IZA/DFID Short Course: Program Evaluation

Organizers: David Lam (University of Michigan and IZA), Maryam Naghsh Nejad (IZA)
Location:Lusaka, Zambia
Date:October 29 - October 30, 2016

Submission Deadline:June 30, 2016
Notification of Acceptance:July 30, 2016
Deadline for Registration:August 10, 2016

Event Manager:

Dominik Spitza


The IZA/DFID Program on Growth and Labor Markets in Low-Income Countries is sponsoring a conference on "Labor Markets in Southern Africa: Evidence and Policy Lessons" on October 27-28, 2016.
This will be followed by a two-day "IZA/DFID Short Course on Program Evaluation" on Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30. 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)
Christopher Parsons (University of Western Australia and IZA)
Kate Vyborny (Duke University)
You can find last year's program here.
Participants who are selected for the course will be provided with all travel expenses and will be provided with food and accommodation from Wednesday night October 26 through Monday morning October 31st. Participants who are selected will be required to be in attendance for the full period, including the conference on Thursday and Friday October 27-28. The target class size is 40 participants. The course is intended for participants from low-income countries (for a list of countries, see here). In particular, priority will be given to participants based in institutions in Southern 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 June 30, 2016. The Program Committee will aim to communicate its decisions to the authors by July 30, 2016.