23 October 2020
EUROMOD-HHoT: Using EUROMOD for Model Family Simulations
EUROMOD allows for complex policy impact analysis, such as evaluations of policy reforms in terms of poverty, inequality, work incentives and government budgets, assessments of EU-wide policies or estimation the impact of changing population characteristics on the redistributive effect of existing policies. HHoT on the other hand does not allow for redistributive effects but it allows to better understand changes in tax benefit policies, cross national differences in social outcomes and evaluate the adequacy, fairness and labour market incentives.
The course will deal with the basics of tax-benefit micro-simulation and model family simulation. It will cover the logic and structure behind EUROMOD, working with EUROMOD’s user interface, input data, EUROMOD ‘language’ and using existing documentation.
The use and functions of the HHoT are taught, additionally also basic EUROMOD functions form an important part of the course. By a variety of lectures, live demonstrations of the model and hands-on exercises, participants learn how to use the model how and refine their understanding of the HHoT.
At the end of the course, participants are expected to have a good understanding of how HHoT and EUROMOD work and to be capable of using HHoT for their own purposes.
Exercises are carried out using participants’ private computers. Participants will be provided with a free copy of the latest public release of EUROMOD to be installed on their own personal computer. The course will use hypothetical families as input dataset. No access to ‘real’ data can be granted on the basis of taking part in the course.
The Summer School will take place at the University of Antwerp, but only when this will be possible given the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. If not, the course will be held online.
Requirements for attending the summer school are:
an interest in using microsimulation or model family simulation for policy analysis;
a basic knowledge of quantitative analysis;
familiarity with Stata (or another statistical package) is desirable.
The aim of the Summer School is to provide academics, policy practitioners and other interested users with an introduction to the concepts, structure and functioning of HHoT and EUROMOD. EUROMOD is a state-of-the art tax-benefit microsimulation model linking micro-data from household surveys and policy legislation in a single user interface. HHoT or the Hypothetical Household Tool is a tool for the simulation of hypothetical families, based on EUROMOD. EUROMOD simulates the different components of a households disposable income for a given year and country. HHoT generates a dataset that EUROMOD will apply for policy simulations, instead of using a regular micro data file.
EUR 0: Participants will be selected based on their motivation for attending the course.
Participation in the summer school is free of charge and potential participants may receive a partial reimbursement of travel and subsistence costs.