IZA/DFID Short Course: Program Evaluation

Organizers: Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA), David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA)
Location:Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Date:November 18 - November 19, 2017

Submission Deadline:September 15, 2018
Notification of Acceptance:October 01, 2017

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann


The IZA/DFID Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries is sponsoring a conference on "Labor Markets in West Africa" on November 16 - 17, 2017.
This will be followed by a two-day "IZA/DFID Short Course on Program Evaluation" on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017. The course is designed for postgraduate students, faculty members, and researchers in government and non-governmental organizations who would like to develop their skills in program evaluation using the latest econometric methods.
The course will consist of four half-day sessions and will cover the following topics: Design and analysis of randomized controlled trials; propensity score matching methods; difference-in-difference estimators; regression discontinuity designs. The focus will be on application of these methods to the evaluation of labor market related programs, including skills training programs.
Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam and IZA)
Stefano Caria (University of Oxford)
Christopher Parsons (University of Western Australia and IZA)
You can find last year's program here.
Participants who are accepted for the course will be provided with all travel expenses (for travel booked according to the IZA travel guidelines), accommodation including breakfast and all meals which are part of the program from Wednesday night November 15, 2017 through Monday morning November 20, 2017. Participants who are selected will be required to be in attendance for the full period, including the conference on Thursday and Friday November 16 - 17, 2017. The target class size is 40 participants. The course is intended for participants from low-income countries (the list of countries, see here). In particular, priority will be given to participants based in institutions in West African countries who are involved in the design, implementation, or analysis of training programs, or plan to be involved in the future. The course and the conference will be conducted in English.


Applications should be uploaded via the online application form by September 15, 2017. The Program Committee will aim to communicate its decisions to the authors by by October 1, 2017.