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Unit information: Programme Evaluation in 2022/23

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Unit name Programme Evaluation
Unit code ECONM0002
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Valente
Open unit status Not open
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School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Unit Information

This course will look at a number of econometric approaches to policy evaluation, including social experiments and “natural experiments” (difference-in-differences, instrumental variables, propensity score matching and regression discontinuity design). We will look at the usefulness and limitations of alternative methods in the context of a number of applications, including the minimum wage, welfare-to-work policies and estimating returns to education.


The aim of the course is to introduce students to a number of different approaches used by economists to evaluate government policies.

Your learning on this unit

Students will become familiar with a wide range of techniques for evaluating public policy ex ante and ex post and they will be able to understand and interpret the results of econometric studies of public policy analysis.

How you will learn

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

How you will be assessed

Coursework (50%) and Online Exam (50%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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