Switzerland, Geneva

Evaluating Policy Interventions

when 27 June 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee CHF 1800

Does welfare spending reduce poverty? Does the minimum wage destroy jobs? Does trade liberalisation increase inequality? Does development aid really help poor countries? Do longer sentences reduce crime? Policy makers around the globe are confronted with these questions on a daily basis and effective policy interventions can only be designed with good answers.

Measuring and understanding the effect of policies is now more important than ever in any field, from development to labour, from finance to education and beyond. The Geneva Summer School in “Evaluating Policy Interventions” offers students a comprehensive understanding of the most advanced techniques of policy evaluation through a powerful combination of theoretical classes and applied examples. The faculty is a mix of internationally renowned academics and policy analysts working in the most influential international organisations and public administrations from around the globe.

The students will be evaluated on the basis of a short paper that will be prepared by small groups of 3-4 students under the supervision of the course director (or one of the instructors) during dedicated sessions (see calendar). The papers will be presented in class during the last day of the program. Both the presentation and the paper will be evaluated.

Course leader

Course Director
Stefan Sperlich
Geneva School of Management and Economics (GSEM)
University of Geneva


Michael Lechner, University of St. Gallen
Salvatore Di Falco, University of Geneva, Economics
Giacomo De Giorgi, New York Federa

Credits info

Each summer school will indicate its equivalence in ECTS credits in its description. Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 1800: Deadline: 1 May 2016

Tuition fees do not include housing or travel.


A limited number of competitive excellence scholarships are available.