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IRVAPP WINTER SCHOOL 2012 - Fundamentals and Methods for Impact Evaluation of Public Policies

The School is designed to be of particular benefit to PhD students as well as researchers in the Social Sciences, Economics and Statistics, willing to learn how to use micro data to inform policy making. The School will present 1) the fundamental principles of impact evaluation with a specific focus on the counterfactual theory of causal inference and 2) a variety of statistical tools for counterfactual analysis (including difference-in-difference and matching methods, regression discontinuity designs and quasi experimental/natural experiments settings). Extensive laboratory sessions will provide the opportunity to apply the various techniques to specific labour market, education and industrial policies.

The School will run over six consecutive days of theoretical and practical sessions from 13th to 18th February, 2012. Training will require previous knowledge of basic principles for quantitative methods that correspond to those taught in introductory courses of statistics and econometrics at the undergraduate level. At the very least a working knowledge of OLS regression and multivariate analysis is expected. Although the exercises will be guided, basic familiarity with Stata is strongly recommended.

Date: 
13/02/2012 to 18/02/2012
Programme: 

The course is the fourth edition of an initiative designed to be of particular benefit to Ph.D. students as well as researchers in the Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, willing to know how to use micro data to inform policy making.

Instructors:

Joshua Angrist
MIT Department of Economics

Erich Battistin
Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP) & Università degli Studi di Padova

Enrico Rettore
Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP) & Università degli Studi di Padova

Antonio Schizzerotto
Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP) & Università degli Studi di Trento

Ugo Trivellato
Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP), Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti & Università degli Studi di Padova

Tutors:

Silvia Girardi
Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP)

Nadir Zanini
Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP)

Organizers: 

Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP)

Trentino School of Management (TSM)

Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA)

with the patronage of the Centro Interuniversitario di Econometria (CIdE) & of the Associazione Italiana di Econometria (SIdE)

Location: 

Panorama Conference Centre - Strada alla Funivia 66 – Sardagna (Trento)

Hot to reach us: 

The Panorama Conference Centre is located in Sardagna, a small village 5 km away from the city centre of Trento. The building is situated on a rocky outcrop, at about 560 meters above the sea level, and it is reachable by cableway. The Cableway Station is in “Località ponte San Lorenzo”, 600 meters away from Trento train station (see map) and next to the river. The Conference Centre is located right in front of the cableway exit. The cable car runs every 15 or 30 minutes from 7:00 to 22:30 and the journey takes about 5 minutes. In case of bad weather conditions the cable car doesn’t run and a replacement coach service is available at the same price. The Centre is also reachable by bus and by taxi (+39 0461 930002 or +39 0461 826840).

Accomodation: 

The Panorama Conference Centre will offer to participants rooms at a special rate (35€ for a single room, 60€ for a double room, 45€ for a double room for single use). If you are interested in staying at the Panorama Centre, please contact the Centre as soon as you paid your fee. The contact person is Ms Giulia Decarli (Email: panorama@smaristorazione.com – Tel: +39 0461 261671). 

If you prefer to stay downtown, we have selected a list of hotels that are at a walking distance (approximately 10 minutes) from the cableway station. In the download section you can find the document with said list.

Tuition fees: 

The tuition fees are of 600 € (VAT included) for participants from academic institutions, 1,200 € (VAT included) for participants from non academic institutions. Fees include coffee/tea breaks, lunch and printed course support material. Fees do not include accommodation or dinner.

Registrations: 

To apply, interested candidates are invited to fill in the online form by November 18th, 2011, and enclose a one page CV together with a one page summary of their research interests (or PhD programme and subject of their thesis for PhD students). The final decision about the list of applicants admitted to the course will be made by the end of November 2011. Full payments must be received by 20th of December.

Contacts: 
infoirvapp@fbk.eu