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A Note on Variance Estimation for the Oaxaca Estimator of Average Treatment Effects

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  • Patrick M. Kline

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We derive the limiting distribution of the Oaxaca estimator of average treatment effects studied by Kline (2011). A consistent estimator of the asymptotic variance is proposed that makes use of standard regression routines. It is shown that ignoring uncertainty in group means will tend to lead to an overstatement of the asymptotic standard errors. Monte Carlo experiments examine the finite sample performance of competing approaches to inference.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 19784.

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Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Publication status: published as Kline, Patrick, 2014. "A note on variance estimation for the Oaxaca estimator of average treatment effects," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(3), pages 428-431.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19784

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