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Impact Evaluation for Development

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PUBPOL 790.04
Impact Evaluation for Development
Sandeep Bhattacharya
TuTh 1:25PM - 2:40PM
Synopsis

This course builds on introductory courses in empirical methods and aims to explore techniques in regression analysis with the objective of using them in quantitative impact evaluation. It introduces students to STATA and covers topics such as panel data techniques, instrumental variables, limited dependent variables, regression discontinuity etc. eventually culminating in the application of these techniques to impact evaluation. The course will focus on (1) learning the tools of regression required for quantitative impact evaluation using STATA (2) learning the theory on which quantitative impact evaluation is based (3) applying the skills learnt to design and replicate impact evaluations. The course places more emphasis on the nuts and bolts of actual program evaluation using STATA and the choice of techniques based on available data, and less on the philosophical or broader theoretical aspects. It will rely strongly on publicly available materials prepared by the World Bank with the aim to familiarize students with the actual design, conduct and quantitative evaluation of real world programs.

SEMESTER: Spring
YEAR: 2017
CREDITS: 3