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ERIC Number: EJ746500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 27
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ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
An Assessment of Propensity Score Matching as a Nonexperimental Impact Estimator: Evidence from Mexico's PROGRESA Program
Diaz, Juan Jose; Handa, Sudhanshu
Journal of Human Resources, v41 n2 p319-345 Spr 2006
Not all policy questions can be addressed by social experiments. Nonexperimental evaluation methods provide an alternative to experimental designs but their results depend on untestable assumptions. This paper presents evidence on the reliability of propensity score matching (PSM), which estimates treatment effects under the assumption of selection on observables, using a social experiment designed to evaluate the PROGRESA program in Mexico. The authors find that PSM performs well for outcomes that are measured comparably across survey instruments and when a rich set of control variables is available. However, even small differences in the way outcomes are measured can lead to bias in the technique.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico