Events & CGE training courses

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:


GEMPACK training in Melbourne
  • 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 5 students per instructor, and at least 2 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 in 2018

USA Dynamic CGE course with the USAGE model

When: 4-8 June 2018
Location: Washington DC
Contact for enquiries: Professor Peter Dixon peter.dixon@vu.edu.au
Description:  The course presents 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).

The China Dynamic CGE course using the CHINAGEM model

Location: UIBE (University of International Business and Economics), Beijing
When: 9 - 13 July 2018
Contact for enquiries: xiujian.peng@vu.edu.au

1-day Advanced GEMPACK course

Location: Cartagena, Colombia.
When: 12 June 2018.
Contact for enquiries: michael.jerie@vu.edu.au

Description: This course runs on the day before 2018 annual GTAP conference at Cartagena de Indias Convention Center.

Introductory Practical GE Modelling course

Location: Victoria University, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne
When: 16-20 July 2018
Contact for enquiries: robert.waschik@vu.edu.au
Description: The course focuses on a typical single-region applied general equilibrium model: the ORANI-G model of the Australian economy.

2-day Advanced GEMPACK course

Location: Victoria University, 300 Flinders St, Melbourne
When: 23-24 July 2018
Contact for enquiries: michael.jerie@vu.edu.au
Description: This course follows the Introductory Practical GE Modelling course offered in the previous week.  The course is aimed at the experienced GEMPACK user who wants to extend their skills.

National CGE Workshop & GEMPACK courses, Sydney

Location: 60 Margaret St, Sydney

When: 13-14 August 2018

Contact for enquiries: janine.dixon@vu.edu.au (Workshop), michael.jerie@vu.edu.au (GEMPACK course)

Description: The National CGE Workshop (13 August) is an annual event that provides a forum for CGE modellers to exhibit and discuss their work. You can submit a paper for presentation or register as a participant. Registration for the Workshop is free. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided. The GEMPACK course (14 August) costs $700 (including GST), lunch, morning and afternoon tea are provided.

More information and registration.

Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, UK

Location: University of Kent, UK

When: 10-14 September 2018

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.

A Regional CGE course based on the SINOTERM mode, China

Location: Shanghai, China

When: September/October (to be confirmed)

Contact for enquiries: Dr Xiujian Peng (Xiujian.Peng@vu.edu.au)

Description: SINOTERM is a multi-regional dynamic general equilibrium model of the Chinese economy including 31 regions (provinces/municipalities/autonomous regions).

Past events

  • 5-day Dynamic CGE course based on a Middle East economy, Dubai, 26-30 November 2017
  • 2-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
  • 1-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
  • Dynamic CGE course with the ChinaGEM model, Beijing, 16-20 December 2015
  • CGE Modelling Course in the Middle East, Dubai, 29 November - 3 December 2015
  • Constructing a CGE database course, Melbourne, 12-14 August 2015
  • GEMPACK training day, Melbourne, 11 August 2015
  • CGE Workshop, VU conference centre, Melbourne, 10 August 2015
  • The Introductory Practical GE Modelling course, Melbourne, 3-7 August 2015
  • 18th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Melbourne, 17-19 June 2015
  • GEMPACK training day, Melbourne, 16 June 2015
  • USAGE CGE Modelling Course, Washington, 18-22 May 2015
  • Constructing a CGE database course, Beijing, 4-6 May 2015
  • Practical GE Modelling Course, Melbourne, 16-20 February 2015