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The Identification Zoo - Meanings of Identification in Econometrics

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Over two dozen different terms for identification appear in the econometrics literature, including set identification, causal identification, local identification, generic identification, weak identification, identification at infinity, and many more. This survey: 1. gives a new framework unifying existing definitions of point identification, 2. summarizes and compares the zooful of different terms associated with identification that appear in the literature, and 3. discusses concepts closely related to identification, such as normalizations and the differences in identification between structural models and causal, reduced form models.

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  • Arthur Lewbel, 2018. "The Identification Zoo - Meanings of Identification in Econometrics," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 957, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 14 Dec 2019.
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    Identification; Econometrics; Coherence; Completeness; Randomization; Causal inference; Reduced Form Models; Instrumental Variables; Structural Models; Observational Equivalence; Normalizations; Nonparametrics; Semiparametrics;
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