Mandatory/Elective course for 1YMAPP and MPA 1Y students (Students have to complete 2 credits of either this course or
Economics of Higher Education (2); or Political Economy of Reforms (2); or Institutional and Behavioral Economics (2))
The course is designed for students interested in using data to understand and solve social and economic development problems, and assessing the effectiveness of policies in developing countries. Broadly, we will explore issues of health, education, climate change, and economic development through an empirical perspective. This will require a basic understanding of empirical methods, such as Ordinary Least Squares (OLS), Instrumental Variables (IV), and Difference-in-Difference estimation and other causal identification methods which we will review and further build upon. The course will advance student training in econometric methods and the use of statistical software (STATA, R) for empirical work on development topics.