Design and Evaluation of Economic and Social Policies (2020/2021)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

This laboratory aims to develop the soft skills of the economic scientist in students, analyzing the key elements of economic scientific research, useful for understanding how the work of the social scientist is carried out and how he tries to solve problems. Students will be introduced to the ex ante evaluation techniques of large projects used within the Recovery Fund which implements the Next Generation EU program.

Syllabus

The activity foresees a total number of hours of commitment by the student of about 75 hours, of which 18 in the presence (telematic) of the reference teacher or his substitute.
The assessment test consists in the evaluation of a final paper to be delivered at the end of the course that describes the evaluation carried out by the team work on the project assigned to them.
The activity will be organized in the second semester and is aimed at students of the School of Economics and Management, in particular third-year students of the Degree in Economics and Business or of the Degree in Business Administration and / or all University students given the transversal nature of the course. Students will be introduced to the ex ante evaluation techniques of large projects used within the Recovery Fund that implements program B
Next Generation EU.

During the lectures, the teacher will explain how, starting from a topic that you want to deepen, you collect data, either from the available databases or through the use of questionnaires. Some introductory elements will also be introduced relating to the most widely used software for cataloging data and verifying economic and social models (Stata, R and Gams). Once the data has been collected, we will proceed with the analysis and interpretation activities, identifying the problems of the economic system in question and trying to apply economic policy decisions, acting as a "policy maker", and simulating, when possible, the effects with a software which does not require knowledge of programming languages. A short scientific report on the activity / policy carried out will be drawn up in progress. The team work on case studies will be privileged.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
European Commission Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects 2015 ISBN 978-92-79-34796-2 E-mail: regio-publication@ec.europa.eu Internet: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/index_en.cfm More information on the European Union is available on the Internet (http://europa.eu). Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2015

Assessment methods and criteria

The activity involves a total number of hours of commitment by the student of about 75 hours, of which 18 in the presence (telematic) of the reference teacher or his substitute.
The assessment test consists in the evaluation of a final paper to be delivered at the end of the course that describes the evaluation carried out by the team work on the project assigned to them.
Upon passing the final exam, 3 credits will be awarded.