INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP. Recent Advances in Causal Inference for Policy Evaluation

Organizzato/Promosso da: Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre; Patrocinato da AISRE

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP
Recent Advances in Causal Inference for Policy Evaluation

Weekly Seminars on May 2017

Schedule: May:  4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 30, 31

Guest Speaker: Professor Giovanni Mellace, University of Southern Denmark

Giovanni Mellace is an Associate Professor at the Department of Business and Economics of the University of Southern Denmark. In July 2011, he got his PhD in Econometrics and Empirical Economics at Tor Vergata University. From August 2011 to March 2014, he worked as postdoctoral fellow at the University of St. Gallen. His main research field is Econometrics, with particular interest in methods for the identification and estimation of causal effects. He published many articles on important international journal in the field of econometrics and statistics. He is visiting professor at the Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre.

Presentation: This is an advanced workshop in policy evaluation, focused on several econometric methods used to draw causal claims about the effectiveness of public policies and programs. The topics covered have special salience in the field of program evaluation.
Often depending on the identification strategy used, different empirical studies might give different or even opposite answers to the same policy question.
For this reason, it is crucial to understand pro and cons of the research designs and the econometric tools employed to generate such findings. To this end, the workshop will present recent advances in the field of casual inference such as mediation analysis, interaction among units, sample selection, and endogeneity in the presence of heterogeneous effects.

Main themes by week: Heckman Sample Selection and Regression Discontinuity Design, Mediation Analysis, IV with Heterogeneous Effects, Relaxing SUTVA

Weekly tutorials on R routines (afternoon activity): Introduction to R, Use of R for counterfactual evaluation and mediation analysis

Steering Committee:
Augusto Cerqua, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Westminster
Marusca De Castris, Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre
Claudio Mazziotta, Evaluation Unit, University Roma Tre
Guido Pellegrini, Department of Social Sciences and Economics, Sapienza, University of Rome
Daniela Vuri, Department of Economics and Finance, University of Rome, Tor Vergata

Local Organizing Committee:
Marusca De Castris, Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre
Daniele Di Gennaro, Department of Political Science, University Roma Tre

 For information: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1qtpghPsAXaLUNQNkhxZGVjOUE

Secretary: evaluationromatre@gmail.com

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