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Nonparametric Analysis of Treatment Effects in Ordered Response Models


Boes, Stefan (2007). Nonparametric Analysis of Treatment Effects in Ordered Response Models. Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute No. 709, University of Zurich.

Abstract

This paper deals with the identification of treatment effects when the outcome variable is ordered. If outcomes are measured ordinally, previously developed methods to investigate the impact of an endogenous binary regressor on average outcomes cannot be applied as the expectation of an ordered variable, in its strict sense, does not exist, and a shift in focus to distributional effects is indispensable. Without imposing a fully fledged parametric model the treatment effects are generally not point-identified. Assuming a threshold crossing model on both the ordered potential outcomes and the binary treatment variable leaving the distribution of error terms and functional forms unspecified, it is discussed how the treatment effects can be bounded and inference on the bounds can be conducted.

This paper deals with the identification of treatment effects when the outcome variable is ordered. If outcomes are measured ordinally, previously developed methods to investigate the impact of an endogenous binary regressor on average outcomes cannot be applied as the expectation of an ordered variable, in its strict sense, does not exist, and a shift in focus to distributional effects is indispensable. Without imposing a fully fledged parametric model the treatment effects are generally not point-identified. Assuming a threshold crossing model on both the ordered potential outcomes and the binary treatment variable leaving the distribution of error terms and functional forms unspecified, it is discussed how the treatment effects can be bounded and inference on the bounds can be conducted.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Socioeconomic Institute (former)
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:C14, C25, C35
Language:English
Date:July 2007
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:47
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:12
Series Name:Working paper series / Socioeconomic Institute
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-52379

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