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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
Courses of Study 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PAM 6090 - Empirical Strategies for Policy Analysis

(crosslisted) ECON 6590  
     
Fall. 3 credits.

Prerequisite: graduate course in econometrics. (e.g., ILRLE 7490  or AEM 7100 )

J. Matsudaira.

Focuses on empirical strategies to identify the causal effects of public policies and programs. The course uses problem sets based on real-world examples and data to examine techniques for analyzing nonexperimental data including control function approaches, matching methods, panel-data methods, selection models, instrumental variables, and regression-discontinuity methods. The emphasis throughout, however, is on the critical role of research design in facilitating credible causal inference. The course aids students in both learning to implement a variety of statistical tools using large data sets, and in learning to select which tools are best suited to a given research project.



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