Applied General Equilibrium Modelling GLOBE, STAGE and R23 Models

© Scott McDonald & Karen Thierfelder

Estimating a Social Accounting Matrix: Online Course

This course is offered in cycles 3 and 4

There are four (4) modules in the course:

  1. Theory of Social Accounting
  2. Deriving Prior Macro and Micro SAMs
  3. Mathematical Methods for Estimating a Complete and Consistent SAM
  4. Estimating a SAM Project

This is an advanced course designed to meet the requirements of participants who want to understand the processes involved in estimating a SAM. This course uses advanced GAMS skills. Participants should have well GAMS skills with appreciable GAMS experience.

The first 3 modules have a total of 21 components. The 7 components of the first module each require c 3 hours, the 7 components in the second and third modules each require c 4 (or more) hours. The project should take some 25 hours to complete. The course is over 5 weeks, with an allowance for 1 week of slippage. Each module requires the participants to submit a deliverable; this allows the tutor to monitor progress and understanding.

Participants should plan a SAM estimation project of their own that will be undertaken immediately following completion of this course: experience indicates that embedding the skills explored in this course is important.

This an advanced course for individuals who have a well-developed background in CGE modelling and extensive experience using the GAMS software: the GAMS programmes are more complex than those used for CGE models. Participants are required to demonstrate that they are experienced users of GAMS; evidence includes completion of advanced courses offered by CGEMOD.

The materials are delivered using MOODLE, which provides an asynchronous forum in which participants engage with other participants and the course instructor.

Questions and requests for advice submitted between 0800 and 1600 UTC will be responded to by the end of the next working (Monday to Friday) day, i.e., by 1600 UTC.

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Contact: Karen Thierfelder (

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