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 OutcomesOn 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.
Research paper (50%), Stata problem sets (15%), referee report (20%), presentation (15%).
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WorkloadLecture of 2 hours per week.
Tutorial of 1 hour per week, to train students in using Stata, a popular data analysis software.
Various academic journals, book chapters, and technical papers on relevant issues
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
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|8315||22 Jul 2019||29 Jul 2019||31 Aug 2019||25 Oct 2019||In Person|