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From   Christopher Baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: recent addition to RePEc
Date   Thu, 16 Oct 2008 11:33:35 -0400

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This may be of interest to some:

Alternative Approaches to Evaluation in Empirical Microeconomics
Date:
2008-10
By:
Richard Blundell (University College London and Institute for Fiscal Studies) Mónica Costa Dias (CETE, Faculdade de Economia - Universidade do Porto and Institute for Fiscal Studies)
URL:
http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:por:cetedp:0805&r=ecm

This paper reviews a range of the most popular policy evaluation methods in empirical microeconomics: social experiments, natural experiments, matching methods, instrumental variables, discontinuity design and control functions. It discusses the identification of both the traditionally used average parameters and more complex distributional parameters. In each case, the necessary assumptions and the data requirements are considered. The adequacy of each approach is discussed drawing on the empirical evidence from the education and labor market policy evaluation literature. We also develop an education evaluation model which we use to carry through the discussion of each alternative approach. A full set of STATA datasets are provided free online which contain Monte-Carlo replications of the various specifications of the education evaluation model. There are also a full set of STATA .do files for each of the estimat! ion approaches described in the paper. The .do-files can be used together with the datasets to reproduce all the results in the paper.

Keywords:
Evaluation methods, policy evaluation, matching methods, instrumental variables, social experiments, natural experiments, difference-in- differences, discontinuity design, control function.
JEL:
J21 J64 C33

Although not mentioned in the paper, the Stata datasets and do-files are freely downloadable from

http://www.ifs.org.uk/publications.php?publication_id=4326


Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:
http://www.stata-press.com/books/imeus.html


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