Building Bridges between Structural and Program Evaluation Approaches to Evaluating Policy

66 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2010 Last revised: 5 Sep 2010

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James J. Heckman

University of Chicago - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); American Bar Foundation; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: June 2010

Abstract

This paper compares the structural approach to economic policy analysis with the program evaluation approach. It offers a third way to do policy analysis that combines the best features of both approaches. We illustrate the value of this alternative approach by making the implicit economics of LATE explicit, thereby extending the interpretability and range of policy questions that LATE can answer.

Suggested Citation

Heckman, James J., Building Bridges between Structural and Program Evaluation Approaches to Evaluating Policy (June 2010). NBER Working Paper No. w16110. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1626599

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