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Forthcoming workshop on “Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Modelling for Trade Policy Analysis”

ARTNeT was pleased to receive a large number of applications to participate in the forthcoming workshop on “CGE Modelling for Trade Policy Analysis.”  The event will take place from 22 to 26 July 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. The objective of this five-day course is to provide participants with a solid foundation in Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) applications and methods in order to obtain better evidence on impact of trade and other related policy changes. Participants will learn about how CGE models are constructed, used and interpreted. For further details, please see the tentative programme. 

John Gilbert, Professor of economics in the Department of Economics and Finance, Huntsman School of Business, at Utah State University will be leading teaching at the workshop. Ahead of the workshop, John has shared with ARTNeT some views on Computable General Equilibrium models and their use and abuse by policy makers.

Ninth ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research and Analysis held in Bangkok

Bringing together researchers from across the region, this year’s ARTNeT capacity building workshop was held in Bangkok, between 24-28 June. Arranged in collaboration with the World Trade Organization  (WTO) and Thailand’s Institute for International Trade and Development (ITD), the workshop focused on developing research skills and tools for effective trade analysis.

Participants reported greatly benefitting from the teaching and discussions, and the Secretariat is confident that they will put their new skills to work conducting policy research with real impact. Mr Sudeep Bairacharya, from SAWTEE, Nepal described the workshop as “a perfect platform to learn useful and much needed research skills. I … will be able to use [the knowledge] extensively in my future research.” Another participant, Sumali Dissanayake, Rajarata University, Sri Lanka, commented: “Thank you for a truly fabulous, informative five days … I'm so excited to have found so many wonderful new resources for our research.”

New ARTNeT working papers

Jayeeta Deshmukh and Pradyut Kumar Pyne explore the links between Labour productivity and export performance using firm level evidence from Indian manufacturing since 1991. They examines the productivity of firms and their ability to enter the export market. The authors find that domestic firms are more export-intensive than foreign firms, and that private firms are more export intensive than public firms.
Piya Wongpit  examines trade costs and the impacts of trade facilitation on manufacturing exports by Thailand. The study first estimates the comprehensive trade costs of the manufacturing industry for Thailand and 23 trading partners from 1999 to 2010. The results indicate that manufacturing trade costs have continuously decreased over time due to the reduction of tariff and non-tariff costs.
Nephil Matangi Maskay and Shiva Raj Adhikari consider the paradoxes of inclusive growth in Nepal; the poverty headcount fell even during the insurgency. They examine the dynamics of inclusive growth in Nepal with particular attention to remittances.  


Online Gravity tool updated with 2012 data

ARTNeT's Gravity Model Interactive Modelling Database has now been updated to include data up until 2012. This is a major step forward for the database and will make the tool more relevant and effective for researchers. The ARTNeT Online Gravity Model Interactive Modelling Database, allows researchers to estimate the trade impacts of various trade-related policies, from traditional tariffs to new “behind-the-border” measures. With data increasingly available for developing, as well as developed countries, the gravity model has come to be the starting point for a wide variety of research questions with a policy component. Follow this link to explore the database.

Improving the evaluation of Aid for Trade projects

Since late 2012 ARTNeT has been involved in the implementation of an UN Development Account project titled " Facilitating the Effective Integration of Developing Countries in the Global Economy through Aid for Trade Schemes". ARTNeT has deployed several research teams to conduct national studies on the project-level development impact of aid for trade projects in countries such as Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Fiji and Viet Nam. Following a successful meeting in Kathmandu, Nepal in April, the project has has now reached its midpoint. Final results will be discussed in an expert dialogue on Aid for Trade to be held in November during the trade and investment week in Bangkok. To learn more please contact Teemu Puutio: puutio@un.org.