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The Evaluation of Community-Based Interventions: A Monte Carlo Study

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  • Augurzky, Boris

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    (RWI)

  • Schmidt, Christoph M.

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    (RWI)

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The evaluation of interventions such as active labor market policies or medical programs by means of a randomized controlled trial is often considered the gold standard. However, randomized experiments might face severe shortcomings especially if performed at the group level. One such problem is caused by small sample size which might prevent the experiment from developing its fundamental virtue in balancing all relevant covariates. This paper investigates the potential and limits of experimental and non-experimental approaches to the evaluation problem, in particular the use of instrumental variables, in a numerical simulation study, against the particular background of community-based interventions. In our simulations, we emphasize the trade-off between bias and precision by imposing a smaller number of communities whenever we model a randomized experiment, and by allowing for a correspondingly larger number of communities in all cases where selection into the program is not controlled completely by the analyst.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 270.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2001
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp270

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  1. Alberto Alesina & Rafael Di Tella & Robert MacCulloch, 2001. "Inequality and Happiness: Are Europeans and Americans Different?," Harvard Institute of Economic Research Working Papers, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research 1938, Harvard - Institute of Economic Research.
  2. Christoph M. Schmidt, 2000. "Arbeitsmarktpolitische Massnahmen und ihre Evaluierung: eine Bestandsaufnahme," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 69(3), pages 425-437.
  3. Kohns, Stephan, 2001. "Testing for Asymmetry in British, German and US Unemployment Data," IZA Discussion Papers, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) 341, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Angrist, Joshua & Lavy, Victor, 2002. "The Effect of High School Matriculation Awards: Evidence from Randomized Trials," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 3827, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  5. Jörg Peters, 2009. "Evaluating Rural Electrification Projects - Methodological Approaches," Ruhr Economic Papers, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen 0136, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universität Dortmund, Universität Duisburg-Essen.
  6. Uwe Neumann, 2005. "Ökonomisch-demographische Segregationsmechanismen - Aktuelle Befunde aus der Rhein-Ruhr-Region," RWI Materialien, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, pages 49, 06.
  7. Joshua Angrist & Victor Lavy, 2003. "Achievement awards for high school matriculation: Evidence from randomized trials," Natural Field Experiments, The Field Experiments Website 00202, The Field Experiments Website.

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