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Evaluation of Development Policy: Treatment versus Program Effects

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  • Chris Elbers

    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Jan Willem Gunning

    (VU University Amsterdam)

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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.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 09-073/2.

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Date of creation: 13 Aug 2009
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20090073

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Keywords: program evaluation; randomized controlled trials; policy evaluation; treatment heterogeneity; budget support; sector-wide programs; aid effectiveness;

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