Detecting and Decomposing the 'Faith Factor' in Social-Service Provision and Absorption
31 Pages Posted: 25 May 2005
Date Written: May 24, 2005
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
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