Impact Evaluation 2018

  • Overview

This course offers an introduction to impact evaluation for master students from the Master in Economics of Public Policies. Impact evaluation is a rapidly expanding area at the cross section of economics, public policy, and finance. It’s purpose is to harness modern tools and technologies to evaluate the causal impact of public and social programs, business initiatives, and more.

This course also seeks to provide opportunities for students to work on empirical issues. Weekly STATA lab sessions will be conducted by teaching assistants for that matter. In addition, empirical papers will be discussed in order to get a better understanding of the techniques introduced in class.


  • Teaching Assistants

Juliana Aragon []

Juan Carlos Angulo []

  • Past Exams

2015  / 2016 / 2017

  • Lectures

Lecture 0: Course Introduction

Lecture 1: Introduction to Impact Evaluation

Lecture 2: Review of Regression and Inference

Lecture 3: Evaluation Design

Lecture 4: Experimental Design

Lecture 5: Problems with Experiments-Noncompliance

Lecture 6: Problems with Experiments-Attrition

Lecture 7: Problems with Experiments-Spillovers

Appendix: Randomization Inference

Lecture 8: Regression Discontinuity Designs

Lecture 9: Instrumental Variables

Lecture 10: Fixed Effects and Differences in Differences

Lecture 11: Matching

Lecture 12: Power Analysis

  • Cases

Case Experiments: Bringing Education to Afghan Girls

Case Non-Compliance: Demand for, and Impact of, Learning HIV Status 

Case Attrition: Attrition in Randomized Control Trials

Case Spillovers: Worms: Identifying Impacts on Education and Health in the Presence of Treatment Externalities

Case RDD: Government Transfers and Political Support

Case IV: Community Nurseries and the Nutritional Status of Poor Children

Case DID: Water for Life

  • STATA Lab Sessions

Lab 1: Introduction to STATA.

Data Files: DataFinal_ENCEL07.dta / Example.xls / Additional.dta

STATA Reviewenaho01-2011-200.dtasumaria-2011.dta

Lab 2: Regression

Data Files: DataFinal_ENCEL07.dta / EPH_2006.dta

Lab 3: Experiments

Data Files: DataFinal_HH_ENCEL07.dta / PanelPROGRESA_97_99year.dta

Lab 4: Problems with Experiments

Data Files: PanelPROGRESA_97_99year.dta / PanelPROGRESA_Enrollment_97_99.dta

Lab 5: Regression Discontinuity Designs

Data Files: PanelPROGRESA_Enrollment_97_99.dta

Lab 6: Instrumental Variables

Data Files: DataFinal_ENCEL07.dta

Lab 7: Difference in Differences

Data Files: Panel_OPORTUNIDADES_00_07.dta

Lab 8: Power Analysis

Data Files: DataFinal_power.dta

  • Homework

Empirical Problem Set 0: Introduction to STATA

Empirical Problem Set 1: Review of Regression

Data Files: PS1_Labour_Force_SA_SALDRU_1993.dta

Empirical Problem Set 2: Experiments

Data Files: PanelPROGRESA_97_99year.dta / PS2_Thorton(2008).dta

Empirical Problem Set 3: Selection on Unobservables

Data Files: PanelPROGRESA_97_99year.dta / PS3_Nunn(2008).dta

  • Impact Evaluation Proposal


Example 1: Impact Evaluation of a Financial Education Program for Girls in Kenya

Example 2: Impact Evaluation of Mission Asset Fund’s Lending Circle Program

Example 3: Impact Evaluation of the Provision of Jerry Cans and Chlorine in Haiti

Example 4: Impact Evaluation of an After School Tutoring Program for Chilean Children Who Live in Slums