CGE Workshop and GEMPACK & database courses

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Monday 10 August 2015
Tuesday 11 August 2015
Wednesday 12 August 2015 to Friday 14 August 2015

The Centre of Policy Studies, Victoria University, will host a series of workshops in August at the Victoria University City Convention Centre in Melbourne.

CGE Workshop

10 August 2015
8.30am - 5.30pm

The National CGE Workshop is an annual event that provides a forum for CGE modellers to exhibit and discuss their work.

We are pleased to announce that Professor Warwick McKibbin will present the keynote lecture at the workshop. The topic of Professor McKibbin’s lecture is “Long term Economic Growth Projections and Factor Shares”.

Registration is free. Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

An informal dinner will follow the workshop (at participant's expense) and participants can indicate their interest in attending the dinner when registering.

Participants wishing to present can indicate their interest as part of the registration process. The deadline to submit an abstract or complete paper (papers preferred but not compulsory) is 14 July 2015.

Presenters may bring copies of their paper to distribute at the workshop. Papers and presentations will be made available online after the workshop.

The program for the CGE Workshop will be available after we have confirmed presenters.

For further information about the CGE Workshop, contact Dr Janine Dixon.

Keynote speaker

Professor Warwick J. McKibbin

Professor Warwick J. McKibbin has a Vice Chancellor’s Chair in Public Policy and is Director of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University (ANU). He is also an ANU Public Policy Fellow; a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences; a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia and Pacific Policy Society; a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C (where he is co-Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project). He was awarded the Centenary medal in 2003 “For Service to Australian Society through Economic Policy and Tertiary Education”.

Professor McKibbin is internationally renowned for his contributions to global economic modeling and the theory of monetary policy and has published more than 200 peer reviewed academic papers and 5 books as well as being a regular commentator in the popular press. He served on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 2002 to 2011 and worked at the Reserve Bank from 1975 to 1991. He regularly advises International Institutions, Central Banks, governments and corporations across a range of developed and emerging economies on macroeconomic policy and economic modeling.

One-day GEMPACK Course

11 August 2015
9am - 4.30pm

This one-day GEMPACK training course will present 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 will be assumed.

Participants are to bring their own laptops.

Lunch, morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

The cost is $800 (inc. GST).

Preliminary GEMPACK program.

For further information about the GEMPACK course, contact Michael Jerie.

Constructing a CGE data base course

12 to 14 August 2015

The course gives participants the conceptual and computer skills required to turn raw data into a CGE data base. It will teach you how to convert input-output data of another country to a data base which can be used with the theory of the ORANI-G model to make a GE model of that country.

Participants are to bring their own laptops & install GEMPACK before the course.

The course costs:

  • $2100 for academic or student.
  • $3000 for government employee
  • $4200 commercial consulting employee.

The fee includes GST and covers course materials (including software), morning and afternoon teas and lunch.

For further information about the CGE data base course, contact Louise Pinchen.

Course outline & assumed background

Many modellers will wish to construct their own database, either from scratch, or by extending or modifying the database of an existing CGE model. This course introduces students to the skills required:

  • converting input-output data and elasticity estimates, from spreadsheet or text files into GEMPACK's binary format.
  • computing the particular collection of data arrays required by the target model.
  • ensuring that accounting identities are satisfied.
  • aggregating and disaggregating data.
  • organising the work so that it is documented and repeatable.

This course is a little more technically demanding than the Practical GE Modelling course. It assumes that participants have attended one of the Practical GE Modelling or Dynamic CGE Model Courses (or the equivalent).

Travel & accommodation

Participants are required to arrange their own accommodation. View Melbourne CBD accommodation options.

Options for getting from Tullamarine airport to Melbourne CBD:

  • The Skybus from Tullamarine Airport to Southern Cross Station, Spencer Street costs $30 return. Skybus also offers a free bus service from Southern Cross Station to many hotels within the city.
  • A taxi from the airport may cost in excess of $55 one way after adding tolls and the 10 per cent credit card surcharge.

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10 August 2015, 8:30am to 5:30pm
11 August 2015, 9:00am to 4:30pm
12 August 2015 to 14 August 2015

Get in touch

Dr Janine Dixon
Senior Research Fellow
Centre of Policy Studies
9919 1426