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The authors would like to thank Ashvin Ahuja and Melesse Tashu for comments. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and cannot be attributed to the IMF or its member countries. Any remaining errors are ours.
Abadie and Gardeazabal (2003) use the approach to assess the negative impact of the violent conflict in the Spanish Basque Country on economic growth. Abadie, Diamond, and Hainmueller (2010) use it to estimate the impact of a large anti-tobacco initiative in California on the per capita sales of cigarettes, the impact of the terrorist attacks on electoral outcome (Montalvo, 2011); the effects of relaxing restrictions on home equity lending on retail spending by households (Abdalah and Lastrapes, 2012); the impact of natural disasters on economic growth (Cavallo et al., 2013); the effect of civil conflict on economic growth (Dorsett, 2013); the impact of nutrition policies on dietary behavior and childhood obesity (Bauhoff, 2014); the effect of immigration laws on demographic composition (Bohn, Lofstrom, and Raphael, 2014); the impact of decrease in police enforcement on traffic fatalities and injuries (DeAngelo and Hansen, 2014); and the impact of major natural resource discoveries on economic growth (Smith, 2015).
See Abadie, Diamond, Hainmueller (2014) for details on the comparison of SCM and traditional regression techniques.