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I Summer School in Public Economics: Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Public Policies

Inicio: junio 25, 2008 Final: julio 03, 2008

“SALA DE RECEPCIONS” (Faculty of Economics of the University of Barcelona)


The Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) is pleased to announce its I Summer School in Public Economics, entitled ‘Evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of public policies’, which will consist of two courses: one on ‘Evaluation of Public Policies’ and another one on ‘Efficiency Analysis in the Public Sector’. The objective of each course is twofold. The first one is to offer an intensive training programme for PhD students on Public Economics, which will include computer sessions. The second objective is to provide young scholars with the opportunity to discuss their own ongoing applied research in public organizations with leading researchers in the field in a relaxed and open atmosphere. To accomplish this purpose, the students will have the opportunity to present their applied research work at sessions attended both by the invited lecturers and by IEB researchers.



Tim Coelli (University of Queensland)

Michael Lechner (Universität St. Gallen)

Jeffrey Smith (University of Michigan)

Andrew Street (The University of York)

Courses and fees

The courses will be held during de mornings. The courses (and tentative topics) are:


Evaluation of Public Policies (Jeffrey Smith & Michael Lechner)
  • Social experiments
  • Matching
  • Instrumental variables
  • Panel data
  • Regression discontinuity


Efficiency Analysis in the Public Sector (Tim Coelli & Andrew Street)
  • Production technology
  • Stochastic frontier analysis
  • Mathematical programming approaches (DEA)
  • Productivity measures



Workshop sessions will take place in the afternoon, including students’ presentations.



PhD students from all over the world and young researchers who finished the dissertation no longer than 3 years ago.


Fees and expenses

There is a registration fee of 400€ per course, which includes documentation and working lunches. Further information (application form, schedule, reading list and program) will be available soon at



People presenting a paper can apply for a scholarship that covers the course fee and the accommodation.

Scientific Committee

Núria Bosch (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Alejandro Esteller-Moré (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Albert Solé-Ollé (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Luis Ayala (Insituto de Estudios Fiscales)

Javier Salinas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

Matz Dahlberg (Uppsala University & IFAU)


Organizing Committee

Pere Arqué Castells (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Alejandro Esteller-Moré (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Albert Solé-Ollé (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Pilar Sorribas-Navarro (University of Barcelona & IEB)

Application procedure

Send your CV and a one-page description of the topic of your PhD dissertation to

In case you intend to present a paper, send also an extended abstract or preferably the paper.

Only PDF files will be considered. A letter of support from your PhD supervisor must be sent by post mail (see address below).


Application for one course does not entail application for the other. Hence, if you were interested in taking both courses, two independent applications should be submitted.


Deadline for application: April 14, 2008

Deadline for acceptance of application: May 3, 2008

Deadline for non presenters registration: June 2, 2008