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This two-day course covers a range of econometric evaluation techniques that are used to gauge policy impacts (with a focus on microeconomic contexts). Consideration is given to standard regression-based approaches, instrumental methods, difference-in-differences and matching methods. Regression discontinuity and fixed effects panel data estimation are also considered. We focus attention on findings from a number of key academic journal articles, together with government-commissioned studies. The course gives attendees a good overview of the approaches considered, their strengths and weaknesses, together with a more detailed consideration of practical estimation for each method. We will not be working on computers, but direction on basic STATA commands is provided for the main methods covered. The course helps attendees identify the potential pitfalls that one encounters when attempting to answer policy questions using microeconometric techniques, and the practical steps to avoid these.