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A distributional synthetic control method for policy evaluation

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We extend the synthetic control method to evaluate the distributional effects of policy intervention in the possible presence of poor matching. The counterfactuals (or intervention effects) are identified by matching a vector of pre‐intervention quantile residuals of the treated unit and a convex combination of its potential‐control counterparts. The residuals are orthogonal to a set of observable common factors that control for the potentially poor matching. We also apply our method to a set of case studies that explore the distributional effects of state‐level minimum‐wage hikes in the USA.

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  • Yi‐Ting Chen, 2020. "A distributional synthetic control method for policy evaluation," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 35(5), pages 505-525, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:japmet:v:35:y:2020:i:5:p:505-525
    DOI: 10.1002/jae.2778
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