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Econometric Methods for Program Evaluation


  • Alberto Abadie

    () (Department of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142, USA)

  • Matias D. Cattaneo

    () (Department of Economics and Department of Statistics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA)


Program evaluation methods are widely applied in economics to assess the effects of policy interventions and other treatments of interest. In this article, we describe the main methodological frameworks of the econometrics of program evaluation. In the process, we delineate some of the directions along which this literature is expanding, discuss recent developments, and highlight specific areas where new research may be particularly fruitful.

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  • Alberto Abadie & Matias D. Cattaneo, 2018. "Econometric Methods for Program Evaluation," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 10(1), pages 465-503, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:anr:reveco:v:10:y:2018:p:465-503
    DOI: 10.1146/annurev-economics-080217-053402

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    causal inference; policy evaluation; treatment effects;

    JEL classification:

    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C2 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables
    • C3 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables
    • C54 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Quantitative Policy Modeling


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