Workplace Smoking Bans Reduce Week 8 Discussion

Week 8 Discussion

Quantitative Analysis

Assume that you are a consultant engaged in a project to implement a
major high-speed overpass extension to the most congested highway,
linking rural provinces to a major Asian city of 12 million people. A
major feature of this project is to implement an electronic toll
collection system for this high-speed segment. The objective of the
entire project was not just to relieve congestion, lower the cost of
operating vehicles, and improve the quality of transport services. It
was also initiated to help address the loss of revenue resulting from an
antiquated and corruption-ridden system of manual toll collection.

You helped implement the toll collection system and returned three
years later to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Data on toll
collections and traffic volumes are available on a day-to-day basis. For
this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources and examine the
effectiveness of the project.

Post by Day 3 an explanation of how you would
analyze data for this type of project. Include in your explanation the
type of design and analysis you might use to address the problem.

Week 8 Learning Resources

This page contains the Learning Resources for this week. Be sure to
scroll down the page to see all of this week’s assigned Learning
Resources.

Required Resources

Readings

Optional Resources

  • Blank, R. M. (2002). Evaluating welfare reform in the United States. Journal of Economic Literature, 40(4), 1105–1166.
  • Lance, P., Guilkey, D., Hattori, A., & Angeles, G. (2014). How do we know if a program made a difference? A guide to statistical methods for program impact evaluation. Retrieved from http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/ms-14-87-en
  • Evans, W. N., Farrelly, M. C., & Montgomery, E. (1999). Do workplace smoking bans reduce smoking? American Economic Review, 89(4), 728–747.
 
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