Econometric Methods for Program Evaluation

Alberto Abadie, Matias D. Cattaneo

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Program evaluation methods are widely applied in economics to assess the effects of policy interventions and other treatments of interest. In this article, we describe the main methodological frameworks of the econometrics of program evaluation. In the process, we delineate some of the directions along which this literature is expanding, discuss recent developments, and highlight specific areas where new research may be particularly fruitful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-503
Number of pages39
JournalAnnual Review of Economics
StatePublished - Aug 2 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


  • causal inference
  • policy evaluation
  • treatment effects


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