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Open evaluation and the future of evidence based policy making

Overman, Henry G. ORCID: 0000-0002-3525-7629 (2011) Open evaluation and the future of evidence based policy making. Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog (05 Jul 2011). Website.

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The government has announced that 29 sites will compete to host the final 10 enterprise zones. For those of us that like to think about the causal impact of urban policies this could be good news. When trying to figure out whether a policy has any impact, part of the problem is figuring out what would have happened in the absence of intervention. With these new EZs, the 19 sites that lose in the competition may provide a reasonable control group for the 10 that win. Comparing outcomes for the two groups may then tell us whether those that won EZs actually do better. We could also compare those that entered the competition to areas that appear to be similar but didn't enter the competition (to see whether those that entered the competition somehow differ from those that don't). The timing of EZs gives another avenue to explore. Those given money in the first round should start improving before those given money in the second. If they don't, that raises questions about whether EZ caused any improvement or instead whether this was caused by some other factor (say a strenghthing economy).

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Author(s)
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Centre for Economic Performance
What Works Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 14:03
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2023 23:32

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