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About GTAP: GTAP Consortium

Founded in 1992, the Global Trade Analysis Project, a network of researchers and policy-makers analyzing international policy issues, is coordinated by the Center for Global Trade Analysis in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Guidance and base-level support for the project is provided by the GTAP Consortium, which unites members from government agencies, international institutions, the private sector and academia. Members of the GTAP Consortium are represented on the GTAP Advisory Board which advises the Center on matters of policy, research and funding. The GTAP Consortium currently consists of 31 agency members and 3 members at large.

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Consortium Members
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Consortium Member Responsibilities
The initial responsibility is to make a two-year minimum commitment to provide annual funding (currently USD $20,435/year) in the form of base-level support for GTAP. These funds are used to help fund core GTAP staff at Purdue University. The second responsibility consortium members are expected to take on is an active interest in GTAP and promote its responsible use in economic analysis. Finally, members are also expected to help keep GTAP on-track so that it is well-placed to contribute to public debate on issues of global trade analysis.

Advantages of GTAP Consortium Membership

Consortium Membership Testimonials
"The ECA has been a member of the GTAP Consortium for at least 8 years now. There are many benefits for being consortium members, though I would want to highlight two. First, by being members, we have been able to add the African voice to the consortium's agenda. There are many more African countries that are disaggregated as regions in the database. Secondly, the consortium has been supportive of African-oriented initiatives including having dedicated training courses for African researchers to paying special attention to the participation of African academics, researchers and practitioners in the Annual Conferences. In addition to these benefits, the ECA has made extensive use of the GTAP Data Base to inform policy processes in Africa, ranging from the development of common positions by African countries in the context of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations and the bilateral negotiations with the EU under the Economic Partnership Agreements, to the recent landmark decision by African Heads of State to work towards a continental free trade area. As a member of the consortium, the ECA was able to access updated databases in time to address specific questions while at the same time benefiting from the peer review of its work by experts."

"[Having access to] The GTAP 7.1 Data Base and model played a central role for assessing the impact of multiple free trade agreements (FTAs) on U.S. agricultural trade. It would not be possible to assess the individual impacts of FTAs without the use of the GTAP framework with its explicit treatment of bilateral tariffs and trade flows."

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a consortium member please email contactgtap@purdue.edu.