Past Events


Upcoming 2014 Training courses
31 Dec, 2014

The AGRODEP team is pleased to announce its list of training courses for the remainder of 2014. The courses were selected based on results from the 2014 training course and member satisfaction survey; in this survey, members were given a list of proposed courses and asked to select their top three based on which would be most useful for their research and professional development.


2014 Training Course - Applied Panel Data Econometrics
31 Dec, 2014
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dakar, Senegal


Overview

The wide availability of panel data presents unique opportunities for researchers. It is essential to understand the intuition and implications of the estimators and tests that are currently available to successfully take advantage of panel data. This course will focus on core panel data techniques, building a strong foundation before moving into more cutting edge methods that have been recently developed. The class will also discuss in detail implementation of panel data estimators and tests using the popular open source software R. The class will take place over five days to ensure maximum coverage of the core topics.

Applications for this course must be submitted by July 24, 2014.


2014 Training Course - Applied Microeconometrics
31 Dec, 2014
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Dakar, Senegal


Overview

This course will provide participants an extensive range of up-to-date statistical and econometric techniques to analyze microeconomic data. In particular, a wide variety of microeconometric methods available in Stata will be covered, including linear regression, instrumental-variables estimation, nonlinear models for binary, multinomial, and censored models, estimation of average treatment effects, simulation and bootstrapping, and duration analysis. Special emphasis will be placed on the rationale of the models, the implementation of the methods and the interpretation of the results using multiple examples. Overall, the course aims to help participants analyze microeconomic data by applying different econometric techniques using a popular specialized software.

Applications for this course must be submitted by July 24, 2014.


2014 Training Course - Productivity and Efficiency Analysis
15 Dec, 2014 - 19 Dec, 2014
University of Pretoria - Pretoria, South Africa


Overview

When we look at firms, we notice that the output of each can vary tremendously. If we assume that the firms are using the same technology, then what can account for such disparate outcomes. Productivity and efficiency analysis engages in exactly this exercise, discerning which firms are doing the best with the limited resources they have, and identifying which firms are lagging behind. Productivity and efficiency methods are widely used by regulators to monitor the behavior of firms in a given industry as well as to track performance over time of firms. Given the broad array of methods, coupled with myriad applications, accessing this literature can be daunting. This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of productivity and efficiency analysis. The class will also discuss in detail implementation of these models using the popular open source software R. The class will take place over five days to ensure maximum coverage of the core topics.

Applications for this course must be submitted by July 24, 2014.


2014 Training Course - Evaluation of Public Policies
8 Dec, 2014 - 10 Dec, 2014
University of Pretoria - Pretoria, South Africa

Overview

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to recent methodological developments in the evaluation of public policies. These developments have shown that it is possible to circumvent most conceptual problems related to the evaluation of public policies under relatively innocuous assumptions. The importance of these developments has been underlined by the award of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000 to James Heckman and Daniel McFadden, the two main contributors to the field.


2014 Innovative Research Grant
21 Oct, 2014 - 1 Dec, 2014

The AGRODEP Modeling Consortium is launching its annual competitive call for proposals for "innovative research."  Proposals for this grant will only be accepted from AGRODEP members. The theme of the 2014 call is:

Linking Country Policies to Agricultural Development Outcomes 


2014 Gaps in Research Grant
4 Aug, 2014 - 12 Sep, 2014

The African Growth and Development Policy (AGRODEP) Modeling Consortium is launching its 2014 grant season with a call for the Gaps in Research Grant. This is the third annual call for competitive grant proposals to support research on emerging issues in Africa. Proposals for this grant will be accepted from any researcher, regardless of AGRODEP membership status. Later this fall, a separate grant opportunity will be launched for AGRODEP members only.


2014 Training Course - Advanced CGE Modeling: Models of Regional Trade Integration
22 Jun, 2014
Dakar, Senegal
 

overview

In this workshop, co-sponsored by the World Bank, the instructors will introduce and distribute innovative CGE software they have developed for the analysis of trade policy modeling in East Africa. They will also discuss new datasets on trade costs and their assessment in CGE models. The lectures will be a combination of hands on experience with the models and discussion and explanation of how to interpret results in these and related trade policy CGE models of regional trade integration. The models have been developed in GAMS-MPSGE.

2014 GTAP Conference: 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis
18 Jun, 2014 - 20 Jun, 2014
Dakar, Senegal

AGRODEP recently played a leading role in the 17th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, held from June 18-20 in Dakar, Senegal. The event brought together 194 economists from 52 countries to discuss issues of food policy, trade, and economic vulnerability, with a particular focus on Africa.


2014 Training Course - Advanced CGE Modeling: PEP and IFPRI Models
16 Jun, 2014 - 17 Jun, 2014
Dakar, Senegal
 

overview

The purpose of this Advanced GAMS-based CGE Modeling training course is to provide an in-depth knowledge about two static single country general equilibrium models widely used by economists for policy analysis: the IFPRI (International Food Policy Research Institute) standard model and the PEP (Partnership for Economic Policy) 1-1 model.