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ERIC Number: EJ1171238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 43
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1076-9986
Applications of Small Area Estimation to Generalization with Subclassification by Propensity Scores
Chan, Wendy
Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, v43 n2 p182-224 Apr 2018
Policymakers have grown increasingly interested in how experimental results may generalize to a larger population. However, recently developed propensity score-based methods are limited by small sample sizes, where the experimental study is generalized to a population that is at least 20 times larger. This is particularly problematic for methods such as subclassification by propensity score, where limited sample sizes lead to sparse strata. This article explores the potential of small area estimation methods to improve the precision of estimators in sparse strata using population data as a source of auxiliary information to borrow strength. Results from simulation studies identify the conditions under which small area estimators outperform conventional estimators and the limitations of this application to causal generalization studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana
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