Evaluating Anti-Poverty Programs

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Date Written: June 1, 2005

Abstract

The author critically reviews the methods available for the ex-post counterfactual analysis of programs that are assigned exclusively to individuals, households, or locations. The discussion covers both experimental and non-experimental methods (including propensity-score matching, discontinuity designs, double and triple differences, and instrumental variables). Two main lessons emerge. First, despite the claims of advocates, no single method dominates; rigorous, policy-relevant evaluations should be open-minded about methodology. Second, future efforts to draw more useful lessons from evaluations will call for more policy-relevant measures and deeper explanations of measured impacts than are possible from the classic ("black box") assessment of mean impact.

Keywords: Poverty Monitoring & Analysis, Rural Poverty Reduction, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Science Education, Poverty Impact Evaluation

Suggested Citation

Ravallion, Martin, Evaluating Anti-Poverty Programs (June 1, 2005). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3625, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=922915

Martin Ravallion (Contact Author)

Georgetown University ( email )

Washington, DC 20057
United States

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