This course will focus on the evaluation of social programs and will provide a thorough understanding of randomized evaluations. Through a combination of lectures and case studies from real randomized evaluations, the course will focus on the benefits and methods of randomization, choosing an appropriate sample size, and common threats and pitfalls to the validity of the experiment. In addition to the lecture sequences, the course also includes various case studies. The case studies explore the concepts and issues discussed in the lecture sequences and involve some readings, followed by discussion topics. The discussion topics include multiple choice questions open response assessments. Students will also take multiple choice tests during the course that will be linked to the lectures’ contents and the compulsory readings for the case studies.
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