The GTAP Short Course is an intensive training course in the economics of global policy analysis. The five-day, onsite course is supplemented with five online preparatory modules that introduce the data, core economic behaviors, and computational implementation of GTAP. Each module consists of approximately four hours of online content delivered as lectures and demonstrations, and includes tools for both self-evaluation and for feedback from the instruction team. The five-day residency course incorporates two phases. The first phase incorporates lectures, discussion, and hands-on lab sessions. The sequence of lectures and labs is designed to prepare students for their first GTAP-based analysis, the focus of the second phase of the residency. In that second phase, students are required to replicate and then extend, or adapt, the GTAP Model to address a policy question using the methods presented in the course. The successful participant will have gained fluency with the GTAP Model code and data base and be prepared to design economic policy experiments for computational analysis.
- introduce participants to a standardized framework (GTAP Model, v7) for conducting global policy analysis in an applied general equilibrium setting
- provide participants with hands-on training with software that has been tailored to instruction and collaboration in economic analysis with minimal software manipulation overhead
- deliver participants an opportunity to interact with economists working on global trade and resource use issues and provide the perfect entry point to the international network of AGE modelers and policy analysts using GTAP data and models