EIB E245: Econometric Impact Evaluation for Public Policy and Social Programs
Previously titled E218: Applied Microeconometrics, this course will cover econometric impact evaluation theory and empirical methods for evaluating public policies and social programs. The curriculum is oriented toward applied practitioners by focusing on research design and methods most commonly used for establishing causality and measuring the impact (e.g., randomization, matching, fixed effects, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, and regression discontinuity). Students will learn to critically read, analyze, and evaluate papers using these techniques and implement them in your own research, which potentially leads to the capstone. The topics include a broad array of academic empirical research questions in diverse fields of economics, including labor, education, development, health, and environmental economics. Econometrics (at the level of E213) is a strict prerequisite and may not be taken concurrently.