ECON-491 Development Impact Evaluation
Fall for 2017-2018
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of program evaluation in the context of development policy. How we learn what works, what does not work, and why?

The course will cover impact evaluation theory (causal inference, experimental design and basic statistics) as well as methods (randomization, difference-in-difference, regression discontinuity, and propensity score matching). The curriculum will be applied, with weekly case studies of field research drawn from the international development literature.

Students who complete this course will be prepared to: 1) distinguish research-based “best practices” from those that have not been rigorously evaluated; 2) design an impact evaluation of a policy or intervention, and 3) evaluate data using a statistical software package.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: ECON-101 or -103 & ECON-122
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