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KGLM 2170 - Policy Evaluation: ex ante, ex post; by indicators or randomized?

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course will teach students how to evaluate the effectiveness of policy interventions. The governance of a large metropolis involves several specific actions that are justified, funded and implemented on the basis of their supposed beneficial effects (reducing urban poverty, increasing the take-up rate of public services, etc.). It is therefore essential to evaluate if these interventions produce the supposed effects, and which interventions are more (cost)effective. Experimental and quasi-experimental methods are the golden standard for these policy evaluations, and the students of this course will learn how to master them. Field experiments are implemented on the basis of a document, called experimental protocol, that describes in detail each step of the study (target population & sampling, intervention design, randomisation, budget & personnel, etc.). Students will learn to conduct a field experiment to evaluate an intervention and what to do when experiments are unfeasible.


  • BARONE, Carlo (Professeur des Universités)
  • HINOJOSA, Carlos (Ingénieur conseil)

Pedagogical format

Lectures and joint discussions of group work

Course validation

- Group paper: each group will write an experimental protocol to evaluate either an existing programme implemented in a large metropolis or an intervention that could be developed to solve a well-documented policy issue. The group will choose the country and the intervention to be evaluated. While the teacher explains during the lecture each step of the experimental design, the group will apply these contents to their case study. - Quality of the participation to lectures and of the presentation of the group paper


Students are expected to actively participate in the lectures and to develop their group papers in parallel to the lectures, as well as to read materials that are relevant to integrate the contents of the lectures and of the papers

Required reading

Gerber, A., Green A., 2008, Field Experiments and Natural Experiments, Oxford, Oxford University Press