The Universitat de Barcelona School of Economics, the centre for research and postgraduate and executive education in economics at the University of Barcelona (UB), invites you to participate in an unique academic and personal experience during the first week of July in Barcelona!
The evaluation of public policies has emerged, in the last two decades, as one of the most active and innovative areas of research in Economics. Educational programmes and policies have received significant attention in this process. How can output quality be improved in the educational process? What specific inputs are relevant when educational quality is under scrutiny? A significant amount of high level research has been carried out in recent years around these questions.
The Summer School aims at providing students with a set of tools to address current challenges in the area of the analysis and evaluation of different elements of the educational system. These tools cover both theoretical and methodological issues at the knowledge frontier of this field of study.
Course I. Investing in human capital: why, what and how?
Sandra McNally (London School of Economics and University of Surrey)
The course will look at human capital investment decisions. We will first consider why this is important from different angles before a detailed consideration of what works in schools. We will look at what evaluation studies have to say about the effectiveness of school expenditure/class size; teachers; pedagogical approaches and school autonomy. We will also look at general versus vocational education and the role of employers.
Course II: Analysis of Educational Policies using Large-Scale International Assessments
Álvaro Choi de Mendizábal (Universitat de Barcelona)
The aim of this course is to introduce the use of large-scale international assessments (LSIA) such as PISA, PIRLS or TIMSS for the analysis of educational policies. Participants will overview the applications (and limitations) of LSIA and understand some of the most relevant methodological issues needed to use these databases. Hands-on sessions will give participants the chance to get familiar with the Stata commands needed to start performing analyses of their own.
The academic coordinator for the 2017 edition is Jorge Calero (Universitat de Barcelona)