• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Policy Studies, Economics, Finance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Warwick McKibbin
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2023
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Available for on-campus & remote (online) learning. Students participate in interactive, real-time classes.

This course is designed to introduce the theoretical and practical bases of large-scale economic modeling of the global economy. Students will learn the fundamentals of constructing a global simulation model based on the G-Cubed general equilibrium model. They will then analyse a number of macroeconomic policy problems using this model. Students will learn how to use the model to generate a set of results and also how to to interpret those results. Students will write a report that uses insights from their modeling to contribute to an existing literature on a major macroeconomic policy problem. This course is designed for Master and PhD students with a strong understanding of economics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand the conceptual basis of large-scale general equilibrium models.
  2. Demonstrate a degree of proficiency in using the G-Cubed global economic model.
  3. Design model scenarios to understand complex economic issues.
  4. Evaluate macroeconomic policy questions in the G-Cubed model framework.
  5. Critically interpret and communicate macroeconomic modelling results for policy analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Problem set 1 (10) [LO 1]
  2. Problem set 2 (10) [LO 1,2]
  3. Mid-term essay (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research essay (3,000 words) (50) [LO 1,4,5]

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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including class time and independent study.

Inherent Requirements


Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

McKibbin W and Wilcoxen P (2013) 'A global approach to energy and the environment: The G-cubed model', Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier, 2013, Chapter 15, pp 995-1068.

Dixon PB and Jorgenson DW (2013) 'Introduction', Handbook of Computable General Equilibrium Modeling, Elsevier, 2013, Chapter 1, pp 1-22.

Assumed Knowledge

This is a Masters and PhD-level course in Economics. A high level of microeconomics and mathematics (including calculus) is assumed. Computer skills are required.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
2023 $4560 Standard Rate
2023 $3600 Grandfathered Rate*

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International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5820
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5507 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 In Person View
7296 24 Jul 2023 31 Jul 2023 31 Aug 2023 27 Oct 2023 Online View

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