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Deadline for registration - Friday 22 June 2013

There are two elements to the course:

1) Pre course training: a supported study programme based on a series of structured exercises. The programme consists of four components:

a) An introduction to the GAMS programming language, GAMSIDE (Integrated Development Environment) and GDX (GAMS Data Exchange);

b) A series of exercises based on the GAMS tutorial (a linear programming application);

c) An introduction to CGE modelling using the classic 2(commodity) *2(activity) *2(factor) *2(household) example;

d) An introduction to modelling trade using the Armington ‘insight’ based of the 1(country)*2(activities)*3(commodities) model.

Support is provided by email and feedback will be provided in response to the completed exercises. Participants should begin working on the exercises two months prior to the course; the exercises should take up to 40 hours.

2) Short course: an intensive period involving a mix of lectures, structured computer exercises and informal support. The short course consists of three parts:

a) The first part uses a single country model (SMOD) that is a version of the single country models embedded in GLOBE.

b)The second part concentrates on the GLOBE model: covering calibration and customisation of the model, the formulation of policy experiments and the interpretation of results.

c) The third part consists of group projects that involve the replication and extension of prior studies. It is anticipated that the group projects will be based on one or more of the following variants:

i) GLOBE for ‘standard’ trade scenarios;

ii) GLOBE_EN for energy and carbon emission scenarios; and

iii) GLOBE_MIG for labour migration scenarios.