This course explores the use of experiments and quasi-experiments in research
relevant to education policy. We will examine reports and papers that use research
methods such as instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, propensity score
matching, natural experiments, differences-in-differences, and randomized trials. We will
also practice the use of these techniques in problem sets. Areas of education policy
covered include: education in developing countries, financial aid, class size, teacher
training, student incentives, teacher incentives, returns to schooling, charter schools, and early childhood interventions.
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