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MICROECONOMETRICS AND POLICY EVALUATION - Modern Estimation Methods and Machine Learning

June 12 to June 16, 2023

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The Microeconometrics and Policy Evaluation program presents recent developments in the microeconomic analysis of impact evaluation, with courses taught by experts in their fields. 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).


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


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.

Skills acquired thanks to the program:

The program proposes a comprehensive approach of policy analysis, and discusses different methods to retrieve a credible estimation of a causal effect.

Why is this program interesting for graduate students and/or professionals ?

Providing a credible estimation of a causal effect has become a standard in economic analysis, both in research papers and policy reports. 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.

Two modes of participation are offered for the 2023 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.

Contents – Microeconometrics and Policy Evaluation: