221.644.01 ECONOMETRIC METHODS FOR EVALUATION OF HEALTH PROGRAMS
Introduces students to the application of common econometric methods available to address questions of concern to policy makers, administrators, managers, and program participants regarding evaluation of health programs in low and middle-income countries. Students learn to apply econometric methods in their research and to recognize the limitations in applying the same methods in estimating the impact of a policy intervention. Combines a theoretical development of methods and a numerical application involving continuous dependent variables. Emphasizes the correct use of data in framing relevant questions and understanding the importance as well as the limitations of data analysis in order to equip students with the quantitative skills necessary to evaluate policy alternatives.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to (1) apply methodological principles and statistical concepts as they relate to the field of program evaluation; (2) conduct econometric analyses of observational data in order to reach conclusions relevant for decision-making processes in international settings; (3) use computer packages to conduct empirical research in impact evaluation.
- Tuesday 3:30 - 5:20
- Thursday 3:30 - 5:20
140.623 or 140.653