Impact Evaluation and STATA Course 2017

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This course is for professionals and researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean, who work in the public or private sphere in the design, implementation or evaluation of public policies. Participants are expected to have intermediate knowledge in program evaluation, statistics and econometrics. The course is intensive and is developed for face-to-face sessions in which the instructors will present a theoretical-practical approach. Participants will be able to review concepts and develop criteria for the application of impact assessment techniques and instruments.


To teach methodologies and impact evaluation tools to Latin American professionals and researchers to increase the use of evidence in the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies.


June 26-30, 2017 (Monday through Friday)  


36 hours distributed in five days  


Center for Economic Research and Teaching A. C. (CIDE), Mexico City


1. Evaluation and causation  
A. Why evaluate?
B. The fundamental problem of causal inference
C. Section selection
D. How to implement an evaluation. Ethical considerations. How to choose an impact assessment method. Sampling, sample size and data collection.

2. Random experiments  
A. Randomization methods
B. Design of the experiment
C. Analysis of experimental data
D. Limitations of the experiments

3. Estimators matching  
A. Supposition of conditional independence: selection in observables
B. Estimators matching
C. Logit, probity and the estimation of the propensity score

D. Propensity score matching
E. Limitations to the conditional independence assumption

4. Instrumental Variables  
A. Estimation by instrumental variables
B. Validity and relevance
C. Weak instruments

5. Panel data and differences-in-differences  
A. Fixed effects models Differences in differences

6. Discontinuous regression models  
A. Introduction
B. Estimation and analysis


Registration process  

Those interested in participating in the course should:
1.Complete the registry that will be active until June 20, 2017.
2.Include in the registry the following scanned documents:
◦Title of the last degree (bachelors, masters or doctorates)
◦ Knowledge of statistics and econometrics (certificate of studies)

◦ Payment  

The student will be enrolled when s/he has duly completed steps 1 and 2.  

Participants who approve the course will be awarded a diploma with recognition from CLEAR LAC and CIDE.

Registration Form



$ 23,000.00 MXN

$ 1,150.00 DLS (Registration *)   * Includes materials, diploma and food during the course

The deposit or bank transfer must be made to the HSBC bank in the name of the Economic Research and Teaching Center, A. C .; Account number: 4039603584, branch number 0763 (Lilas); CLABE: 021180040396035842.


For more information, please contact:

Diana García, Project Manager
(+52 1 55) 5727 9800 ext. 2343




Event Information
Central Time Zone (CTZ)
Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), Carretera México-Toluca 3655, Álvaro Obregón, Lomas de Sta Fé, 01210 Ciudad de México, D.F., Mexico