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Applied Data Analysis: Introduction to and Application of the Partial Equilibrium Model CAPRI in Market and Policy Analysis

Moodle Link at HU Berlin | Link to AGNES at HU Berlin

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In collaboration with the CAPRI network, the Faculty of Life Sciences Thaer-Institute International Agricultural Trade And Development at the Humboldt University zu Berlin and the Thünen institute for farm economics organizes and offers this CAPRI course for beginners. CAPRI (Common Agricultural Policy Regional Impact Analysis) is a global agroeconomic model developed for policy impact assessment purposes. Operational for two decades, it supports decision-making related to the Common Agricultural Policy of the EU and its implementation at the Member State and regional levels. The effects of agricultural, environmental and trade policies on agricultural production, consumption, prices and trade, as well as environmental indicators, are analysed in a comparative-static framework in which the simulated results are compared to a baseline scenario.

Aims of the training session

The CAPRI course aims at bringing together students, modelers, developers and any individuals with a strong interest and background in agriculture related research to improve their knowledge about agricultural economics and quantitative modeling of agricultural, environmental and trade policies with the CAPRI system. Discussions on common issues on agricultural policy, policy modelling, model development and maintenance with CAPRI developers and users will support knowledge generation and exchange of experiences in the community. The focus of this course is to provide participants with fundamental knowledge of CAPRI model to support and foster its further independent use for educational and research purposes (at the advanced level). Participants will learn to use the CAPRI model for scenario analysis and get acquainted with its Graphical User Interface (GUI), its structural blocks and its development approach. Special attention will be given to hands-on exercises on ex-ante impact assessments of agricultural policy changes in the agricultural sector, agri-food markets and the environment.

Contact and Lectures

The course will be led by Alexander Gocht, Davit Stepanyan, Sebastian Neuenfeldt with contributions of core developers of the CAPRI network such as Maria Blanco, Mihaly Himics, Torbjörn Jansson, Mariia Bogonos, Jordan Hristov.

Format of the course

I: Self Study: Self-study tutorial using CAPRI

  • Download and install: STAR 2.7
  • Model installation
  • Basic model understanding
  • Graphical user interface
  • This part should be completed off-campus, before the lecture starts

II: An intensive 4-day: Lecture & Computer exercises

The course will provide literature and hands-on exercises for theoretical knowledge about the model analyzing results and modifying and simulating scenarios. Readings and sessions will be individualized to the participant’s interest and competence. Final exam: written or oral exam, depends on the number of students

Agenda for the Lecture & Computer exercises 20.-24.09.2021

Format TrainersTopic of the lecture
Monday 20. Sep
09:15-09:50pptAlex Gocht1.1. Overview of the course
09:50-10:45ppt (pr)Alex Gocht 1.2. General Introduction to CAPRI
11:00-11:45ppt (pr)Davit Stepanyan1.3. Reminder GAMS
11:45-12:30ppt/hand-on (pr)Torbjörn Jansson1.4. Structure of CAPRI
13:30-15:00ppt/hand-onMariia Bogonos1.5. GUI-policy-editor-run-exploit
15:15-16:45only for master studentsSetup student groups, definition of the scenario, distribution of work
Tuesday 21. Sep
09:15-09:30ppt/hand-onAlex GochtSummary “learned so far”
09:30-10:10ppt/hand-onMaria Blanco 2.1. Overview Supply Module
10:10-10:45ppt/hand-onAlex Gocht2.2. Data of the Supply Module
11:00-12:00VL/ppt/Excel/GAMSDavit Stepanyan2.3. Calibration of the Supply module
12:00-12:30ppt/hand-onDavit Stepanyan2.4. Test Calibration
13:30-15:00ppt/hand-onAlex Gocht2.5. Shock 1 price shock for cow milk
15:15-16:45only for master studentsEstablish the scenario, literature
Wednesday 22. Sep
09:15-09:30ppt/hand-on Alex GochtSummary “learned so far”
09:30-10:45ppt/hand-on (pr) Jordan Hristov (breakout session) 2.6. Shock 2 Yield with and without market
11:00-12:30ppt/hand-on Alex Gocht(breakout session) 2.7. Shock 3 Input price changes for mineral fertilizer with and without market
13:30-15:00ppt Mihaly Himics3. Introduction to market module
15:15-16:45 only for master studentsAnalyzing Results and prepare figures
Thursday 23. Sep
09:15-09:30 ppt/Hand on Alex GochtSummary “learned so far”
09:30-10:30 ppt/Hand on Sebastian Neuenfeldt (breakout session)3.1. Shock 1 GDP changes
10:45-11:45 ppt/Hand on Jordan Hristov (breakout session) 3.2. Shock 2 Human consumption
11:45-12:30 ppt/Hand on Mihaly Himics (breakout session)3.3. Shock 3 Biofuels
13:30-15:00 ppt/Hand on all tbd + feedback round
15:15-16:45 only for master studentsFinalize the ppt for Friday or in case ready give presentation on the topic
Friday 24. Sep
9:00-17:00 master students’ presentation and oral exam


link for group work for the students

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