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ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research:
"Behind the Border" Gravity Modeling

15-19 December 2008
Bangkok, Thailand
UNESCAP Trade and Investment Division
To develop participants capacity to conduct research on trade policy and facilitation issues.
Opening statement
Mr. Ravi Ratnayake, Director, Trade and Investment
Division, UNESCAP


Monday, 15 December 2008
Session 1:     Introduction to Gravity Modeling
Ben Shepherd, Niehaus Center, Princeton University,
GEM, Sciences Po

Session 2:     Estimating the Basic Gravity Model
Ben Shepherd

Tuesday, 16 December 2008
Session 1:     The Theoretical Gravity Model
Ben Shepherd
Session 2:     Estimating the Theoretical Gravity Model
Ben Shepherd

Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Session 1/2:  Gravity and Panel Data
Ben Shepherd
Session 4:     Enhancing Asia’s Trade: Trade Costs Matter
Prabir De, RIS, New Delhi
Improving Intra-Regional Food and Agricultural Trade in South Asia through Trade Facilitation
Jeevika Weerahewa, Faculty of Agriculture,
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Thursday, 18 December 2008
Session 1:     Dealing with Endogeneity
Ben Shepherd
Session 3:     Dealing with Zero Trade Flows
Ben Shepherd

Friday, 19 December 2008
Session 1:     Counterfactual Simulations Using the Gravity Model
Ben Shepherd
Session 3/4:  Summing Up and Brainstorming
Ben Shepherd

Suggested reading
Draft note on trade facilitation and export diversification
Information note for participants
List of participants
Mr. Yann Duval
Economic Affairs Officer
Trade Policy Section
Trade and Investment Division, UNESCAP
Email: [email protected]

Last updated: 23 December 2008

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