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Sharp bounds on causal effects under sample selection

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In many empirical problems, the evaluation of treatment effects is complicated by sample selection such that the outcome is only observed for a non-random subpopulation. In the absence of instruments and/or tight parametric assumptions, treatment effects are not point identified, but can be bounded under mild restrictions. Previous work on partial identification has primarily focused on the "always selected" (whose outcomes are observed irrespective of the treatment). This paper complements those studies by considering further populations, namely the "compliers" (whose selection states react to the treatment) and the selected population. We derive sharp bounds under various assumptions (monotonicity and stochastic dominance) and provide an empirical application to a school voucher experiment.

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  • Huber, Martin & Mellace, Giovanni, 2011. "Sharp bounds on causal effects under sample selection," Economics Working Paper Series 1134, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
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    1. Huber, Martin & Melly, Blaise, 2011. "Quantile Regression in the Presence of Sample Selection," Economics Working Paper Series 1109, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
    2. Martin Huber & Giovanni Mellace, 2010. "Sharp IV bounds on average treatment effects under endogeneity and noncompliance," University of St. Gallen Department of Economics working paper series 2010 2010-31, Department of Economics, University of St. Gallen.
    3. Martin Huber & Blaise Melly, 2012. "A test of the conditional independence assumption in sample selection models," Working Papers 2012-11, Brown University, Department of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Causal inference; principal stratification; nonparametric bounds; sample selection;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models

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