Programme Overview

Policy Evaluation


Does welfare spending reduce poverty? Does the minimum wage destroy jobs? Does trade liberalisation increase inequality? Does development aid really help poor countries? Do longer sentences reduce crime? Policy makers around the globe are confronted with these questions on a daily basis and effective policy interventions can only be designed with good answers.

Measuring and understanding the effect of policies is now more important than ever in any field, from development to labour, from finance to education and beyond. The Geneva Summer School in “Policy Evaluation” offers students a comprehensive understanding of the most advanced techniques of policy evaluation through a powerful combination of theoretical classes and applied examples.

The faculty is a mix of internationally renowned academics and policy analysts working in the most influential international organisations and public administrations from around the globe.

Moreover, the course is open to both Master and PhD students from Universities and Research Institutions as well as to the staff of (inter)national and private organisations. The mix of academics and practitioners on both sides, i.e. teaching faculty and audience, is intended to mutually learn from each other and facilitate the networking between both sides.


Some basic knowledge of statistics or related fields (biometrics, econometrics, engineering) is required.

Supporting documents

Only for this summer school, required: CV and motivation letter. The reference letter is not mandatory.


Course Credits

Equivalence of 3 ECTS

Students will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for their course if they satisfy attendance.

Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in our Regulations.


Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Professionals : CHF 1’000

External students : CHF 800

UNIGE students : CHF 200

Course Director

Stefan Sperlich

Geneva School of Management and Economics (GSEM)
University of Geneva

Stefan Sperlich is professor for econometrics and statistics at the Geneva School of Economics and Management (GSEM) at the University of Geneva since 2010. Before, he was professor at the Georg-August University at Göttingen and at the University Carlos III de Madrid. He holds a PhD in economics from the Humboldt-University Berlin, a master in mathematics, and a habilitation in statistics.

He is an expert in quantitative analysis with various internationally recognized scientific publications. He is teaching since several years impact evaluation inside and outside the University, and has been acted as a consulter for different international organizations, in particular the UN.



The teaching staff is composed of outstanding speakers from different IOs et GOs (ILO, IFSmadrid, UNCATD, Better Work Programme, EUDN, FERDI, etc.), from the Graduate Institute and from HECLausanne.


Submitted by Iskandar Boustany - Beirut Lebanon SMC | March 26, 2017

Very enriching experience

It was a very enriching experience; It was not only about intensive economic and econometric courses, but also I had the chance to discover the beauty of Geneva city and the friendliness of the people there. I also enjoyed to share special moments with international people coming from all over the world to enroll in the summer school, and i was able to benefit from their professional and academic experience as well and to share mine.
I encourage anyone interested in new experiences to apply for the Geneva summer school and to enjoy two weeks full of challenges and new discoveries. (GoAbroad Review)