Econometrics for Program Evaluation

Instructor: Jeffrey Smith (University of Michigan)

Time: 8/4/2015 – 8/7/2015

Description: Providing effective evaluation of social programs has become an increasingly important requirement for both public and private institutions. This training course provides Research Fellows with the requisite tools, both theoretical and applied, for the correct application of modern microeconometric methods for implementing program evaluation. As such, the course has been developed to focus on i) the traditional statistical methods to program evaluation: control-function regression, matching on observables, and difference-in-differences methodologies, which are widely employed in quantitative evidence-driven evaluation; and ii) the more advanced econometric techniques: selection models, instrumental variables, and regression discontinuity design.