About the Course

The course is geared at improving the awareness and understanding of quantitative methods, which in turn can contribute to evaluations of development and poverty effects of negotiation positions and outcomes as well as domestic trade-related policy choices. The course is primarily designed for those who have some prior exposure to economic statistics and quantitative economic analysis and have, or expect to have, specialist positions as trade policy analysts. It introduces common analytical methods and tools widely used for the purpose of quantifying likely effects of alternative trade agreement outcomes and trade policy options.

The objective of the course is to introduce the participants to key tools of analysis in common use among trade economists. This will cover hands on exercises with some partial equilibrium models and various trade indicators. The participants will have the chance to extract data from UN COMTRADE and the UNCTAD/World Bank WITS/TRAINS databases and to compute the indicators. Participants will also learn how to interpret the results of their work.

Expected Training Outcomes

  • an ability to think critically, strategically and independently,
  • an appreciation of quantitative trade policy analysis,
  • a knowledge of tools for basic trade analysis,
  • a developed global mindset with a grasp of international trade analysis and policy issues with a focus on LDCs,
  • an understanding of the role and nature of the various trade analysis policy tools
  • an enhanced understanding of the analysis on key issues such bilateral, regional, and multilateral international trade negotiations, agreements, institutions and related processes.

Fee and Other Costs

The fee for the programme will be US$ 1,800 this includes tuition, presentation material and other documentation. It also includes lunch and refreshments during each working day.