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Training Sessions 2018 (choose one)

1) Modeling Resource Markets: Advanced Methods of Operations Research

This course investigates strategic interactions in energy resource markets and covers advanced optimization and equilibrium concepts to solve the associated models. It aims to provide participants with a strong theoretical understanding of Generalized Nash games, leader‐follower Stackelberg games, and the related mathematical concepts of (Quasi‐) Variational Inequalites (VI and QVI), Mixed Complementarity Problems, and Mathematical/Equilibrium Problems under Equilibrium Constraints (MPEC/EPEC). The practical part of the course covers applications of these methodologies to energy market problems, based on examples from the recent literature, and case studies in the oil, natural gas, and coal sector.

Participants are expected to have a basic knowledge of nonlinear optimization, mixed complementarity problems, Karush‐Kuhn‐Tucker conditions and convexity in higher dimensions as well as hands‐on experience in GAMS.

Trainer: Sauleh Siddiqui, PhD, is Assistant Professor at the Whiting School of Engineering and is on the leadership council of the Systems Institute at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore


2) Econometrics for the Analysis of Environmental Policy Interventions, Innovation, and Sustainability

This course provides a broad introduction to microeconometric empirical methods for economists, focusing on applications in environmental economics and related fields. The target audience are advanced masters and early doctoral students. Completing the course will contribute to providing the basis so that students can conduct independent empirical research at the advanced masters/doctoral level. We expect that students have completed a graduate-level introduction to econometrics and statistics. Basic knowledge of microeconomic theory will also be expected. A more specialized background in microeconometrics will be an advantage. The course consists of four intensive days of classes, with eight 90-minute sessions per day. Sessions will consist of theoretical work and applications.

Trainers: Dr. Aleksandar Zaklan (lead instructor), Dr. Astrid Cullmann, Dr. Julian Sagebiel, Dr. Alexander Zerrahn, et al., Senior Researchers at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and Berlin University of Technology, respectively.

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