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Evaluation of Development Policy: Treatment versus Program Effects

Chris Elbers () and Jan Willem Gunning ()

No 09-073/2, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: There is a growing interest, notably in development economics, in extending project evaluation methods to the evaluation of multiple interventions (“programs”). In program evaluations one is interested in the aggregate impact of a program rather than the effect on individual beneficiaries. In many situations randomized controlled trials cannot identify this impact. We propose a measure of program impact, the total program effect (TPE), which is a generalization of the treatment effect on the treated (ATET). We show how the TPE can be estimated.

Keywords: program evaluation; randomized controlled trials; policy evaluation; treatment heterogeneity; budget support; sector-wide programs; aid effectiveness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 C33 O22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-08-13
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