Thank you for your interest in the first edition of our online course!
The Virtual Institute (Vi) online course on trade and poverty analysis for researchers and university lecturers from developing and transition countries will take place September 10 to November 30, 2012.
The objective of the course is to provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of trade and trade-related policies on poverty and income distribution. Part of the Vi’s broader effort to strengthen research capacities in participants' countries, the course aims to support governments in the design of pro-poor trade policies conducive to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
As a hands-on technical course, the pedagogical approach emphasizes data manipulation and the use of econometric tools. Applicants must therefore have knowledge of STATA and trade theory and policy, as well as a Master's degree in Economics and excellent knowledge of English.
Thanks to the support from the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Government of Finland, the selected participants will be exempt from course fees. They will also receive the course CD/DVD free-of-charge.
Participants with passing grades in all course activities will receive a certificate of completion. The top 10 course graduates will receive a a copy of the UNCTAD/World Trade Organization book, “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis,” published by the Virtual Institute.