AØKA08225U Applied Econometric Policy Evaluation
The aim of the course is to develop knowledge, skills and competences that enable students to provide answers to real applied econometric problems rather than just econometric theory, and in this way prepare students to carry out their own empirical analyses.
The course is divided into four blocks. In the first block, the counter-factual setup is introduced and natural experiments and methods assuming unconfoundedness are considered. In the second block, methods based on the availability of panel data are considered. These lectures focus on the difference-in-differences estimator and event studies. Furthermore, since the usual standard errors of panel data estimates are likely to be seriously biased, one lecture will be devoted to consider how to obtain correct (clustered) standard errors. In the third block, regression discontinuity and regression kink designs are dealt with. Finally, in the fourth block methods using instrumental variables are considered. Each of the four blocks will be concluded by a workshop, where the students will get hands-on experience in how to apply the methods.
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
- be introduced to the counterfactual set-up and the key treatment parameters we seek to estimate.
- Understand how the estimated treatment parameters rely on specific identifying assumptions.
- have learned a list of research designs that have been used in the literature.
- Understand how arguments in favor of a research design are developed in research articles.
- Set-up appropriate evaluation designs matching specific empirical applications.
- Discuss the identifying assumptions and use regressions or descriptive data analysis to assess the assumptions.
- Implement an empirical policy evaluation analysis using Stata.
- Formulate an empirical research question.
- Develop a policy evaluation research design.
- Identify how to exploit variation induced by a policy to set-up a credible research design.
- Apply the appropriate econometric techniques to the policy evaluation problems using micro data.
- Develop arguments supporting an identification strategy.
- Assess the identification strategies in existing research papers as well as in their own analyses.
Angrist, J.D. and J.-S. Pischke (2009), “Mostly Harmless Econometrics,” Princeton
University Press .
2 hours lectures 1 to 2 times a week from week 6 to 20 (except holidays).
Timetable and venue:
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- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written examination, 12 hourstake-home exam, individual or in groups of max. 2 students. The groups shall be etablised before the exam begins. The diffenrent groups and the individual-writing students are not allowed to communicate during the exam. The exam assignment is given in English and must be answered in English.
- Exam registration requirements
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
The exam can be selected for external assessment.
- Exam period
The exam takes place:
18 June from 10 AM to 10 PM
Note: In special cases, the exam date can change to another day and time within the exam period.
Further information about the exam will be available in the Digital Exam portal from the middle of the semester.
The reexam takes place
29 August from 10 AM to 10 PM
Note: In special cases, the written reexam can change to another day within the reexam period. Or to an oral exam incl. date, time and place, if only a few students are registered. This will be informed by the Exam Office.
Criteria for exam assesment
Students are assessed on the extent to which they master the learning outcome for the course.
To receive the top grade, the student must with no or only a few minor weaknesses be able to demonstrate an excellent performance displaying a high level of command of all aspects of the relevant material and can make use of the knowledge, skills and competencies listed in the learning outcomes.