups and presented on the final day of the course. Each group is assigned two instructors who are intimately familiar with their project to act as resource persons. Participants leave with the capability of designing, conducting, and analyzing their own policy simulations.
Objectives
  • To introduce participants to a standardized framework for conducting global policy analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting

  • To provide participants with ample hands-on training with software that has been tailored to global economic analysis

  • To give participants the opportunity to interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues, and become part of an international network

Structure Download course syllabus
  • Part I: Web-based Modules - Part I is an eight-week online program structured to strength the microeconomic foundations of applied general equilibrium analysis. Each weekly module culminates in a homework assignment. Homework assignments are individually graded so participants receive individualized feedback on their progress. By working through this material in advance of the onsite course, participants will become intimately familiar with the theory behind applied general equilibrium models, the standard GTAP notation as well as the course software. The web-based portion for this course will run from May 19 - July 20, 2014.
  • Part II: Onsite intensive training - Part II is an intensive, onsite short 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. These activities culminate in a major application based on one of the many extensions of the GTAP Model undertaken by small groups and presented on the final day of the course. Each group is assigned two instructors who are intimately familiar with their project to act as resource persons. Participants leave with the capability of designing, conducting, and analyzing their own simulations.


Application
Application (Due February 16) Extended until March 20th
Individuals interested in taking this course must apply on the GTAP website. Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Demand for this course is very high; therefore, we strongly encourage early application. Please note that application does not guarantee acceptance.

Prerequisites
All participants are expected to have a strong foundation in micro-economics. This should be at the level of a calculus-based graduate course in micro-economic theory. Since the course software is designed around a PC environment, it is essential that each participant have access to such a machine. No prior programming or modeling experience is required. Due to the web-based nature of the course, participants will need access to a high-speed internet connection and Internet Explorer 7 or above installed on their machine. The computer assignments and the course project will all be implemented in the context of the RunGTAP software interface to GEMPACK. This is a Windows environment for conducting applied general equilibrium analysis. RunGTAP is designed to allow users to focus on economics with the programming details being largely taken care of behind the scenes where it runs GEMPACK programs. GEMPACK is an algebraic modeling language which permits the user to write out the model in a transparent fashion. It is specifically designed for application to large-scale, applied general equilibrium models in a policy-oriented environment.

Cost
The registration fee for this course is $4,000 USD. This fee includes seven days of lectures, labs, individualized instruction as well as distance-learning instruction prior to the onsite course. The course registration fee also includes daily coffee breaks, six lunches, two receptions and one dinner. Participants will be responsible for all other meals. Please note that the registration fee for the course does not include the GTAP Data Base. Participants wishing to purchase this must do so separately.

Cancellations
All cancellations must be emailed to Ginger Batta. Registered participants who are unable to attend will receive an 85% refund until May 4, 2014. No refunds will be made after this date.


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 create this document, you must have already applied, been accepted into, registered and paid for this event. If you have not yet received a receipt of payment, you may not yet download this document.


Lodging
Participants are responsible for securing their own lodging. Reservation blocks have been secured at the following establishments. To reserve, please call the hotel and reference the specific block code listed below.

Holiday Inn Select City Centre
515 South Street, Lafayette, Indiana
Tel: 1-800-423-1137
Rate: $115/night + tax
Block Code: GTAP1-Global Trade Analysis
Block Deadline: July 2, 2014
Rooms Available: 32
Distance: 1.4 miles

Purdue Union Club Hotel
101 North Grant Street, West Lafayette, Indiana
Tel: 1-800-320-6291
Rate: $105/night + tax (rate subject to change, contact hotel for pricing)
Block Code: GTAP1
Block Deadline: July 2, 2014
Rooms Available: 9
Distance: 0.1 miles

Campus Inn
200 Brown Street, West Lafayette, Indiana
Tel: +1-765-743-9661 (7:00am-3:00pm EST)
Rate: $55/night + tax
Block Code: GTAP1
Block Deadline: July 2, 2014
Rooms Available: 32
Distance: 0.4 miles


Transportation
Transportation/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.


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Contact Information
Ginger Batta
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Department of Agricultural Economics
Purdue University
403 West State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2056
United States