The Application of Micro-Geographic Economic Analysis in Urban Policy Evaluation

"The application of micro-geographic economic analysis in urban policy evaluation." Evaluation and Program Planning. Volume 72. Pages 125-135. DOI:/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.10.002, Forthcoming

Posted: 19 Dec 2018

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Christopher Hooton

George Washington University Institute of Public Policy; Internet Association

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The paper investigates the broadening area of research utilizing micro-geographic economic analysis to conduct evaluations of area-based policies implemented at a micro-geographic level. It offers the first extensive, critical examination and synthesis of this subset of work including its theoretical foundations, key technical features, and applications for evaluation research. The paper begins by more formally defining the micro-geographic concept and examining the theoretical framework of micro-geographic policies. It then conducts an extensive review of the empirical micro-geographic evaluation literature with a focus on the findings and methodologies. The paper identifies three dominant methodological components (differencing estimates, clear counterfactual selection strategies, and clear methods for the treatment of geography) and proposes a more formalized micro-geographic evaluation framework. It concludes with a discussion of key lessons and new avenues of research.

Keywords: Micro-Geographic, Area-Based Policy, Evaluation, Spatial Evaluation, Policy Analysis

JEL Classification: O1, O18, O2, H43, R3

Suggested Citation

Hooton, Christopher, The Application of Micro-Geographic Economic Analysis in Urban Policy Evaluation (2018). "The application of micro-geographic economic analysis in urban policy evaluation." Evaluation and Program Planning. Volume 72. Pages 125-135. DOI:/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2018.10.002, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3293750

Christopher Hooton (Contact Author)

George Washington University Institute of Public Policy ( email )

Institute of Public Policy
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Washington, DC DC 20052
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://gwipp.gwu.edu/

Internet Association ( email )

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