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Call Practical GE Modelling Course, 9-13 September 2019, WIFO, Vienna

Practical GE Modelling Course

Dates: 9-13 September 2019

Venue: WIFO, Arsenal, Objekt 20, A-1030 Vienna.

The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) in collaboration with the  Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) offers an intensive one-week course introducing participants to computable general equilibrium (CGE) modelling with GEMPACK software.


The course focuses on a typical single-region applied general equilibrium model: the ORANI-G model of the Australian economy. Variants of the ORANI model of the Australian economy have been used extensively for policy analysis in Australia for more than two decades. ORANI-G, a generic version of ORANI, has been used to model 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. By the end of the course, participants will have acquired thorough knowledge of:

  • the theory underlying CGE models;
  • the basic structure of a typical CGE model;
  • the representation of applied GE models in the notation used in GEMPACK;
  • the data requirements of a typical single-country CGE model;
  • checking that the equations and data of a model are implemented correctly on the computer;
  • formulating exogenous scenarios;
  • computing simulations for policy analysis and interpreting and reporting results.

The course program consists of lectures integrated with a sequence of practical computer exercises using GEMPACK. This provides a strong emphasis on learning through analysis of stylized simulations including a rise in wages, an increase in government spending or a change in applied tariffs. The course will be taught by the world-leading CGE modellers from the  Centre of Policy Studies.

The course should appeal to

  • those needing background to work with, or understand results from, a typical CGE model like ORANI-G;
  • those wishing to use the theory of ORANI-G with GEMPACK for a model of a country other than Australia;
  • those wanting to understand current policy issues in the context of a formal economy-wide system.

Course Fees (€)



15% discount CEEC

20% discount 2+members/institution

Academic or student

2 400

2 040

1 920


3 200

2 720

2 560

Private sector

4 500

3 825

3 600

The fee covers course materials (including software), morning and afternoon teas and 5 lunches. It does not cover accommodation, breakfast or dinner.

Registration and Payment

Registration is done through CoPS. Please send an email to Louise Pinchen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) stating the name, organisation and email for all those wishing to register.

Payment should be made directly to WIFO in Euro using bank details at right once your registration has been acknowledged.

Account name:     Österreichisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung

Bank name:           UniCredit BankAustria AG

IBAN                       AT77 1100 0004 7149 4500

BIC                          BKAUATWW

Account No.          471494500

Currency                EUR

More information

For more information please visit the Practical GE Modelling course page http://www.copsmodels.com/pgemc.htm.

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