||Evaluation Methodologies: The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the growing field of impact evaluation in economics. The course presents the main methodologies used to quantify the causal effect of policy interventions on outcomes, including randomized evaluations, difference-in-differences, regression discontinuity designs and natural experiments. These methodologies are assessed critically focusing on their weaknesses and strengths as well as focusing on their application in Stata. The course also offers an overview of the key debates in the design and implementation of a wide range of policies, and their impact on tackling poverty, improving quality and access to education, regeneration of deprived areas, fostering employment, salaries, among others. Innovation Policies: The course introduces students to the topic of innovation as a major force for economic growth and innovation policies aimed at promoting technological development and innovation. The goal of the course is to familiarize students with government policies to support innovation, to guide them through the empirical research on these topics, and let them explore interesting research questions on their own. During the course, we study some general questions on innovation activities of firms, such as the link between 1 During the course, we study some general questions on innovation activities of firms, such as the link between R&D, innovation, and productivity, and the ways of organizing for innovation, in particular, knowledge sourcing strategies; we then discuss how government intervention, more specifically, patent protection, government funded R&D, and trade reforms, influences firms' innovation output. We also review and discuss the empirical research on these topics. By completing this course the students should be able to: 1) understand relevant determinants and performance implications of firm innovation activities; 2) explain and discuss the public policies for stimulating innovation and their underlying rationale; 3) assess the impact of these policies using methods from the empirical studies. Infrastructure Policies: This course studies the economic aspects of infrastructures using the tools of economic analysis in deciding the optimal level of infrastructure provision, the role of public and private sector in their provision and operation and shows the policy implications of the deregulation process that has taken place in infrastructure markets in recent years. The emphasis of the course is empirical, with detailed examples and case studies to show the economic consequences of alternative policy designs.