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Instrumental Variables: An Econometrician's Perspective

  • Guido Imbens

I review recent work in the statistics literature on instrumental variables methods from an econometrics perspective. I discuss some of the older, economic, applications including supply and demand models and relate them to the recent applications in settings of randomized experiments with noncompliance. I discuss the assumptions underlying instrumental variables methods and in what settings these may be plausible. By providing context to the current applications a better understanding of the applicability of these methods may arise.

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Date of creation: Mar 2014
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Publication status: published as Guido W. Imbens, 2014. "Instrumental Variables: An Econometrician’s Perspective," Statistical Science, vol 29(3), pages 323-358.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:19983
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