Conferences & Workshops

Training Courses

We will be running two full day training courses on the 9th and 10th of December, which are likely to be of interest to many conference attendees. The cost of each course includes course notes, lunch and morning and afternoon teas.

Register for workshops here!

Special price: those who wish to attend both courses can do so for a total price of $595

LIAM2, a new open source development tool

Monday 9th December
Presenters: Gijs Dekkers and Philippe Liegeois 
Cost: $395 (including GST)
Venue: University of Canberra. Meet at Copland Computer Laboratory COP G025 Australian National University, at 8:45am to travel to University of Canberra.
Registration, tea and coffee will be available at the University of Canberra from 9am, with a 9:30am start time.

The objective of this course is to introduce the microsimulation toolbox LIAM2 ( and give the opportunity to participants to elaborate from scratch, simulate and analyse a simple dynamic model, while being introduced to more advanced topics.

The session will be separated into two parts. First, the basic functionalities of LIAM2 will be introduced by means of a practical examples and a rudimentary model elaborated and discussed. This includes the transformation of a starting dataset from CSV to hdf5 data format used by LIAM2. Next, some more advanced topics will be covered.

After this presentation, the participants will know enough to start their own development of a static or dynamic microsimulation model, to transfer their own datasets to the LIAM2/hdf5-format and to produce understandable output tables, while being aware of more specific functionalities.

Behavioural Microsimulation

Tuesday 10th December
Presenter: Alan Duncan
Cost: $395 (including GST)
Venue: Copland Computer Laboratory COP G025
Australian National University
Registration, tea and coffee will be available from 9am, with a 9:30am start time.

What are the likely employment effects of the new tax credit policies? How might road user charges alter patterns of transport use? Can a change in the provision of pensions affect the decision to retire? How much do policy reforms cost? To what extent are initial costs reduced through policy-induced changes in behaviour? These are the sorts of questions that behavioural microsimulation methods are designed to address.

This course reviews the main techniques of behavioural microsimulation, using examples from models used by government agencies around the world to illustrate methods and possible developments. Practical exercises will be provided to course participants, and live demonstrations will be given where feasible using an existing behavioural microsimulation model. The program is a shortened version of a two-day course run by Cemmap in UCL, London, further details of which can be here. Course participants should ideally have some familiarity with microeconometric and static microsimulation methods.

 Topics covered:

  • The basic concepts of microsimulation
  • Modelling preferences and behavioural responses
  • Practical behavioural microsimulation
  • Structural versus reduced form microsimulation
  • Duality and preference estimation
  • Dealing with random preference heterogeneity
  • Extensions and developments


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