Double Machine Learning based Program Evaluation under Unconfoundedness
Michael Knaus ()
No 2004, Economics Working Paper Series from University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science
This paper consolidates recent methodological developments based on Double Machine Learning (DML) with a focus on program evaluation under unconfoundedness. DML based methods leverage flexible prediction methods to control for confounding in the estimation of (i) standard average effects, (ii) different forms of heterogeneous effects, and (iii) optimal treatment assignment rules. We emphasize that these estimators build all on the same doubly robust score, which allows to utilize computational synergies. An evaluation of multiple programs of the Swiss Active Labor Market Policy shows how DML based methods enable a comprehensive policy analysis. However, we find evidence that estimates of individualized heterogeneous effects can become unstable.
Keywords: Causal machine learning; conditional average treatment effects; optimal policy learning; individualized treatment rules; multiple treatments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 56 pages
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