- Code IDEC8026
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject International and Developmental Economics
- Academic career PGRD
- AsPr Blane Lewis
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the reasoning behind and the rationale of major impact evaluation techniques.
- Understand published empirical research on policy evaluation and critically assess the validity of causal claims in quantitative research.
- Be able to determine the appropriate technique in order to rigorously evaluate the impact of an event.
- Be equipped to apply those techniques in a real-world setting.
- Be able to use statistical software for applying impact evaluation techniques.
- 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) [LO null]
- Stata problem sets (15) [LO null]
- Referee report (20) [LO null]
- Presentation (15) [LO null]
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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
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