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November 2020 Newsletter

This is a monthly newsletter of PSL model releases, events, and updates.
Subscribe at https://www.pslmodels.org and follow us on Twitter @PSLModels.

User Highlights

Brand-new "Demo Day" series and blog that have showcased Tax-Brain and Tax-Cruncher.

PSL made appearances at PyData Global 2020 with Max Ghenis and Hank Doupe.

PCI-China: Release 2020-Q3 sheds lights on China's post-COVID agenda.

OG-USA-Calibration: A new incubating project for calibrating the OS-USA model.

Citations: Pomerleau, Metz, and Seiter (Tax-Cruncher); Zhong (PCI-China)

New Initiatives

  • PSL launched a "Demo Day" series where developers showcase their models. It has so far covered Tax-Brain (with Matt Jensen) and Tax-Cruncher (with Peter Metz). Subscribe to our YouTube channel and join the next event on November 30 where Jason DeBacker will demo Cost-of-Capital-Calculator.
  • PSL also has a new blog for sharing major updates on our catalog. Drop our editor, Max Ghenis, a line to share your work or suggest content.
  • For an overview of PSL, check out this Virtual Global Village podcast featuring Jason DeBacker.

microdf

A package for analyzing economic microdata as pandas DataFrames.

General updates

ParamTools

A library for parameter processing and validation with a focus on computational modeling projects

Releases and new features

  • Release 0.16.0  —  Improved API for querying parameter values and supporting custom data types.

General updates

PCI-China

A machine learning algorithm that predicts China's policy changes by mining its state-controlled media

Releases and new features

  • Release 2020-Q3  —  Updates the PCI-China indicator to 2020 Q3, shedding light on China’s post-COVID policy priorities.

General updates

Tax-Cruncher

A model that calculates federal tax liabilities from individual data under a range of policy scenarios

Releases and new features

  • Release 0.6.0  —  Redefined input parameters (#53) and made minor modifications to the web application outputs (#51, #54).

General updates

OG-USA-Calibration *

A library for estimating and calibrating the OG-USA model

General updates

  • This is newly included as an incubating project at PSL!
  • The library contains scripts to read in data sources and estimate/calibrate parameters used in the OG-USA model. Check out its documentation here.

PCI-Crackdown *

A machine learning algorithm that predicts crackdowns on protests by the Chinese military

General updates

PSL Catalog
  • Behavioral-Responses is a partial-equilibrium behavioral module that works with Tax-Calculator.
  • Cost-of-Capital-Calculator evaluates the effect of US federal taxes on businesses' investment incentives.
  • microdf is a package for analyzing economic microdata as pandas DataFrames.
  • OG-USA is an overlapping-generations model for evaluating fiscal policy in the United States.
  • ParamTools is a library for parameter processing and validation with a focus on computational modeling projects.
  • PCI-China is a machine learning algorithm that predicts China's policy changes by mining its state-controlled media.
  • Tax-Brain is an integrator package for multiple open source tax models.
  • Tax-Calculator is a USA federal individual income and payroll tax microsimulation model.
  • Tax-Cruncher calculates federal tax liabilities from individual data under a range of policy scenarios.
The asterisked are incubating projects and are expected to be brought into compliance with PSL Criteria.