This course offers an introduction to impact evaluation for undergraduate students in economics and business. It’s purpose is to harness modern tools and technologies to evaluate the causal impact of public and social programs, business initiatives, and more. Impact evaluation is being used by donors and investors to choose initiatives to support, by social impact funds to screen and monitor their investments, by governments to decide how to allocate scarce resources, by development practitioners to evaluate their own work, and by businesses to measure the effect of their products and services.
This course also seeks to provide opportunities for students to work with empirical issues. Hence, the course includes an important empirical portion devoted to the implementation in STATA of the estimators discussed in class using real data. In addition, empirical papers will be discussed in order to get a better understanding of the techniques introduced in class. Consequently, the emphasis is more on research design and applications. The goal is to equip students with tools for writing thesis in applied fields.
Juliana Aragon [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Lecture 0: Course Introduction
Lecture 1: Introduction to Impact Evaluation
Technical Note: Potential Outcomes
Lecture 2: Review of Regression and Inference
Lecture 3: Evaluation Design
Lecture 4: Experiments
Lecture 5: Problems with Experiments-NonCompliance
Lecture 7: Regression Discontinuity Designs
Lecture 8: Instrumental Variables
Lecture 9: Differences in Differences
Lecture 10: Matching
Lecture 11: Power
STATA Lab Sessions
Lab 1: Introduction to STATA.
Empirical Problem Set 1: Review of Regression and Inference
Empirical Problem Set 2: Experiments
Impact Evaluation Proposal