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An exercise to evaluate an anti-poverty program with multiple outcomes using program evaluation

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  • Tonmoy Islam, T.M.

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To measure the effectiveness of programs with multiple outcomes, I combine multidimensional poverty measures with difference-in-difference matching estimators. I apply this technique on an anti-poverty program and show it is a more comprehensive measure of poverty reduction than a unidimensional measure.

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  • Tonmoy Islam, T.M., 2014. "An exercise to evaluate an anti-poverty program with multiple outcomes using program evaluation," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(2), pages 365-369.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:122:y:2014:i:2:p:365-369
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.12.032
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    Keywords

    Program evaluation; Multidimensional poverty index;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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