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Evaluating the Econometric Evaluations of Training Programs with Experimental Data

Robert J. LaLonde
The American Economic Review
Vol. 76, No. 4 (Sep., 1986), pp. 604-620
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1806062
Page Count: 17
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Evaluating the Econometric Evaluations of Training Programs with Experimental Data
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Abstract

This paper compares the effect on trainee earnings of an employment program that was run as a field experiment where participants were randomly assigned to treatment and control groups with the estimates that would have been produced by an econometrician. This comparison shows that many of the econometric procedures do not replicate the experimentally determined results, and it suggests that researchers should be aware of the potential for specification errors in other nonexperimental evaluations.

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