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KMPA 2890 - Quantitative Analysis

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The main goal of this course is to provide a refresher on key econometric concepts (estimation, inference and hypothesis testing) and a detailed understanding of econometric methods for causal inference. Students will be exposed to experimental methods (random assignment) and non-experimental methods (multivariate regression, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity designs, differences in differences) through examples drawn from the academic literature on impact evaluation of public policies and programs. The main questions that will be addressed include: What are the key components of a good evaluation design? How do we determine the appropriate sample size? How does the experimental method compare to non-experimental methods to answer causal questions? What are the main difficulties when analyzing the results (attrition, internal/external validity, etc.)? More generally, this course also aims to equip students with the essential skills to critically discuss empirical studies.


CHARPENTIER, Axelle C. (Project Manager - Department of Economics, Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

The course will present material through interactive lectures and case studies using examples from completed or ongoing impact evaluations. Students are expected to read two papers or prepare case studies prior to each session.

Required reading

Angrist & Lavy, “Using Maimonides' Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Scholastic

Additional required reading

  • Angrist & Pischke, Mastering ‘Metrics. The Path from Cause to Effect, Princeton University Press
  • Ashenfelter, “Estimating the Effect of Training Programs on Earnings”, The Review of Economics and
  • Behaghel, (de) Chaisemartin, Gurgand, “Ready for boarding: the effect of a boarding school for
  • List, “Why Economists Should Conduct Field Experiments and 14 Tips for Pulling One Off”, Journal of
  • Olken, “Do Television and Radio Destroy Social Capital? Evidence from Indonesian Villages”