EUROMOD-HHoT Summer School: Using EUROMOD for model family simulations

NEW DATE: 21-23 October 2020!

General information

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.

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.

About InGRID

The Summer School in cross country microsimulation is part of the policy pillar of INGRID, a large research infrastructure network aimed at integrating existing research resources in the area of ‘Poverty and living conditions’ and ‘Working conditions and vulnerability’ by providing transnational data access, organizing mutual knowledge exchange activities and improving methods and tools for comparative research. This integration will provide the related European scientific community with new and better opportunities to fulfil its key role in the development of evidence-based European policies for Inclusive Growth.


Wednesday, 21 October 2020 (start at 9:00am)

  • Introduction to microsimulation and model family simulations using EUROMOD and HHOT
  • Explaining EUROMOD: model design; user interface; running EUROMOD; error handling
  • Preparing the input dataset using HHoT; hands-on practices
  • Functions and parameters in EUROMOD; hands-on practices

Thursday, 22 October 2020

  • Functions and parameters in EUROMOD (continued); hands-on practices
  • Assessment (tax) units; hands-on practices

Friday, 23 October 2020 (end at 3:00pm)

  • Policy swaps; hands on practices
  • Finalising exercises
  • Q&A

Information for applicants

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.

Candidates to this summer school are expected to fill in the application form before 2 September 2020 including a motivation for attending the summer school. In the motivation candidates must also specify to what extent they meet the requirements listed above. Candidates should also indicate whether they plan to give a brief presentation about a project in which they (plan to) use EUROMOD. Applications will be evaluated by University of Antwerp and the University of Essex and candidates will be informed whether their applications have been accepted by 10 September 2020.

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. More information is available here.

This summer school is aimed at PhD students, early-stage researcher and practitioners without prior knowledge of EUROMOD. The course will be focusing on conveying basic knowledge about the structure, logic and functioning of the EUROMOD model and HHoT plugin.

Deadline for applications: 2 September 2020

Venue and timing

City Campus, University of Antwerp, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium

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. The decision about whether the course will take place in Antwerp or online will be made at the same time that the participants will be selected. Applications will be informed about this decision and the acceptance of their application, no later than September 10.

Start: Wednesday 21 October 2020, 9:00
End: Friday 23 October 2020, 15:00


The summer course is organised by the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, University of Antwerp - Sint-Jacobstraat 2, B-2000 Antwerp