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Event | 23 Jun 2021

COMPIE 2021 conference

Developments in the theory and the applications of counterfactual methods for policy impact evaluation. Online conference, June 23-25, 2021.

The European Commission's Competence Centre on Microeconomic Evaluation, in collaboration with the University of Mannheim and the Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED) is organising the conference: "Counterfactual Methods for Policy Impact Evaluation 2020 > 2021" (COMPIE 2021).

Because of the travel restrictions related to the Covid-19, the conference will be held online June 23-25, 2021.


The aim of COMPIE is to bring together practitioners and academics to discuss developments in the theory and the applications of counterfactual methods for policy impact evaluation. Applications 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: deadline March 30, 2021. Link to conferencemaker (link to Call for papers COMPIE 2021 conference)
  • Acceptance decision: May 15, 2021 > postponed to May 19, 2021
  • Registration: registration is free of change. It runs from May 15 to June 18, 2021
  • Authors of accepted papers need to register by June 5, 2021 (midnight) to confirm participation.
  • Program available online at this link. The Program will become final on June 21, 2021.
  • Sessions times refer to Central European Time (CET, GMT+2).
  • Links to conference sessions will be sent to registered participants on June 21, 2021

Format and rules of contributed sessions 

  • Chairs of contributed sessions are the last presenter of the session. If the last speaker is not present at the session, the chair is assigned to the last but one presenter.
  • The total time in a contributed session will be evenly distributed among papers in the session.
  • Please reserve 5-8 min for questions at the end of each presentation.
  • In case presenters are not present at the session, the Chair will divide the time among remaining presentations.

Keynote speakers

Alberto Abadie, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Economics, Cambridge MA, USA

Andrea Weber, Central European University, Department of Economics, Budapest, Hungary


The conference will consist of plenary, contributed, organised and poster sessions. The plenary sessions will host two keynote speakers; the contributed sessions and the poster sessions will include contributed papers submitted through the call for papers.

Programme Committee

•    Antoine Bozio, Paris School of Economics
•    Massimiliano Bratti, University of Milan
•    Alex Bryson, UCL London
•    Marco Caliendo, Potsdam University
•    Lorenzo Cappellari, Cattolica University, Milan
•    Bart Cockx, University of Ghent
•    Maurizio Conti, University of Genoa
•    Guido de Blasio, Bank of Italy
•    Oliver Falck, CES IFO
•    Markus Froelich, University of Mannheim
•    Martin Huber, University of Fribourg
•    Jochen Kluve, Humboldt-Universitaat zu Berlin
•    Michael Lechner, University of St. Gallen
•    Claudio Lucifora, Cattolica University, Milan
•    Giovanni Mellace, University of Southern Denmark
•    Blaise Melly, University of Bern
•    Hessel Oosterbeek, University of Amsterdam
•    Paolo Paruolo, European Commission JRC, Chair
•    Guido Pellegrini, Sapienza University of Rome
•    Chiara Pronzato, University of Torino
•    Enrico Rettore, University of Trento
•    Michael Rosholm, University of Aarhus
•    Sylke Schnepf, European Commission JRC
•    Bas van der Klaauw, VU University Amsterdam
•    Jan van-Ours, Erasmus University Rotterdam




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