Teacher(s)Hans Bloemen, Bas van der Klaauw
DatesPeriod 3 - Jan 08, 2024 to Mar 01, 2024
Many empirical questions in economics require estimating causal parameters. Regression models provide correlations which only have a causal interpretation if the zero conditional mean assumption holds. This assumption is often violated, for example when there are omitted variables, non-random sampling, reverse causality or measurement errors in regressors. In this course we discuss methods dealing with these confounding factors. In particular, we consider limited dependent variable models, instrumental variables estimation and panel data models. We introduce the potential outcomes model, which is the most general model for defining treatment effects such as average treatment effect, average treatment effect on the treated, quantile treatment effects and local average treatment effects. The emphasis of the course is on identification, estimation and interpretation rather than a thorough treatment of the asymptotic properties of the estimators. During the course applications of the different methods are discussed, mainly in the fields of labor economics, health economics, and the economics of education.
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