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The programme is composed of separate modules in total equal to 30 ECTS (1 ECTS = 15 hours) that will be spread in nine weeks starting in October 2016.

A1. Research Skills

This introductory course will prepare students to design and conduct their own PhD proposal, while making use of adequate qualitative and quantitative research methods.

A2. Applied Project

Based on what the students have learned in course A1, students will define and address a specific research question in their PhD proposal related to a relevant economic policy area. At the end of the programme students will have the opportunity to present their proposals during a presentation session, in order to receive additional feedback.

B1. Applied Econometrics

The course focuses on advanced statistical and econometric approaches, enabling the students to use databases for the collection of data and the statistical software package R for data analysis. Students will apply tools of primary and secondary data collection and analysis to real-world economic problems.

B2. Advanced Macroeconomics

This course aims at developing students’ skills and knowledge of applied macroeconomics at an advanced level, imparting knowledge of theory, data analysis and empirical research relating to key topics in applied macroeconomics especially in developing countries. Exercise focus on time-series analysis.

B3. Impact Assessment

Understanding the functions of policy evaluation, project evaluation and project impact assessment. Students will be trained to analyse and judge thestrengths and weaknesses of impact evaluation approaches, in order to learn how to choose a suitable methodological toolkit for a self-selected topic.

C1. Advance Public Finance

This course deals with the fiscal tasks of the public sector in a market economy, targeting especially government expenditure and public revenue policies. Students will be provided with a practical framework for thinking about public policy and public finance issues, analysing their incentive effects from a normative and positive perspective.

C2. Taxation and Public Revenues

How to use methods to evaluate tax burden and analyse the tax impact of financial and investment decisions for companies. In addition, students will learn about current discussions in international taxation, including the BEPS-agenda and will be able to analyse its impact on Rwanda.

D1. Public Choice

Application of public choice theory to the analysis of various political processes and to (collective) political decision marking. Students will be able to critically discuss the rational choice and individual utility maximization assumptions and apply these to real-world political processes.

D2. Policy Analysis and Design

Introduction to the key concepts of policy analysis and policy design, including models of policy change and the forecasting of policy outcomes. Students will have the opportunity to explore all stages of the policy cycle, reaching from problem definition over the formulation of policy alternatives, outcome projection, monitoring and evaluation to the communication of final results.

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