Taught in Spanish. This course teaches the strengths and weaknesses of the main methods used to measure the impact of social policies. How are the lives of the poor? Why do they remain in poverty? Is there room for social policies in the struggle to overcome poverty? These questions will be examined through a review based on economic theory of the life of the poor and an analysis of scientific studies. Students’ goals are to:
- Understand aspects that affect decision-making in homes living in poverty and restrictions that may affect them, and determine whether there is room for ameliorative policies.
- Identify different empirical methodologies and instruments to study economic and social problems in the homes and lives of people living in poverty.
- Analyze and interpret a set of empirical studies on social and economic interventions and phenomena in the developing world.
This course is taught in Spanish at Pontificia Universidad Católica and may not be offered every semester.
Prereq: Micro-economics, and Statistical Inference.