Alexis Diamond

Alexis Diamond
Central European University | CEU · Department of Public Policy

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Publications (18)
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The performance of the Simple Poverty Scorecard is compared against the performance of established regression-based estimators. All estimates are benchmarked against observed poverty status based on household expenditure (or income) data from household socioeconomic surveys that span nearly a decade and are representative of subnational populations...
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In recent years a widespread consensus has emerged about the necessity of establishing bridges between the quantitative and the qualitative approaches to empirical research in political science. In this article, we discuss the use of the synthetic control method (Abadie and Gardeazabal, 2003; Abadie, Diamond, and Hainmueller, 2010) as a way to brid...
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The R package Synth implements synthetic control methods for comparative case studies designed to estimate the causal e ects of policy interventions and other events of interest (Abadie and Gardeazabal 2003; Abadie, Diamond, and Hainmueller 2010). These techniques are particularly well-suited to investigate events occurring at an aggregate level (i...
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synth implements the synthetic control method for causal inference in comparative case studies as described in "Synthetic Control Methods for Comparative Case Studies of Aggregate Interventions: Estimating the Effect of California's Tobacco Control Programm. Journal of the American Statistical Association. 105(490): 493-505. 2010.
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Building on an idea in Abadie and Gardeazabal (2003), this article investigates the application of synthetic control methods to comparative case studies. We discuss the advantages of these methods and apply them to study the effects of Proposition 99, a large-scale tobacco control program that California implemented in 1988. We demonstrate that fol...
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Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, many state and local health departments around the United States have started to develop syndromic surveillance systems. Syndromic surveillance-a new concept in epidemiology-is the statistical analyses of data on individuals seeking care in emergency rooms (ER) or other health care settings with pr...
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Objectives. To examine the ability of health departments (HDs) to receive and respond to case reports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Methods. We placed a total of 150 calls to 19 metropolitan area HDs (mean 6.5 calls per HD) over the course of 10 months. We purchased disposable cell phones and programmed them to correspond to the local area code of...
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We evaluated the ability of local public health agencies (LPHAs) to meet a preparedness standard set by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): to receive and respond to urgent case reports of communicable diseases twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We found substantial variability in performance and in the systems in pl...
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Background: The ability to receive and respond to emergency case reports 24 hours/day, 7 days/week is a key goal of public health preparedness efforts. We tested the ability of health departments (HDs) to do this over a 10-month period in a convenience sample of 19 metropolitan area health departments across the US. Methods: We purchased disposabl...
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This paper resolves a longstanding debate about the reliability of matching and regression methods of causal inference in nonexperimental settings. Following Lalonde (1986), data from a randomized experiment is used to establish benchmark estimates of average and quantile effects of job training. Then, to create the kind of observational setting an...
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The objective of this paper is to report key findings of a process evaluation that may be useful to other institutions seeking to implement a community-based oral health care program primarily targeting children in dentally underserved communities. By partnering with community-based organizations, public schools, and community health care providers...
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Abstract This paper presents a new method for performing multivariate matching, called Genetic Matching, which uses an evolutionary search algorithm to determine the weight each covari- ate is given. Both propensity score matching and matching based on Mahalanobis distance are special limiting cases of this method. We present a reanalysis of the La...
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Blocking before treatments are assigned can be a valuable way to improve the precision of causal estimates, make experimental estimates more robust to unlucky randomizations or inadequate parametric adjustment, and preserve power, even in relatively small group-randomized trials. But how should experimentalists best incorporate valuable covariate i...

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