Public policy evaluation: beyond the average

Crawford School of Public Policy

Event details

Crawford Research Seminar

Date & time

Friday 08 September 2017


Seminar Room 1, Level 1, Stanner Building 37, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Associate Professor Mathias Sinning, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School, ANU.


Ben Hillman

Most evaluations focus exclusively on the average effect of a policy. Policies may be considered ineffective because they do not benefit the average person, even when they are beneficial for some. Conversely, other policies may be considered effective because they benefit the average person, even though they are harmful for some. In this seminar Associate Professor Mathias Sinning will discuss a new approach to determining how different people respond to the same treatment (‘treatment response heterogeneity’). The approach is easily applicable to a wide range of social experiments, medical trials, and non-experimental policy evaluations.

Mathias Sinning is an empirical researcher at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute of Crawford School. He studied economics at the University of Heidelberg and received his PhD from the University of Bochum in 2008. He has previously held academic appointments at ANU and the University of Queensland and has been a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University. Mathias is currently working on the projects ‘Understanding Dynamic Aspects of Economic Inequality’ and ‘Applying Behavioural Insights to the Tax System in Australia’ funded by the ARC.

The Crawford School Research Seminar (CSRS) is a forum for scholars from across Crawford School of Public Policy to share their research and receive input from faculty and doctoral candidates on works-in-progress.

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