20513 - POLICY ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 14
With this framework in mind, the course aims to
- Make students familiar with the main tools of evaluation of projects and policies, as well as with strengths and weaknesses of quantitative methods.
- Review and discuss several case studies of policy evaluation and project appraisal meant to provide a broad picture of current international practice.
- Enable students to carry out autonomous evaluation research and practice by discussing projects and using common software packages.
The course is organized as follows
- The logics of project and policy evaluation: ex-ante vs ex-post analysis.
- Ex-ante policy evaluation.
- Cost Benefit analysis.
- Cost Effectiveness analysis.
- Quantitative methods for ex post policy evaluation.
- Introduction to causal policy evaluation.
- Propensity score matching.
- Selection bias vs IV estimates.
- Regression discontinuity.
- Difference in differences.
- Health and healthcare policy.
- Environmental policy.
- Transportation policy.
- Education policy.
- Immigration policy.
- Two exams (70% of the final grade); or a general one at the end of the course.
- Two individual works (30% of the final grade).