Beyond Experiments in Development Economics: Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation

Paperback | August 10, 2014

byJ. Edward Taylor, Mateusz J. Filipski

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This book provides researchers, students, and practitioners with a methodology to evaluate the impacts of a wide diversity of development projects and policies on local economies. Projects and policies often create spillovers within project areas. LEWIE uses simulation methods to quantifythese spillovers. It has become a complement to randomized control trials (RCTs), as governments and donors become interested in documenting impacts beyond the treated, comparing the likely impacts of alternative interventions, and designing complementary interventions to influence program andpolicy impacts. It is also a tool for impact evaluation where RCTs are not feasible.Chapters 1-4 motivate and present the basics of impact simulation, including how to design a LEWIE model, how to estimate the model, and how to obtain the necessary data. The remaining chapters provide a diversity of interesting real-world applications and extensions of the basic models. Theapplications include evaluations of the impacts of cash transfers for the poor, ecotourism, global food-price shocks, irrigation projects, migration, and corruption. Each chapter provide readers with the tools they need to conduct their own local economy-wide impact evaluations. All models and data used in this book are available on-line.

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This book provides researchers, students, and practitioners with a methodology to evaluate the impacts of a wide diversity of development projects and policies on local economies. Projects and policies often create spillovers within project areas. LEWIE uses simulation methods to quantifythese spillovers. It has become a complement to ...

J. Edward Taylor is Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Director of the Center on Rural Economies of the Americas and Pacific Rim (REAP) at the University of California, Davis, where he teaches courses on international development economics and econometric methods. He is also co-editor of the American Journal of Agric...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:August 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198707886

ISBN - 13:9780198707882

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Foundations for Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation3. A Continuum of Models for Any Situation4. Data for LEWIE5. What's the Roatan Reef Worth?6. Economy-wide Cost-benefit Analysis7. Galapagos: The Myth of Eco-tourism8. Evaluating the Impacts of Global Food Price Shocks in Rural Guatemala9. Spillover Effects of Social Cash Transfers: Lesotho's Child Grants Program10. Did Malawi Prove the Experts Wrong?11. Modeling Regional Impacts of an Irrigation Project in Tanzania12. Gender and Saffron Price Shocks in Morocco's Atlas Mountains13. International Migration and the Impacts of the Great Recession in Rural Mexico14. The True Cost of Corruption15. Conclusions