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Matching As An Econometric Evaluation Estimator: Evidence from Evaluating a Job Training Programme
This paper considers whether it is possible to devise a nonexperimental procedure for evaluating a prototypical job training programme. Using rich nonexperimental data, we examine the performance of…
Does Matching Overcome Lalonde's Critique of Nonexperimental Estimators?
Matching As An Econometric Evaluation Estimator
This paper develops the method of matching as an econometric evaluation estimator. A rigorous distribution theory for kernel-based matching is presented. The method of matching is extended to more…
IDENTIFICATION AND ESTIMATION OF TREATMENT EFFECTS WITH A REGRESSION-DISCONTINUITY DESIGN
Ž. THE REGRESSION DISCONTINUITY RD data design is a quasi-experimental design with the defining characteristic that the probability of receiving treatment changes discontinuously as a function of one…
Characterizing Selection Bias Using Experimental Data
Semiparametric econometric methods are applied to estimate the form of selection bias that arises from using nonexperimental comparison groups to evaluate social programs and to test the identifying assumptions that justify three widely-used classes of estimators.
On the Specification and Estimation of the Production Function for Cognitive Achievement
A general modelling framework is developed that accommodates many of the estimating equations used in the literatures and makes precise the identifying assumptions needed to justify alternative approaches.
Earnings Functions, Rates of Return and Treatment Effects: The Mincer Equation and Beyond
This paper considers the interpretation of "Mincer rates of return." We test and reject the Mincer model. It fails to track the time series of true returns. We show how repeated cross section and…
Racial Bias in Motor Vehicle Searches: Theory and Evidence
Police checking for illegal drugs are much more likely to search the vehicles of African‐American motorists than those of white motorists. This paper develops a model of police and motorist behavior…
The Production of Cognitive Achievement in Children: Home, School, and Racial Test Score Gaps
This paper studies the determinants of children’s scores on tests of cognitive achievement in math and reading. Using rich longitudinal data on test scores, home environments, and schools, we…
Fifty Years of Mincer Earnings Regressions
The Mincer earnings function is the cornerstone of a large literature in empirical economics. This paper discusses the theoretical foundations of the Mincer model and examines the empirical support…