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

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).

Upcoming events in 2019

Introductory Practical GE Modelling Course, Melbourne

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.

2-day Advanced GEMPACK course

Location: Victoria University, 300 Flinders Street, Melbourne
When: 22 - 21 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.

Past events

  • 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