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A Martingale Representation for Matching Estimators


Alberto Abadie


Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Guido W. Imbens


Stanford Graduate School of Business


IZA Discussion Paper No. 4073

Abstract:     
Matching estimators are widely used in statistical data analysis. However, the distribution of matching estimators has been derived only for particular cases (Abadie and Imbens, 2006). This article establishes a martingale representation for matching estimators. This representation allows the use of martingale limit theorems to derive the asymptotic distribution of matching estimators. As an illustration of the applicability of the theory, we derive the asymptotic distribution of a matching estimator when matching is carried out without replacement, a result previously unavailable in the literature.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 14

Keywords: matching, martingales, treatment effects, hot-deck imputation

JEL Classification: C13, C14, C21

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Date posted: March 30, 2009  

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Abadie, Alberto and Imbens, Guido W., A Martingale Representation for Matching Estimators. IZA Discussion Paper No. 4073. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1369819

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Alberto Abadie (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) ( email )
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National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Guido W. Imbens
Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )
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