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GTAP Events: 25th Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis

25th 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 Nov 7 - Mar 1
Acceptance Notifications mid-March
Lodging Reservations forthcoming
Online Course May 1 - July 2
Onsite Course July 15-20


General Information
Dates: July 15-20, 2017

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 USD
     *A limited number of fellowships are available for this course.

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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 onsite 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.

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 (Course Syllabus)
  • Part I: Online 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.
  • 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.

    Sample small group applications from past courses include:
    • Introducing Firm Heterogeneity into the GTAP Model
    • Doha Development Round: Impacts on Egypt from the GTAP CGE Model and Database
    • The GTAP-E Model: An Extension of the GTAP Model for Energy and Climate Change Analysis
    • Incorporating Water into GTAP Data Base and Model
    • Linking GE and PE Models for Disaggregated Trade Analysis
    • GTAP-AEZ (Land Use Model)
    • Imperfect Competition
    • Migration
    • Trade and Poverty
    • Special Safeguard Mechanism
What GTAP Short Course "Graduates" Are Saying...
"Excellent learning environment, teaching and material."

"Good balance between theory and practical lessons!"

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learned an incredible amount of material in such a short period of time. I look forward to being involved in the GTAP community in the future and using these modelling techniques in my work! Thank you!"

"I really loved the hands-on part of the course; it was a valuable experience and certainly provided a deeper understanding of the difficult and sophisticated linkages of the model."

"The course is very comprehensive and offered an opportunity to be introduced to all aspects of CGE modelling (theory, data, GEMPACK and other)."


Application
Application
Individuals interested in taking this course must apply on the GTAP website. All applications will be reviewed following the deadline. Those individuals accepted into the course will receive an email detailing how to register and arrange for payment. 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 with Internet Explorer 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 six days of onsite, individualized instruction in the form of lectures and labs as well as distance-learning prior to the onsite course. The course registration fee also includes daily coffee breaks, six lunches, one reception, 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.

Fellowships
A limited number of fellowships may be available to students working on, or who are interested in, learning and applying CGE modeling to inform policy debates regarding the most pressing questions related to global economic analysis. The fellowships will cover $2,500 towards the registration fees, reducing the amount owed by the recipient to $1,500. Those interested in being considered for a fellowship should submit a two-page narrative (maximum, as a PDF) on the application form that describes their area of interest, accomplishments, and current/future research directions. To the extent possible, identify why the application of an economy-wide analytical framework will enhance the impact of your research as well as beneficiaries of your research. Please address how your previous training and professional/academic experience have prepared you for formal policy analysis. Two references, professional or academic, should also be included at the end of the document. Demand for this course, as well as fellowships, are very high; therefore, we encourage early application.

Cancellations
All cancellations must be emailed to Ginger Batta. Registered participants who are unable to attend will receive an 85% refund until April 23, 2017. No refunds will be offered after this date.


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

Visas
Travelers requiring a visa to enter the United States should review the U.S. Department of State's website for details on applying for and obtaining the appropriate visa. Please note that applicants should plan ahead and check on local appointment wait times to determine how far in advance this process should be initiated.

Vaccination Requirements
All travelers should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. For requirements specific to the United States, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.


Lodging
forthcoming


Transportation and Directions
Purdue University is located in West Lafayette, Indiana which is approximately 65 miles (105 km) northwest of Indianapolis, Indiana and 120 miles (195 km) 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 - Visitor parking is available in the Grant Street Parking Garage, adjacent to the Purdue Memorial Union, 101 N. Grant St, West Lafayette, IN.
*Reservations should be made in advance for all airport shuttles. Be advised that airport shuttles may not drop off or pick up directly from your hotel. Please be sure to look into these details when selecting a service.



Travel Tips
Please be aware of the following when traveling to the United States.

  • Currency - The official currency of the United States is the US Dollar (USD).
  • Banks and Foreign Exchange - Normal banking hours in the US are Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm. There are a number of banks near Purdue University, some of which offer foreign currency exchange. Exchange bureaus are also available at the international airports. ATMs are available throughout the campus and town.
  • Credit Cards - Visa and MasterCard are accepted at nearly all establishments. American Express and Discover are also accepted, but not as widespread.
  • Tipping - While tipping is not mandatory, it is customary for service in the US, specifically for dining, transportation, and lodging.
  • Sales Tax - Sales tax will be applied to many purchases in the USA.
  • Health and Safety - In the event of a health or safety emergency in the USA, 911 should be dialed.
  • Weather


Contact Information
Ginger Batta (gbatta@purdue.edu)
Senior Program Manager
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056 USA