Short report summer school 'Using EUROMOD for cross-country microsimulation'
The fourth winter/summer school on EUROMOD cross-country microsimulation was recently held at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex (UK), over 30 November-2 December 2016. The 24 participants who attended originated from a variety of institutions across the European Union including universities, financial institutions and ministries and included academics, policy practitioners and other interested users.
EUROMOD is a state-of-the-art multi-country tax-benefit microsimulation model for the European Union, led by ISER and funded by DG Employment. EUROMOD links household survey microdata and policy legislation in a single user interface, enabling the effects of policy and other changes on the income distribution to be analysed in a comparative perspective.
Dr H. Xavier Jara , a member of the EUROMOD team, led the event with the support of colleagues Katrin Gasior, Mattia Makovec and Miko Tammik. The course covered 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 was dedicated to teaching EUROMOD functions which form the building blocks of the EUROMOD ‘language’.
Time was allocated throughout the 3 days for practical hands-on exercises, allowing time for participants to become familiar with the tool. Exercises from the course can be found here.
Initial feedback following the course has been very positive, with participants expressing satisfaction both with the lecture sessions and especially with the practical hands-on component.
The winter school forms part of the policy pillar of InGRID.
More information can be found here.