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date: 23 May 2022

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This article discusses the advantages and inherent challenges of undertaking a quasi-experimental estimation technique for evaluation of a land use policy application. This method of evaluation enables researchers to address selection issues when defensible instrumental variables are not available. Although advantageous with regard a specific policy, the approach suffers from a potential lack of generalizability due to the lack of structure in the model. In short, the prime advantage of the quasi-experimental method may also be its greatest challenge to widespread application and formation of new policy. However, the propensity score method improves substantially on alternative approaches in evaluating land use policies in which endogenous policy selection is of concern. The chapter illustrates the procedure directly and provides a step-by-step application to an existing land use policy in Maryland.

Keywords: propensity score matching, policy evaluation, land use

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