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Research Design Meets Market Design: Using Centralized Assignment for Impact Evaluation

Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua D. Angrist, Yusuke Narita, Parag A. Pathak

NBER Working Paper No. 21705
Issued in November 2015

---- Acknowledgements ----

We thank Alisha Chiarelli, Brian Eschbacher, Van Schoales, and the staff at Denver Public Schools for answering our questions and facilitating access to data. Isaiah Andrews, Eduardo Azevedo, Gary Chamberlain, Victor Chernozhukov, Jerry Hausman, Peter Hull, Hide Ichimura, Guido Imbens, Rafael Lalive, Edward Lazear, Jacob Leshno, Anna Mikuscheva, Chris Walters and seminar participants at Harvard, SOLE, Stanford University, the Fall 2015 NBER market design meeting, Kyoto, Osaka, and Tokyo provided helpful feedback. We're especially indebted to Mayara Felix and Ye Ji Kee for expert research assistance and to MIT SEII program manager Annice Correia for invaluable administrative support. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and the National Science Foundation (under awards SES-1056325 and SES-1426541). Data from Denver Public Schools were made available to us through the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice. Abdulkadiroglu and Pathak are Scientific Advisory Board members of the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice. Angrist's daughter teaches at a Boston charter school. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

---- Disclosure of Financial Relationships for Parag A. Pathak ----

Pathak is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute for Innovation in Public School Choice.

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