• 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
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Blane Lewis
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  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

  1. Research paper (50) [LO null]
  2. Stata problem sets (15) [LO null]
  3. Referee report (20) [LO null]
  4. Presentation (15) [LO null]

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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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
34
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
On Campus
5586 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A
Online
7166 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 Online N/A

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