Background and overall aim of the course. The course is an introduction to the logic and methods of modern social program evaluation (also known as program impact assessment). Program evaluation derives from the idea that social programs should have demonstrable effects, and those effects should in some way outweigh the costs of the program. We concentrate on the most important and perhaps most difficult question: How to measure the effect of a program? This is an applied econometrics course, with equal emphasis on the applied and the econometrics part. We are going to cover some new econometric methods and go over many real-life applications (many to be presented by the students, see later).
The learning outcomes of the course. By successfully completing the course the students will be able to:
- read and understand published reports and research papers on program evaluation;
- participate in the design of program evaluation research as part of a team;
- carry out simple analyses and participate in teams carrying out more complex analyses;
- present results of program evaluation analyses.
- evaluate reports and research papers on program evaluation;
- in particular, assess their internal and external validity and identify the most important assumptions upon which those hinge.
Homework Assignments 10%
Term Project: 23%
Feedback on someone else’s presentation: 2%
. Relationship with other courses: Prerequisite: Data Analysis 1 or MA Econometrics 1 & 2.