Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology
Dr. Brooks Applegate
Dr. Joseph Kretovics
Dr. Warren E. Lacefield
Monte Carlo simulation, matching, propensity score, exact matching, education, social sciences
Often researchers face situations where comparative studies between two or more programs are necessary to make causal inferences for informed policy decision-making. Experimental designs employing randomization provide the strongest evidence for causal inferences. However, many pragmatic and ethical challenges may preclude the use of randomized designs. In such situations, subject matching provides an alternative design approach for conducting causal inference studies. This study examined various design conditions hypothesized to affect matching procedures’ bias recovery ability.
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Itang'ata, Mukaria J. J., "A Comparative Study of Exact Versus Propensity Matching Techniques Using Monte Carlo Simulation" (2013). Dissertations. 148.