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 2021

Location: Online via Zoom, hosted by the Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne
When: 12-16 July 2021
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: Self-paced online, hosted by the Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University, Melbourne
When: 26 July - 6 August 2021
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen ([email protected])
Description: This two-week course is aimed at participants from time zones which do not overlap well with the Australian Eastern time zone (Melbourne time). This course covers the same material as the 12-16 July online Zoom course. As a participant you will work independently with the course lecture videos, recorded video help for all practical exercises, help by email (24-hour response) and a two-hour tutorial session at the end of each week.

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.

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.

Past events

  • Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Beijing, 13-17 January 2020
  • Online: Introductory Practical GE Modelling Course, online, 13-17 July 2020
  • 2-day Advanced GEMPACK course, Melbourne, 20-21 July 2020

Cancelled events:

  • 1-day Advanced GEMPACK course, Tokyo 15 June 2020
  • 1-day Melitz-in-GTAP course, Tokyo, 16 June 2020
  • USA Dynamic CGE course with the USAGE model, Washington DC, November 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