The Centre of Policy Studies has a fine tradition of graduate training. Students usually work on a research topic closely related to Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modelling.
CoPS specialises in CGE modelling: a technique for forecasting and analysing policies taking account of the whole economy. It is about the macro economy, industries, occupations, regions, the environment and the distribution of income.
Space to work and computers are provided in CoPS' premises, and students are expected to attend daily. There is a team atmosphere in which students receive a comparatively large amount of personal attention. Nearly all complete their PhD successfully within three or four years.
Demand is strong for qualified CGE modellers, and CoPS graduates readily find jobs at universities and government departments dealing with a broad range of economic policies, or in private organisations, particularly economics consulting firms. The training we give our graduates in theory, computation, data and communication equips them for careers not only in modelling but more broadly in any policy-related role.
CoPS work & study opportunities
CoPS Economic Modelling Open day
A few weeks into each academic year, CoPS hosts an Economic Modelling Open Day. Staff at CoPS will demonstrate results from CoPS models used to look at:
- environmental policy problems such as carbon taxes
- market issues such as changes in Award Rates
- industry studies, e.g., Australian mining sector.
This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about CGE modelling and to see examples of CGE models applied to current economic policy issues.
CoPS summer internships will be offered to potential PhD candidates for the summer of 2016/17. Successful applicants will work with an experienced staff member on a project for a CoPS client. See the CoPS summer internships projects on offer and the application procedure.
Apply for admission as a PhD candidate
CoPS is a research centre within the College of Business, Victoria University, and offers a Doctoral degree (PhD) in Economics (VU course code: UPBE). To pursue a PhD at CoPS, you must apply for admission as a PhD candidate at Victoria University.
CoPS Top Up PhD Scholarship
CoPS offers a Top Up Scholarship of $15,000 per annum for a suitably qualified candidate who has earned an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, to study towards a PhD in CGE modelling.
Find out more about the Top Up Scholarship, including award conditions and benefits.
Current PhD students
|Quantifying the economy-wide impact of protectionist trade policy: Evidence from Indonesian regions.|
|Exploring the Intensive and Extensive Labour Margin in a CGE Model.|
|Economic implications of the Paris Agreement and potential pathways to limit warming to 2 degrees celsius.|
Completed PhD students
Esmedekh Lkhan-Aajav (Ese)
|Natural Resources Utilization Impact on Economic Growth: Mining Sector Analysis of Mongolia.||2016|
Tsue Ing Yap (Irene)
Policy Options in Preparation for the Post-Hydrocarbon Era of Brunei Darussalam.
Completed PhD students from CoPS at Monash University
Before moving to Victoria University CoPS was located at Monash University.
Meenachi Muniandy (Jessica)
|The National Key Economic Areas (NKEAs) potential to contribute to economic growth and transform Malaysia into a high-income nation by 2020: A Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Analysis.||2016|
|Marc Jim Mariano||National economic consequences and welfare implications of food security interventions in the Philippines.||2014|
|Yu He||Linking economy, environment and society: a balanced future growth path for China.||2014|
|Erwin Corong||Trade, Poverty and Gender.||2014|
|Pathomdanai Ponjan||CGE Analysis of the Macroeconomic impacts of Tourism and Tourism-related Fiscal Policies on the Thai Economy.||2014|
|Peter Mavromatis||Historical validation of the USAGE dynamic CGE model.||2013|
|Ju Ai||A Dynamic General Equilibrium Approach to Analyzing Wage Inequality and Employment in Malaysia.||2013|
|Louise Roos||Dynamic model for South Africa.||2012|
|Mahesh Rao||Structural Change and Australian Labour Market
ORANI-ED: A CGE model of the Australian economy for labour market forecasting and education and training sector policy analysis.
|Heinrich Bohlmann||Labour and Migration Issues in South Africa.||2011|
|Sothea Oum||Welfare analysis of Cambodia's accession to WTO - a CGE approach.||2010|
|Charles Xiao||Financial CGE Modelling.||2010|
|Seema Narayan||Dynamics of the current account and their implications for the modern theory of the current account: the case of OECD countires.||2009|
|Jeremy Rothfield||Economics of undergrounding electricity cables.||2008|
|Shusaku Yamamoto||Regional CGE analysis of Japanese government finances.||2009|
|Tran Hoang Nhi||MONASH-VN: Development of a dynamic CGE model for the Vietnamese economy and analysis of structural changes during 1996-2003.||2007|
|Unchana Beadnok||Thailand's trade liberalization - a CGE approach.||2007|
|Serajul Hoque||A Computable General Equilibrium Model of Bangladesh for Analysis of Policy Reforms.||2006|
|Regional CGE Modelling for Indonesia.||2006|
|Ashley Winston||Business Taxation, Corporate Finance and Capital Accumulation: Theoretical Development and Application in a Dynamic General Equilibrium Environment.||2005|
|Paresh Narayan||An Econometric Model of Tourism Demand and a Computable General Equilibrium Analysis of the Impact of Tourism: The Case of Fiji Islands.||2004|
|Gae Kauzi||CGE model of Papua New Guinea.||2004|
|Huey-Lin Lee||Forecasting Taiwanese CO2 emissions: A CGE analysis.||2003|
|Dynamic CGE modelling: welfare implications of imperfect capital mobility.||2001|
|Sharn Enzinger||Impact of Greenhouse policies on the electricity industry.||2002|
|Sam Otim||Inventories in CGE models.||2000|
|Peter Marshall||Exchange rate behaviour in practical macro models: Gruen and Gizcyki's anchoring hypothesis.||2001|
|Somsachee Siksamat||CGE analysis of growth in Thailand.||1999|
|Terrie Walmsley||A long-run closure of GTAP with explicit tracking of the ownership of assets - comparative steady states: the long-run effects of APEC trade liberalization.||1999|
|Gouranga Das||The role of absorptive capacity in technological diffusion via international trade.||2000|
|Thiep Van Ho||A Tariff increase offset by consumption tax cut: a CGE analysis for Vietnam.||2001|
|Edimon Ginting||The economy-wide effects of reducing Rent-seeking Activity: Tax Evasion in a Developing Country.||1999|
|Gordon Schmidt||Endogenous Economic Growth: A Dynamic Analysis.||2001|
|Johanna Maria Kodoatie
|Incentive Effects of the Personal Income Tax in Indonesia on Labour Supply.||1997|
|Guyonne Kalb||Labour Supply and Welfare Participation in Two-Adult Households.||1998|
|Matthew Peter||CGE analysis of effects of Australian immigration.||1995|
|Ben Buetre||Structural and technological change in the Philippines, 1985-1992.||1995|
|Michael Malakellis||An intertemporal CGE Model of the Australian economy: the timing of tariff reform.||1995|
|Farzana Naqvi||Energy pricing and equity: a CGE analysis for Pakistan.||1996|
To learn more about any of these opportunities, please contact Professor Glyn Wittwer.
Phone: +61 3 9919 1493