Short course: impact evaluation methods

Objective of the Course: A dominant feature of empirical research in economics in the past two decades has been the “credibility revolution” in empirical research that has prioritized the generation of credible causal estimates of the impact of policies and programs (Angrist and Pischke, 2010) This course will present an overview of the major techniques for impact evaluation (with a practical guide to using them and the assumptions under which they are valid) and focus on the design, execution, analysis, and interpretation of randomized field experiments. The course will comprise of eight, 4-hour sessions with each session comprising of a 2-hour lecture and 2-hour problem set that will test you on your understanding of the materials covered in the lecture (including practical empirical exercises). This short course is designed for researchers, teachers, and consumers of impact evaluation and will provide opportunities for discussion of practical issues in implementing each of these techniques. The goal is to get participants comfortable with reading and evaluating papers using these techniques, implement them in your own research, and teach them to your students in advanced undergraduate and master’s courses.