Sozialpolitik und Arbeitsmärkte



Economic Evaluations of Family Policy Interventions

Economic Evaluations of Family Policy Interventions

Grades are available on lsf

Final review date on 21 Jan. 15, 10 a.m. with Judith Saurer at Ifo


  • Helmut Rainer (LMU and Ifo Institute)
  • Judith Saurer (Ifo Institue)


The course consists of three parts:

  • Introductory meeting on Oct 7 (2-4 p.m.)  at CES, Schackstr. 4, room 207.
  • Weekly lectures,  Tue. Oct 14 to Dec 9 (2-4 p.m.) at Schackstr. 4, room 207 or  room 307 (Oct 21 + Nov 18), no lecture on Oct 28.
  • Blocked seminar on Dec 15/16 at Ifo Institute, Poschingerstr. 5.


  • 12 ECTS Points
  • The course will be credited to „Applied Econometrics“ and „Applied Econometrics Research“


  • Term paper (approximately 45,000 characters)
  • Referee report on an assigned paper (approximately 3-4 pages)
  • Discussion of the assigned paper in seminar (approximately 30 minutes)
  • Topics will be assigned at the end of the introductory meeting on 7 October. Getting your topic makes your participation generally binding with all consequences. Please take note of the indications by the examination board.


  • English


  • The essay is to be written during the semester; topics will be assigned after the introductory meeting.
  • Referee Report to be handed in on 12 Dec. 12 a.m.; Term paper to be handed in on 16 Dec. 12 p.m.


  • Altough the course is largely self-contained, Econometrics (M.Sc.) is recommended.

Course Description:

The course offers an introduction to modern family economics with a focus on empirical evaluations of family policy interventions. The course will include but is not limited to the following topics:

  • What kind of public policies are targeted at families, and how are they expected to affect family outcomes from a theoretical point of view?
  • How does the provision of public child care affect maternal employment and fertility?
  • What is the causal link between early child care and child development?
  • How do families respond to unconditional monetary benefits?
  • How does the liberalization of divorce laws affect flows into and out of marriage?

The course has two main parts. The first part consists of weekly lectures which will discuss the substantive research questions as well as the data and the econometric techniques necessary to address them. In the second part of the course, which will be blocked on 2 days, students will present their term papers. The topics of the term papers will reflect the substantive research questions and empirical methods covered in the first part oft he course.



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