Module 6: Evaluating the Distributional and Poverty Impacts of Economy-Wide Policies
May 4 (MC6-100)
May 5 (I 1-200)
May 6 (MC8-100)
The World Bank
Objectives: The international community has declared poverty reduction and equity important goals of socioeconomic development. This defines the metric by which to assess the impact of development strategies and various policy interventions. This module is designed to help participants improve their understanding of key concepts, principles and methods used to evaluate the social impact of economy-wide policies. Policy impact analysis entails an assessment of variations in individual and social welfare attributable to an exogenous shock or the implementation of a policy. Socioeconomic shocks and policies may have at once macroeconomic, structural and distributional implications working through a number of flow-of-funds variables, and a set of market and non-market institutions. This creates a need for an analytical framework that explicitly accounts for the interdependence between these three dimensions. The module therefore focuses on general equilibrium modeling and the microsimulation approach to policy evaluation. The course seeks to strike a balance between conceptual and empirical considerations. It therefore presents a variety of case studies to illustrate the application of the methods covered. At the end of the course, the successful participant will be able to: (1) identify the main concepts and core principles underlying policy impact analysis; (2) explain the working of the tools discussed; and (3) interpret empirical results on the basis the underlying policy model.