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pro-WEAI Foundations Course

The Pro-WEAI addresses to measure women’s empowerment within project-specific contexts.


 It draws on qualitative methods to enhance understanding of women’s empowerment in specific social and cultural contexts and includes optional modules tailored to livestock and/or nutrition and health programs. This material presented is an initial step towards developing an e-learning course. The set of three video lessons include Lesson One - Using the project-level Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (pro-WEAI) for agricultural development projects, Lesson Two - The Pro-WEAI Tool, and Lesson Three - Lessons in Qualitative Methods. 


Impact Evaluation

Properly evaluating an intervention or program is critical to quantify its effects, determine intended and unintended outcomes and make any necessary corrections. While an adequate monitoring of a program permits to assess if the objectives of a program are being met through a continuous monitoring of different indicators of interest, a proper impact evaluation permits to assess if the observed changes are due to the intervention while controlling for other potential factors. This is key when there are plans to expand the program or replicate it in other contexts.

The objective of this course is to explain thoroughly the different stages and aspects in implementing a project evaluation, from including a counterfactual or control group in the evaluation design to selecting the most appropriate method based on the nature of the program, the outcomes of interest and the data that can be collected.

The course is divided into 6 topics: Introduction, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Methods, Randomized Controlled Trials, Difference in Difference Analysis, Propensity Score Matching and Regression Discontinuity Design. A case study of the evaluation of the National Program to reduce stunting in Guatemala (Pacto del Hambre Cero) is provided at the end.


Computable general equilibrium modeling

Economic modelling makes it possible to provide, ex-ante, a quantitative estimation of an economic policy reform (or a specific exogenous shock) on an economic sector, an economy, a region of the world, or the world economy. Economic modeling can help structure the debate around political reform, in particular by identifying the channels through which the effects of a political decision is transmitted to the well-being of economic agents, and the importance of these channels.

Economic modeling is based upon the following components: (i) economic theory as far as the relations between economic variables are concerned; (ii) economic data to calibrate the model based upon real-life information; (iii) an econometric estimation of the importance of the relation between economic variables (behavioral parameters).

The two main pillars of economic modeling are partial equilibrium models and general equilibrium models.

In partial equilibrium models, the functioning and equilibrium of some markets (in particular factor markets) are not taken into account. The advantage is to simplify the component of the model that is of less interest to the modeler. This can help to more accurately analyze an economic mechanism or a policy in the sector(s) that are priorities for the modeler. This also allows more transparent results of the model.  This simplifying hypothesis comes at a cost which is the failure to take into account what is happening for markets of productive factors (labour, capital, land).

In general equilibrium models, the equilibrium on all markets is considered. For illustration, when a policy reform of the wheat market is studied, its impact on the labor and land markets is taken into account, but also the impact on public revenues, households, and upstream and downstream sectors.  The feedback impact of all these changes on the wheat market is also considered. While this means that general equilibrium models are consistent, they are more complex than partial equilibrium models. The transparency they offer comes at the cost of analyzing many economic variables and relations.

The objective of this course is to enable people to understand how partial equilibrium models and general equilibrium models are designed and programmed. The target audience of this online course on economic modeling will be people interested in economic modeling through their jobs in research centers, ministries, international institutions, and non-governmental organizations, for research projects that rely upon estimation of the economic effects of policy reform. All participants should have knowledge of economic theory and the use of macroeconomic data. They should also be familiar to the programming under GAMS.  If unfamiliar with GAMS, there is a set of helpful tutorial videos courtesy of AGRODEP linked here.



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