Winter School in cross country microsimulation

The first winter school on EUROMOD will be held at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, from 26th until 28th February 2014. The aim of the course is to provide academics, policy practitioners and other interested users with an introduction to the concepts, structure and functioning of EUROMOD.

EUROMOD is a state-of-the-art tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union, led by the Institute for Social and Economic Research. EUROMOD links microdata from household surveys and policy legislation in a single user interface.

The course will cover the basics of tax-benefit microsimulation, the logic and structure behind EUROMOD, working with EUROMOD’s user interface, input data, EUROMOD ‘language’ and using existing documentation.

The bulk of the course is dedicated to teaching EUROMOD functions which form the building blocks of the EUROMOD ‘language’. Potential participants should apply before November 1st.

More information on EUROMOD and the recent research using the model is available in the latest edition of EUROMOD News.

The winter school in cross country microsimulation is part of the policy pillar of InGRID, a large research infrastructure network funded by European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and involves 17 European partners. InGRID is aimed at integrating existing research resources in the area of ‘Poverty and living conditions’ and ‘Working conditions and vulnerability’ by providing transnational data access, organizing mutual knowledge exchange activities and improving methods and tools for comparative research. This integration will provide the related European scientific community with new and better opportunities to fulfil its key role in the development of evidence-based European policies for Inclusive Growth. Prospec­tive participants to the course are encouraged to consider combining attendance to the course with a visit to ISER to maximise their exposure to EUROMOD expertise.