Research Report The Synthetic Control Method as a Tool to Understand State Policy
Robert McClelland, Sarah Gault
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The synthetic control method is an increasingly popular method for state policy evaluation. It provides quantitative support for case studies by creating a synthetic control region that simulates what the outcome path of a region would be if it did not undergo a particular policy intervention. In this report, we describe the method and provide simple step-by-step guidance for its application. We also explore pitfalls and concerns noted in the literature and other potential problems.
Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Taxes and budgets State and local finance
Tags State and local tax issues Community and economic development
Policy Centers Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center