Robust methods for the evaluation of policy reforms
A key element of reforms and reformability is information about possible or expected risks and benefits. To assess various reform alternatives, policymakers and individuals require information about the outcomes of policy reforms. In this project we develop new econometric methods for the evaluation of policy reforms, extending the recent literature on treatment effects. A particular focus is on the heterogeneity in the impacts of various policy reforms. Individuals can differ in how much they benefit or are harmed by certain policy interventions, such that estimates of average expected gains or losses need to be complemented by estimates of distributional effects.