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Re: st: "how close is close?" -nnmatch- and reviewer complains

From   Austin Nichols <>
Subject   Re: st: "how close is close?" -nnmatch- and reviewer complains
Date   Wed, 25 Apr 2012 10:01:48 -0400

Mirko Moro <>:
-help nnmatch- says in part:

If keep(filename) is selected, each observation of filename.dta will
hold the following variables:
 dist:  The estimated distance between observation i and its match j,
based on the varlist_nnmatch values of each and
            the selected weight matrix.

So you can characterize the distribution of distance between matches, etc.

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:29 AM, Mirko Moro <> wrote:
> Dear Statalisters,
> I have estimated a regression like:
> Y = a + b_1T +b_2C + e,
> where T takes the value of 1 if the group was treated, 0 otherwise.
> The groups were randomly selected and a probit regression of T on a
> bunch o characteristics show that they are not different.
> The referee asked me to include matching estimators as robustness check.
> I use the –nnmatch- command in Stata that uses the algorithm presented
> in Abadie et al. And I presented the results using different numbers
> of neighbours (from 1 to 6).
> The referee then added:
> "On matching: the authors should provide more details on how good the
> matching is (How close is close? Are the covariates balanced after the
> matching? Are all the observations matched?)"
> So I guess I need to show him/her something. As -nnmatch- does not see
> to have any diagnostic, should I use some other codes, like
> -psmatch2-? Any suggestions?
> Mirko
> Abadie et al (2004) Implementing matching estimators for average
> treatment effects in Stata. The Stata Journal (2004) 4, Number 3, pp.
> 290–311.

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