Summer School: Impact Evaluation – Mannheim – June 2020

Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED) and University of Mannheim

This three-day intensive course (24-26 June 2020) on impact evaluation methodologies is designed for professionals, doctoral, masters and advanced undergraduate students studying economics, social sciences, education, international development, political science, public health as well as anyone interested in methods used in evidence-based policy making. The summer school will take place right after the conference “Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE 2020)” in Mannheim, hosted by the European Commission, University of Mannheim/ C4ED from 22-24 June 2020.

The core faculty for the summer school will be:

  • Alberto Abadie (MIT)
  • Alexandra Avdeenko (Center for Evaluation and Development, C4ED)
  • Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim)

The summer school is set to cover the prevailing concepts of impact evaluation, quantitative counterfactual based causal inference and the main methodologies and tools.

Professors Alberto Abadie (MIT), Alexandra Avdeenko (C4ED) and Markus Frölich (University of Mannheim) will be the instructors of the summer school. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss current methodologies in impact evaluation from some of the experts and scholars who have been setting the methodological frontier. The summer school will also be a valuable opportunity for networking.

Main topics
  • Introduction to Causal Inference
  • Rubin Causal Model
  • Assignment Mechanism
  • Randomized experiments
  • Different Modes of Inference
  • Observational Studies
  • The Unconfoundedness Assumption
  • Average Treatment Effects
  • Propsenity Score Matching
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Instrumental Variables (IV)
  • Difference-in-Difference Methods
  • Regression Discontinuity Designs (RDD)
  • Sharp and Fuzzy Designs
  • Distributional and Quantile Treatment Effects
  • Mediation Analysis and Causal Chains
Course Cost

Regular fee: €100
Reduced fee: €50 (for registered students)

The summer school fee includes registration, administrative costs and coffee breaks. Participants are responsible for transportation and accommodation, lunch and dinner, and other incidental expenses.


Applications will be accepted through 31 May 2020. Registering early interest via is strongly encouraged as space is limited. Participants will be accepted on a rolling basis.