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Synth: An R Package for Synthetic Control Methods in Comparative Case Studies


Alberto Abadie


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Alexis Diamond


Harvard University

Jens Hainmueller


Stanford University - Department of Political Science; Stanford Graduate School of Business

June 2011

Journal of Statistical Software, Vol. 42, Issue 13, June 2011

Abstract:     
The R package Synth implements synthetic control methods for comparative case studies designed to estimate the causal effects of policy interventions and other events of interest (Abadie and Gardeazabal 2003; Abadie, Diamond, and Hainmueller 2010). These techniques are particularly well-suited to investigate events occurring at an aggregate level (i.e., countries, cities, regions, etc.) and affecting a relatively small number of units. Benefits and features of the Synth package are illustrated using data from Abadie and Gardeazabal (2003), which examined the economic impact of the terrorist conflict in the Basque Country.

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Keywords: synthetic control methods, differences in differences estimation, program evaluation, comparative case studies, causal inference

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Abadie, Alberto and Diamond, Alexis and Hainmueller, Jens, Synth: An R Package for Synthetic Control Methods in Comparative Case Studies (June 2011). Journal of Statistical Software, Vol. 42, Issue 13, June 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1958891

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Alberto Abadie
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Alexis J. Diamond
Harvard University ( email )
Jens Hainmueller (Contact Author)
Stanford University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
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Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )
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Stanford, CA 94305-5015
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