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Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation (COMPIE) 2018

Sep 26 2018
Sep 28 2018

"Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation 2018" (COMPIE 2018)

The European Commission, in collaboration with the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, is organising the Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation 2018 (COMPIE 2018) conference.

Keynote speakers: Joshua Angrist (MIT) and Jesse Rothstein (University of California, Berkeley).


The aim of the conference is to bring together policy makers and researchers to discuss developments in counterfactual methods and applications of impact evaluation. The latter can cover a broad range of interventions, from labor and social policy to regulation and funding programmes, ideally with a focus on EU policies.

Important dates

  • Paper submissions: from March 1 to April 30, 2018. Click here to check the status of your paper

  • Acceptance decision: July 1, 2018. For authors of accepted papers: Register by August 1, 2018 to confirm your participation [closed]

  • Registration (no fees): July 1 to September 15, 2018.

  • Online program: Click here


The conference will consist of plenary, contributed and poster sessions. Plenary sessions will host two keynote speakers; the contributed sessions and the poster sessions will include contributed papers submitted through the call for papers.
The conference will start on September 26, 2018 at 1pm and will end on September 28, 2018 at 3.30pm.
A link to the online program is given above.

Round table

As a concluding event of the conference, a round table will take place on Friday, September 28, 13.45-15.25, with title: 

“Social dividends of counterfactual impact evaluation in the EU: present, past and future” 


Evidence-based policy promises to spend public money in the most effective way, and to adhere to a “learning society”, where “learning what works” is more important than political pressure. The EU has some examples of good practice, where some of these promises are already a reality, and they have lead to social dividends. This round table aims at learning from these examples, identifying possible roadblocks still impeding full spread of good practice.


Nils aus dem Moore, Humbolt University, Berlin


Jonneke Bolhaar, Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, The Hague

Oddbjørn Raaum, Frisch Centre, Norway

Isabelle Schömann, European Commission - Regulatory Scrutiny Board

Roxane Silberman, Paris School of Economics, Paris

Lars Skipper, Aarhus University, Denmark


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, School of Business and Economics Spandauer Straße 1, D-10178 Berlin


There is no hotel special fare for conference participants. Conference participants should book their accommodation directly.

Programme Committee

Sascha Becker, University of Warwick
Massimiliano Bratti, University of Milan
Alex Bryson, UCL London
Marco Caliendo, Potsdam University
Lorenzo Cappellari, Catholic University, Milan
Bart Cockx, Ghent University
Maurizio Conti, University of Genova
Oliver Falck, CESifo
Markus Froelich, University of Mannheim
Guido de Blasio, Bank of Italy
Jochen Kluve (Co Chair), Humboldt University, Berlin
Michael Lechner, University of St. Gallen
Claudio Lucifora, Catholic University, Milan
Hessel Oosterbeek, University of Amsterdam
Paolo Paruolo (Chair), EC Joint Reasearch Centre
Paolo Pinotti, Bocconi University, Milan
Chiara Pronzato, University of Turin
Enrico Rettore, University of Trento
Michael Rosholm, University of Aarhus
Sylke Schnepf, EC Joint Reasearch Centre
Tommaso Valletti, Imperial College and EC DG Competition
Jan van-Ours, Erasmus University Rotterdam