American Economic Review: Vol. 101 No. 3 (May 2011)


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Flexible Estimation of Treatment Effect Parameters

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MaCurdy, Thomas, Xiaohong Chen, and Han Hong. 2011. "Flexible Estimation of Treatment Effect Parameters." American Economic Review, 101(3): 544-51.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.101.3.544


A variety of identification strategies have a common cell structure, in which the observed heterogeneity of the regression defines a partition of the sample into cells. Typically in the presence of exogenous covariates that define the cell structure, identification assumptions are imposed conditional on each value of the covariate, or cell by cell. Treatment effects across cells are typically heterogeneous. Researchers might be interested in unconditional parameters which are the averaged treatment effects across the cells. Alternatively, treatment effects can be estimated more efficiently if researchers are willing to impose additional parametric and semiparametric structures on the heterogeneous treatment effects across cells.

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MaCurdy, Thomas (Stanford U)
Chen, Xiaohong (Yale U)
Hong, Han (Stanford U)

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C21: Single Equation Models; Single Variables: Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions

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