PSSP Training on Poverty and Distributional Indicators and Micro-Simulations Linked to CGE Modeling

For the past few weeks, researchers from various government, academic and research organizations have been meeting in PSSP's office in Islamabad, Pakistan to be trained in poverty and distributional indicators and micro-simulations linked to CGE modeling. Dr. Dario Debowicz, Dr. Sherman Robinson, Syed Hamza Haider and Angga Pradesha from IFPRI have been running the training which spans over six meetings. The same participants were trained last year in CGE modeling and that resulted in three studies analyzing in a general equilibrium framework three different issues pertinent to Pakistan: the exchange rate misalignment, the energy crisis, and the agricultural income tax policy. This current training hopes to generate an additional appendix on micro-simulations in each of these three studies.


The training includes the following components:

  • Poverty and distributional indicators, with explanation of the indicators and illustrations.
  • Hands-on practice
  • Linking CGE and micro-simulations models: typology, domain of applicability and examples
  • Getting changes in poverty and distributional indicators at household level in GAMS for an illustrative case (Productivity growth simulations for Pakistan, linking with Pakistan’s Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) 2011)
  • Hands-on practice: extending the previously done CGE analysis to microsimulate distributional indicators at household level
  • Generation of short self-contained papers by the groups extending the already-done analysis in a general equilibrium framework
For lectures and training materials, please click here.