An opportunity for 30 students and researchers in social sciences, economics and statistics: the 2017 IRVAPP Winter School

Registration to the school organized by FBK's IRVAPP (Institute for Evaluative Research of Public Policies), which will take place February 13 through 18, 2017 at the Institute of Sciences, Humanities and Arts of the Veneto Region in Venice is open from today, Friday, November 4 and up to 11 December 2016


The course, as with previous editions, is designed for 30 doctoral students and researchers in Social Sciences, Economics and Statistics interested in exploring the use of microdata for the evaluation of public policies.

Six consecutive days of theoretical and practical sessions with the aim to give proper emphasis to the rationale of impact assessment (reference is made to the counterfactual paradigm for causal inference) and to present the main methods and statistical techniques adopted in 'counterfactual analysis (Including Difference-in-differences, Propensity Score Matching, Regression Discontinuity Design and the design of natural experiments and quasi-experiments).

Laboratory exercises will give participants the opportunity to apply the various techniques to concrete cases connected with labor market policies, education and businesses.

The training level required is an introductory course in statistics and econometrics. Practical knowledge of linear regression and multivariate analysis is required.

The course will be held in English.

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The Research Institute for the Evaluation of Public Policies (IRVAPP) is a research organization specializing in the analysis, conducted in a counterfactual perspective, of the effects of the measures taken by the public administration in order to change the living conditions or behaviors of certain individuals (organizations, groups or individuals) within the various spheres of society.

IRVAPP is primarily engaged in measuring the impact of:

  • Active and passive labor market policies;
  • education policies;
  • family policies;
  • Health policies;
  • policies against poverty and social exclusion;
  • industrial policies;
  • measures for economic and social growth of developing countries.

IRVAPP usually carries out ex-post impact assessments, but has recently also launched ex-ante assessment studies related to microsimulation and experimental economics activities.

The results of evaluations and other studies carried out by IRVAPP appear in Progress Reports, Working Papers and articles on scientific journals, that can be viewed on this website.

Besides its research activities, IRVAPP offers training of researchers, officials and public administrators on the assessment of the effects of policies and the use of empirical evidence for the design of public policies.

Since January 1, 2013 IRVAPP has incorporated the Permanent Observatory for Economics, Labor and the evaluation of the Social demand (OPES). The analysis ativities on the main aspects of the economy and society of Trentino, that were previously carried out by the latter, will be henceforth carried out by IRVAPP that will continue to meet the needs of the provincial government in this area operating, as in the past, in close collaboration with the statistical Service of the Autonomous Province of Trento.