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Submitted by Drake Kyalimpa on
Dear Shanta, Thank you for the wonderful piece and insights on CGe modeling. The piece by you and Robinson will be worth reading. You have alreday contruibuted immensely in this subject area. Having a an econometrics background, I personally take great pride in the use of SAM-CGe Modeling framework in informing policy makers of the impact of their actions on the economy, more particularly on the microeconomy. We would not know or use traditional econometric tools to nalyse economy wide issues without CGE modeling. You continued enlightment in this area is much appreciated. I have analysed the Ugandan economy using the SAM-CGE modeling. I was particularly interested in the determination of key sectors and how different policies affect these sectors. My results indeed reflect the true nature of the Ugandan economy, especially the finding that the agriculture sector seems to be the most important sector for poverty alleviation and growth. I think it is fair to say that developing countries will be fairly served if they concetrated the limited resources to sectors that have significant linkages with the rest of the economy. Thiose sectors that spur growth while associated with high reditributive effects (i.e. high employment, household and factor incomes) rather than waste resources in non-productive sectors (sectors that do not create significatnt redistributive effects). I would like more insights on dynamic CGE modeling and how the finacial sector can be modeled within the CGE framework. There are not so many studies that have analysed the role of the finacial sector. I am particularly interested in a simple model that you might be knowing which could be the starting guide for financial sector modeling in the SAM-CGE framework. Looking forward to reading your article. Kind regards, Drake Kyalimpa