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
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 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.
- 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.
- One individual work (30% of the final grade).