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Evaluating Anti-Poverty Programs

By Martin Ravallion


The author critically reviews the methods available for the ex-post counterfactual analysis of programs that are assigned exclusively to individuals, households, or locations. The discussion covers both experimental and non-experimental methods (including propensity-score matching, discontinuity designs, double and triple differences, and instrumental variables). Two main lessons emerge. First, despite the claims of advocates, no single method dominates; rigorous, policy-relevant evaluations should be open-minded about methodology. Second, future efforts to draw more useful lessons from evaluations will call for more policy-relevant measures and deeper explanations of measured impacts than are possible from the classic ("black box") assessment of mean impact

Topics: Política social, Mitigación de la pobreza, Pobreza, Econometría
Publisher: World Bank
Year: 2005
DOI identifier: 10.1596/1813-9450-3625
OAI identifier: oai:localhost:123456789/1415
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