Master of International Affairs   Master of Public Policy  

Field experiments and policy evaluation in education

This course introduces students to the economic, quantitative analysis of education programmes and policies. Substantial public funds are invested in education systems from pre-school to universities and there is broad agreement that skills that allow individuals to successfully participate in society and the labor market are among the most important outcomes by which the success of education systems is measured. The promotion of equitable societies is thought of as one of the central goals of public education systems, which is why researchers direct a lot of attention not only to the average effectiveness but also to the distributional effects of education programs and policies. Yet, there is great heterogeneity among different countries when it comes to measuring the effectiveness and distributional effects of their policies.

This course will teach methods for field experiments and study design that aim at identifying the causal effects of programmes and policies. It will do so by covering a broad set of education related topics and by including a small research project that students will work on in groups during the term. The course is particularly suitable for students who have taken Statistics I and II and who are following the policy analysis track.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.