June 29 - July 10, 2015
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Does welfare spending reduce poverty? Does the minimum wage destroy jobs? Does trade liberalisation increase inequality? Does development aid really help poor countries? Do longer sentences reduce crime? Policy makers around the globe are confronted with these questions on a daily basis and effective policy interventions can only be designed with good answers. Measuring and understanding the effect of policies is now more important than ever in any field, from development to labour, from finance to education and beyond. The Geneva Summer School in “Evaluating Policy Interventions” offers students a comprehensive understanding of the most advanced techniques of policy evaluation through a powerful combination of theoretical classes and applied examples. The faculty is a mix of internationally renowned academics and policy analysts working in the most influential international organisations and public administrations from around the globe.
The students will be evaluated on the basis of a short paper that will be prepared by small groups of 3-4 students under the supervision of the course director (or one of the instructors) during dedicated sessions (see calendar). The papers will be presented in class during the last day of the program. Both the presentation and the paper will be evaluated.
Michele Pellizzari (UniGe and LIVES), Michael Lechner (University of St. Gallen), Stefan Sperlich (UniGe and LIVES), Salvatore di Falco (UniGe), Giacomo De Giorgi (Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and ICREA/MOVE, Barcelona GSE), Jean-Luis Arcand (IHEID), Rafael Lalive (UniL and LIVES), Andrea Bassanini (OECD), Veronica Escudero (ILO).
The target students would be graduate students (both Master and Phd) and professionals from the policy making world with an interest in understanding or producing studies aimed at evaluating the causal effects of policy interventions. Upper-year BA students from economics programs may also be considered.
Background in statistics required.
Tuition Fees: 2000 CHF
Deadline: May 1, 2015.