Three Applications on Impact Evaluation
Universidad de Chile
This thesis presents evidence on three applications on impact evaluation. The first one presents robust evidence regarding the impact of computer use in the workplace in Chile during the period 2000-2006. The key contribution of this analysis is to present evidence for a developing country using matching techniques and assuming a homogeneous treatment effect. The aim of the second one is to present evidence regarding the impact of an anti-crime program (Comuna Segura: Compromiso 100) on the reporting rate of different types of crimes. I provide statistical evidence, using the impact assessment methodology, which shows that the program was successful in increasing the reporting rate in targeted municipalities and also in decreasing levels of crimes associated with other crimes, such as rape. Finally, the last application is about the effect of part-time job on subjective well-being measures in Chile. I found that part-time job has a negative effect on subjective well being and job satisfaction, however this effect is totally reversed for women. This is consistent with the hypothesis that, relative to men, women prefer part-time jobs because it allows family life to be compatible with formal work as it has been argued in the literature.