Quantile Treatment Effects in Difference in Differences Models Under Dependence Restrictions and with Only Two Time Periods
34 Pages Posted: 13 Feb 2017 Last revised: 15 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 10, 2017
This paper shows that the Conditional Quantile Treatment Effect on the Treated can be identified using a combination of: (i) a conditional Distributional Difference in Differences assumption and, (ii) an assumption on the conditional dependence between the change in untreated potential outcomes and the initial level of untreated potential outcomes for the treated group. The second assumption recovers the unknown dependence from the observed dependence for the untreated group. We also consider estimation and inference in the case where all of the covariates are discrete. We propose a uniform inference procedure based on the exchangeable bootstrap and show its validity. We conclude the paper by estimating the effect of state-level changes in the minimum wage on the distribution of earnings for subgroups defined by race, gender, and education.
Keywords: Quantile Treatment Effects, Copula, Panel Data
JEL Classification: C14, C21, C23, C50
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