Past Events


2016 AGRODEP Impact Evaluation Network Workshop
7 Mar, 2016 - 8 Mar, 2016
IFPRI Headquarters, Washington D.C.

 

AGRODEP will hold a workshop on impact evaluation on March 7-8, 2016 with some members of the AGRODEP Impact Evaluation Network (AIEN) and impact evaluation practitioners in IFPRI and other Washington, DC-based organizations. Launched in 2012, the AIEN provides selected AGRODEP researchers with the latest technical and topical developments in the field of impact evaluation, with the goal of creating a robust network of highly trained impact evaluation practitioners in Africa. AIEN members will present their papers or proposals for constructive feedback, mutual learning, and potential mentorship or collaboration.


2016 Training Courses
1 Jan, 2016 - 31 Dec, 2016

The AGRODEP team is pleased to announce its list of training courses for 2016. 


2016 NAIP Clinics
1 Jan, 2016 - 31 Dec, 2016

Starting in 2016 and continuing into 2017, clinics have been organized by IFPRI's West and Central Africa Office to provide capacity building support for the appraisal of existing National Agricultural Investment Plans (NAIPs). The goal is to provide these expert African participants with the necessary tools to guide country officials in the design of new NAIPs.


Upcoming 2015 Training Courses
7 Dec, 2015 - 31 Dec, 2015

The AGRODEP team is pleased to announce its list of training courses for 2015. The courses were selected based on results from the 2015 training course survey; in this survey, members were given a list of proposed courses and asked to select their top three based on which would be most useful for their research and professional development. 

Upcoming Courses:


2015 Training Course - Applied Microeconometrics
7 Dec, 2015 - 10 Dec, 2015
IFPRI - Dakar

Overview

This course will provide participants an extensive range of up-to-date statistical and econometric techniques to analyze microeconomic data. In particular, a wide variety of microeconometric methods available in Stata will be covered, including linear regression, instrumental-variables estimation, nonlinear models for binary, multinomial, and censored models, estimation of average treatment effects, simulation and bootstrapping, and duration analysis.


2015 Training Course - Evaluation of Public Policies
28 Oct, 2015 - 30 Oct, 2015
IFPRI - Dakar

 

Overview

The aim of the course is to introduce participants to recent methodological developments in the evaluation of public policies. These developments have shown that it is possible to circumvent most conceptual problems related to the evaluation of public policies under relatively innocuous assumptions. The importance of these developments has been underlined by the award of the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2000 to James Heckman and Daniel McFadden, the two main contributors to the field.


2015 Training Course - Augmented Gravity Models: Measurement and Trade Impact of Policies
5 Oct, 2015 - 9 Oct, 2015
IFPRI - Dakar

 

Overview

Over time, the gravity model has been defined as the workhorse of international trade and its ability to correctly approximate bilateral trade flows makes it one of the most successful “empirical fact” in economics. With data increasingly available for developing, as well as developed countries, the gravity model has come to be the starting point for a wide variety of research questions with a policy component.


2015 Training Course - Applied Panel Data Econometrics
7 Sep, 2015 - 11 Sep, 2015
IFPRI - Dakar

 

Overview

The wide availability of panel data presents unique opportunities for researchers. It is essential to understand the intuition and implications of the estimators and tests that are currently available to successfully take advantage of panel data. This course will focus on core panel data techniques, building a strong foundation before moving into more cutting edge methods that have been recently developed. The class will also discuss in detail implementation of panel data estimators and tests using the popular open source software R. The class will take place over five days to ensure maximum coverage of the core topics. 


2015 Training Course - Agricultural Distortions & Value Chains
1 Sep, 2015 - 3 Sep, 2015
IFPRI - Dakar

 

Overview

The objective of the training is to develop the participants’ expertise in understanding and analyzing value chains, their creation and the factors that influence them. The training is set out so as to favor both the understanding of the conceptual issues and the more applied and quantitative approaches to analysis of value chains. The conceptual and the applied analysis will be applied to 4 perspectives:

  1. Agricultural distortions and value chains
  2. Trade policy and value chains
  3. Food and Nutrition Security and value chains
  4. Quantitative tools for value chains (data and empirical methodology). 

2015 Training Course - Productivity and Efficiency Analysis
3 Aug, 2015 - 7 Aug, 2015
Saly Portudal (Thiès), Senegal

 

Overview

When we look at firms, we notice that the output of each can vary tremendously. If we assume that the firms are using the same technology, then what can account for such disparate outcomes. Productivity and efficiency analysis engages in exactly this exercise, discerning which firms are doing the best with the limited resources they have, and identifying which  firms are lagging behind. Productivity and efficiency methods are widely used by regulators to monitor the behavior of firms in a given industry as well as to track performance over time of firms. Given the broad array of methods, coupled with myriad applications, accessing this literature can be daunting. This class will introduce students to the fundamentals of productivity and efficiency analysis. The class will also discuss in detail implementation of these models using the popular open source software R. The class will take place over five days to ensure maximum coverage of the core topics.