Peter Mueser // University of Missouri
Using State Administrative Data to Measure Program PerformanceResearch Seminare
The paper presented uses administrative data from Missouri to examine the sensitivity of job training program earnings impact estimates based on alternative nonexperimental methods. In addition to simple regression adjustment, we consider Mahalanobis distance matching and a variety of methods using propensity score matching. In each case, we consider both cross-sectional estimates and difference-in-difference estimates based on comparison of pre- and post-program earnings. Specification tests suggest that the difference-in-difference estimator may provide a better measure of program impact. We find that propensity score matching is generally most effective, but the detailed implementation of the method is not of critical importance. Our analyses demonstrate that existing data available at the state level can be used to obtain useful estimates of program impact.
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