Economic Analysis on Social Policy


                                                                                                  Spring 2012

                                                                                                  Masako Ii


Course schedule and reading list


              First half of this course offers an introduction to impact evaluation by presenting a detailed analysis of quantitative research underlying recent program evaluations and case studies. This course works extensively with Stata.

              Second half of this course discusses health systems reforms in the Asia-Pacific Region.


I. Impact evaluation

1. Introduction to impact evaluation

    Basic issues of evaluation


2. How to evaluate

1)        Randomized impact evaluation

2)        Propensity score matching

3)        Double difference (Difference-in-differences)

4)        Instrumental variable estimation

5)        Regression discontinuity design

6)        Measuring distributional program effects


3.  How to implement an impact evaluation       

1)        Choosing the sample

2)        Collecting data


II. Comparative analysis of health systems reforms in the Asia-Pacific region




Reading List

1. Handbook on impact evaluation: quantitative methods and practices, The World Bank, 2010

2. Impact Evaluation in Practice, The World Bank, 2011

3. Primary Health Care: Now more then ever, World Health Organization, 2008

4. The Economics of Public Health Care Reform in Advanced and Emerging Economies, International Monetary Fund, 2012



Based on class participation, homework assignment, and the term paper.