Policy-oriented Economic (CGE) Modeling
The training was organized by PEGNet and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) as part of the Macroeconomic Advice for Poverty Reduction project
with support from Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
Trainer: Manfred Wiebelt, Kiel Institute for the World Economy
The overall objective of this training was to strengthen capacities and impart skills for the development and evaluation of evidence-based policy reforms in Rwanda. The training integrated general equilibrium theory, country-level data, hands-on computer work, and real-world applications to the Rwandan economy. Participants were introduced to the micro, macro and trade theories that underlie typical Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) models, learnt how to implement a model and how to run it. Finally, participants were exposed to relevant policy issues and areas that benefit from the use of these models. Examples of modeling applications included analysis of trade and public finance in Rwanda under alternative macro closures (I-S, public budget, balance-of-payments), productivity and world price shocks, and capital in- and outflows on Rwanda’s economic structure.