IRVAPP WINTER SCHOOL 2017 - Fundamentals and Methods for Impact Evaluation of Public Policies

Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venezia

The course is designed to be of particular benefit to Ph.D. students and researchers in the Social Sciences, Economics and Statistics, needing to undertake policy evaluation analysis using microdata. 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-Differences and Matching methods, Regression Discontinuity Designs and quasi experimental settings). Extensive laboratory sessions will provide the opportunity to apply the various techniques to specific education and anti-poverty policies.

The School will run over six consecutive days of theoretical and practical sessions, from February 13 to February 18, 2017. 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 least, a working knowledge of regression and multivariate analysis is expected. Although the exercises will be guided, basic familiarity with Stata is strongly recommended.
13/02/2017 to 18/02/2017
The course is the 9th edition of an initiative designed to provide Ph.D. students and researchers in the Social Sciences, Economics and Statistics with knowledge and applied methods for implementing policy evaluation using microdata.


Simona Gamba FBK-IRVAPP

Paolo Pinotti FBK-IRVAPP & Bocconi University

Enrico Rettore FBK-IRVAPP & University of Trento

Ugo Trivellato FBK-IRVAPP & Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti & University of Padova

Loris Vergolini FBK-IRVAPP

Guest speaker:

Carlo Barone Sciences Po
Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Istituto per la Ricerca Valutativa sulle Politiche Pubbliche (FBK-IRVAPP)
Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti (IVSLA)
with the patronage of the Centro Interuniversitario di Econometria (CIdE) & of the Società Italiana di Econometria (SIdE) & of ECSR (European Consortium for Sociological Research)
Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, San Marco, 2847, Venice (Italy).
The prestigious palace, erected in the 15th century, is situated on the Grand Canal of Venice and close to the Ponte dell’Accademia.
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Please note that the fee does not include the accommodation. Find a list of recommended hotels within walking distance from the winter school location in the download area.
Tuition fees:
The tuition fee is 1200 €. A reduced rate of 600 € is reserved for students.

The fee includes coffee breaks and lunches, while it does not include accommodation or dinner.

We are not in the position to offer any scholarship.
To apply, candidates are invited to fill in the online form by December 11, 2016 (please note that the CV is required). Admitted applicants will be notified by December 16, 2016. In order for the application to be considered valid, payments by bank transfer must be received by January 10, 2017.
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  • Carlo Barone - Guest Speaker
    Sciences Po

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