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Unconditional Partial Effects of Binary Covariates

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In this paper, we study the effect of a small ceteris paribus change in the marginal distribution of a binary covariate on some feature of the unconditional distribution of an outcome variable of interest. We show that the RIF regression techniques recently proposed by Firpo, Fortin, and Lemieux (2009) do not estimate this quantity. Moreover, we show that such parameters are in general only partially identified, and derive straightforward expressions for the identified set. The results are implemented in the context of an empirical application that studies the effect of union membership rates on the distribution of wages.

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  • Rothe, Christoph, 2009. "Unconditional Partial Effects of Binary Covariates," TSE Working Papers 09-79, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
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    Keywords

    unconditional partial effect; partial identification; unconditional quantile regression;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models

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