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Bounding average treatment effects using linear programming

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  • Lukáš Lafférs

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This paper presents a method of calculating sharp bounds on the average treatment effect using linear programming under identifying assumptions commonly used in the literature. This new method provides a sensitivity analysis of the identifying assumptions and missing data in an application regarding the effect of parent’s schooling on children’s schooling. Even a mild departure from identifying assumptions may substantially widen the bounds on average treatment effects. Allowing for a small fraction of the data to be missing also has a large impact on the results.

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  • Lukáš Lafférs, 2015. "Bounding average treatment effects using linear programming," CeMMAP working papers CWP70/15, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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