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# LN0_Course+Overview - Empirical Methods II(API-202A Harvard...

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Empirical Methods II (API-202A) Harvard Kennedy School of Government 1 API-202 Section A – Spring 2009 COURSE OVERVIEW Main goal of the course : To develop your skills to critically assess policy studies and to give you the potential to participate in an empirical project in the future (research/policy) Main tool : Regression Analysis How Can Regression Analysis Help Us Shape Policy? A key question in policy studies that we focused on: What is the causal effect of X on Y? ± X: Policy variable (minimum wage; class size) ± Y: Outcome of interest (unemployment; students’ test scores)

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Empirical Methods II (API-202A) Harvard Kennedy School of Government 2 Content of API202A: I. Regression Analysis (RA): key tool for studying the causal effect of X and Y o How RA differs from testing differences in means (API-201) o Cornerstone of RA: ordinary least square (OLS) method ± Structural Equation, Sample Regression, Partial Association ± Mechanics of OLS ± Interpretation of OLS (partial association) ± Statistical Inference of OLS ± Qualitative data (race, sex, etc) ± Additional topics to be literate in regression analysis o We will learn under what conditions we can infer a causal effect from the OLS estimation. II.
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## This note was uploaded on 04/12/2009 for the course HKS API202A taught by Professor Levy during the Spring '09 term at Harvard.

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