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Practical CGE Modelling
The target audiences for this course are
This course is NOT designed for Policy makers or Commissioners of models who are only interested in understanding the uses and abuses of CGE models and interpretation of CGE model results (see the Policymakers CGE course if these are the skills you seek).
To provide a practical introduction to CGE modelling using GAMS so that participants can understand
On completion of the course the participants will have the ability to:
This course does NOT use a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to access GAMS. Experience has demonstrated that the use of GUI’s by participants on training programmes limits the development of the skills needed to be a good CGE modeller or user of CGE models. The development of GAMS, or GEMPACK, programming skills greatly extends the ability of the user to exploit the power of CGE models, while, at the same time, opening up the potential that participants can change behavioural relationships in CGE models
CGE models are NOT ‘black boxes’. Basic GAMS programming skills, and an understanding of economic theory, demonstrates that allegations that CGE models are ‘black boxes’ are false. Claims that CGE models are ‘black boxes’ says more about the claimants than about CGE models.