Understanding and Applying Econometrics for Policy Evaluation


Course Aims

This two-day course covers a range of econometric evaluation techniques that are used to gauge policy impacts (with a focus on microeconomic contexts). Consideration is given to standard regression-based approaches, instrumental methods, difference-in-differences and matching methods. Regression discontinuity and fixed effects panel data estimation are also considered. We focus attention on findings from a number of key academic journal articles, together with government-commissioned studies. The course gives attendees a good overview of the approaches considered, their strengths and weaknesses, together with a more detailed consideration of practical estimation for each method. We will not be working on computers, but direction on basic STATA commands is provided for the main methods covered. The course helps attendees identify the potential pitfalls that one encounters when attempting to answer policy questions using microeconometric techniques, and the practical steps to avoid these.




Course Summary: 

  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Price: £640 + VAT
  • Dates: 21-22 Feb 2018
  • Code: EDSP

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Delegate feedback


speach-markExcellent presenter with relevant government experience. Appreciates normal difficulties faced and offers options.


speach-markCourse was very clear and engaging. It was welcome that it started at a basic level to refresh core ideas.


speach-markThe presenter explains things really well, including complicated principles. I would’ve liked him as my lecturer!


speach-markAn engaging presenter, with a flexible approach to content, taking into account the composition and needs of the group.


speach-markI now have a much better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different evaluation approaches.


speach-markThe course will improve my ability to understand and synthesis a wide range of academic literature, which will help in my work area.


speach-markIt was exactly what I needed and what I was hoping to get!