IRVAPP WINTER SCHOOL 2015 - Fundamentals and Methods for Impact Evaluation of Public Policies

The course is designed to be of particular benefit to Ph.D. 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 23rd to 28th February 2015. 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 regression and multivariate analysis is expected. Although the exercises will be guided, basic familiarity with Stata is strongly recommended.
23/02/2015 to 28/02/2015
The course is the seventh edition of an initiative designed to be of particular benefit to Ph.D. students as well as researchers in the Social Sciences, Economics and Statistics, willing to know how to use micro data to inform policy making.


Erich Battistin FBK-IRVAPP & Queen Mary University of London

Andrea Ichino European University Institute


Enrico Rettore FBK-IRVAPP & University of Padova

Antonio Schizzerotto FBK-IRVAPP & University of Trento

Ugo Trivellato FBK-IRVAPP & Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti & University of Padova
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 Associazione Italiana di Econometria (SIdE).
Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti, Venice (Italy).

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The Winter School is held in Venice (Italy) at the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti. The prestigious palace, erected in the 15th century, is situated on the Grand Canal of Venice and close to the Ponte dell’Accademia. In 1999 it was acquired by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and regularly houses cultural and scientific events. Here you can find more information on how to reach Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti.
Please note that the fees does not include accommodation. The hotels raccomended in the document found in the download area are located in the immediate neighborhood of the Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti.

Tuition fees:
The tuition fees are of 600 € for participants from academic institutions, 1,200 € for participants from non academic institutions. Fees include coffee/tea breaks and lunch. Fees do not include accommodation or dinner.
To apply, candidates are invited to fill in the online form by November 12th, 2014 (please note that a one page CV is required). The final decision about the list of applicants admitted to the course will be made by the end of November 2014. In order for the application to be considered valid, full payments must be received by December 20th, 2014.

Applications are now closed.


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