An Extension of the Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition Technique to Logit and Probit Models

  title={An Extension of the Blinder-Oaxaca Decomposition Technique to Logit and Probit Models},
  author={R. Fairlie},
  journal={IZA Institute of Labor Economics Discussion Paper Series},
  • R. Fairlie
  • Published 2005
  • Economics
  • IZA Institute of Labor Economics Discussion Paper Series
The Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique is widely used to identify and quantify the separate contributions of group differences in measurable characteristics, such as education, experience, marital status, and geographical differences to racial and gender gaps in outcomes. The technique cannot be used directly, however, if the outcome is binary and the coefficients are from a logit or probit model. I describe a relatively simple method of performing a decomposition that uses estimates from a… Expand
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