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Matching estimators for the effect of a treatment on survival times

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  • de Luna, Xavier

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    (Department of Statistics, Umeå University)

  • Johansson, Per

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    (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation)

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We perform inference on the effect of a treatment on survival times in studies where the treatment assignment is not randomized and the assignment time is not known in advance. We estimate survival functions on a treated and a control group which are made comparable through matching on observed covariates. The inference is performed by conditioning on waiting time to treatment, that is time between the entrance in the study and treatment. This can be done only when sufficient data is available. In other cases, averaging over waiting times is a possibility, although the classical interpretation of the estimated survival functions is lost unless hazards are not functions of the waiting times. To show unbiasedness and to obtain an estimator of the variance, we build on the potential outcome framework, which was introduced by J. Neyman in the context of randomized experiments, and adapted to observational studies by D. B. Rubin. Our approach does not make parametric or distributional assumptions. In particular, we do not assume proportionality of the hazards compared. Small sample performance of the estimator and a derived test of no treatment effect are studied in a Monte Carlo study.

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Paper provided by IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy in its series Working Paper Series with number 2007:1.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: 16 Jan 2007
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Publication status: Published as de Luna, Xavier and Per Johansson, 'Matching estimators for the effect of a treatment on survival times' in Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, 2010, pages 2122-2137.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:ifauwp:2007_001

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  1. Forslund, Anders & Johansson, Per & Lindqvist, Linus, 2004. "Employment subsidies - A fast lane from unemployment to work?," Working Paper Series 2004:18, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
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  1. Anders Stenberg & Olle Westerlund, 2013. "Education and retirement: does University education at mid-age extend working life?," IZA Journal of European Labor Studies, Springer, vol. 2(1), pages 1-22, December.
  2. Forslund, Anders & Liljeberg, Linus & von Trott zu Solz, Leah, 2013. "Job practice: an evaluation and a comparison with vocational labour market training programmes," Working Paper Series 2013:6, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy.
  3. Bruno Crépon & Marc Ferracci & Grégory Jolivet & Gerard J. van den Berg, 2008. "“Active Labor Market Policy Effects in a Dynamic Setting”," Working Papers 2008-25, Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique.

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