Training to strengthen the technical skills of specialists in the empirical analysis of the effects of trade employment.

The second technical three-day training was by Mr. David Cheong (Trade and Employment Specialist, ILO) to strengthen the technical skills of specialists in the empirical analysis of the effects of trade on employment by using a social accounting matrix (SAM) and analysis of the multiplier effects. The three days of training combining with face-to-face training, a field visit, and a structured follow-up phase of training. It was developed and facilitated the course with the help of academic professor from Yangon University of Economics (YECO). The course was combined individual presentations by Mr. David Cheong (Trade and Employment Specialist, ILO) and a series of practical exercises under guidance from YECO professor on Excel to gradually introduce the participants to the SAM and multiplier analysis. However during the follow-up phase, participants were not fully done with the simulation exercises to estimate and analyze the effects of trade on employment under specific scenarios due to efficient knowledge of economics (preferably including concepts related to international trade and employment), less experience working with statistics, and the ability to use Microsoft Excel.