causal inference

Synthetic Controls: brief overview with practical recommmendations

Recently, I found myself researching the latest developments on the topic of Synthetic Controls (SC) for one of the projects. I had the pleasure of learning about the method from its co-author Prof. Jens Hainmueller back in 2011, when it had just started gaining momentum. Wondering what new insights have been gathered over the last 8 years by applied researchers utilizing this method for causal inference problems, I outlined interesting highlights in this post.