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Some practical issues in the evaluation of heterogeneous labour market programmes by matching methods

abstract Not available in German. Recently several studies analysed active labour market policies using a newly proposed matching estimator for multiple programmes. Since there is only very limited practical experience with this estimator, this paper checks its sensitivity with respect to issues that are of practical importance. The estimator turns out to be fairly robust to several matters that concern its implementation. Furthermore, the paper demonstrates that the matching approach per se is no magic bullet solving all problems of evaluation studies, but that its success depends critically on the information available in the sample. Finally, a comparison with a bootstrap distribution provides some justification for using a simplified approximation of the distribution of the estimator that ignores its sequential nature.
(doi:10.1111/1467-985X.0asp2)
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type journal paper
   
keywords balancing score
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 1-1-2002
journal Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society)
publisher Blackwell (Oxford)
ISSN 0964-1998
volume of journal 165
number of issue 1
page(s) 59-82
review not reviewed
   
citation Lechner, M. (2002). Some practical issues in the evaluation of heterogeneous labour market programmes by matching methods. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A (Statistics in Society), 165(1), 59-82.