ISBN : 9780198707882
Agricultural & Applied Economics Association's Quality of Communication Award 2015
This book provides researchers, students, and practitioners with a methodology to evaluate the impacts of a wide diversity of development projects and policies on local economies. Projects and policies often create spillovers within project areas. LEWIE uses simulation methods to quantify these spillovers. It has become a complement to randomized control trials (RCTs), as governments and donors become interested in documenting impacts beyond the treated, comparing the likely impacts of alternative interventions, and designing complementary interventions to influence program and policy impacts. It is also a tool for impact evaluation where RCTs are not feasible.
Chapters 1-4 motivate and present the basics of impact simulation, including how to design a LEWIE model, how to estimate the model, and how to obtain the necessary data. The remaining chapters provide a diversity of interesting real-world applications and extensions of the basic models. The applications include evaluations of the impacts of cash transfers for the poor, ecotourism, global food-price shocks, irrigation projects, migration, and corruption.
Each chapter provide readers with the tools they need to conduct their own local economy-wide impact evaluations. All models and data used in this book are available on-line.
2: Foundations for Local Economy-wide Impact Evaluation
3: A Continuum of Models for Any Situation
4: Data for LEWIE
5: What's the Roatán Reef Worth?
6: Economy-wide Cost-benefit Analysis
7: Galápagos: The Myth of Eco-tourism
8: Evaluating the Impacts of Global Food Price Shocks in Rural Guatemala
9: Spillover Effects of Social Cash Transfers: Lesotho's Child Grants Program
10: Did Malawi Prove the Experts Wrong?
11: Modeling Regional Impacts of an Irrigation Project in Tanzania
12: Gender and Saffron Price Shocks in Morocco's Atlas Mountains
13: International Migration and the Impacts of the Great Recession in Rural Mexico
14: The True Cost of Corruption