Professional training, supplementary courses, online courses
The school is designed to be particularly beneficial to graduate students and researchers with intermediate proficiency in applied policy evaluation and quantitative micro-econometrics. It will run over six consecutive days, from January 31 to February 5 2022, 2.00pm to 5.30pm (30mins break at 3.30pm). It will focus on the estimation of policy effects with endogenous participation. Different solutions to the identification problem will be discussed, resulting in three thematic sessions. The school consists of 12 slots (9 theoretical sessions and 3 basic training sessions); each slot lasts 90 minutes. The training sessions will illustrate the basic implementation in Stata of a selection of approaches discussed in the theoretical sessions; a temporary Stata license will be released on demand.
This part will address identification of policy effects when the probability of participation changes discontinuously or has kinks along observable dimensions. Starting with the basic methodology and implementation, the module will discuss extensions ranging from multiple cut-offs to extrapolation and external validity, and randomization-inference methods.
This part will discuss several empirical strategies at the research frontier of modern difference-in-differences research designs. Our agenda includes discussions on the role of covariates, research designs with variation in the timing of treatment, and treatment effect dynamics and heterogeneity through the lens of event studies.
This part will present the advantages of the synthetic control method as a research design: starting with the description of the relevant setting and estimation, it will discuss contextual requirements in which the synthetic control method can provide reliable estimates and those where it may fail, covering recent extensions on the topic and illustrating examples from the literature.