Partial Identification of Wage Effects of Training Programs
University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research
Brown University - Department of Economics
April 27, 2010
Brown University Economics Working Paper
In an evaluation of a job-training program, the influence of the program on the individual wages is important, because it reflects the program effect on human capital. Estimating these effects is complicated because we observe wages only for employed individuals, and employment is itself an outcome of the program. Only usually implausible assumptions allow identifying these treatment effects. Therefore, we suggest weaker and more credible assumptions that bound various average and quantile effects. For these bounds, consistent, nonparametric estimators are proposed. In a reevaluation of a German training program, we find that a considerable improvement of the long-run potential wages of its participants.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 50
Keywords: Bounds, Treatment Effects, Causal Effects, Program Evaluation
JEL Classification: C21, C31, J30, J68
Date posted: April 27, 2010
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