• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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This course is an introduction to rigorous and policy-relevant impact evaluation techniques for postgraduate students in economics and public policy. The course's main emphasis is on evaluating the effect of a policy or a naturally occurring event on the economic and social well being of individuals who are exposed to the event. The course has a strong focus on applications - although students will be expected to fully understand the conceptual underpinnings of each technique.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will:

1. Understand the reasoning behind and the rationale of major impact evaluation techniques.
2. Understand published empirical research on policy evaluation and critically assess the validity of causal claims in quantitative research.
3. Be able to determine the appropriate technique in order to rigorously evaluate the impact of an event.
4. Be equipped to apply those techniques in a real-world setting.
5. Be able to use statistical software for applying impact evaluation techniques.
6. Conduct empirical research using modern econometric techniques for policy evaluation.

Overall, at the end of the course, a student should have developed the skills needed to conceive, organize, conduct and present empirical research.

Indicative Assessment

Research paper (50%), Stata problem sets (15%), referee report (20%), presentation (15%).


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Workload

Lecture of 2 hours per week.
Tutorial of 1 hour per week, to train students in using Stata, a popular data analysis software.

Prescribed Texts

Various academic journals, book chapters, and technical papers on relevant issues

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 3
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5400
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
8657 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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