The use of difference-in-differences (DiD) in public administration research

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This chapter tries to provide an overview of the 'difference in differences' method and to discuss its applications in comparative public administration. It discusses its strengths and weaknesses and when it is appropriate to use it. The chapter first takes a theoretical approach and presents the gist of the method. It then moves to an applied perspective where it reviews several papers which apply this method. Discussing these papers helps in uncovering some of the challenges faced by researchers when applying difference-in-differences and how these challenges can be dealt with.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Management and Policy
EditorsEran Vigoda-Gadot, Dana R. Vashdi
Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781789903485
ISBN (Print)9781789903478
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameElgar Handbooks in Public Administration and Management

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Eran Vigoda-Gadot and Dana R. Vashdi 2020. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (all)


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