Natural and Quasi- Experiments in Economics

  title={Natural and Quasi- Experiments in Economics},
  author={Bruce D. Meyer},
  journal={Behavioral \& Experimental Finance},
  • Bruce D. Meyer
  • Published 1 December 1994
  • Economics
  • Behavioral & Experimental Finance
Using research designs patterned after randomized experiments, many recent economic studies examine outcome measures for treatment groups and comparison groups that are not randomly assigned. By using variation in explanatory variables generated by changes in state laws, government draft mechanisms, or other means, these studies obtain variation that is readily examined and is plausibly exogenous. This paper describes the advantages of these studies and suggests how they can be improved. It… 
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