Evaluating Antipoverty Policies

ECS545NFB Evaluating Antipoverty Policies

  • Topics


    Social experiments, Propensity-score methods, Discontinuity designs, Instrumental variables

    There will be established a home page for the course in itslearning.

  • Learning outcome

    Learning outcome

    The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the methods available for the ex post counterfactual analysis of anti-poverty programs. The emphasis is on the problems encountered in applying these methods to anti-poverty programs in developing countries, drawing on examples from actual evaluations.

    Upon successful completion of this course the participants should be able to

    • demonstrate a firm grasp of the relevant literature
    • assess the pros and cons of different evaluation methods
    • design the analysis of a specific anti-poverty program

  • Teaching


    The course consists of ten lectures. In addition, there will be student presentations.

  • Required prerequisites

    Required prerequisites

    Students taking part in the course should have basic training in economics at the master level. However, well qualified students who have not yet completed their master can also apply.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Requirements for course approval

    The student will have to write an individual research paper on a topic covered in the course (15 pages, pass/fail).

  • Assessment


    Pass/Fail on individual research paper

  • Grading Scale

    Grading Scale

    Grading: Pass / fail

  • Computer tools

    Computer tools


  • Semester


    Spring. Currently not offered.

  • Literature


    A key reference in the course is the article by Martin Ravallion (2008). "Evaluating anti-poverty programs," Handbook of Development Economics, Chapter 59.

    In addition, the students will have to read a set of research papers will be circulated a month before the course starts.


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Course responsible

Martin Ravallion (Georgetown University)