PLCY2040: Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Public resources are limited, and decisions regarding how to use these scarce public resources must be informed by an understanding of how well a program or policy works (or doesn’t). This course is designed to provide a broad, yet rigorous, overview of the tools available for evaluating public programs and policies, including experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation designs. It will focus on the knowledge and skills one needs to be an effective consumer and commissioner of evaluations. The course will also cover how evidence gathered from evaluations and other sources can be used to effectively inform policy decisions.

Watson Institute,
Brown University
Fall 2016, 17

PED102: Economic Development - Using Analytical Frameworks for Smart Policy Design

This semester-long course examines how economic theory and rigorous evidence can be harnessed to design development policies that respond to market and political failures in developing economies. The course builds on the analytical framework and evidence base provided in PED-101 (which is a prerequisite). Topics covered include: policies for productivity growth, policy design for markets in human and financial capital, governance reform, and environmental and climate change policy design.

Teaching Fellow
for Professors Asim Khwaja,
Rohini Pande, Lant Pritchett,
and Dani Rodrik
Harvard Kennedy School,
Harvard University
Spring 2013, 14, 15