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 2019

Location: US International Trade Commission, Washington DC
When: 3-7 June 2019
Contact for enquires: Professor Peter Dixon (peter.dixon@vu.edu.au)
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 500-sector dynamic 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 U.S. International Trade Commission; the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Agriculture, Homeland Security, Energy and Transportation; the Mitre Corporation; and the Canadian Embassy.

Recent USAGE-based policy studies have dealt with Buy America(n), illegal immigration, transport infrastructure, replacement of crude oil by biofuels, greenhouse policies, terrorism events, the Obama stimulus package and the National Export Initiative. In 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2017 reports of USAGE results on the effects of U.S. trade policy were presented to the Executive Office of the President.

Participants will be introduced to the GEMPACK software. Using this software they will construct a year-by-year baseline forecast for the period 2014 to 2024. This forecast is advised by extraneous macro forecasts and historical trends. Participants will then undertake policy simulations showing the year-by-year effects of shocks as deviations from the baseline. Possible shocks include: changes in tariffs; reductions in public expenditure; changesin oil prices; changes in investor confidence in the U.S. economy; shifts in foreign demands for U.S. tourism services; and replacement of crude petroleum with biomass. Participants will take away from the course software and files that will allow them to perform simulations with the aggregated version of the model.

Location: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw
When: 17 June 2019
Contact for enquires: Louise Pinchen (louise.pinchen@vu.edu.au)
Description: This 1-day GEMPACK training course presents several practical exercises aimed at the experienced user with a focus on GEMPACK 12 (released September 2018) and other topics that go beyond running simulations and analysis of results. This course runs on the Monday before the GTAP conference.

Location: University of Warsaw, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Warsaw
When: 18 June 2019
Contact for enquires: Louise Pinchen (louise.pinchen@vu.edu.au)
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: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 15 - 19 July 2019
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen (louise.pinchen@vu.edu.au)
Description: 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. Participants are to bring their own laptops.

Location: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 21 - 22 July 2019
Contact for enquiries: Louise Pinchen (louise.pinchen@vu.edu.au)
Description: This one- or 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: Victoria University City Flinders Campus
When: 12 August 2019, 9am–4.30pm
Contact for enquires: Dr Robert Waschik (robert.waschik@vu.edu.au)
Description: The National CGE Workshop is an annual event that provides a forum for CGE modellers to exhibit and discuss their work. This year’s workshop will be held in Melbourne at Victoria University. The Keynote Speaker is Professor Rimmer. Her main area of expertise is model development and application.

Participants wishing to present can indicate their interest as part of the registration process. The deadline to submit an abstract for consideration is July 12 2019. The program for the CGE Modelling Workshop will be available after we have confirmed presenters. Registration is free.

Read more about the Melbourne CGE Modelling Workshop.

When: 9-13 June 2019
Contact for enquiries: louise.pinchen@vu.edu.au
Description: The course focuses on a typical single-region applied general equilibrium model: the ORANI-G model of the Australian economy.

Find out more and register online.

Past events

  • 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