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OAEA 2000 - Impact Evaluation in International Development

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


Introductory econometrics or statistics. Familiarity with basic statistical concepts and regression analysis is required.

Course Description

One of the primary challenges in international development is to determine the policies and interventions that are effective at improving the welfare of the world's poor. In recent years, rigorous impact evaluations are increasingly used to assess whether a development program, policy or intervention works, i.e. causes actual improvements in welfare outcomes. The goal of this course is to provide a detailed understanding of impact evaluations in practice. Many of the topics, such as measuring outcomes and dealing with threats to the validity of an evaluation, are relevant for all methodologies. Students will be provided with tools to determine the strength of current evaluations and critically raise interesting questions, both from a theoretical and practical view. The course will present material through interactive lectures and case studies using examples from completed or ongoing field experiments.


CHIODI, Vera (Associate Professor in Economics, Université de Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III))

Pedagogical format

The lectures are interactive. Theory and key concepts will be presented in lecture format. The readings are mostly case studies which will serve as the basis for class discussions.

Course validation

Grades will be calculated as follows: class participation: 25% ; exam: 40% ; research project: 35%. The research project consists of the design of a randomized evaluation of a development intervention. Students will work in small groups. Each group will write a report on the proposed evaluation and present its project in class.


Students are expected to read the required readings before each class and to actively participate in class discussions.

Required reading

  • Gertler, P.J., S. Martinez, P, Premand, L.B. Rawlings, C.M.J. Vermeersch. 2011. Impact Evaluation in Practice. World Bank: Washington, D.C.
  • Khander, S.R., G.B. Koolwal and H.A. Samad. 2010. Handbook on Impact Evaluation: Quantitative Methods and Practices. World Bank: Washington, D.C