Conducted by Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS), Victoria University and
School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE)

For inquiries please contact: Xiujian Peng ( or Jun Yang ( .


The Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia and the School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) will offer an intensive five-day course introducing participants to computable general equilibrium modelling and to the GEMPACK software used to solve equilibrium models. The course will be delivered online through Zoom during 25-29 July 2022. The course will be lectured in both Chinese and English with tutoring available in both Chinese and English during computer sessions.

The course focuses on a typical single-region applied general equilibrium model of China: the ORANI-G China model with 2002 input-output database. The model is a variant of 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 as the basis of many single-country models including models of Thailand, China, Brazil, South Africa, Pakistan, the Philippines, Denmark, Finland and etc. GEMPACK software is used by research workers in over 800 different locations in about 90 countries around the world.

Rationale for the Practical GE Modelling Course

The course should appeal to

Course Outline

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:

July 2022 Course Program

The course program will consist of lectures integrated with extensive hands-on experience with modelling in GEMPACK. Participants in this course will need to use their own notebook computer (see Laptop requirements). The course is designed as an intensive program, with fairly long work hours. The course material and program are as follows.

Monday 25 July 2022: commence 8:30am

The basic structure of a CGE model, Introduction to the ORANI-G China model, Overview of GEMPACK software
Computing: First simulation: an overall picture; looking at the data for ORANI-G China
Finish 5:00pm

Tuesday 26 July 2022: commence 8:30am

The theoretical structure of ORANI-G China: producer, export/local mix; capital creation
Computing: interrogating the data; closure and homogeneity; tariff cut with ORANI-China
Finish 5:00pm

Wednesday 27 July 2022: commence 8:30am

Theoretical structure of ORANI-G China: household demand, other final demands, market clearing
Computing: Analysing how equations and data affect simulation results; wage simulation with ORANI-G China
Finish 5:00pm

Thursday 28 July 2022: commence 8:30am

Analysing the wage simulation, Theoretical structure of ORANI-G China: purchaser's prices and macros; investment and labour market; explaining results, closure
Computing: adding new data, variables, and equations; using subtotals
Finish 5:00pm

Friday 29 July 2022: commence 8:30am

Group simulations with ORANI-G China: simulation, analysis of results, report preparation
Group presentation of reports on ORANI-G China
Finish 4:00pm

Documentation and Software

Before the course starts, participants will receive an electronic folder, containing

At the end of the course participants receive one or more folders, containing

Assumed Background

Previous hands-on experience in solving GE models is not required. We expect that course participants have:

Preparing for the course

Participants should study some material prior to the course. Download and work through the MINIMAL course material. The MINIMAL model and course are simplified versions of the ORANI-G model and course -- and use similar notation and software. To go further, you could:

Course Fees China 2022

AU$1500 -- The fee covers course materials (including software), lectures and online tutorial

Course Venue:

Remote attendance (online) via Zoom

Course registration and payment

Complete the registration form to register the course. If you need to contact us regarding your registration and payment, please email at the Centre of Policy Studies or at UIBE.

See also:
Free downloadable mini-course
Pre-installing the software and Laptop requirements
Main Training Courses page