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GTAP Events: 26th Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis

26th Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis
"Introduction to Applied General Equilibrium Analysis in a Multi-Region Framework"

Dates/Deadlines (Eastern Time Zone)

Course Application November 6 - March 4
Acceptance Notifications late March / early April
Lodging Reservations July 8
Online Course May 14 - July 15
Onsite Course July 28 - August 2

General Information
Dates: July 28 - August 2, 2018
Location: Purdue University
Krannert Building, 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 may be available for this course.

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Course Content
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 (AGE) models. The online course allows for self-paced learning on a modular basis. Each weekly module requires an end of week submission that triggers feedback from the instruction team. The onsite course is a mix of lecture and 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.

  • introduce participants to a standardized framework (GTAP Model, version 7) for conducting global policy analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting
  • provide participants with hands-on training with software that has been tailored to instruction in economic analysis with minimal software manipulation overhead
  • deliver participants an opportunity to interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues and provide the perfect entry point to the international network of AGE modelers and policy analysts using GTAP data and models
Structure (Course Syllabus)
  • Part I: Online Modules - Part I is an eight-week online program to refresh and reinforce microeconomic foundations of AGE analysis. Each weekly module culminates in a deliverable submitted to the course instruction team. Course participants receive individualized feedback on each of their submissions. By working through this material in advance of the onsite course, participants will become intimately familiar with not only the theory behind AGE models, but also the notation conventions that are specific to GTAP data and models. Additionally, the online course is designed to improve student facility with the course software so that lab sessions in the onsite portion of the course can focus efficiently on the economic analysis of global policy problems.
  • Part II: Onsite Intensive Training - Part II is an intensive, onsite short course consisting of lectures, lab assignments, and informal discussions designed to introduce participants to the basic features of the updated, GTAP Model (version 7) and GTAP Data Base. These activities culminate in a major application based on an extension of the GTAP Model. This second phase of the course consists of small group work on student experiments that extend published GTAP findings in some dimension. Two instructors per small group serve as resources guiding replication and extensions developed by students. This capstone experience is designed to prepare students for designing, conducting, and analyzing their own simulations as they continue working with GTAP after the course.
New Course Extensions
This course will feature a new set of extensions designed to make use of the recently updated GTAP Model, version 7 and will feature the first instruction offered on GTAP-Power. Additional models for extending the student experience include:
  • GTAP-Power - model and database focused on the economic analysis of energy production
  • GTAP-E - module focused on energy policy and emission reduction commitments
  • GTAP-HET - trade-focused module that examines the role of heterogeneous firms in an industry responding to trade policy adjustments
The course will also feature extensive treatment of regional trade reform and integration using the latest GTAP Data Base and its measures of protection. Students interested in this topic will have the opportunity to focus their extension in an application on regional integration.

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)."

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.

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. The online assignments and course project will be implemented in the context of the RunGTAP software interface for 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.

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, 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.

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. The name and contact information for 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.

All cancellations must be emailed to Ginger Batta. Registered participants who are unable to attend this course will receive an 85% refund until May 6, 2018. No refunds will be offered after this date. Deferments to later courses are also not allowed.

Travel Requirements
Invitation Letters
Registered and paid participants requiring an invitation letter to include in visa and/or financial assistance applications should click here to have an electronic copy emailed to them. Please note that hard copies will not be sent.

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.

Participants are responsible for securing and paying for their own lodging. A reservation block has been secured at the following hotel. There are other West Lafayette/Lafayette area hotels where participants may choose to stay; however, availability is not guaranteed.

Hotel Reservations Rate/Night Deadline Distance
Purdue Union Club Hotel
101 North Grant Street
West Lafayette, Indiana

Code: 26th Annual Short Course in Global Trade Analysis
July 8 0.1 miles

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 Reindeer 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, Lafayette Limo, or Reindeer 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. *Rates may apply.
*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 (
Senior Program Manager
Center for Global Trade Analysis
Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University
403 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2056 USA