This course will provide participants with the essential tools, both theoretical and applied, for a proper use of modern micro-econometric methods for policy evaluation and causal counterfactual modelling under both assumptions of “selection on observables” and “selection on unobservables”. The course will cover these approaches: Regression adjustment (parametric and nonparametric), Matching (on covariates and on propensity score), Reweighting and Double-robust methods, and Difference-in-differences methods.
After attending the course, the participant will be able to setting up and managing a correct evaluation design under observable and unobservable selection on his own: identification of the policy framework, collection and management of suitable datasets, use of appropriate econometric methods, and interpretation of results. Potential applications are in different contexts of policy such as: finance and banking, the labor market, the investment activities of enterprises, education policy and regional cooperation, incentives for business research and development, etc., although they can be used in any further field of study aiming at estimating the ex-post impact of a given policy intervention on specific targets. The course will provide various instructional examples on real datasets.
Session 1: Introduction to the Econometrics of Program Evaluation
- Econometrics of program evaluation: an overview
- Experimental and non-experimental design
- The selection problem: observable an unobservable selection
- Assumptions and notation
- Treatment effect estimation and counterfactual causality
- The Stata teffects package and related Stata commands
Session 2: Regression Adjustment
- Working under selection on observables
- Linear and nonlinear Regression Adjustment
- The Stata command
teffects ra and
- Stata applications using real datasets
Session 1: Matching and Reweighting
- Covariate Matching versus propensity-score Matching
- The Reweighting and the Double-robust estimator
- he Stata commands teffects psmatch, teffects nnmatch, and teffects ipw
- Stata applications using real datasets
Session 2: Difference-in-differences
- Difference-in-differences (DID) for program evaluation
- Relaxing the observable selection assumption
- DID with longitudinal data
- DID with repeated cross-section
- DID analysis for pre- and post-treatment effects
- Applications using Stata
30% Theory, 30% Demonstration and 40% Practical
- Wooldridge, J.M. (2010). Econometric Analysis of cross section and panel data. Chapter 21. Cambridge: MIT Press.
- Cameron, A.C., & Trivedi P.K. (2005). Microeconometrics: Methods and Applications. Chapter 25. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Cerulli, G. (2012), An Assessment of the Econometric Methods for Program Evaluation and a Proposal to Extend the Difference-In-Differences estimator to dynamic treatment, Econometrics: New Developments, Nova Publishers, New York.
Post-course Suggested Reading
- Cerulli, G. (2015), Econometric Evaluation of Socio-Economic Programs: Theory and Applications, Springer.
DAILY TIMETABLE (subject to minor changes)
09:00 - 09:20 Registration
09:30 - 11:00 Session 1a
11:00 - 11:15 Tea / coffee break
11:15 - 12:45 Session 1b
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:15 Session 2a
15:15 - 15:30 Tea / coffee break (Feedback Session)
15:30 - 17:00 Session 2b
- 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
- All costs exclude local taxes, where applicable.
- 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 enrollment).
- Additional discounts are available for multiple registrations.
- Cost includes course materials, lunch and refreshments.
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- Payment of course fees required prior to the course start date.
- Registration closes 5-calendar days prior to the start of the course.
- 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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