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Nonparametric estimation of distributional policy effects

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  • Rothe, Christoph

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This paper proposes a fully nonparametric procedure to evaluate the effect of a counterfactual change in the distribution of some covariates on the unconditional distribution of an outcome variable of interest. In contrast to other methods, we do not restrict attention to the effect on the mean. In particular, our method can be used to conduct inference on the change of the distribution function as a whole, its moments and quantiles, inequality measures such as the Lorenz curve or Gini coefficient, and to test for stochastic dominance. The practical applicability of our procedure is illustrated via a simulation study and an empirical example.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 155 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 56-70

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Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:155:y:2010:i:1:p:56-70

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Keywords: Policy effects Counterfactual distribution Nonseparable model Empirical process Nonparametric regression;

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  1. Rothe, Christoph, 2009. "Unconditional Partial Effects of Binary Covariates," TSE Working Papers 09-79, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
  2. Christoph Rothe, 2012. "Partial Distributional Policy Effects," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 80(5), pages 2269-2301, 09.
  3. Victor Chernozhukov & Iván Fernández-Val & Blaise Melly, 2013. "Inference on counterfactual distributions," CeMMAP working papers CWP17/13, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  4. Sonja Kassenböhmer & Mathias Sinning, 2010. "Distributional Changes in the Gender Wage Gap," ANU Working Papers in Economics and Econometrics 2010-532, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics.
  5. Jean-Marc Fournier & Isabell Koske, 2012. "Less Income Inequality and More Growth – Are they Compatible? Part 7. The Drivers of Labour Earnings Inequality – An Analysis Based on Conditional and Unconditional Quantile Regressions," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 930, OECD Publishing.
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  7. Christoph Rothe & Dominik Wied, 2013. "Misspecification Testing in a Class of Conditional Distributional Models," Journal of the American Statistical Association, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 108(501), pages 314-324, March.
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  9. Rothe, Christoph, 2010. "Identification of unconditional partial effects in nonseparable models," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 109(3), pages 171-174, December.
  10. CHOE Chung & VAN KERM Philippe, 2014. "Foreign workers and the wage distribution: Where do they fit in?," CEPS/INSTEAD Working Paper Series 2014-02, CEPS/INSTEAD.
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