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st: nnmatch: Use only some observables for matching, and the others as regression controls?


From   Jen Zhen <jenzhen99@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: nnmatch: Use only some observables for matching, and the others as regression controls?
Date   Tue, 9 Feb 2010 10:24:29 -0500

Dear Statalisters,

I am planning to do some Nearest Neighbor Matching using the -nnmatch-
command, and trying to decide whether to use all of my observable
covariates as matching characteristics, or whether to use only some
and then use the others as regression controls; but I'm not sure what
that choice should depend on?

Now the Stata Journal paper on that command has a section on
Abadie-Imbens' bias-adjustment, using the "biasadj()" option, where it
says that one might want to use for bias adjustment a set of
covariates different from those used as matching criteria; But it does
not hint at when or why one might want to make that choice.

Does anyone have some advice on that?

Many thanks,
J
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