29 y 30 de junio, 1 de julio / June 29-30, July 1
Introduction to the synthetic control method
This course provides a practical introduction to the use of the synthetic control method, one of the most remarkable advances in recent literature, that allows obtaining quantitative evidence about the effect of policy changes, reforms or another exogenous shocks in a proper way.
It is structured in three sessions: first, the basic concepts of causality and regression are summarised, and the differences-in-differences estimators is introduced. Next, the synthetic control method is introduced through different applications, and last, we present a guide for its application and some recent extensions.
It is a computer-based course. A laptop with a recent version of STATA installed on it would be required to follow it. In addition, in the computer lab there will be a number of PCs with temporary Stata licence installed for attendants who do not have Stata in their computers or will not be able to bring a laptop with them.
Raul Ramos (Universitat de Barcelona)
Full Professor in Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona, Researcher at the Grup d’Anàlisi Quantitativa Regional (AQR), IZA Research Fellow and GLO Fellow. He is also Co-Editor of the European Journal of Development Research, Associate Editor of Regional Studies and Co-Director of the Spanish Journal of Labour Economics. His research interests in Labour Econmics are related to labour markets, human capital and education, wage differentials, skill mismatches, migration and income inequality, among others.
Antonio Di Paolo (Universitat de Barcelona)
Associate professor in Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona, Researcher at the Grup d’Anàlisi Quantitativa Regional (AQR). His research interests are related to the economics of education and labour economics. He has extensively studied educational and socioeconomic intergenerational mobility; and academic performance of secondary school students, returns to linguistic skills in the labour market and the labour insertion of university graduates.