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Professor Jeffrey Smith, Malim Harding Visitorship Lecture

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Published on Jul 9, 2018

"Reflections on the Evaluation of Active Labo(u)r Market Policies: Two Cheers for Conditional Independence"
University of Toronto, February 1, 2018

Jeffrey Smith is the Paul Heyne Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Active labour market policies are those programs run by government that, through intervention in the labour market, help the unemployed to find work, for example, by providing training schemes. Professor Smith examines experimental and non-experimental methods for the evaluation of such interventions, with particular application to social and educational programs. A notable figure in the analysis of evidence-based public policy and a leading expert on the role of social and policy experiments, and their impact on public policy, he has also written papers examining the labor market effects of university quality and “mismatch” and the use of statistical treatment rules to assign persons to government programs.

The Malim Harding Visitorship in Political Science & Economics was endowed in 1987 by the late C. Malim Harding, first Chair of the University of Toronto's Governing Council, to invite distinguished scholars to U of T with a special focus on current issues in public policy.

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