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Advances in causal inference and program evaluation using Stata

Online 2 days (28th May 2020 - 29th May 2020) Stata Intermediate, Introductory
Delivered by: Dr. Giovanni Cerulli, IRCrES-CNR
Econometrics, Various methods


Econometric modelling for causal inference and program evaluation have witnessed a tremendous development in the last decade, with new approaches and methods addressing an expanding set of challenging problems, both in medical and the social sciences. This course covers some recent developments in causal inference and program evaluation using Stata.

It will provide participants with the essential tools, both theoretical and applied, for a proper use of recent micro-econometric methods for policy evaluation and causal modelling in situations where the standard treatment setting poses limitations.

More specifically, the course will focus on these approaches: (i) Difference-in-differences (DID) with time-varying and time-fixed binary treatment; (ii) the Synthetic Control Method (SCM) for program evaluation, suitable when datasets on many times and locations are available; (iii) models for multivalued and quantile treatment effect estimation.

After attending the course, the participant will be able to setting up and managing a correct evaluation design using Stata, by identifying the policy framework, the appropriate econometric method to use interpreting correctly the results. The course will provide various instructional examples on real datasets.

Course Agenda

Day 1:

Session 1: Econometrics of program evaluation: a brief overview

  • Causal inference and program evaluation
  • Observable vs. unobservable selection
  • Statistical background for the binary treatment setting
  • Assumptions and notation: Conditional independence and endogeneity
  • Review of the econometric methods for binary treatment
  • Limits of the binary treatment setting and new developments

Session 2: Difference-in-differences (DID) with time-varying and time-fixed binary treatment

  • Program evaluation and unobservable selection
  • DID with panel data and repeated cross-section
  • TVDIFF: Difference-in-differences with time-varying binary treatment
  • TFDIFF: Difference-in-differences with time-fixed binary treatment
  • Applications with the Stata commands tvdiff and tfdiff

Day 2:

Session 1: DID with many times and locations: the Synthetic-Control Method (SCM)

  • SCM: statistical setting and conceptualization
  • SCM and Stata implementation via synth

Session 2: 14:00-16:00 GMT

  • Causal inference with multivalued treatment
  • Statistical setting and estimation under conditional independence
  • Application using the Stata command poparms
  • Estimation of quantile treatment effect under conditional independence

Q&A Session:


It is preferable but not strictly needed to have attended the course “Econometrics of program evaluation using Stata”. It is also required some knowledge of basic econometrics: notion of conditional expectation and related properties; point and interval estimation; regression model and related properties; probit and logit regression.

Basic knowledge of the Stata software

Principal texts for pre-course reading:

  • Cerulli, G. (2015), Econometric Evaluation of Socio-Economic Programs: Theory and Applications, Springer.
  • Wooldridge, J.M. (2010). Econometric Analysis of cross section and panel data. Chapter 21. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Principal texts for post-course reading:

  • Abadie, A., Diamond, A., and Hainmueller, J. (2010), Synthetic Control Methods for Comparative Case Studies: Estimating the Effect of California’s Tobacco Control Program, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 105, No. 490, 493-505.
  • Bia, M. and Mattei, A. (2008), A Stata package for the estimation of the dose–response function through adjustment for the generalized propensity score, Stata Journal, Volume 8, Number 3.
  • Cattaneo, M., Drukker, D., and Holland, A. (2013), Estimation of multivalued treatment effects under conditional independence, Stata Journal, Volume 13, Number 3.
  • Cerulli, G. (2015), ctreatreg: Command for fitting dose-response models under exogenous and endogenous treatment, Stata Journal, Volume 15, Number 4.

Terms & Conditions

  • Student registrations: Attendees must provide proof of full time student status at the time of booking to qualify for student registration rate (valid student ID card or authorised letter of enrolment).
  • Additional discounts are available for multiple registrations. Contact us for more information.
  • Cost includes all course materials, lunch and refreshments.
  • Temporary, time limited licences for the software(s) used in the course will be provided. You are required to install the software provided prior to the start of the course.
  • Full payment of course fees is required prior to the course start date to guarantee your place.
  • Registration closes 5-calendar days prior to the start of the course.

Cancellations or changes to your registration

  • 100% fee returned for cancellations made over 28-calendar days prior to start of the course.
  • 50% fee returned for cancellations made 14-calendar days prior to the start of the course.
  • No fee returned for cancellations made less than 14-calendar days prior to the start of the course.
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    28-29 May (10-12 & 2-4pm GMT) (28/05/2020 - 29/05/2020)

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