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An extension of the Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition to nonlinear models

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  • Thomas Bauer
  • Mathias Sinning

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In this paper, a general Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition is derived that can also be applied to non-linear models, which allows the differences in a non-linear outcome variable between two groups to be decomposed into a part that is explained by differences in observed characteristics and a part attributable to differences in the estimated coeffcients. Departing from this general model, we show how it can be applied to different models with discrete and limited dependent variables.
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  • Thomas Bauer & Mathias Sinning, 2008. "An extension of the Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition to nonlinear models," AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis, Springer;German Statistical Society, vol. 92(2), pages 197-206, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:alstar:v:92:y:2008:i:2:p:197-206
    DOI: 10.1007/s10182-008-0056-3
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    Keywords

    Blinder–Oaxaca decomposition; Nonlinear regression models; General econometric methods;

    JEL classification:

    • C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General
    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General

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