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The course takes place from the 25th September until the 8th of December 2017.

Lectures will be held every week on:
– Monday 12.15 am room F2 (Polo Piagge)
– Tuesday 10.30 am room F2 (Polo Piagge)
– Friday 8.45 am room Windows (Centro di Calcolo)

The Course is articulated into 4 Modules:

Module 1: Quantitative methods for economics (20 h)

  • Introduction to non-parametric techniques. (Prof. Davide Fiaschi)
  • Introduction to bootstrap. (Prof. Davide Fiaschi)
  • Introduction to basic ideas of Bayesian statistical inference. (Prof. Davide Fiaschi)
  • Introduction to panel. (Dr. Angela Parenti)
  • Introduction to spatial econometrics. (Dr. Angela Parenti)

Module 2: European Regional policy and economic convergence (20 h)

  • Causes and effects of regional imbalance: economic theory and empirical evidence. (Prof. Davide Fiaschi)
  • Regional policies: theoretical models. (Prof. Davide Fiaschi)
  • Historical development of European Regional Policy. (Dr. Angela Parenti)
  • Econometric models for convergence. (Dr. Angela Parenti): Magrini chapter of handbook

Module 3: Evaluation of economic policy (18 h)

  • What is a causal effect?  (Dr. Irene Brunetti)
  • The potential outcome and the estimate of the counterfactual. (Dr. Irene Brunetti)
  • The evaluation designs (from random assignment to quasi-experimental evaluation methods).  (Dr. Irene Brunetti)

Module 4: European taxation and fiscal policy coordination and competition (4 h)

  • Implications of fiscal policy coordination and competition in terms of labour mobility, spatial location of activities, and household residential decisions. (Prof. Sonia Paty)


Prerequisites for the course:

Advanced Statistics, Advanced Econometrics and Advanced Macroeconomics.

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