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Quantitative Methods for Policy Evaluation

Descrizione

The main challenge for policy evaluation is to establish a causal link between interventions and outcomes. The objective of this course is to introduce the main approaches used in the evaluation of public policies: randomized evaluations, natural experiments, the regression discontinuity design, selection on observables and difference-in-differences. The course presents strengths and weaknesses of each approach in terms of internal and external validity. During the theory sessions, each approach will be presented and illustrated with specific policies in the areas of labor, health, education and development economics. In the practical sessions, students themselves (with help from the instructor) replicate the results of a widely-cited published study for each evaluation approach.

Course prerequisites
Basic probability and statistics. Undergraduate econometrics.

General Readings and Textbooks
Angrist, J. D. and J.-S. Pischke (2008). Mostly harmless econometrics: An empiricist's companion. Princeton university press.
Burtless, G. (1995). \The case for randomized _eld trials in economic and policy research". In: Journal of economic perspectives 9.2, pp. 63-84.
Cunningham, S. (2018). Causal Inference: the mixtape (V. 1.7).
Deaton, A. (2010). \Instruments, randomization, and learning about development". In: Journal of economic literature 48.2, pp. 424-55.
Duo, E., R. Glennerster, and M. Kremer (2007). \Using randomization in development economics research: A toolkit". In: Handbook of development economics 4, pp. 3895-3962.
Heckman, J. J. and J. A. Smith (1995). \Assessing the case for social experiments". In: Journal of economic perspectives 9.2, pp. 85-110.

Persone

 

Mazzonna F.

Docente titolare del corso

Rellstab S.

Docente titolare del corso

Informazioni aggiuntive

Semestre
Primaverile
Anno accademico
2020-2021
ECTS
6
Lingue
Inglese, Italiano
Offerta formativa
Master of Science in Economics, Corso obbligatorio, Conoscenze di base, 1° anno