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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."

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/political economy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

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)

ECOLE D'ECONOMIE DE PARIS
France
EU contribution
€ 477 981,03
Address
Boulevard Jourdan 48
75014 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karen Macours (Mrs)
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 532 238,06
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gharad Bryan (Dr.)
STOCKHOLMS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 398 751,47
Address
Universitetsvagen 10
10691 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jakob Svensson (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 430 246,66
Address
Rue De Bruxelles 61
5000 Namur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jean-Marie Baland (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD POMPEU FABRA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 423 427,47
Address
Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marta Reynal Querol (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 334 777,97
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roger Wallace (Mr.)