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Methods in Action: “Matching techniques for treatment effect analysis”

Mar 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am - Mar 24, 2022 @ 12:30 pm

The “Methods in Action Series” course “Matching techniques for treatment effect analysis” is organized by Politecnico di Milano and will take place on online platform on 15 March, 22 March and 24 March 2022.




Course objectives

Dealing with the problem of selection bias when estimating causal effects in applied research

Presenting the most used matching techniques on company level data

Topics covered include Propensity Score Matching, Coarsened Exact Matching, and Methods for assessing the balance after matching

Test the methods described above and discuss advantages and disadvantages using an example dataset


Structure of the course

– On-line lecture presenting the main matching techniques used for estimating causal effects in entrepreneurship studies
– Group exercises where participants will test the different approaches on an example dataset
– Plenary discussion on pros and cons of matching methods and how to motivate them to reviewers


Course programme

15th March 2022
9:00–09:15 Introduction to the Course
09:15–10:15 Lecture: matching techniques for entrepreneurial studies
10:30–11:30 Stata tutorial: how to implement matching methods
11:30–12:15 Task assignment

22nd March 2022
16:00–18:00 interim discussion with groups

24th March 2022
9:00–12:00 Group presentations
12:00–12:30 Final discussion and assessment of the use of methods


Local organizing committee

Massimiliano Guerini
Francesca Tenca
Benedetta Montanaro

Politecnico di Milano School of Management


Target audience:

The course aims at involving participants among the following categories:
– Early career researchers
– PhD students
– People from the policy making world wishing to extend their analytical capabilities


Course prerequisites:

Basic requisite for admission will be:
– Knowledge of basic principle of statistics and main regression models (e.g. OLS, logit..)
– Good working knowledge of the statistical software Stata

Before the beginning of the course, we will provide participants with scientific articles and additional material.


Cost and Fees:

No registration fees to be paid by European Participants



Send the organizer (see contact person below) the application form and CV by email

Maximum number of participants: 16


Deadline for request of participation:

20 February 2022


Contact person:

Benedetta Montanaro (benedetta.montanaro@polimi.it)


Mar 15, 2022 @ 9:00 am
Mar 24, 2022 @ 12:30 pm
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Massimiliano Guerini, Francesca Tenca, Benedetta Montanaro