Additional course description from the syllabus
Evaluating the effectiveness of public programs is important, since it can help us decide which programs are working and which are not working, and why. The goal of the course is to prepare students to design, conduct, and critique empirical evaluations of public programs. We will study how to use statistical techniques to evaluate the effects of public programs, focusing experimental and quasi-experimental (observational) methods.
Commentary by the Atlas editors: The class titles provide an excellent list of teaching topics for the Evaluation and Performance Measurement subject.
Evaluation Research for Public Policy
Fundamental Identification Problem: Causality, Countrfactual Responses, Heterogeneity, Selection
Measures of Location and Dispersion
Conditional Mean Function
Threats to Internal and External Validity
Fisher's Exact Test
Comparison of Experimental and Observational Studies
Approximating Experiments with Observational Data
Assessing the Confounding Effects of Unobserved Factors
Synthetic Control Methods
Local Average Treatment Effects
Regression Discontinuity Design
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