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Course 2015-2016 a.y.

20513 - POLICY ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION


CLMG - M - IM - MM - AFC - CLAPI - CLEFIN-FINANCE - CLELI - ACME - DES-ESS - EMIT - GIO

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 14

CLMG (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - M (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - IM (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - MM (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - AFC (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - CLAPI (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - CLEFIN-FINANCE (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - CLELI (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - ACME (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - DES-ESS (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - EMIT (8 credits - II sem. - OP  |  SECS-P/06) - GIO (8 credits - II sem. - OB  |  SECS-P/06)
Course Director:
MARCO PERCOCO

Classes: 14 (II sem.)
Instructors:
Class 14: MARCO PERCOCO


Course Objectives
Policies are at the heart of local and national government actions. Ex ante and ex post evaluations are increasingly needed in order to both estimate the impact of public interventions and identify best practices for policy design. Qualitative and quantitative methods are currently adopted by public bodies and researchers to provide policy makers with consistent information on policy outcomes.

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.

Course Content Summary

The course introduces to the quantitative methods used to evaluate projects and programs, from the European Commission evaluation procedures to cost-benefit analysis and difference-in-differences approaches. It explores both theoretical and applicative issues by alternating formal lectures, case studies discussions and computer sessions. 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.
  • Examples:
    • Health and healthcare policy.
    • Environmental policy.
    • Transportation policy.
    • Education policy.
    • Immigration policy.

Detailed Description of Assessment Methods
  • Two exams (70% of the final grade); or a general one at the end of the course.
  • One individual work (30% of the final grade).

Textbooks
They will be available through the e-learning platform.

Prerequisites
Quantitative methods for CLAPI
Last change 07/07/2015 11:42