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Four Parameters of Interest in the Evaluation of Social Programs

James Heckman, Justin Tobias () and Edward Vytlacil ()

Staff General Research Papers Archive from Iowa State University, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper reviews four treatment parameters which have become commonly used in the program evaluation literature: the Average Treatment Effect (ATE), the effect of Treatment on the Treated (TT), the Local Average Treatment Effect (LATE) and the Marginal Treatment Effect (MTE). We derive simply computed closed-form expressions for these treatment parameters in a latent variable framework with Gaussian error terms. We also briefly describe recent work which seeks to go beyond mean effects and estimate the {distributions} associated with various outcome gains.

Date: 2001-01-01
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Published in Southern Economic Journal 2001, vol. 68, pp. 210-233

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