This post was written jointly with David Drukker, Director of Econometrics, StataCorp.
The topic for today is the treatment-effects features in Stata.
Treatment-effects estimators estimate the causal effect of a treatment on an outcome based on observational data.
In today’s posting, we will discuss four treatment-effects estimators:
- RA: Regression adjustment
- IPW: Inverse probability weighting
- IPWRA: Inverse probability weighting with regression adjustment
- AIPW: Augmented inverse probability weighting
We’ll save the matching estimators for part 2.
We should note that nothing about treatment-effects estimators magically extracts causal relationships. As with any regression analysis of observational data, the causal interpretation must be based on a reasonable underlying scientific rationale. Read more…