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Please Call Again: Correcting Non-Response Bias in Treatment Effect Models

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  • Behaghel, Luc

    ()
    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Crépon, Bruno

    ()
    (CREST)

  • Gurgand, Marc

    ()
    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Le Barbanchon, Thomas

    ()
    (CREST)

Abstract

We propose a novel selectivity correction procedure to deal with survey attrition, at the crossroads of the "Heckit" and of the bounding approach of Lee (2009). As a substitute for the instrument needed in sample selectivity correction models, we use information on the number of attempts that were made to obtain response to the survey from each individual who responded. We obtain set identification, but if the number of attempts to reach each individual is high enough, we can come closer to point identification. We apply our sample selection correction in the context of a job-search experiment with low and unbalanced response rates.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6751.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp6751

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Keywords: survey non response; sample selectivity; treatment effect model; randomized controlled trial;

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  1. Michael Kremer & Edward Miguel & Rebecca Thornton, 2004. "Incentives to Learn," NBER Working Papers 10971, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Horowitz, J.L. & Manski, C.F., 1995. "Censoring of Outcomes and Regressors Due to Survey Nonresponse: Identification and estimation Using Weights and Imputations," Working Papers, University of Iowa, Department of Economics 95-12, University of Iowa, Department of Economics.
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  1. de Chaisemartin, Clement, 2013. "Defying the LATE? Identification of local treatment effects when the instrument violates monotonicity," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS), University of Warwick, Department of Economics 1020, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.

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