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Alternative approaches to evaluation in empirical microeconomics

Richard Blundell () and Monica Costa Dias ()

Portuguese Economic Journal, 2002, vol. 1, issue 2, No 2, 115 pages

Abstract: Abstract. Four alternative but related approaches to empirical evaluation of policy interventions are studied: social experiments, natural experiments, matching methods, and instrumental variables. In each case the necessary assumptions and the data requirements are considered for estimation of a number of key parameters of interest. These key parameters include the average treatment effect, the treatment on the treated and the local average treatment effect. Some issues of implementation and interpretation are discussed drawing on the labour market programme evaluation literature.

Keywords: Evaluation methods; Matching; Instrumental variables; Social experiments; Natural experiments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002
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