Detecting and Decomposing the 'Faith Factor' in Social-Service Provision and Absorption

31 Pages Posted: 25 May 2005

Date Written: May 24, 2005

Abstract

Faith-based provision and reception of social services may yield results that differ either randomly or persistently (via fixed effects) from the outcomes achieved under non-faith-based, but certainly not value-free, administration of these services. Yet attributing raw differences in performance to unobservable factors assumed to derive from faith should be a last resort. Instead, the objective of analysis should be to identify any such factors and their cost and strength operationally so that they can become part of any program offered by existing providers or entrants. The capabilities of econometric, experimental, and microsimulation approaches to identification and evaluation are discussed.

Keywords: Program evaluation, social services, fixed effects, experimental methods, microsimulations

JEL Classification: I3, H5, D7

Suggested Citation

von Furstenberg, George M., Detecting and Decomposing the 'Faith Factor' in Social-Service Provision and Absorption (May 24, 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=728724 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.728724

George M. Von Furstenberg (Contact Author)

Indiana University ( email )

Department of Economics
Wylie Hall, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-6620
United States
812-856-1382 (Phone)
812-855-3736 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://mypage.iu.edu/~vonfurst/

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