The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) runs regular events and Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) training courses in Australia and overseas.

Each CGE training course uses a particular CGE model to teach:

  • the basic theory and structure shared by most CGE models
  • how such models are represented and solved using GEMPACK
  • how to interpret and report model results.

At least half of the time is given to lab sessions where participants build skills by completing exercises with detailed written instructions and plenty of personal help. There are usually around five students per instructor, and at least two instructors have 10 or 20 years of CGE experience.

Several week-long courses are held each year, either in Australia or overseas, drawing participants from a range of countries and backgrounds.

Upcoming events 2020

Location: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo
When: This course has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This 1-day GEMPACK training course presents several practical exercises aimed at the experienced user with a focus on recent GEMPACK releases 12.0 and 12.1 and other topics that go beyond running simulations and analysis of results. This course runs on the Monday before the GTAP conference.

Location: Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu, Tokyo
When: This course has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This one-day Melitz-in-GTAP training course is for people who want to include Melitz features in GTAP computations. It demonstrates how to integrate elements of modern trade theory, particularly the Melitz model, along with the theories of Armington and Krugman, into the GTAP model. The course will be delivered as a sequence of lectures and hands-on exercises through which participants work under the guidance of the tutors. The exercises aim to ensure a practical understanding of how to implement elements of modern trade theory in GTAP. This course runs on the day before the GTAP conference.

Location: Online via Zoom, hosted by the Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne
When: 13-17 July 2020
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This year our Introductory Practical GE course will be delivered online via Zoom. The schedule will be based on Melbourne time (AEST; UTC+10:00): 9am to 6pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday.

The course focuses on a typical single-region applied general equilibrium model: the ORANI-G model of the Australian economy. For more than two decades, variants of ORANI-G have been used in policy analysis for the economies of more than 30 countries around the world. The course aims to introduce participants to the ideas and techniques of CGE modelling, and to equip them to start using, adapting or constructing CGE models for their own simulations.

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Location: Victoria University City Flinders Campus, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 20-21 July 2020
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This two-day GEMPACK training course presents several practical exercises aimed at the experienced user, with a focus on topics that go beyond running simulations and analysis of results. Basic GEMPACK skills are assumed. Participants are to bring their own laptops.

Location: The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Arsenal, Objekt 20, A-1030 Vienna
When: September 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This one-week intensive course will introduce participants to the equations and data structure of TERM (a multiregional CGE model of a single country) and provide them with extensive hands-on experience with the GEMPACK software used to solve CGE models. Find out more and register now.

Location: The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO), Arsenal, Objekt 20, A-1030 Vienna
When: September 2021 (dates to be confirmed)
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This two-day GEMPACK training course presents several practical exercises aimed at the experienced user, with a focus on topics that go beyond running simulations and analysis of results. Basic GEMPACK skills are assumed. Participants are to bring their own laptops. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided. The course will be delivered as a sequence of exercises through which participants work under the guidance of the tutors. Each exercise focuses on a particular topic aimed at extending and improving your productivity as a GEMPACK user.

Title: USA Dynamic CGE course in Washington DC with the USAGE model
When: This course will hopefully be offered towards the end of 2020, possibly in November (the original date was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Location: US International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW Washington DC, 20436, USA
Contact: [email protected]
Description: The course will present dynamic general equilibrium modelling as a practical tool for forecasting and policy analysis. It will cover theory, computation, application and result interpretation. Participants will use an aggregated version of the USAGE model of the U.S. economy. USAGE is a model developed by the Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) in collaboration with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). It has been applied in Washington by and on behalf of: the US International Trade Commission; the US Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Energy and Transportation; the Mitre Corporation; and the Canadian Embassy.

Past events

  • Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Beijing, 13-17 January 2020

  • USA dynamic CGE course with the USAGE model, Washington, 3-7 June 2019
  • 1-day Advanced GEMPACK course, Warsaw, 17 June 2019
  • 1-day Melitz-in-GTAP course, Warsaw, 18 June 2019
  • Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Melbourne, 15-19 July 2019
  • 2-day Advanced GEMPACK course, Melbourne, 21-22 July 2019
  • CGE Modelling workshop, Melbourne, 12 August 2019
  • 5-day Practical GE Modelling Course, Vienna, 9-13 September 2019

  • Regional CGE course based on the SINOTERM mode, China, September/October 2018
  • Five-day Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, UK, 10-14 September 2018
  • Two-day National CGE Workshop & GEMPACK courses, Sydney, 13-14 August 2018
  • Three-day Regional CGE course based on the TERM model of the USA, Vietnam, 1-3 August 2018
  • Two-day Advanced GEMPACK course, Melbourne, 23-24 July 2018
  • Five-day Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Melbourne, 16-20 July 2018
  • Five-day China Dynamic CGE course using the CHINAGEM model, China, 9-13 July 2018
  • Four-day USA Dynamic CGE course with the USAGE model, presenting dynamic general equilibrium modelling as a practical tool for forecasting and policy analysis, June 2018
  • One-day Advanced GEMPACK course, 12 June 2018

  • Five-day Dynamic CGE course based on a Middle East economy, Dubai, 26-30 November 2017
  • Two-day Advanced GEMPACK course, Melbourne, 20-21 November 2017
  • Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Melbourne, 13-17 November 2017
  • CGE Workshop & GEMPACK courses, Melbourne, 7-8 August 2017
  • USA Dynamic CGE course with the USAGE model, Washington DC, 19-23 June 2017
  • One-day Advanced GEMPACK course, 6 June 2017
  • Regional CGE course with Chinese database, based on the TERM or SINOTERM model, 3-7 July 2017

  • CGE Modelling Course in the Middle East, Dubai, 27 November-1 December 2016
  • Advanced GEMPACK course, Melbourne, 20-21 November 2017
  • Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Melbourne, 14-18 November 2016
  • Advanced GEMPACK Training, Warsaw, 12-13 September 2016
  • TERM CGE modelling course, Warsaw, 5-10 September 2016
  • The Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Beijing, 4-8 July 2016
  • USAGE CGE Modelling Course, Washington, 20-24 June 2016
  • GEMPACK training, Washington, 14 June 2016
  • CoPS PhD Open Day, Melbourne, 1 April 2016
  • Practical GE Modelling Course, Melbourne, 15-19 February 2016