The paper evaluates the statistical properties of two different matching estimators in the case of continuous treatment, using a Monte Carlo experiment. The traditional generalized propensity score matching estimator is compared with a new 2-steps matching estimator for the continuous treatment case, recently developed Adorno et al. (Giornale Degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, 66(1), 67–92, 2007). It compares treatment and control units similar in terms of their observable characteristics in both selection processes (the participation decision and the treatment level assignment), where the generalized propensity score matching estimator collapses the two processes into one single step matching. The results show that the 2-steps estimator has better finite sample properties if some institutional rules define the level of treatment with respect to the characteristics of treated units.

Comparing continuous treatment matching methods in policy evaluation

ADORNO, VALENTINA;BERNINI, CRISTINA;PELLEGRINI, GUIDO
2010

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The paper evaluates the statistical properties of two different matching estimators in the case of continuous treatment, using a Monte Carlo experiment. The traditional generalized propensity score matching estimator is compared with a new 2-steps matching estimator for the continuous treatment case, recently developed Adorno et al. (Giornale Degli Economisti e Annali di Economia, 66(1), 67–92, 2007). It compares treatment and control units similar in terms of their observable characteristics in both selection processes (the participation decision and the treatment level assignment), where the generalized propensity score matching estimator collapses the two processes into one single step matching. The results show that the 2-steps estimator has better finite sample properties if some institutional rules define the level of treatment with respect to the characteristics of treated units.
2010
Data Analysis and Classification. Proceedings of the 6th Conference of the Classification and Data Analysis Group of the Società Italiana di Statistica
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v. adorno; c. bernini; g. pellegrini
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