Kelly de Bruin, a post doc at CERE, gave a course in applied economic modeling of environmental issues using GAMS during an intensive week, May 27 – June 5.
The course focused on the applied analysis of the relationship between economic activity and environmental issues and covered various techniques such as linear programming, partial equilibrium modelling, input/output modeling, computable general equilibrium modeling and neo-classical growth modeling. In the lectures different theoretical models were introduced and discussed using academic papers and through examples of various environmental problems (e.g. climate change, pesticide, pollution), different approaches were discussed. In the practical part students built applied models using GAMS, a high-level modeling system for mathematical programming and optimization. The mix between theory and practical work was great and Kelly shared a lot of practical insights useful for modeling work.