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MICROECONOMETRICS AND POLICY EVALUATION - Modern Estimation Methods and Machine Learning

June 27 to July 1, 2022

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Two modes of participation are offered for the 2022 Edition:

  • In person, taking into account the highest sanitary measures to protect the participants and professors. On site, our parisian campus offers teaching and logistics space: classrooms, teaching theater, garden, coffee and lunch breaks facilities...
  • Online, proposing interactive lectures in real time and, beyond, online office hours with professors to facilitate interactions. PSE offers technologies and process that will ensure high quality communication for online participants, both with professors and with other participants.
  • For all the participants, full sets of lecture notes and presentations will be made available, as well as the recordings of the courses.
  • This program is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits, which PSE validates.

Please note that reimbursment is guaranteed in full for sanitary reasons related to COVID-19.

The Microeconometrics and Policy Evaluation program presents recent developments in the microeconomic analysis of impact evaluation, with courses taught by experts in their fields. Providing a credible estimation of a causal effect has become a standard in economic analysis, both in research papers and policy reports. But it is also equally important to integrate the estimated effects into economic models, in order to improve the design of policies. The programme therefore proposes a comprehensive approach of policy analysis.

The course “Methods of policy evaluation” introduces the main methods currently used for program evaluation, while the course “Machine learning for policy evaluation” presents recent advances in machine learning techniques for policy analysis. Students will also attend practice classes in STATA, according to their level of proficiency (intermediate vs. advanced).

The courses are designed for graduate students wishing to gain additional skills in applied microeconometrics for policy evaluation, as well as for researchers and professionals in public and private institutions who work on impact evaluation.


This course aims at providing theoretical insights on methods for public policy evaluation, as well as experience in data manipulation and Stata software.

« [I really appreciated] the structured way of teaching policy-evaluation in theory, in particular using the same policy example for being evaluated with different methods. Also, i think the informal atmosphere was very nice » Søren, 2019


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The requirements to follow the course are a good background in economics or quantitative methods, basic knowledge of STATA and a working knowledge of English. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop with Stata.

How will professionals benefit from the programme

The methods proposed are of interest for researchers and professionals in public and private institutions. Participants will be able to strengthen their methods in analysing data with microeconometric methods, and improve their ability to critically evaluate research.

How will students benefit from the programme

The summer school is designed for master and graduate students wishing to gain additional skills in applied microeconometrics and in policy evaluation.

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