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Online courses


Thank you for your interest in the first edition of our online course on Economic Analysis of Non-Tariff Measures, to be held September 3 - October 21 2018. 

The objective of this Vi online course is to provide participants with the empirical tools needed to assess the impact of NTMs on trade and welfare. A hands-on technical course, the emphasis will be on the manipulation of data and the use of econometric tools.
Impact assessment of different NTMs is indispensable for the formulation of a consistent and pro-sustainable-development trade policy. NTMs, including regulations such as product quality and safety requirements, have been playing an increasing role in international trade because of the reduction in tariffs, and growing consumer concerns about food safety and quality, and environmental protection. 
The course targets researchers from universities, research centres, and governmental and non-governmental institutions in developing and transition countries involved in the research and teaching of international trade and trade policy, interested in enhancing their quantitative skills and conducting policy-relevant research on NTMs as they relate to their countries. Qualified women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. The number of participants is limited in order to ensure appropriate support throughout the course. 
Applicants must hold a Master's degree in Economics or Econometrics; or a Master's degree in Statistics or Finance, with a Bachelor's degree in Economics or Econometrics. Knowledge of the Stata statistical software,and excellent English skills are also required.
Thanks to the support of UNCTAD’s Trade Analysis Branch and the Virtual Institute, the selected participants will be exempt from the fees associated with access to the course and the e-tutoring services provided. Participants will also receive the course materials and other relevant literature on CD/DVD free of charge.
The course was developed with the financial support of the Government of Finland, the One UN Fund for Tanzania and the Russian Federation for the Transparency in Trade Initiative.
Participants with passing grades in the course will receive a digital certificate of completion. The top 10 course graduates will receive a copy of the UNCTAD/World Trade Organization book, “A Practical Guide to Trade Policy Analysis,” published by the Virtual Institute.
The deadline for applications is August 12.
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