Contract Research

The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) is a research centre with world-leading experts in computable general equilibrium modeling and policy analysis. The research group includes the chief creator of the ORANI, MONASH and USAGE models, Professor Peter Dixon, and the developers of the GEMPACK software used at the Centre and elsewhere. In the past thirty years, CoPS has built computable general equilibrium (CGE) models for many countries and provided training courses to modelers from all over the world. Today, over 400 organisations in over 90 countries are using CoPS-developed CGE models and GEMPACK software.

The Centre has an extensive commercial practice, involving two main lines of business: advice for government policy makers and businesses; and contract research and training for model builders. Some recent contract work is listed here.

Contract research for policy makers in government and business

CoPS has been employed by Australian and international governments and businesses to undertake:

Our clients since the start of 2003 have included:

Among the many issues addressed have been:

Apart from their broad applicability in policy analysis, CoPS' models typically have strong forecast capacities. VU-National is used by state and federal government agencies to forecast employment by detailed occupation and region, and MMRF-Green has been commissioned by the Australian Greenhouse Office to forecast greenhouse gas emissions in Australia.

Click here to see a list of recent contract work.

Contract research and training for model builders

CoPS has helped research organizations around the world to build general equilibrium models for the United States, Brazil, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Ireland, Denmark and South Africa. The most significant application and extension of CoPS' modeling technology outside Australia has been the creation of a world trade model by the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) at Purdue University. CoPS is closely associated with GTAP and supplies: software used to run the GTAP model; technical expertise with model improvements; and teaching staff for GTAP training courses. CoPS has a long tradition of interaction with model builders from around the world, welcoming visitors at CoPS for various length of time, ranging from six weeks to one year.

Software developments and training courses at CoPS have made general equilibrium analysis increasingly accessible to economists. Recent software developments at CoPS include user-friendly interfaces for running and modifying models, for viewing data and for analyzing model results (e.g. WinGEM, RunDynam, ViewHAR, ViewSOL, TABmate and AnalyseGE). These developments have significantly reduced the computing load for analysts, thus enabling them to be more ambitious in the type of analysis undertaken and in their depth of understanding of model results.

Rates for contract research are subject to negotiation between client and management of CoPS. Enquires regarding contract research should be addressed to the Director James Giesecke (03 9919 1487).