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Policy Design and Evaluation Research in Developing Countries

Policy Design and Evaluation Research in Developing Countries

Objective

"Good policy design requires understanding of how agents respond to incentives and how they interact through market and non-market institutions. New approaches to policy design have recently emerged. These rely on controlled experiments as well as analysis of natural policy experiments. They allow us not only to evaluate whether a policy has been successful but also to test the theoretical channels through which the policy is assumed to operate. This can help us generate more effective policies.
PODER will train a new generation of European doctoral students in the use of these techniques to design and evaluate policies to fight poverty. The training will combine coursework and methodological tools taught at the academic nodes with on-site training in project management and data collection learnt from private sector partners. PODER’s research agenda will be organized around three workpackages: health and education, private sector development, and governance, political economy and institutions. PODER aims reduce the US-Europe gap in the quality and impact of development economics research.
The network will have an impact in three dimensions. It will reorient both the content and approach to doctoral training in development economics, adding a new focus on rigorous techniques for the assessment of alternative policy designs and an emphasis on fieldwork. This will enhance the career prospects of the network’s ESRs and ERs. Second, PODER will help create a durable European infrastructure for research training in development economics, by allowing researchers to take advantage of training opportunities beyond their own institutions and to interact with other researchers working on similar projects in different countries. Third, PODER has a unique set of relationships with donors and developing country governments that will ensure that the PODER research agenda will be fully exploited by the policy community and the private sector."

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI

Address

Via Sarfatti 25
20136 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 739 880,40

Administrative Contact

Luigi Pellegrino (Mr.)

Participants (6)

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ECOLE D'ECONOMIE DE PARIS

France

EU Contribution

€ 477 981,03

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 532 238,06

STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 398 751,47

UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 430 246,66

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 423 427,47

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 334 777,97

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 608109

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2017

Funded under:

FP7-PEOPLE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 337 303,06

  • EU contribution

    € 3 337 303,06

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA COMMERCIALE LUIGI BOCCONI

Italy