Course content and format

The three day course will be delivered via a mixture of lectures and supervised interactive model-based exercises. The course will include time for simulations and scenario analysis from the models.

Each day will be broken into four 90 minute sessions, two in the morning and two in the afternoon.

In addition to your intensive teaching sessions, there will be plenty of opportunities to network and get to know fellow participants which is a valuable part of the course. We are also excited to be able to offer several guest lectures as part of the course. The course includes:

  • a welcome dinner as part of the course in the vibrant and lively area of the Knowledge Quarter
  • a guest lecture on the last evening
  • a celebration reception on the last evening. You will receive a University of Warwick certificate of attendance on completion of the programme.

We will also send you detailed joining instructions in advance of the programme. here will be no need to prepare anything in advance. Once completed, participants will be welcome to maintain links with NIESR and attend our public events.

Day One:

  • Session 1: The Use of Models Why we use models, what they can and cannot say. Whether forecast accuracy is a reasonable way to examine performance. Why models are imperfect and yet still useful.
  • ​Session 2: An Overview of a Global Model: NiGEM We will explain how a global econometric model can help us frame and understand key questions. The model will be briefly outlined and some forecasting examples explained e.g. we will look at the impact of changes in Chinese growth on the rest of the world and the impact of equity and house price shocks on the global economy.

Day Two:

  • Session 3: Simulations: Fiscal, Monetary, and Oil Participants will be given the opportunity to run the model with their own monetary and fiscal parameters. We will run a monetary policy game with participants to see how well they can control the economy.
  • Session 4: The View from the Frontline Policymakers are both consumers and producers of model forecasts. We will outline the way that we learnt about the emerging financial crisis in 2007/8 and how policymakers responded.

Day Three:

  • Session 5: Modelling the Unknown: Brexit. The announcement in February 2016 that was to be a referendum on UK membership of the EU allowed NIESR to formulate views about the impact of a possible exit on the UK economy. We will explain how those scenarios were constructed and we evaluated the impact of a future shock on current activity.
  • Session 6: Pulling it all together. This session will describe how ‘density forecasts’ – a description of the range of possible outcomes and their likelihood – can be constructed and communicated. The use and construction of density forecasts give the decision-maker a problem. Do they use the central forecast or act to minimise the probability of the largest error. Do they treat the forecast as derived with error and what role then is there for judgement? Does the availability of instruments to offset undesirable outcomes change the policy choice?

Daily schedule:

09:30 – 09:45 Morning refreshments

09:45 – 11:15 Morning Session 1

11:15 – 11:30 Mid-morning refreshments

11:30 – 13:00 Morning Session 2

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Afternoon Session 1

15:30 – 15:30 Afternoon refreshments

15:45 – 17:15 Afternoon Session 2

In addition you can look forward to a guest lecture at 5.30pm and welcome dinner at 7pm on day one and a graduation ceremony and celebration reception on day three from 5.30-7pm where you will receive your University of Warwick certificate of attendance.